Family and friends show support for graduates of Florida SouthWestern State College. The feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment permeated the graduates and everyone there supporting them.
Janetta Marc came to support her sister. “Just to be able to have your family out here to be able to cheer you on,” Janetta told us. “Those are memories that you’d never get back.”
Dropping out of high school at 16-years-old, Stephanie Hembree didn’t think this day would happen. “I’m just so proud of myself,” she said.
“I want to be a nurse because when I was three years old I was attacked by two dogs,” she told us, speaking about her future. “My nurses gave me so much confidence I was building up and becoming a better person and using my story as a step to get somewhere.”
Getting her associate’s degree Friday brings her closer to her goal.
Graduate Whitney Marc knew this is a big day for all involved, “It means a lot to me. I’m excited,” she said. Setting the bar high for her brother Kaden Footman.
“I’m just proud of her she didn’t give up on her dreams,” her brother told us. “You’re going to graduate and one day I’m gonna graduate.”
Having the support of your loved ones at this event isn’t just special, it’s unforgettable.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly misstated when FSW began holding in-person commencement ceremonies.