A light breeze blew as the sun set over the Spartan's football field, where around 2,000 family members and friends gathered to watch 421 of their beloved high school seniors say goodbye to high school and hello to the road ahead.
Student speeches, which recalled the highs and lows of the past four years, were interspersed with musical performances, by the MVHS Madrigals, the school's combined bands and the performance of an original song, "Down the Road," by a student rock group, Libertine Circle — comprising graduating seniors Henry Boulanger, Kyle Dewitt, Austin Griffith and Gregory Manoukian.
Manoukian, who plays guitar for Libertine Circle, said the band will probably part ways now that they are all headed off to college, but that he enjoyed the time he spent in the group. Though he and his band mates played shows at local parties and in San Francisco at the DNA Lounge, Manoukian said that the graduation performance ranks among his favorite.
"It was the biggest crowd we've ever played for," Manoukian said. "It was really fun. It was a great stamp for marking the end of high school."