It's all about tradition for a Lee's Summit grad, because stepping across the stage to receive a diploma is nothing new for Amanda Carey's family.
"My grandfather graduated from here," said the English education major. "I'm the youngest of four. We all graduated from here. My parents went here."
The College of Education held its graduation in Jesse Hall Auditorium.
"It's such an accomplishment," said Associate Dean Deborah Carr. "We talk about the journey they have travelled to do this. Our students are so capable and they are so talented, and to come to this point in their lives and their careers, it's exciting for everybody."
Though the rest of their lives are ahead of them, this is a bittersweet moment.
"It's just a relief," Carey admitted. "It's just exciting. Think about all the work that's been in there. Think about all the times I've been in Jesse for everything else that I've been in there for, and to know that this is the last time as a student."
It's not just the students who are excited, as their parents joined in the fun, too.
"I am awfully excited," said parent John Urbanowicz. "I've been jumping up and down for awhile."
Many of the education students will walk off the stage and into a classroom. MU's College of Education is the oldest teacher-education program west of the Mississippi River.