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BATON ROUGE - Today marked a batch of important life moments as Southern University in Baton Rouge graduated a total of 465 students today and two close brothers were among that number with a trail of tribulations left conquered in their wake.

Beyond being a big day for the large number of proud grads and their families, this year's commencement ceremony is equally important to the university itself as it falls during the university's 100 year celebration of being on the Bluff.

Two students thankful for endurig the travails of the collegiate life are brothers, Marcus and Brandon Doss. The two brand new graduates were born only a year a part and both expressed gratitude for all of the support they received during their college years at Southern.

"You're thankful. You can't say enough about the people who supported you up until this point. You want to keep your faith and keep moving forward," said Marcus Doss.

The Doss brothers say Southern University is a part of the legacy of their family and adds extra sentimentality to their collection of Nursing degrees on Friday.

The brothers openly admitted the importance of how much helping each other in any way they could during their academic experience was key. It made them even closer as brothers as they both pushed their future options forward.

"He'll pick something up in class that I wouldn't pick up. We'll help each other study, help each other get to class," said Brandon Doss.

Despite the triumphant, sunshine-filled atmosphere of Friday's graduation ceremony, it hasn't always been the best of times for the Doss brothers.

The brothers are from New Orleans and experienced the sense of loss and tragedy that came ashore with 2005's Hurricane Katrina. To add insult to injury, each of the brothers' high school transcripts were swallowed up by rising waters of Katrina and were lost for good.

The missing transcripts would later come back to cause headaches when the Doss brothers tried to suit up for Jaguars football team once they got to Southern. The transcript mix-up caused Brandon and Marcus to be forced to sit out a year when they could have been contributing to SUBR's gridiron cause.

It was all worth it though as the brothers cashed in on the benefit of their hard work and perseverance and collected their degrees at Friday's commencement.

"It was oppressive but we overcame it...working with the administration here at Southern, they overcame that situation and helped us pursue our dream and play sports," said Marcus Doss.



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