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A record 8,363 students graduated from the U on May 7, and not even stormy skies could dampen the festivities. Here's a look back at this year's commencement and convocation ceremonies.

A record 8,363 students—from 24 Utah counties, 50 U.S. states and 77 countries—graduated from the U this spring, a record for the university.

Storm clouds hovered above on the evening of the commencement ceremony as well as the next day, when college convocations were held across campus. However, the rain held off for the most part, though even the most torrential downpours could not have dampened the spirits of the newly graduated. A fraction of the festive scenes can be seen on Storify.

The ceremony itself was full of pomp and circumstance (as it should be) and students, faculty and alumni were recognized for their achievements. Jan Miller won the Rosenblatt Prize for Excellence, the U’s most prestigious award. Distinguished teaching honors were also announced and can be seen here. Three honorary degree recipients—Anne Cullimore Decker, Henry B. Eyring and Mark Fuller—all alumni of the University of Utah, were recognized. Their tribute videos from the ceremony are below.

Anne Cullimore Decker, Doctor of Fine Arts

Henry B. Eyring, Doctor in Humane Letters

Mark Fuller, Doctor in Engineering

The commencement address was delivered by U alumnus and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald. Here’s a look at his story:

Commencement can be viewed in its entirety here.

Congratulations to the Class of ’15! You truly are an inspiring group!