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Class of 2018 graduates from Tougaloo College

The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT
The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT
The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT
The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT
The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT The Tougaloo College class of 2018 commencement ceremony was held Sunday morning. Source: WLBT
JACKSON METRO AREA, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Tougaloo College class of 2018 graduated on Sunday.

NAACP president Derrick Johnson was a guest speaker, but the day, of course, was really about the students — or former students.

"Here we are, just four years later, still lost, confused and scared, but filled with determination, and readiness to take on what the world has to offer," said Kiera Reed, president of Tougaloo's 2018 graduating class.

It's another year, and with it comes another batch of wide-eyed graduates.

"I just want to tell my cousin Matura Atkinson, we are so proud of you!" shouted Tammy Atkinson, who was at the graduation specifically to see her cousin. 

The graduation brought a crowd of adoring, supportive friends and family members...and "crowd" is accurate, since there was standing room only out at the Campus Green.

Debraia Bell, who was at the graduation supporting her friend, said she and several others went to Tougaloo's cafeteria to get chairs.

The group also had to conquer some hot weather and a bit of a hike.

Melissa Abram's family was at the graduation supporting her son, Morale Abram Jr., and they came prepared for the heat.

"Well, they decided to have it 10 o'clock in the morning, outside, so we knew we'd need fans," said Abram. "So we decided to put his face on the fan!"

Tougaloo's graduation was different from most; instead of pomp and circumstance, the audience hard drums and bells.

"It's lovely! I liked when the bell was going off when I first got here," said Samara Dingiswayo, who was at the graduation supporting her friend. "I liked when I first got here, they walked around the whole thing, they got to see everyone and talk to their family. It was interesting, I liked that. That was something new that I haven't seen before."

Aside from the long walks, the high temperatures and the graduation itself, everyone in attendance had the same message: 

"We love you, we're so proud of you, and we're really really really really happy!" shouted Abram.

"Congratulations, 2018, I'm proud of you," added Dingiswayo. "You know, go out in the world, and do what you do!"

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