SAN DIEGO - The Class of 2018 graduates of San Diego High School switched over their tassels and throw their caps into the air as a sign of their public school education.

On Friday, June 1, graduates were dressed in blue gowns, with cords and collars in a variety of colors to signify the many accomplishments they made in their high school years.

Before the ceremony began seven graduates were recognized for enlisting in the armed forces.

Valedictorian Kathleen Saenz and salutatorian Shelsy Lopez gave their speeches. They remembered the journey that brought them to their final destination - graduation day. The girls spoke about their hard work as a class to move forward as they prepare for the world.

Guest speaker for the Class of 2018 was Chelsea Balli, Class of 2008. Balli, a member of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, works as an Amgen engineer. Amgen is a biotechnology company specializing in human therapeutics.

Balli spoke to the graduates about how she overcame intimidation to reach her success. She reminded the graduates that just because they come from a small town doesn't mean they don't have the capabilities and opportunities other do.

One-by-one the graduates took their diplomas and together the Class of 2018 celebrated the end of 12 years of hard work.