KENT, Ohio -- The sun shone down Saturday morning as Kent State University celebrated its newest graduates at its Spring 2017 Commencement.

It was a special ceremony as, for the very first time, all graduates from the eight-campus system convened and were honored in one ceremony.

The ceremony also featured Academy Award-winning actress and author Octavia Spencer as the keynote speaker.

In all, KSU conferred 5,636 degrees, including 992 associate degrees, 3,319 bachelor’s degrees, 1,139 master’s degrees, 181 doctoral degrees and five educational specialist degrees.

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