MURRAY, Ky. — Soon-to-be graduate Jocelyn Rhymes is feeling a little bit of every emotion that is to be expected as the end of her journey at Murray State University nears.

“Knowing that graduation is approaching has me feeling somewhere between overwhelmed, relieved and excited,” Rhymes says. “Knowing that these four years are coming to an end is very relieving, but knowing that I am about to jump into the real world is very overwhelming.”

Rhymes, a senior from Memphis, Tennessee, is a student in the Emerging Scholars Institute through the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and will graduate from Murray State in May with a degree in communication disorders.

Her campus involvement is deep and worthy of recognition. It includes serving as a Great Beginnings leader, Summer Orientation counselor, Black Student Council parliamentarian and Campus Activities Board member. She also serves as the current chapter president for the Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

There has been a true purpose in each of these activities and commitments for Rhymes, serving as  critical steps along the road of her Racer journey and providing opportunities for self-discovery.

“All of these experiences have sparked different interests in me,” Rhymes says . “They have allowed me to use my influence for positivity, and they have allowed me to share my story and enjoy myself while doing it.”

Rhymes, a first-generation graduate in her family, changed her major entering her junior year but will still graduate within four years of having started her time at Murray State.

When Rhymes walks across the stage as part of the May 12 undergraduate commencement ceremony and officially becomes a Murray State alumna, she will share the achievement with her family and friends.

But, in addition to this, she hopes the achievement serves as an inspiration for future Racers who strive for the same life-altering accomplishment in the future.

“I always believed that I was getting this degree for me, but in this past year, I have realized that it is for all of those people who don’t believe they can,” Rhymes says. “This is a milestone that means I can push through and keep going. It means that I have accomplished a piece of a bigger picture.”

Rhymes perhaps says it best when asked to summarize her feelings with graduation approaching so quickly: “Most importantly, knowing that I came, I saw and I conquered is the most exciting and rewarding part.”

Commencement services at Murray State will take place May 12 in the CFSB Center with an undergraduate ceremony at 9 a.m.and a graduate and doctoral ceremony at 2 p.m. Tickets will not be required for either ceremony. Use #RacerGraduation on social media to share the commencement experience. Additional information is available at murraystate.edu/commencement.

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