After a four-year long endeavor, hundreds walked the stage and received their high school diplomas this weekend. What's next? Well, it's time to celebrate, but Project Graduation Coordinator, Felicia Teeter, says she hopes our young people do so safely.
"The number one goal is that we don't lose a single kids life tonight. I mean that's the goal of the whole event, that's why we all do it. It's totally worth it if we saved one kids life tonight," Teeter said.
Project Graduation may have been the largest party of the year, and the graduates continued to celebrate until 4 a.m. Sunday.
"I'm sure all of us adults are going to need coffee at some point, but it's great to enjoy them just being kids some of them for the last time before they go off," Teeter said.
Class of 2014 graduate, Lacee Sachs, says the best part about the event is hanging out with her friends.
"There are a lot of people, and it's just a lot of fun and [it's great] knowing that we don't really have to do anything now being graduates," Sachs said.
The First Community Credit Union Spur Arena wasn't just filled with Bobcats and Chiefs, the event included those that attended private schools or were home-schooled.
"This is an event that we do to celebrate the night of graduation for all San Angelo graduating Seniors," Teeter said.
Teeter says this year's Project Graduation cost over $40,000, but with the help from dozens of volunteers and donations students only had to purchase a $15-$20 ticket to attend.
"The more we can get this as a community activity that's kind of entrenched, I think the more it'll continue to be around," Teeter said.
Once these teens walked through the doors, everything was free with an added bonus to walk away with prizes; including electronics and scholarships provided by Angelo State University and Howard College.
Volunteer, Logan Dybedahl, says she's looking forward to attending the event when she graduates.
"I think they greatly appreciate it because it's basically their going away party. They're making new lives, and it's just a way to have fun and relax from all the hard years," Dybedahl said.
The Project Graduation Committee will begin planning for next year's event in September for the Class of 2015.