ELYRIA — As he looked out across the crowd of 400 or so graduates Saturday morning, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said he saw stories written on the faces of each one.

Seated in front of Brown inside Ewing Field House at Lorain County Community College was Dylan Atherton of Lorain, an Iraq war veteran who returned to school to start a career as a police officer.

There was also Godrich Machuta of Cleveland, who earned an associate of applied science degree to help advance his career in nuclear medicine.

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