First Coast Technical College graduated 103 students from 16 programs during its commencement ceremony Tuesday night.
The majority of graduates, as well as seven of the nine honors students, are from St. Johns County.
Students earned general education diplomas or certificates in fields such as automotive, welding, nursing, massage therapy and more.
Many of them are already transitioning into their desired industry.
Honors grad Grace Allert received her dental assisting certificate; she’s already working at a local dentist’s office.
Allert said she’s debating whether she’ll go to dental school next year. For now, she’s eager to participate in the workforce and enjoy her graduation night.
“I’m so ready to be done and move onto the next phase,” Allert said.
Rebecca Richardson is another honors graduate already plunging into her career. She earned her digital design certificate and her business, Heritage Designs, will officially be licensed in June.
Richardson said she wants to create historical designs and websites for genealogists. She added that although her program only lasted a year, she’s thankful she made it through and can keep looking ahead.
“I’m already plugging into my business. Once the license goes into effect, I’ll be good to go,” Richardson said.
The ceremony was short and sweet, accompanied by cheers and applause from proud family members. FCTC Board Chair Carol Alford congratulated the graduates and offered one final piece of parting advice.
“Remember to take charge, write down your goals,” Alford said. “Write down your plan, but also keep an open mind because that plan will change over and over.”
At the end, the 65 graduates who attended the ceremony were all smiles as they left to mingle with friends.