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Rochester, N.Y. - Thousands gathered at the Blue Cross Arena Saturday as the class of 2013 graduated from Monroe Community College.
�It was tough but I did it,� said Jennifer Bement, 39, a mother of four headed to college at the same time as her oldest kids.
"I wanted to be able to have a more competitive edge and be more attractive in the workforce and just do it intrinsically for myself to get that degree."
Pursuing a degree in social work, Bement will now head to Nazareth to get a master�s degree.
�I think it's never too late to reinvent yourself,� she said. �Especially if you want to do something different, go for it.�
Twenty-seven-hundred graduates received their diplomas Saturday, all with their own story.
�I had to change careers. I was hurt in an accident, couldn't go back to my old profession,� said Brian Julian, 65, who graduated with an associate degree in criminal justice. �I don't know if you're a golfer, but this is the ultimate mulligan; to get to do it over. I'm just overwhelmed to have done it.�
Also crossing the stage was Jeffrey Guzewicz, 23, the first of his family to graduate college.
�My plans are to start my job on Monday at Highland Hospital as a radiologic technologist,� said Guzewicz. �To go to a two-year college and get a job right away, it feels nice to be able to breath and relax and have a job.�