Grads appreciate support from families

Published 05/12 2013 07:51PM

Updated 05/13 2013 11:43AM

URBANA -- There were thousands of smiling people at graduation. But not all of them went to the commencement ceremony.

Alexiaa Jordan was scheduled to go to Sunday morning's event. But she skipped out to spend a little more time with her family before they had to leave town. She said she counted on them to help her through while she was at the University of Illinois.

"It's almost breathtaking," said Jordan. "It's hard to explain because those two am nights when you have no other hope to lean on, you're thinking about your family. They got me through the rough nights."

Many other grads stopped by where the Alma Mater statue used to be to take pictures with their friends and family. It's expected to be back for next year's graduation. People said they were happy to make new memories and get ready for the next chapter in their lives.

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