It was an emotional Saturday for college graduates in our area.
At UW Stevens Point, school officials say about 600 students participated in this year's winter commencement ceremony. There was excitement in the air as students walked up to the stage to accept their degrees.
School leaders said it was also a special day for parents, students and staff.
"It's very meaningful, a lot of our students are first generation graduates, it means so much, not only to them but their parents and their family," said Brittany Rossman.
This year, UWSP organizers said the winter commencement combined all of the colleges into one ceremony.
Students from Northcentral Technical College also tossed their caps into the air on Saturday morning.
"Some of them came out of high school, some just decided they didn't like what they were doing, so they decided to get a second career, so for them to come to NTC and to succeed, I think is just such an exciting day for them and their families," said Shawn Sullivan.
Officials said today's graduation ceremony helped wrap up NTC's 100th year.