The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Weber State’s Community Education Center held the center’s first graduation Thursday night for 63 students who have completed various levels of ESL courses.

About 150 people, including family and friends of the graduates as well as community leaders, attended the event.

Weber State University President Brad Mortensen congratulated the group and presented graduates with their certificates.

Students at the graduation represented many countries, including Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Mexico, Peru, South Korea, Syria and Ukraine.

“It’s exciting to know that many more students will come through the center, but the most exciting is that we were the first,” said Carolina García, one of the students who spoke at the graduation ceremony.

In addition to the traditional

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