Then when each one heard his or her name -- so formal: first, middle, last -- it was a short walk across the stage, a quick photo with SCF President
That was the message guest speaker
"Take a moment to appreciate what is happening here," said Bradshaw, president of
As the graduates move on with their education and careers, life will go by "in a blink," Bradshaw said.
Relating his own journey of education, the
"It was a segregated
"Where you are today," Bradshaw said, you won't be there to
"Embrace the opportunities to learn," he said. "Take every opportunity to unravel complex issues."
Eight graduates were recognized for embracing learning opportunities as SCF students.
Hyden, 54, said it was an honor just to be nominated.
During his thank you comments, the training and safety officer with
Rimel, 19, said he was looking forward to continuing his education at the
He said he was "looking forward to my future."
Of the 809 associate degrees, 30 baccalaureate graduates, and one certificate graduate, 323 choose to sit through the 2 1/2-hour-long ceremony.
Fifty-four of the associate degrees awarded were
They were offered full tuition scholarships for two years of study at FGCU.
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