Victoria College grads create an afternoon of memories

Victoria College commencement.
  • VC GRAD STATS

  • Number of graduates: About 310

    Student speaker: Angela Farmer

    Commencement address: Dan Murphy, instructor, Academic Foundations and recipient of last year's Distinguished Teaching Award

    4.0 GPA students: Joshua Bailey, certificate for advanced welding; Stacey Kelley, Associate of Applied Science in ...

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  • VC GRAD STATS

    Number of graduates: About 310

    Student speaker: Angela Farmer

    Commencement address: Dan Murphy, instructor, Academic Foundations and recipient of last year's Distinguished Teaching Award

    4.0 GPA students: Joshua Bailey, certificate for advanced welding; Stacey Kelley, Associate of Applied Science in business management; Matthew Nguyen, Associate of Applied Science in electronics and instrumentation technology - instrumentation.

Camera flashes burst from every angle, and voices yelled out to capture the attention of the graduates they'd come to see.

The light march of "Pomp and Circumstance" didn't seem to match up to the excitement of the Victoria College class of 2012 as they poured into the Victoria Fine Arts Center on Saturday morning to receive their hard-earned diplomas.

"First, students, let me congratulate you on your wonderful achievement. We're all very proud of you," VC President Tom Butler said to a burst of applause.

The journey into the cap and gown was different for each of the mix-match of students in front of him.

Some spent years working up to their degree. Some weren't too far out of high school. Some supported families along the way. Some cultivated lifelong friendships.

But, from wherever they came, each was at the same place Saturday morning. Together, they basked in the celebration of their achievements in front of friends, family and the VC faculty that helped them along the way.