May 4, 2016 | By: Carl Nathe

Jeffrey Mitchell Jr. and Shalara Wells will walk across the Rupp Arena stage at the University of Kentucky's Commencement ceremonies May 8 with a well-earned sense of pride and accomplishment. Mitchell will be the first person in his family to ever graduate from college, while the fact that Wells will receive her degree on Mother's Day holds some extra special significance. Both are graduating from UK's College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Mitchell, from Lousville, Kentucky, grew up in an urban environment far from any farm pastures, yet always had a love for animals. During his teenage years at Cenral High School, he developed a strong interest in horses. While he did not grow up with any close role models in the equine industry, he was intrigued by the chance to study equine science business and management at UK.

Wells, the valedictorian of her senior class at Hopkins County Central High School in Madisonville, Kentucky, will graduate with a degree in animal sciences on Sunday. Also a member of UK's MANRRS chapter, her path to graduation could very easily have gotten off track, yet she persevered.

Read more about their stories on UKNow.


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