AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – On Sunday more than five thousand students graduated from the University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Graduate Chantel Mensah said “I’m so excited. I’m so glad to be here at UB”.
The university’s Alumni Arena was filled with graduates and their loved ones.
Many students decorated their caps with personal touches. One read “Mom we made it”. It’s a day that’s not only monumental for students, but families as well.
“I’m very excited for my son to be graduating” said Charlene Barron of Buffalo. “I am so proud of him. I’m so happy”.
Andy Osborne from Syracuse studied communications. He plans to stay in Buffalo to pursue his dreams. “I just like the area. It’s very nice. I think it’s an underrated city. I like Buffalo a lot” said Osborne.
Now that the students are closing one chapter, the next includes finding a job.
The good news is that employers are hiring at a faster pace. A report from the Labor Department states that the unemployment rate has hit its lowest level since the downturn began in 2008. However there are still millions of people without a job.
Some students explained that they are not worried about the employment outlook. They’re optimistic they will make a mark on the world.
“I feel like this is the day where you have to create your own opportunity. You can’t just wait for an employer to just give you what you want. You have to create it. You have to make sure that you meet the criteria and go above and beyond to be all the competition” said Mensah.