A few photos from commencement ceremonies at community colleges across the country.

In Massachusetts, Bristol Community College President Laura Douglas welcomes 2019 graduates. (Photo: BCC)

The first-ever graduating class of students who enrolled in the Los Angeles Community College District’s L.A. College Promise Program were honored this week in a special ceremony featuring Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, LACCD Chancellor Francisco Rodriguez, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley and many other civic and educational leaders. (Photo: LACCD/Gary Leonard)

Friends and family snap photos of nursing graduates at Pennsylvania’s Bucks County Community College. (Photo: BCCC)

California’s Rio Hondo College celebrated 1,828 graduates during its 56th annual commencement ceremony, including 16 students who received the College’s first-ever bachelor of science degrees. (Photo: RHC)

Lone Star College in Texas awarded 8,255 associate degrees and certificates to eligible students who took part in commencement ceremonies, representing a 4 percent increase from 2018. (Photo: LSC)

The College of Southern Maryland celebrated 522 candidates for 546 associate degrees and 244 certificates during its 60th spring commencement ceremonies. (Photo: CSM)

Ohio’s Washington State Community College conferred degrees and certificates to more than 300 graduates, including 282 associate degrees, 76 one-year certificates and college credits to 44 high school seniors. (Photo: WSCC)

James Casey, a student veteran and honors student, graduating from MassBay Community College, has been accepted to Harvard University. In high school, Casey studied automotive technology at a technical high school before joining the Marine Corps. (Photo: MassBay/Nate Principato)

El Paso Community College, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, this year awarded 1,959 associate degrees and certificates. (Photo: EPCC)

Phyllis Dickens (and her many happy supporters) was among 25 graduates of the adult education GED program at Wallace Community College – Dothan in Alabama. (Photo: WCC)

The fifth class of students in the STEMM Technical Middle College at Hagerstown Community College in Maryland. Fifteen students were recognized at a special ceremony for earning associate degrees from HCC and completing high school. (Photo: HCC)

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Matthew Dembicki
is editor of Community College Daily and serves as publications director for the American Association of Community Colleges.