Nearly 100 students enter the gym at the Texas A&M International University in Laredo. They’re practicing for their graduation. As they enter, "Pomp and Circumstance" fills the gymnasium as it's played into a microphone off a phone.
Principal Israel Castilla takes the students through the ceremony.
"You’re going to be shaking hands and then you have three seconds with the picture," Castilla says.
These students, though, aren’t graduating from college. These are high school students, but many of them are already halfway toward a college degree – thanks to their school: Laredo Early College High School.