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Graduates change their tassels during the ceremony.
President Ruud helps a graduate with her cap.

Wind doesn't deter graduates, record crowd

Brisk winds May 8 didn't deter more than 900 seniors from participating in the Spring Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony, and it didn't deter a record crowd of friends and family from attending the program in Seth Grove Stadium.

Approximately 10,000 people jammed the stadium seating, stood along the track and watched from outside the stadium as the graduates received their diploma covers.

Guest speaker was U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, junior senator from New Hampshire and a 1969 Shippensburg alumna. To read her commencement address, click here.

Kyler Ford, senior class president, also spoke on behalf of the graduates.

In a special presentation, local business and civic leader Kenneth R. Shoemaker was named an honorary Shippensburg University Alumnus. The award was presented by Wendy McCrory Rotz, president of the Shippensburg University Alumni Association, on behalf of the association for Shoemaker's long-time support of the university. Shoemaker currently is a member of the university's Council of Trustees.

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U. S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Shippensburg alumna, gestures during her commencement speech.