It's celebration time for hundreds of students in the Lehigh Valley who are graduating from high school. But at one local campus, the night was bittersweet.

Pomp and circumstance filled Palisades High School in Upper Bucks County Friday night. For the class of 2013, this commencement celebrates their
achievements.

"This evening we celebrate the accomplishments, hard work, perseverance of these 163 graduates," announced High School Principal Richard Heffernan.

Proud parents looked on as the students received their diplomas. But while they were looking toward the future, one administrator on stage was thinking about the past.

"Congratulations to Mister Ed Baumgartner," said Heffernan as the crowd broke out in applause.

For Middle School Principal Mr. B, this will be his last graduation. He's retiring after nearly four decades with the school district.

"For the past 38 years Mr. B has served as teacher, assistant principal, and principal in the Palisades School District."

School let out Wednesday, but Mr. B will officially retire June 28th. For the last 13 years as middle school principal he's made it his mission to prepare students to thrive at this high school.

"I am sure the students will forever remember his loud voice, and the nicknames he lovingly had for each and every one of them," added Heffernan.

Current middle school students wrote a special tribute for Mr. B on the middle school website. 7th grader Elora wrote "I remember in the beginning of 6th grade Mr. B said he would try to remember every 6th grader’s name by the third week. By the fourth week, he was screaming out everybody’s name in the hallway between classes." Amber in 7th grade says "He was funny, smart, and kind. He was the reason I wanted to go to the middle school so badly." And 7th grader Aeva shares "It felt like Mr. B was more than a principal; he was my friend. He is nice to everyone, even if they weren’t nice back."

"Congratulations Mr. Baumgartner!"