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Hundreds Earn Degrees at University of Nevada Spring Commencement

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Courtesy: Adam Varahachaikol Courtesy: Adam Varahachaikol

The years of hard work and sleepless nights of studying are finally paying off for the hundreds of University of Nevada graduates who took the stage on Friday and Saturday and will now begin the next phase of their lives.

Altogether, more than 1,600 bachelor degrees and more than 560 advanced-degree certificates were awarded for this spring commencement. University officials say, there were so many undergraduates this year, they had to split the ceremony into two parts.

Some of the graduates talked about how excited they are to finally be done with this chapter in their lives.

"It's been a grind," said Anton Abiog, who graduated with his bachelor's in biology. "It hasn't been easy, but it's kind of starting to hit me now that it's all starting to pay off."

The graduates all have different plans for what they're going to do now.

"Immediately, I'm going to Thailand for a month," said Chanelle Bissette, who graduated with two degrees in English language/linguistics and journalism. "The rest of the summer, I'm going to be doing the job hunt and try to work my connections."

"Work out my way to California and start trying to audition for The Groundlings and stuff like that," said Paul Stufkosky.

Stufkosky was a student with Sierra Nevada Job Corps Center, which gave him the opportunity to receive his degree in theatre.

"I was having trouble finding jobs, even with my A.A. degrees before I came here," he said. "Job Corps took me in and gave me a second chance."

Mia Jefic got her degree in biology. She tells me she came to the United States from Serbia when she was six years old. She says her family wanted to escape war in the region. Now, she's looking forward to becoming a doctor someday.

"I'm the first in my family to graduate from a university in America," she said. "When we came, I didn't know if that was possible, but it is, obviously."

I talked with a few faculty members who say the job market is still tough to break into, but they believe the students will persevere.

"With a college education, we teach them how to think," said Victoria Follette, the Department of Psychology Chairwoman at the University of Nevada. "I think they'll find a way because they've got that perseverance that got them through, and they've got some academic skills under their belt."

"It's certainly a tough market for anybody in any realm," said University of Nevada Assistant Professor of English, Ashley Marshall. "I feel lucky to have a job, but I think they're resourceful, and I think they're patient, and I think they're realistic about what they're going to do to get to where they want to be."

Also, on behalf of Channel 2 News, a congratulations goes to all the graduates, including a few of our production crew members, Lucas Combos and Gianna Giorgi. They earned their degrees from the Reynolds School of Journalism.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol
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