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Goodbye college…hello tomorrow!

Texas State students who have worked for years finally reached both an end and a beginning this weekend with the annual fall graduation ceremonies held at Strahan Colosseum.

Candidates from the College of Education and the College of Health Professions finally were able to walk the stage on Friday at 10:00 a.m. followed by the College of Liberal Arts and University College at 2:00 p.m. The College of Applied Arts and the College of Fine Arts and Communication will hold their commencement at 6:00 p.m tonight.

“It is our time to search into our hearts and find our passion,” said Victoria Arevalo in a student salutation given at the 10:00 a.m. commencement.

“As of today, you are a Texas State University Alumni,” said Texas State President Dr. Denise Trauth. “That label as an alumni will be a valuable label to carry with you. You are about to cross a threshold from this home to a new beginning. As Texas State alumni, you don’t go alone.”

Wherever they go, however, employment is a paramount concern.

“We have all applied for jobs. It’s the waiting game now,”  said College of Education graduate Leslie Clay. “I have applied for a job at Northeast in San Antonio, where I did my student teaching.”

Other graduates echoed these concerns.

“I have been sending resumes for 2 months now,” said Arpita Tandon, who received a Masters in Human Resources. “Of course it is a tight job market. I started my human resources studies in the spring of 2007…I’ve been waiting for this.”

Other graduates were ready to jump back in by applying for graduate school.

“I will be heading over to UT for a Masters,” said Belle Miller, who earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. “This time I will need to take out loans for grad school. I didn’t have to for my bachelors because I had money in the Texas Tomorrow Fund.”

No matter where these new alums go everyone was willing to put aside future concerns and enjoy a day they worked so hard to achieve.

“I’ve been doing this since 2002. It’s the proudest day of my life,” said Reba Tepfer, who also received a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work

Candidates for graduate and undergraduate degrees totaled 2,649 this semester. The College of Science and the McCoy College of Business Administration will hold their ceremonies tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. in Strahan Colosseum.

by Elisa Laraia

Texas State graduates use their mortarboard to convey their feelings about the day.

Graduates proudly display their degrees

Photos by Christina Zambrano