Saturday, May 14th is graduation day for 2,870 Texas Tech University seniors. One graduate sends a message; for everyone who doesn't complete their bachelor degree on the first try, she is living proof that you can return to school and finish your higher education journey successfully.
Hundreds of Texas Tech students take their final steps as college students on Saturday, and hundreds more proud parents commemorate the moment with pictures.
English Literature graduate, Elizabeth McWilliams said, "I can't believe this day is here. I've been waiting for this day for the last three semesters!"
McWilliams took a hiatus to the "real world" after attending school for three years. Eight years later she returned to school. Saturday, graduation day, that journey came to an end.
"Now that I'm here, I've finally done it. It's taken me so long and it's wonderful. The feeling for me is almost the point of crying because I'm so happy to actually have gotten here now," said McWilliams.
McWilliams' father, Joseph King, was among the thousands watching and cheering, but he gets a sideline seat with the rest of the professors. King is a professor and chairman of Tech's Economics and Geography Department. Seeing his daughter cross into alumni Raider territory is perhaps one of his more rewarding moments as a father.
"The family is very proud," said King, "especially because she had started out earlier and came back and finished what she had started."
For those of you thinking you could never earn your own degree, McWilliams says you can and you should.
"People are going to look at you completely different, and i can vouch for that," said McWilliams. "Once you have your degree, people talk to you differently."