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St. Aug's bids farewell to last 'college' class

Posted May 5, 2012 4:10 a.m. EDT
Updated May 7, 2012 10:55 a.m. EDT

Students graduated from St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh on Saturday, May 5, 2012. (Photo courtesy of St. Augustine’s College)

— The 210 graduates being honored Saturday are the last college class to graduate from St. Augustine's. In August, one of the nation's oldest four-year schools to serve a historically-black student population will graduate as well -- to university status.

The St. Aug's Class of 2012 heard from commencement speaker Donna Brazile Saturday, who told them, "Now it’s your turn. Why you? Because there’s no one better.”

“(Success is) yours for the asking,” St. Aug's President Dianne Boardley Suber said.

At campuses across the state, graduation season is in full swing. Former First Lady Laura Bush addressed graduates at High Point University, while current First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to speak next Saturday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro.

At Wake Tech Saturday, Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the NC Community College System, and State Rep. Paul “Skip” Stam (R-Wake) will speak to more than 400 graduates receiving diplomas in business, health sciences, computer technology and trades.

Fayetteville State University's 500 graduates were to hear Saturday from the Army's vice chief of staff, General Lloyd Austin III.

Elizabeth City State University welcomed state Public Safety Department Secretary Reuben Young. Meredith College in Raleigh heard from alumna and the former first lady of the state of New York Silda Wall Spitzer.