TODAY   |  June 17, 2013

Class of 2020 kids graduate from elementary school

A group of students TODAY’s Natalie Morales has been following since their first day of kindergarten has reached an important milestone: elementary school graduation. She takes a look back at the last six years of learning, laughter, and, sometimes, tears.

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>>> in today's class of 2020 series, we're following a group of students from their first day of kindergarten to their high school graduation. i love this.

>> the kids are celebrating their first big milestone. graduation from elementary school .

>> get ready for tissue. we have been there the whole way watching them grow and learn through the laughter and sometimes through the tears. [ music playing ]

>> what is the hardest thing we have to do here is say good-bye to our 5th graders and that time has now come.

>> today is your first day of --

>> kindergarten.

>> of kindergarten, right. and to the republic.

>> david is my leader. great first day of kindergarten.

>> david harris .

>> i sort of feel like mixed emotions right now. i'm so happy that i'm going on. it's just weird.

>> i am 7 years old and my name is dillon and i'm in first grade. going on to second grade, by the way.

>> in the future, i would like to be a pilot and achieve my goal by studying and working hard.

>> i want to be a lego designer .

>> what do you want to be when you grow up.

>> a fireman.

>> what do you want to be when you grow up.

>> i guess an inventor.

>> an inventor.

>> what do you think we need to invent.

>> an ice pack you don't have to cool in the fringe.

>> well, you know, they have those already.

>> that sucks.

>> i am six years old. my name is zenzele.

>> what do you think your classroom is going to look like?

>> big.

>> you were in my bedroom for the class of 2020 . standing right there.

>> it was the first day of kindergarten and lauren's mom gave her a matching pendant to make her first day in school a little easier.

>> lauren, hi, how are you?

>> i remember i walked into the room and i had my blue heart necklace on and so did my mom and we both gave them a kiss.

>> i truly believe that the class of 2020 bond will really keep us connected through the years.

>> class of 2020 rocks.

>>> they have grown up so much, so fast. time is flying. your own daughter moving on to high school .

>> it really goes fast. it really does.

>> more of our class of 2020 online at

>> that's terrific. we'll be back in a moment but first, this is "today" on nbc.

>>> coming up, hoda has a guest host, dean cain will