It was small for a Bakersfield College graduating class, but big in so many ways. Seventeen inmates at Kern Valley State Prison, four miles west of Delano, were handed sheepskin Wednesday afternoon, the first such prison graduation ceremony in the history of the fledgling program.

In addition, 17 inmates received their high school equivalency diplomas from Kern Valley Adult School; three received certificates of achievement in communication; two received career technical education certificates; and 16 were honored for their work as clerks, teacher assistants or library assistants.

"This changed my life," said inmate Colin Randolph.

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Congrats to the students and staff! Let’s pray that lives are changed through this program and the “Corrections” department lives up to its name.

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