Today 1,342 students walked onto the stage at UWSP as college students, and walked off of it as graduates.
That means there were 1,342 journeys, each one unique, that brought students to UWSP.
For students like Shannon Gildersleeve, who's dad also graduated from UW Stevens Point in 1984, having been able to carry on a family legacy has had its advantages.
"He warned me of what to expect. All that inside knowledge really helps." Gildersleeve said.
They say that college seniors are a world away from where they were when they were starting college. For students like Shantanu Pai, who is from India, that statement is very true.
"I wanted to study the environment, so I decided what a better place than Stevens Point, Wisconsin to come and study Natural Resources." Pai said.
While not everyone who walked across the stage today came from as far away as India, everyone has a unique story to tell about what led them to graduation day.
Saturday's ceremony wasn't just about handing out 1,300 diplomas. It was about celebrating the hard work and dedication of everyone who walked across the stage today.