It was all about bright futures and learning from the past at the CCA Bay Correctional Facility this afternoon.
News 13'S Caitlin Lawrence was there as nearly 100 inmates walked the stage to receive certificates.
Nearly a hundred inmates walked the stage to receive their GED or certifications for various trades.
"It takes a lot of studying, you can't just have step and go in there with it, because you know you'll struggle, but umm, I had my days. but I had a pretty good instructor there," said Joseph Piccioni.
"It makes you real proud uh that uh that you were able to impact someone else's life," said instructor Jessie Edenfield.
It was a well earned and certainly deserved ceremony and an even bigger day for one inmate.
"It's very emotional like my son said, but it's a sense of pride," said Piccioni's mother Kathie Obst.
The ceremony brought Piccioni and his mother Kathie together for the first time in about 15 years.
"He has the potential to do anything and everything," Obst said.
With just 99 days left, Piccioni is not looking back.
"I don't have time to do that. Well, I don't have to read this or time to do that. They sentenced you to ten years, you have plenty of time, got to make the most of your time. Take the time to better yourself," Piccioni said.
And looking forward to a bright future.
The facilities education department offers classes to help inmates earn their GED and state and national certificates in fields such as commercial vehicle driving and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.