It was a celebration CCTI's class of 2021 wasn't sure it would get to have.

"Once the governor lifted his recent change with codes, we're like, 'We're going to be able to make it happen let's do it,'" said the school's principal, Brent Borzak.

98 seniors received that magic piece of paper Friday morning, representing all their hard work and achievements over the past four years.

"I'm really excited to be done with high school but I'm going to miss it a little bit," said Garrett Weaver, the class's valedictorian.

Their diplomas also represented the unprecedented challenges they faced together over the last 15 months.

"Everybody had to adapt to it and I think us as people we grew from it because it was a completely new experience that everybody really learned from," said Gabriel DeMatto, the class salutatorian.

This morning's graduation was a historic moment, as the senior class became the first to have its ceremony held on the CCTI grounds in Jim Thorpe.

"This is their school. Our students come here to start a new beginning a lot of times. To me, I always kind of questioned it in the back of my mind, why are we having it in other places when we can make it happen here?" said Borzak.

Class leaders shared messages of hope and inspiration, celebrating not the end, but the start of a new beginning.

"Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want," said Kayla Nothstein, the class president.

"I looked forward to graduating the last four years of my life and now that it's here, looking back on high school, it really went by in a blink of an eye," said DeMatto.

And they celebrated under a picture-perfect blue sky.

"I hope this represents the students futures for the rest of their life, pleasant, sunny and brilliant," said Borzak.