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The number 13 might scare some people, but not this group.
Dressed in their bright blue gowns and mortarboards, the latest class of graduates to receive their Florida state high school diplomas from the College of Central Florida Levy Center were covered in smiles.
Among them, a father-daughter duo, James C. Barber, of Fanning Springs, and Cheyenne N. Barber, of Chiefland. And for father a small triumph as he was a high scorer on the reading test with 670.
Joan Luebbe, adult education coordinator, welcomed the graduates and their friends and families to the graduation.
“We are so proud of you,” Luebbe told the graduates. “Some just make me want to cry.” Most, she said, did not have a good experience on their first go round in high school.
She let the group know they were so special that Jazz Davis, evaluation and assessment instructor, came off vacation to photograph the ceremony.
As each went up to receive the diploma booklet, and have their photos taken with instructors and family, the staff told anecdotes that revealed their trek to this moment.
Ashley N. Anderson: “When it comes to persistence, she would not give up. But she is starting at Santa Fe (College) in July.”
Serena J. Butler: “I saw her in Walmart and shouted ‘Sparkles.’ Did you ever explain that to your family?”
Ibeth P. Faught, honors graduate: “If you all run out of commas Ibeth has plenty for everybody.”
Carrie M. Fitzgerald: She’s the only body who thinks a (Dodge) Ram is better than a Ford F-250.”
After the celebration the graduates moved their tassels from left to right to signify they were ready to go out into the world — and party with the conference room full of guests.