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Class of 2014: University of Illinois Commencement

URBANA -- "When it comes to the discovery of knowledge, we teach that there are no limits, there are no boundaries, there is nothing that we cannot do," University of Illinois Trustee Christopher Kennedy told students at Saturday's commencement.

It's an accomplishment. 

For graduating students, like Ewa Kaszuba  at U of I -- Saturday's ceremony brought them closer to their goals.

"To feel four years worth of work and accomplishment, and just to have my family here to see it -- it's the best day of my life probably," Kaszuba said.

Earning two degrees, she is the first in her family to graduate from college. She calls today her biggest honor.

"All three ceremonies, my mom goes, 'if you're not walking, I will walk for you," she said.

University alumni and astronaut, Mike Hopkins, gave this year's commencement speech. He spoke to more than 3,000 students, and hundreds of others, Reminding them that their degree does not shape their impact on the world.

"You have the power to define your success," Hopkins said.

For students like Mary Davidson, that success will come right after graduation.

"I'm going to grad school for speech language pathology at St. Xavier in Chicago," Davidson said.

Masters student Zachary Grotovsky has a job waiting for him.

"My long-term goal is to work for a German company, right now I'm starting with a sales position in the south suburbs of Chicago," he said.

Regardless of their paths, the University of Illinois is proud to see them go.

"So, to you the class of 2014 -- to the future leaders of the United States and proud members of the University of Illinois Alumni Association -- I say, well done," said U of I Chancellor Phyllis Wise.

ABC NewsChannel 15's Kim Shine reports.