In a flurry of fanfare, 323 Somerville High School seniors received diplomas at the class of 2012 commencement exercises Tuesday.
Held at the Tufts Unversity Gantcher Center, hundreds of parents, friends, and relatives packed the field house.
Joined by a bevy of school officials, Superintendent Anthony Pierantozzi congratulated the class on its achievements.
"You're well-prepared to do as your class song suggests -- dive into your future," said Pierantozzi, referring to "Dive Into the Future," an original written by members of the class.
The superintendent urged the young adults to remember the people they met after memories of their classwork fades. "These relationships create the color, the texture, the fabric of our lives. I hope for each of you, that you find sparkling, limitless success."
In his salutatorian address, Anthony Lorenzo looked back fondly -- and with gratitude -- on all of the people who helped his classmates along the way.
"After all this hard work and determination, we made it," Lorenzo said. "Our teachers have given us all a great experience. You played a huge role in getting us here today," he said of the teaching staff.
Lorenzo also reflected on how much has changed since each student entered the school.
"Many of us are probably graduating Somerville High School completely different people than we were four years ago," he said. "I'm so proud of each and every one of you, and I really do love you all."