JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A record number of graduates received their diplomas Saturday at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.
ASU held two commencement ceremonies for its largest graduating class ever, which exceeded 2,100 students. The university says that's at least 100 more graduates than last year.
Dustin McDaniel, the Arkansas attorney general, delivered the commencement address to the students, their families and friends.
Audra Haynes, a social work major, says getting her Bachelor's degree was 20 years in the making, and she attributes her classmates to helping her achieve that goal.
"They've always been there for me through thick and thin," Haynes said, holding back tears, "when classes were tough, when we did our group projects – everything. They've meant everything to me."
With diploma in hand, Haynes can now turn her focus to the job search. She hopes to work for a nursing home assisting the elderly, who she says are often forgotten.