Friends and family gathered at American Career College-Ontario this September to watch 27 graduates receive their pins to signify the end of their academic journey in the respiratory therapy program.
“It went fast,” ACC-Ontario RT graduate Rebecca Donlon said, “but it felt like we were waiting forever. We worked very hard with long nights and a lot of studying to get to this point.”
Guests were also treated to a special performance from graduate Alvin Aranilla. Back during his first week at ACC, Aranilla mentioned to his classmates he liked to sing. His classmates then asked for a song and he serenaded them with his rendition of "Shallow" by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
At the pinning, Aranilla thrilled the cohort and audience by not only singing "Shallow" but belting out "True Colors" by Cindy Lauper as well.
While it was an exciting time, it was also tough to say goodbye to each other. Cohort 19 had grown close throughout their two-year program, ACC RT graduate Randy Chan said.
“They’re awesome,” Chan added. “After two years together, everyone just became so close.”
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