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More Than 1,500 December University of Nevada Graduates

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More than 1,500 students from the University of Nevada and their families and friends filled Lawlor Events Center Saturday morning for winter commencement.

"Sometimes challenging, but fun. College is a blast," says Cristianna Coleman, a graduate. "I'm sad it's over, but I'm excited for the next step."

Cristianna and Jocelyn Brockhage started at the university together four and a half years ago. On Saturday, they finished together.

"We met our freshmen year, and we've just been best friends since then," says Jocelyn. "So, we're happy that we can walk together and just enjoy the experience together."

One by one, the graduates walked across the stage while family and friends snapped photos and cheered them on.

Cristianna and Jocelyn both say having the degree is rewarding, but it's also the experiences outside of the classroom which define each and every one of these graduates.

"I think it's as long as you can learn as much as you can about yourself," says Jocelyn. "The education comes with it, but it's learning about yourself that I think comes first."

For parents, it was a bittersweet day. After commencement, Cristianna met her family in the stands. Her father also graduated from Nevada.

"I'm so proud of her for working hard and graduating, but I know that means she's grown up now and I'm not quite ready to let go," says Brett Coleman.

Some of these graduates will stay in northern Nevada, and some will leave. For Cristianna, it's on to the next adventure.

"Traveling," she says. "All over the world hopefully."

Written by Adam Rasmussen

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