WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It took Kristina Smith eight years to earn her associate degree in early childhood education from Forsyth Technical Community College.
And over those years, Smith, 28, of Winston-Salem, overcame a number of challenges — the death of her grandparents and the birth of her daughter Mikiyha.
On Thursday night, Smith was one of about 1,200 students to receive degrees from Forsyth Tech during commencement exercises at Joel Coliseum.
“It’s a wonderful honor for me to achieve this,” Smith said.
The graduates earned degrees in such fields as business, engineering, health care and social sciences. About 7,000 people filled the coliseum; some screamed when their relatives’ names were called and the graduates were handed their diplomas.
Dane Tyler Fritts, 20, said he wanted to use his associate degree in computer information technology to land a job. He worked as an intern in the computer repair department at Staples while taking classes at Forsyth Tech.
“Hopefully, (the degree) will be a steppingstone for me,” Fritts said. “I’ve done a lot of hard work to get here.”
This article was written by John Hinton and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.