A class of more than 220 new troopers graduated from the New York State Police Academy's Basic School last week, and they will report for duty across the state on Thursday. At least five of them will begin their service with Troop E, which is headquartered in Canandaigua. The academy program lasts for 26 weeks, and is followed by an additional ten weeks of field training. It's the 204th graduating class in the academy's history. Seven of the graduates are originally from Monroe County, including trooper Olivia Beck, who said she's really looking forward to getting out on the road. "It feels great to finally be able to say that I'm a state trooper," Beck said. "It's a great feeling to see myself and all of my classmates walk across the stage in uniform, to see all of our hard work pay off after seven months, and not just the last seven months at the academy but the years that in took in preparation to get to the academy." Beck will be assigned to Troop D, which is headquartered in Oneida and serves seven counties in central New York. The graduation ceremony was held at the Empire State Plaza Convention Hall in Albany, where Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul congratulated the graduates and thanked them for their commitment to public service. "Six months ago these outstanding men and women answered the call to serve, and after the rigors of training they are ready to join one of the finest law enforcement agencies in the world," said Hochul. "This class chose the motto ‘Protecting New York to the core, we are the 204’, and nothing could speak more to their courage and sense of dedication." Hochul also said she was encouraged to see that the number of women in each class of troopers continues to grow. "Last time I spoke (at an academy graduation) there were 28 women among your ranks", Hochul said, "and today there are 42." Among them was Samantha Hartmann of Remsen (Oneida county), whose mother Beth Lamphere is also a state trooper. They are believed to be the first mother and daughter to both serve with the New York State police. In addition to honoring all graduates from the 204th academy class, New York State Police Superintendent George Beach presented individual awards to a handful of students. Trooper Joseph A. Sparacino, who will join Troop E in Canandaigua, received the Academic Achievement award for attaining the highest level of academic performance during training. Sparacino, 27, was a police officer with the town of Tonawanda before joining the State Police. "It's been my dream to be a trooper," Sparacino said. "I'm just excited to get back on the road and do the job I love doing."