More than 1,000 graduates are walking across the stage and taking the next step in their careers.

Western Technical College held its spring commencement ceremony at the La Crosse Center Saturday afternoon. Graduates are taking home associates degrees and technical diplomas in everything from nursing to woodwork.

Western President Lee Rasch and other alumni of the college gave words of advice to the newly graduated students.

In all, about 1,100 people graduated from their respective programs today.