Florida Keys Community College held its first-ever fall commencement ceremony Dec. 13 at the San Carlos Institute on Duval Street, where 19 students walked across the stage to receive their diplomas.
In her address to the fall Class of 2013, Student Government Association President Kourtney Wainer reflected on her classmates' experiences at and commended them on their determination to complete their respective programs.
"Whether today marks a step toward an educational goal, a leap of personal fulfillment or a dive into a new career field, we have all achieved a sense of accomplishment," she said. "For many, this involved sleepless nights filled with Dunkin Donuts coffee and various colored highlighters. For others, it included selfless sacrifices made by family members," said Wainer, who earned a certificate in marine mammal behavior and training.
After receiving their diplomas, the graduates were presented with alumni pins.
Earlier this month, the college awarded certification to nine nursing students, 19 would-be police officers and six would-be jail guards.