VINEMONT, Ala. – There was hardly a dry eye in the house Friday, May 19, at the commencement ceremony for the Cullman County Child Development Center’s graduating class of 2023. The crowd was packed with families, friends, faculty and staff and studded throughout with royal blue caps and gowns donned by the graduates.
Six students made up the graduating class of 2023: Auston Trent Bailey, Alivia Ann Bencze, Nicole Brooke Bussey, Jaiden Michael Colwell, Nathan Thomas McBrayer and Christian Anthony Woodard.
According to Principal Chris “Coach” Chambers, graduation is bittersweet, signaling the end of one journey and the beginning of a new one.
“I guess time reveals true character. Change is hard and it takes a village to truly help people to change. The CDC, these graduates and all their supporters have been a part of that journey together,” he shared, wiping a tear from his eye.
Chambers said the paths ahead of his graduates are as diverse as the graduates themselves.
“Some will go on to CCCDD (Cullman County Center for the Developmentally Disabled), some will get jobs with their families, some will get jobs in the community,” he said.
Cullman County Schools Superintendent Dr. Shane Barnette shared his hope of continued support for this graduating class, and what a privilege it was to celebrate this monumental occasion.
“We are so excited to be able to celebrate with these families. Many of the families and students that we’re celebrating today have struggles that many wouldn’t understand,” he said. “Many of these young people will go on to do more big things, and we just want to continue to support them.”
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