Eighteen Anchorage students received their high school diplomas Tuesday at a ceremony at East High School.

The group of teens from eight local high schools was part of the summer school program, which allowed them to complete their graduation requirements.

One of the graduates, Bartlett High School’s Isaiah Alston, said it was a relief to finally be done.

“It feels great, my graduation with Bartlett, I kind of felt bummed about it, but I got my diploma now and I can finally join most of my friends who have gone out into the world, and accomplish the things they have always wanted to,” he said.

Alston said he plans to join the military to become a naval engineer.

Another graduate told KTVA getting her diploma was a major milestone, not only for her, but for her family.

“I had to go through a lot of work and my parents pushed me and everything,” said Brooke Edwin-Orrison. “It was a big deal to me, because I was the first person in my family to walk.”

She said she plans to attend college at the University of Alaska Southeast, and hopes to become a photo journalist.

KTVA 11’s Alexis Fernandez contributed to this report.