Students, families celebrate during JSU’s 2019 undergraduate commencement

Jackson State Graduation

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - More than 900 undergraduates received degrees Saturday from Jackson State University during commencement.

Jelicia Smith received an Industrial Technology degree. She said, “I’m a little emotional. If I cry, I’m cutting onions. This is what we’ve all been waiting for, but our families are proud. Just a great feeling.”

“It’s been a really long journey, and I’m just ready to get to the end. Start my new job. Start my new chapter in my life,” said Ena Keys who received a degree in Meteorology.

JSU moved the ceremony from Veterans Memorial Stadium to its Athletics Center because of the rain. The change of venue didn’t put a damper on how graduates feel about getting to this moment.

“Going straight out of high school I’m so proud of not only myself. I thank God for getting me here,” said Justin Bonds who received a Meteorology Degree.

Darrian Jackson, who received a Physics Degree, stated, "My JSU experience has been very fun. I’ve had times when I’ve cried and been depressed, but it was a very fun experience.

Many of the graduates have no anxiety about their future. They already have job opportunities lined up. Others plan to continue their education in graduate school. Some will serve their country in the military. They’re all thrilled about their next chapter.

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