By Matthew Adkins
For the 2016 graduates of Liberty High School, Thursday marked the beginning of a new chapter in their lives.
Twenty-eight students celebrated their graduation Thursday evening at the Marina Green in Benicia.
The ceremonies were preceded by a dinner put on by the Yacht Club. Afterwards, students in full graduation garb took their seats on the lawn as they waited to receive their diploma.
After pledging allegiance to the flag, school principal JoAnn Severson took the time to thank the hundreds of friends, family and community members who showed up to support the graduates in their final moments as high-schoolers.
Severson explained it was a tough road for many of the students, but that she was thrilled to recognize the culmination of their hard work.