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On Saturday, May 9, thousands filled Rupp Arena to celebrate the University of Kentucky Class of 2015.

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College of Education graduate students celebrate prior to the ceremony.

The May 2015 Commencement Ceremonies recognized the accomplishments of undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Nearly 2,000 undergraduates and 475 graduate and professional students were expected to participate in Saturday’s ceremonies; overall, approximately 2,961 undergraduate, 1,089 graduate and 448 professional degree candidates have been submitted to the UK Board of Trustees for approval.

The May 2015 graduates (as well as December 2015 graduates) received unique diplomas that honor the university’s sesquicentennial. All diplomas bear a seal commemorating 150 years of UK’s dedication to research, education and service.

UK President Eli Capilouto delivered remarks at all three ceremonies, and a student also addressed the audience at each of the undergraduate ceremonies, as per UK tradition.

Followers of UK’s Twitter account (twitter.com/universityofky) could follow along with the Commencement activities via live tweets prior to and during the event. Social media users were encouraged to use the hashtag #ukgrad to honor all the graduates.

All three ceremonies were streamed live at www.uky.edu/uknow, the university’s news website. Full video of each ceremony will be available within two weeks after Commencement on the university’s YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/universityofkentucky.