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UNLV graduate flies across stage to retrieve diploma

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UNLV graduation | Thomas & Mack Center | May 12, 2012 | 11:19 a.m.

As a photographer who covers a lot of UNLV sports, I have photographed cheerleader Emily Black in action before. Usually, about the highest she gets is standing on the shoulders of another cheerleader, holding up a letter to prompt the crowd at the Thomas & Mack in a chant of “U–N–L–V.” During commencement ceremonies last Saturday, I found that she could get quite a bit higher. In a fun bit of showmanship, university president Neal Smatresk hatched a plan to highlight the first class of students graduating with a degree in entertainment engineering and design: After all the graduating students had taken their walk across the stage, Black rose on a cable high above the floor to the cheers of students and their families and soared down to receive her diploma.

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