Georgia Military College kicked off a Memorial Day weekend full of local graduation ceremonies by holding commencement exercises for the junior college Friday morning. Parents and other family members proudly packed the GMC Activity Center located on the historic grounds of Central State Hospital. Around 250 graduates were handed their degrees after hearing from commencement speaker U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary Brito, the commanding general for the Army’s Maneuver Center for Excellence at Fort Benning.