While many FSU students graduate this weekend one man received an honorary award.
Former FSU head football coach Bobby Bowden received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the university he served for decades.
Coach Bowden is used to giving speeches.
For most of his life the platform for those speeches was the locker room.
Now it's traveling around the country speaking to groups.
But Saturday he returned to speak at a school close to his heart, FSU.
"You know, I've got so much experience. I like to tell them some of the experiences that I went through that might help them. I try to say something helpful," Bowden said.
He spoke at FSU's 9am Saturday morning ceremony about the importance of character over reputation.
"He was phenomenal. I mean he has so much experience and how many times did he fall on his face to get to where he," Christen Gandy, Class of 2014 graduate said.
Thousands of FSU students walked the stage at the Donald Tucker Center to receive their diplomas as each of their names were called individually.
Christen Gandy studied at two of FSU's campuses abroad and both campuses here in Florida.
She'll start her first job Monday and says she couldn't have done it without the support she's received from the university.
"We have a lot of professors who really just kind of take time to help their students. I know it's hard to imagine, such a big campus, so many students but the campus really cares for it's students," Gandy said.
More than 6,000 FSU students received their degrees this weekend.