It might have been a rainy day, but thousands of college students around the state are taking their first steps toward a bright future.The University of Maine at Orono, University of Maine Augusta…Thomas College..Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College students received diplomas on Saturday.Commencement Speakers ranged from Senator Susan Collins to Lawrence Bender, an academy award winning producer. Even though graduation is an exciting day for students, educators said the whole school treats the event like a holiday. President of EMCC, Lawrence Barrett, said, “It makes me proud. This is the day we really always wait for. It’s sort of like Christmas day for educators, faculty, staff, and administrators. So, this is the day we lead up to every year, so it’s really great.”EMCC handed out diplomas to it’s largest graduating class in the school’s history.