ORISKANY, N.Y. -- It was a different type of commencement ceremony Tuesday – in an unlikely place – the Oneida County Jail, and the graduates were inmates.
More than a dozen inmates were honored in a Celebration of Success.
Behind bars, they completed programs that will help prepare them for their transition back into the community, and keep them from being incarcerated in the future.
“They seek hope. They seek a path. everyone is looking for some kind of inspiration that they can achieve, that they can do what they've been told throughout their lives they can't do and that's receive an education. Today is a real inspiring day and day of hope for a lot of people that perhaps didn't have it before they started this program,” said Mark Montgomery, the keynote speaker.
Programs included Oriskany Alternative High School, BOCES adult education, certified production technician training, and the "Ready Set Work" program.