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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's community colleges will hand out a record number of diplomas during this month's graduation ceremonies.

More than 3,000 students are graduating from the state's seven community colleges in May.

The first ceremony will be held Thursday at Central Maine Community College in Auburn. The largest commencement, at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, takes place May 20.

Maine Community College System President John Fitzsimmons says more than 90 percent of the graduates who go into the workforce in the coming months will end up staying in Maine.

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