Thousands of family members and friends crowded into Ferguson Field at Hoover High School on Thursday to give a heartfelt send-off to the members of the Class of 2012.
“It is weird. It is four years — it felt like two minutes,” said Joseph Moghaddam, 18, as he waited for the orchestra to cue up the first notes of the graduation march.
“It went really, really fast. You have to make the most of it because you think ‘It is going to take so long.’ But when the day comes you are actually sitting here, your whole high school [career] has passed. All you can do is remember.”
The approximately 450 graduates donned robes in Hoover’s colors of purple and white to take to the field, where they shared favorite memories and plans. A supplemental program listed each student’s college or university of choice, as well as the names of several students who intend to join the military.