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After 8 years of learning and training, 120 students at Meharry Medical College officially became doctors today.

And it's one of the happiest moments in their young lives.

"I can dance my envelope dance...I'm excited..."

Time stood still for Jersey Napolean and that envelope, waiting for the clock to tick down before she could open it.

When she did, the dancing started again. She's on her way to New York City to be a doctor, a true OMG moment.

Lots of squeezing and hugging filled Mariah Cheeven's day.

"I saw St. Louis Children's Hospital, that's where I'm going, for Pediatrics."

Eight years of medical school for master degrees, tons of work, and likely a lot of debt.

Match Day is really Achievement Day.

"I'm the first doctor in my family, it took me awhile but I'm here and gonna be a doctor," said Napolean.

Those are the words I heard everywhere.

"I'm a doctor!"

Cheeven couldn't stop saying it...

"I'm a doctor!"

So they can finally call themselves doctor, just as important they'll know for the first time they will get a paycheck.

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