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Friday, 7:03 PM: Students gather post-Commencement on University Drive.

Recessional music from McGuirk Alumni Stadium floats through the air as UMass Amherst graduates pose before a new campus welcome sign. “The world was not meant for those who simply wish to live the dream,” student speaker Conor James O’Kelly ’17 told the crowd of graduates and supporters. “It’s for those who wish to change the dream.” It’s the perfect background music, and the perfect backdrop, for a perfect moment.