Graduates Turn their Tassels in Tallahassee

Posted at 5:22 PM, Apr 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-30 17:22:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Students from FAMU and FSU donned their caps and gowns this weekend.

Florida A & M University celebrated their rattlers with a commencement ceremony both Friday and Saturday. This morning's address was given by Florida Commissioner of Agriculture, Adam Putnam.

In his speech he commended the work from FAMU professors and challenged students in education majors to match that success. Putnam went on to encourage students in STEM education to pursue opportunities in the sunshine state, all while commending the class of 2016 for their hard work and accomplishments.

Students weren't the only ones being recognized at FAMU's graduation today.

Dr. Vivian Wright Wilson honored as a distinguished graduate and parent of FAMU. Wright first worked at FAMU, but would later graduate from the university to go on and work in the school system. A few years ago, Wilson was diagnosed with a brain tumor, but after undergoing brain surgery she went back to FAMU for her PHD. Dr. Wilson was honored for her service to the community along with her daughter and five grand kids who also graduated today from FAMU.

Meanwhile at Florida State University, commencement ceremonies continued through Saturday. International weather and climate expert, Marshall Shepherd addressed the 2016 graduates, encouraged them to take control over their success and serve others in the process.

Graduation festivities continue on Sunday beginning with the FSU College of Law at 11 AM.