As part of Mohawk Valley Community College's welcome week, students are taking a mass pledge to commit to completing their associate degrees or certificates before transferring or entering the job force.

Students signed a 'Completion Wall' in support of the challenge and also had the opportunity to read completion stories of faculty and staff, something First Year Experience Coordinator Lizabeth Doherty says helps students realize they are not alone if they become overwhelmed by schoolwork.

"When the times get tough in a couple of weeks or a couple months or a year, they can think back to this and say hey, there are people who know what it's like to be challenged in school that I can go and talk to and get some support and I can stick with this and finish," Doherty said.

The event is part of College Completion day, a national community college movement and is being hosted by MVCC's Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two year colleges.