When seven members of the Franklin County High School Class of 2018 received their diplomas this month, they also carried with a degree they had earned weeks earlier from Gulf Coast State College.

A college degree.

At a graduation ceremony last month at Gulf Coast, each of the seven seniors received their associates degrees for having completed between 60 and 63 hours of courses through dual enrollment at the high school.

Earning their degrees were, in alphabetical order, Christian Amison, Madison Burt, Michaela Cassidy, Brooke Martina, Ethan Moses, Faith Sapp, and Lucas Sasnett. Also in attendance were Michelle Sizemore, who as navigator helps coordinate the Gulf State program, Gulf Coast State College Trustee Elizabeth Kirvin, and Superintendent Traci Moses and Guidance Counselor Melanie Copeland, both of whom have sons among the seven graduates.

In addition, another 15 seniors earned college credit this year through the dual enrollment program.

All told, 736 hours of college credit were earned this year by FCHS sophmores, juniors and seniors.