Exclusive On 6: Paine College Students Getting Ready For Graduation
By Mike Miller, WJBF Weekend Anchor and Investigative Reporter - email
Augusta, GA -
Just a few days ago, Paine College students were frantically running around campus after a shooting took place there, but on Thursday, about a hundred students were smiling, as they are set to graduate this weekend.
"It's a celebration now. 4 years of hard academic work paying off. Many of our graduates already have jobs, so we are trying to shift now into what we do best, which is to prepare kids for their futures," Paine College Senior VP of Institutional Advancement Brandon Brown said.
News Channel 6 had clearance with Paine College to cover the graduation rehearsal on Thursday. We were invited inside and even interviewed a college official.
"We are very saddened by the events of earlier this week. We are praying for all the individuals involved, and have been very excited about our students responses about safety measures for the campus community," Tina Marshall-Bradley said.
Next, students and faculty prayed together about the upcoming graduation. After that, a college official asked us to leave the building. We thought we had clearance to be there, so when Brandon Brown was at Television Park for The Means Report, we asked him what happened.
"I think there was a communications issue initially. Someone from WJBF called and spoke with someone. That message did not get to me. So I take responsibility for the incident today. I certainly apologize to you," Brown said.
Graduation is set for this Sunday at 9:00am at the Heal Complex.
"We're happy that students are getting those smiles back. Parents are beginning to arrive in town," Brown said.