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CSN graduates largest class ever

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CSN's largest class ever graduates on Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5) CSN's largest class ever graduates on Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center. (Elizabeth Watts/FOX5)

CSN graduated its largest class ever Monday night at the Thomas and Mack Center.

It was a record number 2,735 students, 40 percent of whom graduated with honors or high honors.

"It was a tremendous amount of hard work, something I'll never do again," nursing graduated Dawn Heckler exclaimed.

While some students took the fast track, others took a longer road, including Stephanie Mellom who's about to turn 37 years old.

"I was working out of high school and unhappy. It was a job, not a career. This is something I've always wanted to do," Mello said about preparing to become a registered nurse.

Mello and others agreed holding a full-time job while going to school makes graduation that much sweeter.

"I was working 40 hours a week, going to school, taking online classes. It was hard, but I just kept focused," Ronnie Blakney said.

CSN said over the past year and a half, it has shifted its focus to student success thanks to a national movement led by the White House to increase the number of college graduates by eight million by 2020.

It is achieving that through different initiatives, including adding free, unlimited tutoring.

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