LAUREL HILL -- The Rev. Mike McVay of Laurel Hill First Baptist Church dispensed words of support and congratulatory hugs around the classroom where the school's seniors prepared for their Friday night graduation.
"I'm just ready to walk," said Taylor Harrison, who's starting Fortis College's nursing program on July 7.
Soon the future nurse, pharmacist, Army officer, builder, corrections officer, business administrator and their classmates proceeded to the gymnasium, many passing over the "Hoboes" name emblazoned in the floor for the last time.
The Hoboes of 2014's strong faith was echoed in comments made during their classmates' commencement addresses.
"We don't know what the future holds. That's what makes it so exciting," magna cum laude speaker Lauren Gordon said after first pausing at the podium for a selfie as her classmates leaped into the picture.
"God has greater plans for us than we can ever imagine."