At West Virginia University’s Commencement, life changed direction with a few syllables.

“Move the tassel to the left.”

“So help me God.”

“Will you marry me?”

Most in swishing their tassels opened a door: to a job, to change, to relief. Some agreed to give their lives in service to their country. One agreed to love.

Four thousand adults walked across a stage with smiles, anticipation and solemnity the weekend of May 13-15 in Morgantown. The proud few were commissioned as officers into the U.S. Army or Air Force. And at the Davis College commencement, Melissa Collazo promised to marry her boyfriend Estevan Herrera before a crowd of graduates, parents and friends.

They remembered the struggles, they were justified in their faith and they were confident in their achievement.

Be a part of their triumph, see their smiles and glimpse their love as you watch WVU’s 2011 Commencement sights and sounds video produced by WVU’s University Relations/News.


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