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Governor Deal speaks at Darton Commencement

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

As the state launches an effort to get more college students to complete college, Governor Nathan Deal spoke to several hundred Darton State College students doing just that on Tuesday.

"I'm honored to be here'" said Governor Nathan Deal.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal had encouraging words for graduating Darton College students Tuesday night.

"Congratulations are certainly appropriate," said Deal.

Deal encouraged students to consider continuing their education, and obtaining bachelor's degrees.

He says one state scholarship program helps middle school students who show college potential, but might not be able to afford it.

"Starting a guaranteed scholarship program, and if they will abide by the rules and regulations of keeping their grades up, and  having no discipline problems and meeting with mentors when they need to have those helps along the way then they'll be guaranteed a 2500 dollar scholarship," he said.

On rumors that Darton College could merge with another school, a decision that would come from the board of regents, Deal said it's a difficult decision.

"I think they have to look at these things very carefully to make sure that the mergers that occur work for everybody and that we advance upward instead of going the other way," said Deal.

But he says other recent college mergers have worked out well so far.

"I think they have gone relatively well. Its always difficult when you feel you may have lose part of your identity but I think overall the judgements that have been made about which schools to bring together have worked out very well," he said.

Despite recent cuts to HOPE grants for technical college students, the Governor stressed at students in certain high demand fields can still get full tuition. 

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