Boonville High School graduated 123 seniors on Sunday afternoon during the school’s 139th annual commencement ceremony, which took place in the school’s gymnasium. Hundreds of people attended the event. Families and friends of the graduates lined up in rows of chairs in the school’s lobby after seating in the gym quickly filled up, and parked cars formed a long line down the road in front of the school.

“The BHS class of 2018 is, most importantly, filled with good people,” said Jane Lorenz, who teaches Spanish and psychology at the school. Lorenz delivered the commencement address Sunday. During her speech, Lorenz on the importance of accepting failure as a necessary stop on the road to success.

“If you aren’t making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and without risk there’s little reward,” Lorenz said. “Whatever your plan, do it big.”

Boonville Silver Pirates senior band members started the ceremony with a rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Charles Melkersman, president of the Boonville RI board of education, presented the graduates with their diplomas.

Combined, the class of 2018 earned more than $360,000 in scholarships.

“What I want is for each of you to cultivate a good life for yourselves,” Lorenz said. “Enjoy every minute.”