INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- On Saturday afternoon, Erika Walker stood among her classmates in a second-floor hallway of Ferrell Hall at West Virginia State University.
With cap and gown in place, she and the others formed lines and prepared to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.
"I'm ready to get started and get [the ceremony] over with," Walker said shortly before the commencement ceremony began.
Walker, who earned her degree in art, with a focus on digital photography, was among approximately 260 people who graduated from WVSU during two ceremonies at the school Saturday.
"It's been pretty good," Walker said of her time at State. "I've enjoyed the art professors."
The ceremonies were originally planned for the main lawn of the Institute campus but were moved inside because of rain.
Downstairs, Walker's family packed into the last rows of the P. Ahmed Williams Auditorium.
"Her sister graduated Marshall University this morning, so we're going to have a party to celebrate both graduations," said Erika's husband, Stephen.
In addition to Stephen, Erika's parents, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, aunt and uncle came to the ceremony.
There was someone else, too, Stephen Walker said.