Melissa High School released its senior class Saturday. The school’s commencement ceremony was held at Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church in Allen.

After, Melissa Independent School Board President George James told the students that graduation was just the beginning and that life will always be pushing them to do just a little bit more. Melissa High School graduating senior Karen Whitson spoke about her 13 years with the school district and gave her classmates some advice to live by in the future.

“Love people, use things,” she said, because doing the opposite will not get you far.

Salutatorian Jack Clemans and valedictorian August Greer encouraged their class members to remember the good times while reminiscing on their last four years with the district before Melissa High School Principal Kenneth Wooten presented the graduating class with diplomas with the help of the school board.

Graduating senior Kyrstin Alexander said that the one thing she is going to miss about high school are the people.

“I did not think I was going to miss them,” she said. “But, I think I really will miss them a lot.”

Alexander said that she will be attending Texas Women’s University in Denton to become a nurse.

Elizabeth Miller said she is going to miss how easy high school was.

“I want to be a teacher,” she said. “First I am going to go to Collin County Community College and then I will transfer to the University of North Texas at Dallas.”

Graduate Sam Kane will also be attending college in the fall.

“I am going to Texas A&M University at Commerce to major in biology and minor in music,” he said. “I am going to miss all of the friends I made in high school and my favorite teachers in high school.”

Kane said he was happy that he had finished high school.

“I can’t put my finger on what I liked most about the ceremony today,” he said. “It was just perfect to me. “

The last thing that Wooten asked the seniors to do before they exited the church sanctuary was to turn their tassels. With that, the class had officially graduated.