Spring 2001 marked the first year for Rising Star graduates. During that year, Eastfield College had 4 Rising Star graduates. In May 2002, that number rose to 25. In May 2003, there were a total of 55 degree/certificate requirement completers, but only 18 students elected to participate in commencement on May 8, 2003. A number of students don't feel that it's important to obtain an Associate's Degree, which may have a direct reflection on the number of people graduating; but this mind set is slowly changing as students realize job opportunities are more prevalent with education beyond high school and transfer opportunities to universities are greater with a two year degree in hand. Our goal is to graduate as many Rising Star students as possible.