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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Greensboro Fire Department held a graduation on Friday for its newest firefighters celebrating a significant completion rate and the groups diverse backgrounds.

The ceremony was held in the morning at Greensboro College. Families, friends and other firefighters from around Guilford County watched as the group took an oath and received their badges.

As the 63rd recruiting class for the Greensboro Fire Department, graduates can tout of a 100 percent graduation rate.

"[I] always dreamed about trying out for the fire department... and finally I did, and the blessing came." said Firefighter Jermaine Williams.

Of the 22 that graduated, 64 percent represented minority group, another distinction for the class said City Manager Denise Turner Roth.

Six of the graduates have been place at fire stations in Greensboro, while the other sixteen will have to complete EMT training and certification before being assigned to a station.