GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The pomp and circumstance of graduation is a fun time for families to celebrate four years of hard work in high school.
Many families were shopping at Greensboro's Party City Friday on Sapp Road Friday.
Customer Heather Clinard's son Brandon turned 18 yesterday, and graduates today.
Tonight is their big party.
"A DJ, food, decorations, just a fun time," explained Clinard. "A lot of kids and parents. No drinking of course! He's invited a lot of kids from school to just come and have a good time."
Greensboro Police Officer Douglas Campbell is excited for all of Guilford County's more than 5,200 graduates.
"It's well worth celebrating, but we do want people to do it safely," he added.
Police will be keeping an eye out for underage drinking, noise violations and drunk driving this weekend.
Officer Campbell added, "If you are a parent and you have children at your house and you serve them alcohol, you can be charged."
Heather holding back tears even thinking about this monumental moment in her son's life.
"I'm proud, very proud!" she said. "I was a young mom, so this really means a lot."