TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Over one thousand students walked off the stage Saturday with their hard earned diplomas in hand and many hope to join the workforce.
With the economy on the mend graduates hope this is a better year to trade backpacks for briefcases. Dressed in cap and gown, as they walked across the stage the class of 2014 went from students to ISU graduates.
“It’s bittersweet. It’s the biggest accomplishment but there’s a lot ahead of you. It’s never the end, it’s the beginning,” said Shanelle Elicke, a Communications Graduate.
This afternoon these men and women pack up their memories as Sycamores.
“I’m going to miss my friends the most, because you create such strong friendships,” said Elicke.
“I love the environment. I love how the professors care. They do everything they can to help you,” said Kaleigh All, A Human Environmental Science Graduate.
They take with them the values they learned from both in and out of the classroom.
“Just to stay resilient, and don’t give up on your dreams even though there will be a time when not everything when not everything will be perfect. You got to stay motivated and determined,” said Christian Golden, a Computer Engineering Graduate.
“I’ve learned a lot of lifelong lessons to take with me,” added All.
One of those lessons, patience as they start the next chapter, the job searching.
“It’s very difficult because it’s such a competitive field, but you got to keep faith, and you got to keep pushing,” said Elicke.
“I’m probably not going to get a job in my field. I’m just looking for any job,” said All.
The good news, the unemployment rate in the Hoosier state is down from point-3 percent.
“The job search is going pretty good. I got an internship this summer, and currently I’m in my second part of the interview,” said Golden.
Despite the uncertainty of what the future holds these grads agree they’re ready for whatever is next.
“There are a lot of opportunities out there you just have to work for it,” said Elicke.
This marked the 143rd Commencement Ceremony for ISU.