It was all smiles, with the exception of a few happy tears Saturday as hundreds of students walked across the stage and became alumni for both Edinboro University and Gannon University.
More than 700 Edinboro students turned the tassels to the next chapter of their lives.
Adam Duckett says, “It’s just a stopping point along the road. A point of acknowledgement, self reflection where you can just kind of take a step back so you can take your next stop forward.”
Some choosing to leave the area but some choosing to stay.
Cailtin Hollarn says, “I love feeling like i belong somewhere. It’s like a family, like a huge family now that I’m graduating, too. I have another whole family.”
Gannon University also graduated their largest class in history.
Dr. Keith Taylor says, “We’re growing. We’ve been continuing to grow. We’ve grown as a student population by 10 percent in the last just three years.”
For those leaving, it was bitter sweet.
Jessica Echement says, “It’s definitely a lot of emotions. We have to move out of our apartments and say goodbye to our professors. But they’ve really prepared for everything that we’ve done so far. It’s very bitter sweet, but we’re all ready based on what Gannon has taught us.”
But not without making history
Dr. Taylor says, “They’ve really left their mark on Gannon. They’ve been so involved in everything from sports to the theater to the classrooms, they’re doing research. And now it’s their opportunity to go out as what we have been working on them to develop into socially responsible global citizens.”
Gannon university graduated 925 and Edinboro graduated 779 today.