With fewer than 15 minutes left until Crescenta Valley High School commencement began, senior class President Danielle Matosian became a little anxious.
After a year of organizing class events, fundraisers and more, Matosian suddenly felt a wave of nervousness, and it wasn't entirely because high school had ended.
"Wait, I walk out first?" she said to Kathy Choi, the No. 2 in line and the class vice president. "I don't want to be the first one out."
No one was going to notice, Choi said. After all, there were only about 750 graduates.
"It's one of our larger classes," said retiring Principal Linda Evans.
Evans announced her retirement in April, and will continue working at Glendale Unified through the fall.
"This is all about them," she said. "Nothing I'm doing is different from the last 12 years."
The year was certainly different though. School was delayed for a few days as the Station fire triggered evacuations of Crescenta Valley families like Aram Garibyan's.