This morning, I went along with Jim to attend the graduation ceremonies for the 31st class of the Victor Valley College Fire Technology Program, where he has been one of the instructors.
There were 33 members of the graduating class that marched in and proudly took their place on the platform.
Their accomplishments of their eight weeks of hard physical work along with academic study were reviewed and praised by the program leaders.
They were supported by many attending family members and friends as they received their certificates. There were about a dozen graduates that had fathers or uncles in the fire service and they were on stage to give those class members their congratulations and welcomed them into the firefighter family.
All in all, it was a very high day for the graduates and their families.