RICHMOND, Ky. - (WKYT/WYMT) - Saturday was a night to remember for thousands who can now call themselves Eastern Kentucky University Alum.
It was also an historic night as First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama delivered the commencement speech.
Many folks remember graduation day like it was yesterday; dressed in a cap and gown, carrying a diploma, half listening to the key note speakers-- but the 2013 EKU graduates probably won't ever forget the night Mrs. Obama spoke at their graduation.
“It’s amazing. I’m so excited, it’s an honor I can’t believe it, it’s not something I would have expected from my graduation from EKU,” said Kristie Hamon, an EKU grad.
To the 600 graduates in the audience about to embark on the next chapter of their life, Mrs. Obama's speech offered hope, encouragement and inspiration.
“You all should be proud, as the president says ‘this is a huge milestone in your life.’ I’m sure all of you are feeling the unbridled joy and the sure sense of utter relief,” Mrs. Obama said.
We spoke with many graduates who said that Saturday’s speech was one for the history books.
For the veteran graduates, with red, white and blue cords draped over their gowns, Michelle Obama’s words really resonated.
“Being a veteran, it’s very important to me because I served for a year over in Iraq so having the Commander –In-Chief’s wife give a speech is very amazing,” said Rebecca Cunningham, an EKU grad.
The first lady's 30 minute speech certainly offered enough words of wisdom to help guide the graduates for a lifetime.
During Saturday’s graduation, Michelle Obama was awarded an honorary doctorate, becoming part of EKU alumni.