UVA Final Exercises helps graduates reflect on upcoming journey

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Hundreds of students from the University of Virginia walked across the Lawn for Final Exercises on Saturday morning to start a new chapter in their lives.

Michelle Miles was one of the new UVA graduates and is excited to take on her new journey.

"For the next year, I'm actually going to be moving to New York and working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the education department to learn how they're making the museum more accessible for people with all types of disabilities," Miles said.

She has a neuromuscular disease, which weakens her muscles.

"I started using my wheelchair when I was 13," she said. "My disease weakens my muscles from my elbows to my knees, which makes it a little harder to walk."

This didn't stop Miles from joining her friends and other UVA graduates as they reflected on their time in college.

Bryant Cameron Webb, one of the speakers and a UVA alumnus, said the graduates need to use their energy to make a difference in the world.

"Take that spirit and direct it towards something positive, towards something productive, toward improving our society and mending unnecessary divides," said Webb.

After completing her bachelor's at UVA, Miles said she's excited to make the world a better place by combining her love for art and awareness.

"I'm really passionate about art so I think that's always going to be a fundamental thing that I'm pursuing," Miles said. "I'm also really passionate about spreading awareness about accessibility and advocacy for people with disabilities. I hope to continue working with that for the rest of my life."

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