Atlantic Cape College Graduation

Olivia Aires receives her diploma Thursday from Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing.

MAYS LANDING — Students in Atlantic Cape Community College’s class of 2019 crossed the stage just in time to receive their degrees before a downpour struck the campus Thursday morning.

Maria Mento, chairwoman of Atlantic Cape’s Board of Trustees, awarded more than 750 associate degrees.

One of those degrees went to Rosa Osoria, 22, of Pleasantville, who completed her requirements for health science while balancing a full-time job as a hotel front desk clerk to support her family and three younger siblings.

“That was a really tough part because I wouldn’t even have enough time to sleep,” she said. “I’d stay up too late at night and then have to go to school, but I made it.”

Another went to Rubye Hutchinson, 53, who completed her requirements in human services and is a two-time cancer survivor.

“I just had to finish. I had to finish,” she said, “and I did.”

Commencement speaker and Cape May County Freeholder E. Marie Hayes, a 1979 graduate of the college, talked in her keynote address about persevering despite obstacles.