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Paine College wraps up homecoming weekend

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In an explosion of song and praise, (NAT) gospel choirs around Augusta rocked Gilbert-Lambuth Memorial Chapel on Paine College's campus. The concert brings an end to the school's homecoming weekend, celebrating 131 years of academic excellence.

"That's just a long time that Paine has been up and running and educated young black students like me. And I'm so grateful to be a part of that legacy," said Dennisha Patterson, a former Paine College student.

Founded as a high school in 1882, the school was called The Paine Institute. It gradually added a college component, awarding its first four-year degrees in 1901 and renamed as Paine College. Since then, the school has graduated thousands of alumni; many who return every year.

The homecoming weekend kicked off with the 13th annual Scholarship Masked Ball, raising money for honor students. Saturday festivities began with the homecoming parade, then the Lions hit the hardwood in the HEAL Complex for the homecoming game.

"It's amazing because it's good when you can have your own school fun at your school," said Conroy Richards, a sophomore at Paine College.

This was the first time in more than a decade the basketball teams played on their home court for its homecoming game – keeping in line with this year's theme: ‘Homecoming Returns Home.' The HEAL Complex helped the homecoming game set a record 2,319 fans in attendance.

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