At Jefferson Community College, the entire graduating class was number 20,000.
The 20,000th graduate of the 52 year old school.
"Would you go alphabetically? Would you go who by who turned their paperwork in first? There's a lot of ways to have picked somebody, but we decided tonight that we would celebrate all of our graduates as being the 20,000," said President Dr. Carole McCoy.
So they all stood, nearly 600 of them, honored collectively as the 20,000th graduate.
Some grads never thought they would be at JCC.
"I actually planned on going anywhere but JCC, just because I'm from the area, but I ended up coming here and I'm glad I did choose to come here," Amber Dibble said.
"It was a great decision."
For others, sitting in the sea of caps and gowns with the cameras watching has been the plan from day one.
"My goal was to go here for two years, then transfer on," Taylore Kelsey said. "I'm going to Oneonta in the fall and pursuing my dream of becoming an education teacher."
Pursuing dreams: A message delivered by the student commencement speaker.
"It's us. It's our story. It's a story of us and our time here and our time leaving here. That's really our story," speaker Robert Bowen said.
It's the story of Jefferson Community College's 20,000th graduate.
All of them.
Saturday, July 23, 2016, Watertown, NY
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