It was a packed house inside the Beeghly Center on Youngstown State University's campus, as actor and Youngstown-native Ed O'Neill addressed YSU graduates, their families and their friends.
"I want to wish all of you the best of luck and as Al Bundy would say, 'Let's rock'," said actor Ed O'Neill.
More than 1200 diplomas were earned by students this spring. Between undergraduate and graduate students in attendance, nearly 900 people walked the stage to accept the piece of paper they've worked hard to achieve.
"I was like really excited because I am a non-traditional student and came back to school after 15 years, never thought it would happen. So I am really happy," said TaNisha Hines of Youngstown.
"When you put so much time and effort and when you've been here for five years getting my degree, you put all of that time and effort into it, you are happy to be rewarded for what you've put into it," said Craig Ziobert of Austintown.
"It was like pure happiness. It was something that I have been dreaming about doing for a while and just to do it is so exciting," said Jonathan Camuso of McDonald.
Just as the newest group of YSU graduates transition into the next chapter of their lives, so will the university's President Dr. Cynthia Anderson, who's been at YSU since her days as a students and is retiring soon.
"I believed then and my belief has only gotten stronger day by day that I made a great decision, a decision which I've never had any regrets. I never believed some other university was better than the one I was attending and that belief has held strong for 35 plus years," said Youngstown State University President Dr. Cynthia Anderson.
A belief she hopes will ring true for newest graduating class of Youngstown State University.