LYNCHBURG, Va. -

It was a big day in Lynchburg as thousands of students received diplomas from Liberty University.

Saturday marked the school's 41st commencement. Thousands poured in Williams Stadium for a day they will never forget.

Many best described Saturday’s graduation ceremony as bittersweet.

"I chose Liberty because of the faith base,” said graduate Antoinette Hood. “That I didn't have to be afraid of speaking out in whom I believe the God and Savior on my life and it was just awesome."

Liberty University said this is the largest graduating class in school history. The Class of 2014 heard from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal as the keynote speaker.

President Jerry Falwell said it speaks volumes to the kind of education offered at Liberty and said most of these students managed to get to this point because of love and support from their families.

"These are the people who have encouraged you and prayed for you when you were ready to give up,” he said. “They applauded you in every little victory and they are here today to cheer you across the finish line."

85 percent of students in the graduating class completed their education through Liberty's online program.

Liberty also had 5,185 military graduates.

The age of graduates ranged from 17 to 78 years old. Regardless of age, they said their faith has brought them to this point.

Graduates were excited and nervous, but they said they feel confident Liberty has prepared them for the journey ahead.

"I feel like I'm called to be an example and to be a help and to make our society a better place and be a light for Christ,” said graduate Christian Collins.