Graduates in the Aiken County Public School District's class of 2019 once again proved the value of an education in real dollars.
Students in the district's seven high schools received $64,566,913 in offers for scholarships to two- and four-year colleges around the country.
Aiken High School topped the list again with $15,213,174 in scholarship offers.
South Aiken High and Midland Valley High almost tied for second place with $14,997,245 and $14,713,555, respectively.
And North Augusta High was not far behind with $11,977,013.
During commencement exercises Thursday and Friday, a total of 1,432 students walked with their classmates across the stage at USC Aiken's Convocation Center to start the next phase of their lives.
Of that number, 1,258 students, or almost 90% of this year's class, will attend either a two-year or a four-year college or university.
But college isn't the only option. In the class of 2019, 38 students from every high school will join the military and serve their country in the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, U.S. Marines, the National Guard, the South Carolina National Guard and other service branches.
Other students will go into workforce training.
Whether heading for college, career or the military, Aiken County Public Schools' graduates in the class of 2019 are well-prepared and ready for their futures.
Now it's time to celebrate – responsibly – your achievements and years of hard work with family and friends.
Best of luck to the class of 2019. Your new world is waiting.