ASHLAND, Ore. -- Southern Oregon University sent a new batch of graduates into the world Saturday. To be exact, the school awarded 1,129 undergraduate and masters degrees.
Raider Stadium in Ashland was full of both undergraduate, graduate students and their friends and families. Some students expressed their fear, others, excitement.
"It doesn't feel real, it hasn't set in at all yet," explained Louis Macklin.
Jake Proul was a football player at SOU. Now, he's leaving with a bachelor's degree in business management. "It went by in the blink of an eye," remarked Proul. "And it almost feels like you want to do it over again."
Still, Proul says he's ready to take the next step and see what's out there. He also has some advice for anyone thinking about beginning their college career.
"This is an incredible experience," explains Proul. "Jump in. Jump in the pool. You know, really get that college experience. Go and try everything you can. Go into athletics. Really broaden your horizon."
SOU gave every graduate today a $125 credit toward professional development courses. They say they're doing it because they understand those entering the workforce today are likely to change careers multiple times and they want them to be prepared for whatever life brings.