Illinois State University’s newest graduates were awarded their degrees Saturday at winter commencement, cheered on by their family and friends who braved some snowy conditions to be there.

More than 1,350 degrees were awarded during the two ceremonies at Redbird Arena, which began just as the snow was letting up in Bloomington-Normal. The wintry weather made for some memorable photos before and after the ceremonies, as shared all over social media.

Here are some of your best photos, tweets, and posts from winter commencement, many shared using the official #RedbirdProud hashtag.

And find more photos from Illinois State’s commencement on our Flickr page.

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