More than one thousand students walked across the stage Saturday, and can now call themselves proud alumni of the University of Illinois Springfield.
Commencement was held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield.
1,106 students took part.
New graduates say that going through graduation feels like a rite of passage.
"It's definitely kind of like an awakening feeling today, especially putting on the cap and gown. And seeing all the graduates, and knowing that this - I have to be an adult now, doing adult things as well, I'm excited though and i'm proud to be where I am today," said Rebbecca Ramirez.
The story was reported by Fox Illinois on May 14, 2016.
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