UNLV celebrates winter commencement ceremony

Posted at 10:03 AM, Dec 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-19 13:03:00-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — UNLV welcomed its newest graduates of the class of 2018 at its winter commencement Tuesday.

More than 2,000 undergrad and graduate students participated in the ceremony.

Among them was Schetema Nealy, who earned her doctorate in chemistry. She is the first African-American woman to earn a PhD in chemistry from UNLV.

Several of Nealy's professors and colleagues have called her inspiring.

"It makes me realize that I'm walking that journey that I wanted to be on. I am inspiring others. I am being recognized," she said. "It helps me make sure I'm on the right path."

Nealy is also a mother to two children and is known to her classmates as "Doctor Mom."