End to an era: Susquehanna Valley, Union-Endicott and Vestal graduations

By Jillian Marshall

June 22, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 10:17 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of high school seniors end 13 years of education this weekend with their graduation ceremonies.

Susquehanna Valley, Union-Endicott and Vestal high schools all held their graduation ceremonies on Saturday.

"It's a chance for family, friends, the board of education, school administrators and all staff to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. It's a very special day," said Vestal Central School District Superintendent Mark LaRoach.

More than 300 Golden Bears stood proudly together for the final time at their commencement ceremony at the Binghamton University Events Center.

The graduation for the Class of 2013 was the 74th ceremony for Vestal.

Susquehanna Valley High School graduates and their families packed the Broome County Forum Theatre.

SV handed out 128 diplomas. Based on student response, more than 100 of them are headed to college.

Just a few blocks away from The Forum, more than 300 Tigers sat together for the Final time. The Union-Endicott School District held their Class of 2013 graduation ceremony at the Broome County Veteran's Memorial Arena.

As these graduates look back on their high school careers, some leave words of wisdom for freshman starting at UE in the fall.

"Do your homework. Always do your homework, don't get behind with it." said UE graduate Rachel Kickerbocker.

"Get involved, try out for any teams or any musical or field that you want to go into, just get involved," said UE graduate Robert Malvasio.

At UE, each grad shared a quote of their choice as they collected their diplomas.