STEVE LASKO/For the Chronicle
Zae Merricks hugs Principal Richard Hilgert Tuesday night at the Citrus High School graduation.

The setting sun glinted off the gold and black robes of the Citrus High School senior class of 2016 on Tuesday night as graduates crowded the school’s football field to walk into the next phase of their lives.

Parents could barely contain their excitement and family members rooted loudly in praising the hard work of their graduates.

“Pomp and Circumstance” echoed through the stadium as students took their seats and prepared to walk up a flower-