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Darton graduates 330 students

Sara Everett applauds fellow candidates for graduation during Darton College’s spring commencement Thursday at Cavalier Arena.

Sara Everett applauds fellow candidates for graduation during Darton College’s spring commencement Thursday at Cavalier Arena.

ALBANY, Ga. — As the long line of robed graduates walked from J Building to the Darton Arena, some in the line complained about the heat, but most were ready to move on to the next stage in their lives.

More than 330 graduates received associate’s degrees or certificates Thursday evening as Darton College conducted its 2012 Spring Commencement.

“I am so nervous and hot and I’m glad it’s over with,” Leah Corbin of Moultrie said as she strode forward to pick up her Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education.

Corbin plans to pursue a bachelor of science at Albany State University.

“I’m just ready to get these heels off,” Grace Berggre of Albany said as she prepared to pick up an her A.S. degree. “I’m going to get a job at Phoebe (Putney Memorial Hospital) and start a family.”

Rebecca Brown of Albany, who earned an Associate of Arts in Business Administration, said, “I’m so ready for this to be over with. I am ready to be through.”

Kently Hall from Wilmington, N.C., who was picking up an A.S. in Pre-Med, plans to pursue medicine at East Carolina University. “I’m closing a chapter on 11 years in Georgia,” Hall said.”I’m enthusiastic and sad at the same time.”

Steven Kilcrease of Sylvester earned an A.A. in Business Administration said he will continue to work at Birdsong Peanuts.

“I feel really good,” Kilcrease said. “I feel like I have accomplished something in my life and I am proud of it.”

Once the graduates were seated, Darton President Peter Sireno took to the podium.

“Tonight marks the culmination of all your hard work,” Sireno said. “Just remember we are still working hard on our goal of offering four-year degrees. Who knows? You might be back later to earn a baccalaureate degree.”

Sireno then introduced the evening’s speaker — Maj. Gen. Charles Hudson, commanding general of Marine Corps Logistics Command.

“I’ll be brief, because this night is not about me, but it is is about the people gathered right here in front of me,” Hudson said. “This is the beginning of your career or the next step in your academic endeavors. Remember your time here, for those memories will remain with you for the rest of your lives.”