University of Louisville Magazine

SUM 2018

The University of Louisville Alumni Magazine: for alumni, faculty, staff, students and anyone that is a UofL Cardinal fan.

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8 UOFLMAGAZINE.COM It was a fond farewell for thousands of graduates during the spring 2018 Commencement ceremonies in May. More than 3,100 students completed their degrees during the spring semester and more than 2,000 of those graduates took part in graduation day. The 2018 ceremony also was the final Commencement for beloved university personality Phil Laemmle (pictured at right). Laemmle, known as "Dr. Phil," is a retired UofL professor who has been University Ritualist for more than three decades. He typically sets the tone for commencement when he steps into the arena and gravely tells the audience that he has two important requests. The first is to stay off the main com- mencement floor. The second is to "have as much damn fun as you can." When acting provost Dale Billingsley told the crowd it would be Laemmle's last commencement as ritualist, a group of students called out, "We love you Phil!" Billingsley thanked Laemmle for "his decades of service and outright hilarity." ON TO THE NEXT

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