For the most part, Ripon High's Class of 2019 could be considered family.
Senior class President Julyssa Castellanos echoed just that at Friday's commencement ceremony held at Stouffer Field.
"I consider all of you family," she said to the graduating class.
Castellanos noted that just like any family, many of the classmates will soon go their separate way but will always share that special bond that developed within these past four years.
Over 180 seniors — 183 to be exact, according to Castellanos — received their diplomas before a packed stadium and on this otherwise cool evening.
They marched into their midfield seats with the playing of the processional Pomp and Circumstance.
Principal Keith Rangel gave his blessing to the class, wishing for all to have a happy life.
Laysha Macedo talked about the importance of character in salutatorian speech.
"Strength of character is how we will best be remembered," she said, adding that her inspiration came from one of her favorite teachers who took the time to listen to her during a down moment.
For valedictorian Evelyn Tison, her time at RHS was about the support she received from her family as well as her classmates.
"Congratulation to the Class of 2019 for a job well done," Tison said. "We made it (here) together."
Graduation at RHS will also be remembered with Justin Bright and Philip Carlson performing an instrumental version of the Star Spangled Banner, Dallas Waters singing Lady Gaga's "Always Remember Us This Way,"and the processional being the "Best Day of My Life."