YEAR 12 students at Catholic College Bendigo celebrated their final day of schooling on Wednesday.
The class of 2013, consisting of 207 students, were bid farewell by the entire school college at a memorable assembly.
Some shed tears, while others couldn't stop smiling as they marched out of the auditorium to the applause of the crowd.
Year 12 student Tara Johns said the feeling of finishing was surreal.
"I don't know what I am feeling," she said.
"I don't think it will kick in till tomorrow (Thursday)."
Ms Johns said she would miss the sense of community fostered by the school.
"I will miss seeing my friends everyday," she said.
"As a school we are really united, so it will be hard to let that go."
Year 12 teacher and head of house Terrie Driscoll described the year 12 cohort as "committed" and "hardworking".
She said the group would leave a lasting and beautiful memory for the rest of the school.
"They are great leaders who show respect for themselves and others," she said.
"They also have a great sense of fun."
Principal Darren McGregor also offered his congratulations to the year 12 group.
He said they had left an incredible impact on the school community and thanked them for their inspiration.
Mr McGregor was also bid farewell.
He will leave the school to take up a position at Marist College.
Catholic College Bendigo will hold a graduation mass on Friday evening and a dinner on November 26.