It's will be a sort of déjà vu for Bud Dupree.
Again he'll be wearing an ill-fitting hat that doesn't quite make it over his dreadlocks.
Again his name will be called and people will cheer loudly.
A little more than a week ago, it was like something out of his dreams when Dupree was selected No. 22 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL Draft.
But there's a different sort of dream he'll fulfill when he walks across another stage this weekend to get his University of Kentucky diploma.
"It had to be done; it needed to be done," the Kentucky linebacker and first-round draft pick said Wednesday. "I want to make my family proud, make my community proud, too."
There's another side of it for the Irwinton, Ga., native.
"I'll make myself proud, too," he said discussing the degree in community and leadership development he'll receive from UK's College of Agriculture in front of family and friends on Saturday.
At Kentucky's Pro Day, Dupree talked about his goal to finish his degree no matter how high his NFL Draft stock rose in the coming weeks.
"It's kind of hard doing this and football, but at the end of the day it's worth it," he said. "I just wanna see my mama happy."
Graduation was a pledge he made to his mother, Sophia Stephens, and to himself, he said this week. He will be the first person from her side of the family to get a degree from a four-year institution.
"When I first came to school, I promised her I would graduate, so now that I have a chance to finally graduate and I'm this close, I have to finish the deal and make her happy."
A few weeks ago, Dupree wondered how it would all come together.
His days were long, with daily workouts, classes and regular travel to different NFL cities for meetings.
Things got dicier last week when he was juggling the NFL Draft preparations, the travel, the interviews and completing coursework for his last three classes.
"It was hard to focus, but it was an easy choice to make," he said.
After he was drafted on April 30, Dupree had to make a trip to Pittsburgh to meet with his new team and coaches. There was a news conference, a photo shoot, and a tour around the stadium and the city with a camera crew following his every move.
Then he headed back to Lexington, where he's not quite lived the life of a guy about to sign a multimillion-dollar deal.
"I've had to play catch-up the whole week," he said of his classes.
There will be little time to celebrate with his family Saturday after graduation.
Dupree will head back to Pittsburgh that afternoon to begin his new life.
He leaves a lasting impression on his Kentucky football family.
"He's an absolutely fantastic young man," head coach Mark Stoops told reporters Wednesday.
"He'll be a great team player. Very unselfish. Very willing to take coaching. He really is very passionate about what he does."
The UK coach was asked whether Dupree, who was discussed as a top-10 draft pick, was fortunate to land with the Steelers even though his name was called later than he expected.
"He's done everything right," Stoops said. "He's worked extremely hard. He put himself in great position to get picked high, and he's blessed to be with the Steelers."
'Big for us and our program'
Having Dupree selected in the first round of the draft and fellow defensive end Za'Darius Smith in the fourth round will be a boost for UK in recruiting, Stoops said during the conference call.
"It does nothing but help," he said. "Getting the exposure, seeing him selected on TV on draft night was big for us and for our program. If anything it's helping prove the development phase of our program and what we're trying to do, so we're very proud of that."
But, Stoops joked, he doesn't shake a recruit's hand and immediately tout the number of draft picks he's helped mentor.
"Of course it comes up," he said. "It comes up with the success that we've had prior to us coming to Kentucky as well and the great string of defensive linemen that we had at Florida State. We are proud to continue that as we came to Kentucky with both Bud and Za'Darius."