More than 1,000 students flipped their tassels Friday during Allan Hancock College’s 97th annual commencement ceremony.
All together, the 1,009 students graduating earned 1,527 associate degrees in 96 different majors.
The number of graduates is a 2 percent increase over last year.
"This is a very special day of the year because today is about celebrating your accomplishments and remembering this as a milestone in your journey whether you are starting a new career or heading off to a university," said Associate Superintendent/Vice President, Student Services Nohemy Ornelas during the ceremony. "Each of you has a unique journey – your own story of perseverance and overcoming challenges to achieve your degrees. You represent the greatness of Allan Hancock College."
The youngest graduate turned 18-years-old in December. The oldest at 68 earned an associate degree in viticulture.