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First graduation for Three Rivers Middle College

The graduation speakers noted the graduates' courage to leave their comfortable high schools and take on a challenge of being part of the founding class at a new school during the ceremony Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

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Graduates in silhouette as they prepare for the processional in the main lobby prior to the beginning of commencement at Three Rivers Middle College in Norwich Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

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Yenifer Vasquez, back left, of Uncasville, and Versiemercedes Lee of Waterford, stop during the processional to put on their high heels during Commencement at Three Rivers Middle College in Norwich Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

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Versiemercedes Lee, left, hugs her aunt Norma Hunter from New Jersey after commencement at Three Rivers Middle College in Norwich Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

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Jackie Johnson, front, of Ledyard, wears her decorated mortar board, as graduates prepare for the processional during commencement at Three Rivers Middle College in Norwich Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

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Yenifer Vasquez, second from right of Uncasville, and Versiemercedes Lee of Waterford, remove their high heels prior to commencement at Three Rivers Middle College in Norwich Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

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Alayja Biggs, 3, of Norwich, dons her aunt's mortar board after commencement at Three Rivers Middle College in Norwich Wednesday, June 19, 2013.