If, as the US-born English poet T. S. Eliot once said, "to make an end is to make a beginning", then Glenwood High School's graduating class are in for many new things.
There were tears and smiles all round as the year 12 students said goodbye to their high school life on Friday.
They ended their graduation ceremony by releasing red helium-filled balloons in the quadrangle to symbolise their newfound freedom.
Navdeep Singh said she was both excited and nervous to finish high school.
"I'm going to miss everyone and coming to school every day," she said.
"The picnics, the sport times, taking photos together, and how we have fun together at lunchtime.
"It's going to be so different next year."
Prefect Thomas McBride said he was sorry to be leaving his friends.
"I just remind myself that life is like that: people move on," he said.
Sheena Prasad and Aparna Garg had mixed emotions.
"I'm happy because I get to do something outside of school finally, but sad because I'm going to miss my friends," Sheena said.
"I'm excited because it's over, but sad because everything I've been connected to is going to be over, " Aparna said.