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Kirkwood Community College Honors Largest Graduating Class Ever

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (CBS2/Fox28) -- Many in corridor celebrated a big moment Saturday – graduating from college. Kirkwood Community College held a historic graduation ceremony at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena Saturday morning.

It was the biggest graduating class in Kirkwood’s 47 year history. 2,476 graduates were honored at the ceremony, with proud parents, friends and family looking on. “Many of our students are half-time or part-time. They're working jobs; they're taking care of family responsibilities while they're trying to earn a degree or credential,” said Bill Lamb, Vice President of Academic Affairs. 

Lamb says, despite the rough job market, earning a degree or credential is the best way for the graduates to get noticed and land a career. That goes for kid’s right out of high school, and young adults like Jessica Fuehrer. “I decided I needed to come back so that I could get a better job, and actually have a career, and not just a job,” said Fuehrer.

Fuehrer graduated with a degree in Business Administration by working a part-time job and taking night classes, all while starting a family. “It didn't really hit me until we walked up to the building today. It was like, wow I really finished. I really did this, and I’m really proud of myself,” said Fuehrer.

Graduates at Saturday’s ceremony ranged from 18, all the way up to 63-years-old.

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