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A look back at Undergraduate Commencement (PHOTOS)

There were plenty of smiles and cheers and even a few tears this past weekend as more than 3,000 undergraduates capped off their academic journey at Ohio University during Commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 3, on the Athens Campus.

Ohio University administrators, faculty, staff and students as well as proud parents and loved ones packed the Convocation Center to honor members of OHIO’s Class of 2014 and welcome them into the Bobcat alumni family.

Here are few memorable moments from Saturday’s events:

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Ohio University graduates celebrate as they begin the procession into the Convocation Center for the Commencement ceremony.

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Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis welcomes everyone to this year’s Undergraduate Commencement, telling the Class of 2014, “Today, we honor you, your achievement, your commitment and your passion.”

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Members of Ohio University’s Class of 2014 move their tassels from right to left after President Roderick J. McDavis confers their degrees. The color of the tassel indicates the graduate’s field of study.

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Michael Ciraky gives Ohio University graduate Alexandria Cooke a hug after Saturday’s Commencement ceremony. Ciraky had driven Cooke to Athens from Solon, Ohio, in Northeast Ohio for her first visit to the campus four years ago.

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Charles “Chuck” R. Stuckey Jr. delivers the Commencement address at Saturday’s ceremony. Stuckey, a 1966 OHIO alumnus who earned a degree in mechanical engineering and received an honorary doctor of engineering degree in 2005, is chairman emeritus of computer security giant RSA Security and led a prestigious 40-year career in the field of information technology. A stalwart supporter of Ohio University, Stuckey shared with the graduates five lessons he learned throughout his personal and professional journey:

Don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone.

Never lose sight of where you came from or compromise on your values.

Listen to your inner voice or gut in making important decisions in life. Let passion – not dollars – be your motivator.

Surround yourself with the brightest and smartest people you can find, and then try to keep out of their way.

It’s not the failures in life, but how we respond to them, that determine how much success we’ll ultimately achieve.

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Members of Kappa Alpha Psi join together in song outside of the Convocation Center following the Ohio University Commencement ceremony on Saturday.

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Adam Bogden celebrates after being recognized on stage at the Ohio University Commencement ceremony on Saturday.

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Honors Tutorial College graduates, from left, Taylor Reinhart, Renee Hagerty and Tyler Borchers snap a selfie before the start of Saturday’s Commencement ceremony at Ohio University.

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OHIO graduate Hannah Van Brunt pays tribute to her home state of Kansas by decorating her mortarboard with a “Wizard of Oz” theme. There were plenty of eye-catching mortarboard designs at this year’s Commencement ceremonies, including a couple decorated with LED lighting.

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Ohio University’s Convocation Center played host to all of the University’s Commencement ceremonies on Saturday. The University’s final Commencement ceremony of the semester – for graduates of the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine – will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 10, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.