Sixty-seven caps went flying into the air as the Idyllwild Arts Academy class of 2012 celebrates all their hard work and accomplishments. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Idyllwild Arts Class of 2012 Valedictorian, music graduate Tiffany Christensen, speaks to her fellow classmates with hope and inspiration as they set off to their future. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Theatre Arts Senior, Dylan Arnold, gets a high five from one of Phil, former Assistant Dean of Admission and Cassandra Dunbridge, former nurse, children just before the senior class of 2012 took to the stage. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Composer in Residence, Dr. Peter Askim, leads the orchestra perform Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar as the seniors head to the stage. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

The Idyllwild Art Academy faculty and senior class prepare for the ceremony after they all arrived on stage. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Brian Cohen, Idyllwild Arts Academy President, opens the ceremony and speaks to the faculty, senior class and many friends and families that attended the 2012 Idyllwild Arts Academy graduation on Saturday. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Some of the musical theatre seniors sang “In Idyllwild” by Meredith Willson that was once sang twice a day, once to start and end each day at Idyllwild Arts. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

From left, Idyllwild Arts President, Brian Cohen presents the Richard H. MacNeal Award to dance graduate, Madison Marlow. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Tony, Grammy and Emmy winning and Oscar nominated artist, Marc Shaiman, performs to the graduating class of 2012 during the Idyllwild Arts ceremony on Saturday. The graduating class watches on as Shaiman takes to the piano. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Idyllwild Arts president, Brian Cohen, left, congratulates theatre graduate, Gemini Anderson as she receives her diploma. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

This years graduate speaker, Marc Shaiman, not only spoke to the class of 2012, but he also performed three songs on stage. He received a standing ovation from the senior class as well as the audience. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Dean of Students, John Newman and Dr. Doug Ashcraft, Dean of the Arts, flips one of the students tassels, officially making them a high school graduate. Photo by Jenny Kirchner

Students embrace, laugh and cry with the excitement and nervous feelings about finally making it through high school. Photo by Jenny Kirchner