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Graduation Weekend for SIU Medical School AND Benedictine University

Updated: Monday, May 19 2014, 04:18 PM CDT

A busy weekend for thousands of students here in central Illinois as they walked across the stage for Graduation.

"I keep thinking I'm going to wake up and I'm still studying for step one."

Dozens of students from Southern Illinois University are well on the way to saving lives.

After semesters of schooling, hours of studying and years of preparation, this is the moment these medical school students have been waiting for.

But for this group of 65 physicians and 12 grad students, the learning won't stop here.

The next step for them is to complete residency. That's hands-on training with other doctors before they can practice on their own.

And more than 200 students at Benedictine University celebrated their graduation this weekend as well.

The 84th commencement was held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

The Commencement speech was delivered by Springfield Mayor Mike Houston.

Houston is part of a long line or recent Springfield Mayors who attended Benedictine University.

Congratulations, graduates!

Graduation Weekend for SIU Medical School AND Benedictine University

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