Photos: Sun shines on Commencement 2014

Manuel from stage

UIndy President Robert Manuel addresses a vast crowd at Key Stadium during today’s commencement ceremony, which brought together undergraduate and graduate programs for the first time since 2002.

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Breezy but beautiful weather greeted attendees today at Key Stadium when UIndy celebrated commencement outdoors for the first time in a half-century.

More than 1,300 graduates were eligible to participate in the ceremony, and the football venue was configured to fit up to 10,000 for the occasion. This year’s graduates included a projected 80 doctoral candidates, 359 master’s degree candidates and 904 undergraduates, hailing from 28 states and 14 nations.

Although some colleges this year banned self-portrait photos from their commencement exercises, UIndy President Rob Manuel urged the graduates to take out their phones and send selfies to the world, announcing their pending arrival. Within moments, UIndy was trending on Twitter. See the best postings on the #UIndyGrad Storify page.

Recorded video coverage of the ceremony will be available soon at www.uindy.edu/graduation.

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