ULM breaks records on graduation day

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MONROE, La, (KNOE) - A record-breaking day on ULM'S campus in more ways than one.

On Saturday, the university graduated it's biggest class ever, and one school graduated 100 percent of its class.

''Mama I made!” said Briana Franklin. “We did it!"

Nine hundred twenty-three caps and gowns filled the Fant-Ewing Coliseum Saturday as ULM'S biggest graduating class yet.

"Today is really special because we have our largest commencement in history of the university," said ULM's President Nick Bruno.

Students say it's a big accomplishment for the school.

"ULM has grown so much,” said Scarlett Eaton. “You can see it around campus. The atmosphere and everything like that is changing. I'm really excited to see what's in store for ULM."

And that's not all. One hundred percent of their nursing students got a degree today.

"I was at the medical laboratory sciences awards banquet and every one of those students have jobs waiting for them,” said Bruno. “Of course our accounting and computer science and construction management degrees are all doing that."

For many students, today is just the beginning of what they hope to accomplish.

"So next, I start dental school at LSU in New Orleans in July," said Gabrielle Ingram.

"Houston is possibly next for me. I'm just trying to get my name out there,” said Franklin. ”I am a photographer, Vintage Prints is my name."

And though, they're looking to the future, ULM memories will always stay with them.

"Big memories like homecoming and joining my sorority to just football games and study parties," said Ingram.

"Things like eating in the caf or just like studying in the library it's like all of a sudden it's like "oh my gosh, you're actually like graduating," said Eaton.

The graduates got their final lecture from keynote speaker judge Milton Moore, who encouraged them to vote and support higher education.

But one lesson they're sure to keep with them is what college taught them outside the classroom.

"Looking at me from a freshman to now, I've grown a lot as a person in general," said Franklin.

ULM also graduated a record number of almost 300 honor students.