IT was a packed Victory Memorial Gardens yesterday afternoon as Kildare and Mater Dei Catholic colleges' year 12 students celebrated their formal.
Perfect weather greeted the students in their glitz and glamour and their family members.
Kildare student Lucy Ferguson said the first thing she looked forward to is moving out of home.
"I can't wait," she said.
"Finishing year 12 means quite a bit. It means I can take more opportunities and I can see the world."
Miss Ferguson said she will be seeing Europe for one month then taking a gap year before enrolling at university.
"I would actually like to do journalism," she said.
Fellow student Shaelyn Jones, who completed years 11 and 12 in Wagga, said she had formed great friendships.
"Our school and principal was amazing," she said.
"They way they worked towards our education and well-being."
Asked about her goals, she said Charles Sturt University has accepted her application and she hoped to become a midwife.
The Kildare student, who was wearing a dress that had a combined design of Indigenous and Maori styles, said she was the first in her family to go to university.
"I want to set a good example for other young Indigenous men and women" she said.