High school graduation is right around the corner, but on Monday, dozens of Jones County grads wore their caps and gowns a few days early.
Before these students say goodbye to high school, they made one final visit to schools where their education began.
Our Yvonne Thomas brings you inside the Jones County Greyhound Grad March.
“It's very exciting, our students have worked really hard,” said Dames Ferry Elementary principal Leighanne Knowles.
Dozens of students lined the hallways, waiting with signs and smiles.
“We're expecting about 250 grads to storm our halls today,” said Knowles.
It's an emotional visit for graduates like Makayla Moxley.
“We're moving on to bigger things, but it's really bittersweet,” said Moxley. “Seeing all of my old teachers that I haven't seen in almost ten years, it's sad but it's happy.”
“They came through all the elementary schools and the middle schools, but they're coming back to each school today,” said Knowles.
But before these graduates walk across the stage, they're also taking a look back at far they've come.
“We're all really excited to go away, but we're really going to miss each other. This is all we've known for the last twelve years,” said Moxley.
But Moxley says she's walking through each school, hoping to encourage the younger students.
“All of this is to make sure that the little kids see that you can graduate and move on to bigger and better things,” said Moxley.
As they pose for one last class photo, teachers say their future looks bright.
“Congratulations for all your hard work and we can't wait to see what the future holds,” said Knowles.
The clock is ticking down for those Jones County seniors. Graduation is May 25 at the Centennial Center in Milledgeville.