More than 150 students in alternative programs around San Luis Obispo County turned their tassels Thursday afternoon at commencement ceremonies in Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo.
In Paso Robles, about 100 students received diplomas from Independence and Liberty high schools.
A joint ceremony for the two alternative track schools was held at War Memorial Stadium at Flamson Middle School, where Friday's Paso Robles High School graduation ceremonies will be held.
Meanwhile, Cuesta College played host to the festivities for the San Luis Obispo Court and Community Schools, whose class of 2014 celebrated commencement at the Cultural and Performing Arts Center on campus.
Some 57 students received diplomas in front of a crowd of more than 450 people.
The program, run by the county Office of Education, draws students from four community schools: Mesa View in Arroyo Grande, Chalk Mountain in Atascadero, and San Luis Obispo and Loma Vista in San Luis Obispo. Also participating were students from the Juvenile Court School, located on Kansas Avenue between San Luis Obispo and Cuesta.
“Today is your day to celebrate the successful completion of a journey that was often challenging,” Principal Debi Hill said in a statement. “Many of you have overcome personal obstacles and have demonstrated remarkable persistence. You have earned the privilege of walking across the stage today, and I want you to know that your education is something that no one will ever be able to take away from you. Once earned, it’s yours, so value it.”