For 10 years, from two years of pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, Charles McManus attended Gloucester's private Eastern Point Day School and its predecessor, St. Mel's.
And for nine years — with just one year of pre-kindergarten — James Turner followed the same route.
Thursday night, the eighth-graders formed the entire Eastern Point Day School Class of 2012, and the school honored both with as graduation ceremony on its grounds on Farrington Avenue.
The boys are the first to graduate from Eastern Point after attending it exclusively since the school picked up where St. Mel's had left off when it closed. Both are headed for St. John's Prep in Danvers in the fall. And each spoke at the graduation, leaving their classmates some sage advice.
"I want you all to know that EPDS is a magical place. Even if you don't know it yet, you eventually will," McManus said.
To that, Turner said he wanted to remind his fellow students to "have fun — and work hard!"