The workforce will soon be a little more crowded after Texas Early College High School in Marshall, a Panola Charter School Systems campus, graduated 14 seniors on Saturday at Marshall Convention Center.

About half of the school’s 2019 graduating class walked the stage at Panola College in Carthage last week to earn their associate degrees before they earned their high school diplomas on Saturday.

Students celebrating their high school and associate degrees on Saturday wore black robes, while classmates celebrating their high school graduation wore blue robes.

The school allows students to simultaneously earn credit hours for college and high school, allowing students to graduate high school with an associates degree from Panola College.

The new graduates are not planning on wasting any time before they enter the workforce and make an impact on the world, according to their future plans read aloud as they each walked the stage Saturday.

From the next Donald Trump to oral hygienists, phlebotomists, and triple PhDs, the graduates are planning to leave their mark in the world.

“Fellow classmates, whatever path you decide to take for your future, you’re going to face many new challenges,” Valedictorian Hunter Smith said. “There will be several times where you feel defeated and all alone. Those of you furthering your education will be facing new schools, new surroundings and new teachers. Those of you going into the workforce will face a new boss, new workers and new duties.

“If there is one thing you remember ... let it be this, always have courage and keep moving forward. Don’t give up. The Lord will always be there to help guide you.”