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Pomp and Circumstance at UIS
Pomp and circumstance for students at the University of Illinois at Springfield.
More than 1,300 UIS graduates earned their diplomas Saturday.
Many of the university's online students had never even been to Springfield before the big ceremony. More than 40 came all the way to Illinois to meet their professors face-to-face for the very first time.
"They're excited. A lot of them have been excited about some of the things that they've seen downtown. They're doing some of the tourist opportunities and seeing the museum and so those things are all fun," UIS Center for Online Research and Service Director Vickie Cook said.
UIS has more than 440 online students from 45 states and 13 other countries. Online majors make up more than 32% of enrollment at UIS.