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May 9, 2006

Tifton--More than 200 students graduated from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College tonight in Tifton.

The two-year college has educated students for more than a hundred years. While it's primarily known for its agricultural programs, students say there's more to the school than one field of study.

It's the day these ABAC students have long awaited. "I've been waiting for this day now for two years now, and it's finally here," says Malerie Brown. She isn't your typical ABAC student. Rather than study agriculture, she studied news instead.

"As a major in journalism, I've learned so much about news reporting, talking to people," says Brown.

"People, whenever they first hear ABAC, they're just like 'you go to an agricultural school, that's so weird,' " says Ashley Harris. She studied business, and says the school offers a little something for everyone.

"All the divisions are unique and special in their own way," says Harris.

"You name it, we got it," says Ali Csinos, with the school's recruitment department. She says the school offers more than forty degrees.

"From English to science, math, agriculture, psychology, social science, education, " she says.

Today Governor Sonny Perdue shook hands with each ABAC grad.

"These ABAC graduates have a great future ahead of them," says Perdue.

And the job market looks even greater, especially in Georgia. "There are more opportunities than there ever have been," he says.

Although many graduates will persue fields in the agriculture business, Malerie says ABAC will actually help her become:

"A news anchor on CNN," she says.

ABAC is one of the largest two-year colleges in Georgia. About 3,500 students from 21 states attend classes at the school each year.

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