The college graduation season got underway Friday afternoon with the largest commencement in Western Massachusetts. And rain did little to dampen the spirits of some 55 hundred graduates at UMass Amherst .
McGuirk Stadium filled with proud parents and friends in the stands and the graduates on the field. The umbrellas came out when the rain came down, hard at times. Environmental Design graduate Allison Thomas is sad to leave, but excited about the future, adding, “It's good to be done. Kind of nerve wracking trying to find a job, but good to be with all my friends.”
Tiffany Lee was hit with a rush of emotions as she walked into the stadium, saying, “I walked in with my friends. We held hands and almost started crying. Because, it's kind of like actually over. We're done. I don't know what to do about it. “
Matt Larson has an economics degree but says he has no career plans in the immediate future, “I'm going back to my hometown on Cape Cod and then hopefully find a job in Boston.”
Dana Ulwick graduated with a degree in Communications. She's not going far from UMass as she figures out her next step, “I'm not sure what I want to do next. I'm bartending, living here for the summer.”
The class of 2016 heard from Wayne Chanh, the director of product strategy at Twitter. He dropped out of UMass to pursue a career as a high-tech entrepreneur. He also received an honorary doctorate Friday.
Graduation weekend continues Saturday with ceremonies for each college. Each student will be recognized individually and better yet, with more rain in the forecast, it's inside!
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