The University of Massachusetts celebrated the graduation of approximately 5,500 students on Friday afternoon.
Gov. Deval Patrick, in his final year as leader of the Bay State, was the event's keynote speaker.
Patrick, who has paid many visits to UMass during his time as governor, told the graduates that he wanted them to be good citizens as they move on from college life.
School officials told CBS 3 that Patrick has increased their budget during his time in office and helped bring new buildings to campus, including the life sciences center.
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