Hard work and dedication is finally paying off for a group of Florida A&M students. The graduates have the potential to be a future superstar, Nobel peace prize winner, or even a future president.
Katrina Sims has put in countless hours of sleepless nights and hard work to get to this stage. She knows Florida A&M has prepared her for the next step.
Katrina Sims got a BA in Religion and Philosophy and said, "I'm feeling excited and I'm just proud, proud my family can be here to enjoy this. I'm excited. I'm just overwhelmed.. I'm just really, really excited!"
And if you think the students are excited, just meet their family.
Talone Sims, a proud sister, said, "I'm so proud of her, words can't describe it. It's a wonderful feeling. I'm just really proud of my little sister. She's done a great job."
Dr. Norman Francis, president of Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana, provided a few words of wisdom as he addressed Florida A&M's 2006 spring graduates.
He said, "The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow; do good anyway."
From students to alumni, the group is ready to start a new chapter in their lives.
Jean Pierre got a BS in Criminal Justice and said, "I just got commissioned as the second lieutenant in Florida National Guard as quarter master officer. I'll be going to Virginia as of June first, be back in October and from there I'll carry on my civilian life as a police officer."
Sims added, "Hopefully I'll get a masters degree at Howard University, we'll see, hopefully that works out."
No matter where these graduates go or what they achieve, they will forever be orange and green.