UCF's injured football star McKenzie Milton graduates

Thousands of students at the University of Central Florida are graduating with degrees this weekend. Among them is the school's inspiring football star McKenzie Milton.

Milton proudly walked across the stage at UCF's commencement ceremony on Friday morning in his cap and gown, earning a degree in Sport and Exercise Science.

"Big day right here. It's really just the start of something. Begin a Master's in a year," Milton said in a Twitter video at graduation. "It's been a special 3 1/2. I'm grateful for everything."

The UCF quarterback led the Knights through two undefeated seasons. He was seriously injured during the first half of the Knights' 38-10 victory vs. the Bulls last year.

Milton posted on Instagram about his journey and how far he's come. 

He wrote, "One year ago today...I must say it’s felt long but yet gone by so fast since I hurt my knee. It’s hard to put into words the kind of emotions I’m feeling today but if I had to put it into one word I’m GRATEFUL. I’m grateful to God for seeing me through several surgeries and setbacks. I’m grateful to my medical team of doctors and athletic trainers for giving me the best care possible. I’m grateful to all my boys for having my back and believing in me. I’m grateful to all of you for the love and support. I put the pic of AK and I first cause I know WHO it all starts and ends with."

FOX 35 News asked Milton if he feels optimistic about playing football again in the future. 

"Yeah, absolutely. I mean, my nerve feels great and I have full feeling in my foot, so I'm building up strength right now. So, I'm very grateful," Milton said.

Milton will start grad school soon at UCF. He's currently a senior. 

For now, he's coaching the Knights' new quarterback, freshman Dillon Gabriel.

But, Milton says his goal has not changed.

"You know, I wanna get to the NFL one day. I want to play football," he said.