FAMU Graduation

It was a day of a thousand smiles at Bragg Memorial Stadium Saturday as 1,300 FAMU college graduates took their first steps into the real world.

Through the trials of mid terms and the tears of finals, this select crowd has made the grade.

"It took a lot of sweat, a lot of nights staying up, but it's all worth it," said Aisha Smith, a FAMU graduate.

Sen. Lesley Miller addressed the graduates and reminded them of their obligation to live up to the rich tradition given to them by becoming alumni of Florida A&M University.

Although a slight rain began to fall, the graduates stayed put, making sure they walked to the front to grab their diplomas.

This is a special day for one particular college at Florida A&M. After years of fighting for accreditation, the College of Law is finally graduating its first set of students. It's been 32 years since FAMU had a law school. After three decades of a loss of accreditation, there is extra reason to celebrate.

"To whom much is given, much is expected. A lot is riding on our shoulders. We have a legacy of 57 people who've gone before us that we basically will have to live up to as well as fulfill their expectations, as well as the expectations of all those who fought so hard to reestablish the College of Law," said Carlos Wood, a law school graduate.

This year there were 55 graduates from the College of Law. Numbers indicated the business college produced one of the largest numbers of graduates.

Vanessa Byers, the mother of slain FAMU student Jamilla Byers, picked up her late daughter's diploma.