New beginnings for ASU graduates

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Arkansas State University held the Fall 2010 Commencement Ceremony Saturday at the ASU Convocation Center. Graduation is a rite of passage, where students close one chapter in their life and start a new one. But, with the current state of the economy, that new chapter could be full of uncertainties.

ASU graduates put on their caps, and fixed their tassels Saturday, as they wait anxiously for the commencement ceremony to begin.

"I have been working on this for eight years," says Carrie Eaves, who has been working a full time job while taking night classes. But now, the hard work is finally paying off.

"I may cry. It's just going to feel like a completion, like it's finally over. I've got that diploma that I've been working so hard for," says Eaves.

Friends and family members filled the ASU Convocation Center as students filed into the auditorium, excited to stay they did it! They graduated college.

"It feels great, like a load off your shoulders," says graduate Amias Polk.

Over 900 students walked the stage, ready to enter the workforce. But, with the economy still uncertain, and high unemployment rates...many students are still unsure about what the future might hold.

"The job market is kind of tough right now with the economy and the way it is right now, but hopefully everything goes alright," says Polk.

Polk graduated with a Bachelor's of Science and Chemistry, but doesn't plan on hit the job trial right away.

"I plan of doing graduate school, then going for a PHD and see how that goes. Hopefully I'll be able to graduate in another 4 to 5 years," says Polk.

"With a diploma it doesn't necessarily promise you a job. All it really promises you is a pretty piece of paper and a pretty frame," says Eaves.

She says in the economy today you have to go the extra mile, and hopes to one day work for the IRS

"It's just your going to have to put yourself out there more. You might have to go with a lower salary just to work your way up," says Eaves.

But, even with a tough economy, these student are a ready to set the path for a better future.

"We are college graduates...we are the future," says graduate Rachel Porter.