WKU celebrates 174th Commencement Ceremony

Herald staff

WKU conferred degrees to almost 1,4000 new graduates on Saturday for it’s 174th Commencement ceremony, according to a WKU press release. 
Two ceremonies were held, one in the morning and another in the afternoon. Between the two ceremonies, 1,395 degrees were handed out in total, consisting of 87 associate, 951 baccalaureate, 343 masters, five specialist and nine doctor of education degrees. Four ROTC officers were also commenced, being presented honorary degrees.
“This may be the end of your collegiate career, but the requirement of commencement is that you must now commence,” President Gary Ransdell told graduates in the release. 
Class of 2013 closed the ceremony by waving red towels, as part of a WKU tradition. Each towel presented to the graduates had their graduating year printed across it. 
“I hope we have built you in a great sense of self-confidence, that we have raised your personal self-esteem and helped you to hone your instincts,” Ransdell said.