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UK Students Celebrate Victory at Rupp

Reported by: Paris Lewbel
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Updated: 5/10 8:30 pm
We all love victories at Rupp and like always, thousands of fans packed into the arena on Saturday, but this time to celebrate a different kind of victory.

Thousands of students celebrated the victory of graduating in University of Kentucky's 147th commencement. At 9 a.m. the college held ceremonies for the students the are receiving Graduate and Professional degrees.

Then at 1 p.m., the university held the undergraduate ceremony for the Colleges of: Agriculture, Food and Environment; the Gatton College of Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; and Nursing.

Finally at 6 p.m., UK's second undergraduate ceremony was held for the Colleges of: Arts and Sciences; Communication and Information; Design; Fine Arts; Health Sciences; and Social Work.

In all three commencement ceremonies on Saturday, the university's President Eli Capilouto was on-hand to address the graduates, and in UK's tradition, a different student was selected to address each of the undergraduate commencements.

At the 1 p.m. ceremony, Emily Willett, from Ormond Beach, Fla. addressed the crowd. She is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in management from the Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Then in the 6 p.m. ceremony, Pooja Reddy from Glascow, Ky. was selected to address the crowd. She is graduating Cum Laude with a degree in psychology from the UK College of Arts & Sciences. She has two minors, political science and international studies, and a global studies certificate.

The day was filled with excitement today, but Capilouto said it was also a time for memories.

Some students we talked to say, although the might be leaving Lexington to begin writing the next chapter of their life, they will always be a Wildcat at heart.

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