Rowdy cheers, squeals of delight and occasional tears brought on by overwhelming pride.
Rounds of applause, followed by still more rounds of applause.
A steady stream of new graduates, each taking a moment in the spotlight to receive the unwieldy academic hood that symbolically proclaims “Congratulations, Doctor!”
That’s how the College of Pharmacy minted 12 new doctors of philosophy and 94 new doctors of pharmacy last Friday morning.
The video slideshow here captures some of the joy and excitement of the 800 or so graduates, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, spouses, children, sweethearts, friends and colleagues who came to Centennial Hall to make Convocation 2014 special.
Steven Boyles, PharmD class president, recalled many of the challenges faced by class members during their academic journey and said, “We became a family in these halls.” Remarking on the transition from sharing experiences to embarking on new individual pathways, he said, “Change is never good or bad; it simply is” and reminded classmates “to make your mark on the world and never forget where we began.”