Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) BOCES seniors at Evertech took their next step Monday evening as they said goodbye to the hallways and teachers that helped push them to success.
"These are the days that get you through all your hard days," said Melissa Shade, principal of Evertech.
Thirty-seven high school diplomas were handed out among awards and accolades for the distinguished work the teens completed in their respective courses of study.
All who enroll in the Evertech program are trained for a specific trade -- from health science to electricity, carpentry, criminal justice and early childhood education. The certificates they held on Monday are testaments to the dedication the students put into their respective concentrations.
With seniors representing 10 area districts -- all under one roof, instructors said the sense of community from the class of 2014 was remarkable.
"(Evertech) is for kids who made a different choice, decided their home school was too big and maybe not personal enough. Evertech High School is all about community and family," said Shade.
Regardless of their story, each of the grads smiled brightly in their blue cap and gown as they walked across the stage.
Graduates said they were most grateful not only for the education and support, but for the friends and instructors who formed a tight bond, and never gave up on each other.
Many of the students received their Regents Diploma and nearly all are planning to attend SUNY Broome or other trade schools in the fall. Those who are not, plan on putting their trades to use as they join the workforce.