EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Caps and gowns were the dress code for hundreds of people at Zorn Arena on Friday night.
More than 600 newly-minted graduates in 50 different programs were honored at Friday's commencement ceremony for Chippewa Valley Technical College at Zorn Arena in Eau Claire.
More than 600 newly-minted graduates in 50 different programs were honored at a commencement ceremony for Chippewa Valley Technical College. The largest program to have diplomas handed out was for a nursing-associate degree with 74 graduates.
CVTC president Bruce Barker said graduation is not just a special event for the students.
"Often times, our students are the first one in their family to attend college,” Barker said to WEAU 13 News on Friday. “So, it really is a family celebration. It's charting new territory. It's breaking a new Trail - not only for the graduate, but their entire family sometimes."
Barker said CVTC’s averages show 95 percent of those graduating Friday evening would likely have jobs within the next six months.