More than 2,500 students were honored during the Saturday undergraduate commencement ceremonies at Northern Illinois University.
Friends, family, and relatives filled the stands of the Convocation Center for graduate activities.
NIU President Doug Baker acknowledged three students for what he calls notable achievements. ROTC graduate Maria Colompos was one of those students recognized for their accomplishments while attending NIU.
Three ROTC students, including Colompos, were recognized for becoming officers in the United States Army. All three are being stationed elsewhere, including locations such as Germany.
The NIU Steel Band performed in the commencement ceremonies for the third consecutive year.