Starting a new chapter of their lives: Binghamton and Johnson City graduations

By Jillian Marshall

June 23, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 9:32 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A weekend of commencement ceremonies comes to a close as hundreds collect their diplomas from Binghamton and Johnson City high schools.

BHS graduated 346 students at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday.

The graduates are headed to 114 different colleges and universities across the country.

Six of them were accepted to Cornell University in Ithaca.

Rahkiya Brown received her diploma from her mother, Board of Education member Christina Archie-Brown.

"I am really excited that my mom is here and able to sit on stage and give me my diploma," Brown said.

"It's bittersweet. It's a beautiful thing, but at the same time it's kind of sad," Archie-Brown said.

At Binghamton University's Events Center Sunday, Johnson City graduated 172 Wildcats including four valedictorians.

Most of the students are anxiously looking forward to their lives after high school, but they say they will miss high school.