graduates walked across the stage in their royal blue caps and gowns to receive their diplomas on Friday during a ceremony at the .
The graduating class for the Rosemont private school only had 83 students, who will attend colleges and universities including California State University, Sacramento; the University of California, Davis; the University of Arizona or serve in the military or pursue religious ministry.
"I've loved being part of this class... we've been covered by God's protection and care here at Capital Christian," said Danielle Gloudeman, a co-valedictorian attending the University of California, Los Angeles in the fall. "I cannot wait to see what the Lord has in store for us."
Isabelle Noxon was also a co-valedictorian. Ryan Blum and Madison Melgoza were co-salutatorians.
During the two-hour ceremony, Capital Christian officials took time to remember the late . Cole was the original founder of Capital Christian School.
"This is the first graduation my dad hasn't been a part of," said Pastor Rick Cole, the senior pastor at Capital Christian Center. "(Capital Christian) is here because of one man's vision."
The ceremony included performances by the Capital Christian band, worship team and choir.
As graduates walked the stage, photos of the graduates as children and as seniors were shown on an overhead screen as family took their own photos and video of the moment. Afterwards, graduates hugged each other and family friends and posed for photos.
"Today means making my dad proud," said Roxanne Salinas, who will join the United States Navy. "In 10 years, I'll probably be finishing my studies and I hope to be a doctor in the miltary."
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