Posted: Dec 19, 2011 1:24 AM by Chris Welty
Updated: Dec 19, 2011 1:24 AM
Another big reason to celebrate for many UL students, Saturday was graduation day.
Commencement exercises were held over at the Cajundome and Convention Center Saturday morning.
In all, more than 13-hundred graduates walked across the stage to receive their diplomas, and this year a break in tradition for graduation.
Rather than a general assembly, each college held their own, individual ceremonies so graduates could head to New Orleans to cheer on the hometown team with degrees in hand.
Hundreds of UL Lafayette students lives were changed forever saturday morning as they walked into the Cajundome.
"Four years of hard work and crazy professors, but it was a good time," said graduate, Claire Walley.
A good time that definitely paid off as many students dreams became a reality.
"We have some real strong students this semester. A number of our students in the communication department already have jobs so they are already moving on to the next phase of their lives," said Professor Heidi Bordogna.
"We kind of don't believe it, we are about to start our careers, it is a whole 'nother step, another journey we are about to go on," said Donna Guidry.
Before that next journey begins, many graduating have other plans.
"I would imagine that there are a few of us that have plans to drive to New Orleans."
With the Ragin Cajuns first bowl game in 41 years, graduates were skipping the family portraits after receiving their degrees and were ready to get to the Big Easy.
"Are you doing Nola in the cap and gown? Nola in the cap and gown, yes sir, I will be on Bourbon in my cap and gown!" said graduate Alyssa Sinnegal.
"My entire family is coming. we've got new babies in the family, anniversaries, so we all said let's go to new orleans, support the Cajuns, and celebrate downtown in New Orleans," said Guidry.
A celebration that many of these Ragin Cajuns will never forget.