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Kansas celebrates 142nd commencement

Associated Press - May 18, 2014 9:10 pm

The University of Kansas is joining 10 other major institutions in an initiative to increase graduation rates for low-income and first-generation college students.

The University of Kansas is joining 10 other major institutions in an initiative to increase graduation rates for low-income and first-generation college students.

The University of Kansas has held its 142nd annual commencement ceremony.

More than 4,000 students were candidates for graduation this spring, and 12,000 were invited to the commencement ceremony on Sunday.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports that Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little told the crowd at Memorial Stadium to “strive to be something bigger than your selfie.” Gray-Little then turned her back to the crowd and snapped a selfie of her own. In the background behind her thousands of Kansas graduates cheered.

Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan told the graduates he hoped they would use their education “to help others succeed, help everyone else along.”

The university also awarded two honorary doctorates, to vocalist Joyce Ann DiDonato and economist Vernon Smith.

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