Two hundred thirty Pirates set sail for their future Friday afternoon when Santa Ynez Valley Union High School held commencement ceremonies for the class of 2019, which Principal Mark Swanitz noted achieved a number of first-evers. “This is your moment; soak it in,” Swanitz told the graduating students seated behind him in long rows on the field of Pirate Stadium. “This is the culmination of 13 years of education.” Before the students, the grandstand was packed standing-room-only with families and friends gathered under a bright blue sky. Behind them, huge cumulus clouds towered over the San Rafael Mountains. Watch a portion of the address from SYVUHS Mark Swanitz here.