MONROE,La. (KNOE)- Waves of cheers and excitement filled Fant-Ewing Coliseum as ULM’s class of 2019 walked across the stage.
"It's a relief. It really is," says 2019 graduate Mykel Wilson.
"Thanks for all the support and I love you," beamed another graduate as she talked about her family support.
There was only standing room as family and friends filled the venue to capacity. For some, today is a family milestone.
"She's the first one that graduated from our family, from college", said proud family member Clarissa Westbrook.
The crowd of 900 graduates was 68% female and featured students from 55 different Louisiana parishes.
Governor John Bel Edwards beamed with pride over the school's dedication to diversity and told the students to keep working hard.
"209 completed their degrees online, your ages range in age from 19 to 63. 51 of you are international students," said Edwards.
In his commencement speech, he offered graduates words of encouragement.
“While one journey may be ending, another one is just beginning," said Edwards.
"Pray as if everything depends on God. And work as if everything depends on you."
As students celebrate walking to campus for the last time, President Nick Bruno left them with one final message.
The sun always shines with on ULM," said Bruno.
President Nick Bruno says the graduating class holds many of ULM’s 4 thousand interns.
Together they put $22 million into the economy. U-L-M was also voted one of the safest colleges in America.