WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It is graduation season across the country and right here in our area. Cape Fear Community College christened their grads in two ceremonies today.
It’s springtime, and that is a time for new starts. Nothing like starting a new phase of your life as a brand new grad.
Lisa Coogan is among hundreds graduating today from Cape Fear Community College.
"Yes, I am defiantly the non-traditional student who has always wanted to go to college here at Cape Fear Community College and graduate," Coogan said.
Community college has a different mix of people in ages, backgrounds and goals, and Coogan feels that is one of the best aspects of CFCC.
"I feel like it has affected it tremendously," she said. "I have grown a lot since I have been in college. I think being here at the community college with the diversity I am able to grow and learn from many different walks of life and many different age groups."
It was a full house in the Schwartz Center for the graduation featuring speeches and an outpouring of cheers for the graduation class.
John Hurtado had a career in food service then decided it was time to make a change in his life.
"My degree is in occupational therapy assistant," Hurtado said. "I will be a certified occupational therapy assistant and work with pediatrics in the school system or rehab centers or work with people in their home."
Hurtado is rightly proud of his new degree, and he is sharing that pride with his family, including his four kids.
"I have four of them," Hurtado said. "Three of them are here. My oldest son is in the Army. He is on duty this weekend. He can’t make it, but he will be up next week.”
After all the pomp and parties, it is a brand new start for the 2011 spring graduates of Cape Fear Community College.
Cape Fear graduated about 130 students in an afternoon ceremony and some 200 in the evening.