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Local Students Cap Off College Days at Graduation

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Music icon Ray Charles happily accepts an honorary doctorate degree from Shaw University.(WRAL-TV5 News)
RALEIGH — This, of course, is the month of May, the season of graduation ceremonies.

In Fayetteville Saturday, more than 400 students capped off their college experience at Fayetteville State University.

Attorney Johnnie Cochran was the commencement speaker at Capel Arena. The event featured a first in school history -- three valedictorians lead this year's graduating class.

It was not a happy day for everyone, though. Some family and friends of the graduates were turned away at the door, when Capel arena reached its capacity.

At the Raleigh Civic Center, legendary singer Ray Charles serenaded Shaw University graduates, their families and friends.

An appreciative audience also shared in a momentous occasion involving Charles as well. He was presented with an honorary doctorate degree, much to his delight.

More college students will be turning their tassels at commencement ceremonies on Sunday.

Meredith College has its graduation at 10 a.m. at McIver Amphitheater. Duke University's commencement begins at 10 a.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium.

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