ODESSA, Texas (ABC Big 2 / FOX 24) – It was a big night for the Permian High School Class of 1976 on Friday as they came together for their 45th-year reunion.

“I enjoyed playing football and enjoyed high school. My senior year was very fun,” said Permian High Alum Lance Miller.

“Those were the best days of my life,” said Vanessa Sellers. “I went to junior high and high school with all of these people, it really was the best time of my life.”

The Permian High Class of ’76 has lived through quite a bit over the past 45 years.

“A lot of stuff has happened,” Miller said. ” The year 2000, I was sure when everyone said that everything is going to blow up but here we are still going.”

The class gets together every five years, but being able to see each other after a long year of COVID-19 has brought a lot of joy for these Panthers.

“It’s just being able to hug each other after being apart for so long,” said Paula Williams. “Even though we have been together through Facebook, it’s been great just to get hugs from everyone.”

The city of Odessa is honoring the class of 1976. Mayor Javier Joven has officially declared June 4th and 5th “MOJO Day” in Odessa.

“I think it’s just wonderful that acquaintances that are so far gone are still coming together and just remembering their youth and a piece of Odessa that will never die in this community,” Joven said.

Aside from receiving this great honor the alumni are just glad to be back in their home and to see old friends again, the Class of ’76 hopes the students at Permian High today still have that same appreciation for their school.

“You know everything has changed so much since we graduated I just hope that they still have the same pride that we do,” Sellers said.