BAXTER, Ky. (WYMT) - Hundreds of students at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College can now call themselves graduates.
School officials handed out more than 300 diplomas at the commencement Friday night at Harlan County High School.
"Our students have worked very hard," said Dr. Lynn Moore, who oversaw her first commencement as president of SKCTC. "Their families and friends have worked very hard to support them so tonight we're celebrating all their accomplishments and their good work."
More than 60 percent of the graduates were the first members of their family to receive a degree.
"We will never forget the wonderful experiences and friendships we have shared," said graduate Bethany Grubbs in her speech to classmates. "We will carry these memories in our hearts forever."
It was fitting the ceremony was held in Harlan County since one of the county's favorite sons, WYMT weather anchor Brandon Robinson, delivered the keynote speech. Robinson is from Cumberland and is a SKCTC alum.
“I learned very quickly in life after spending most of my youth wanting to run away from these mountains, that there's really no better place to be,” Robinson said in his speech. “Yes, we have our fair share of problems ... but always remember, no matter what happens, that this is home.”
You can watch Robinson’s full speech by clicking the video above.