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PCC graduation the largest in school history

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Pima Community College continues to break school records, when it comes to graduation. The class of 2013 is the largest graduating class in school history.

There were 3,726 people that received an associates degree or certificate from PCC at the Tucson Convention Center. That's over a hundred more than last years graduating class.

This year's commencement speaker Joshua Place. He started at PCC when he was just 16. At the age of 20 he's speaking to the graduates and receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree.

The class of 2013, came from different backgrounds and ranged in age. The youngest graduate 17-year-old Stephania Vasilieva and the oldest 70 year-old Enriqueta Fassler. The oldest PCC grad found it a bit of a challenge at first to work with younger students.

Each student had a goal of graduating. For some getting there wasn't easy. John Anglin is one of the many students that didn't take the easy road to graduation. At the age of 40, he didn't think he would be walking across the stage and getting a degree.

"I am a four-time felon, I spent time on the streets with active addiction, my mom passed away in 2007 which caused a pretty big relapse for me," said Anglin. His next steps are to get a Bachelor's degree from NAU and continue helping others get back on track.

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