NEW GRADS: Drake Students Receive Diplomas

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Graduates of Drake University received the keys to the next step of their lives this weekend.

“It was so exciting. I’ve worked so hard. I’m very proud of everything I’ve done and it was a long road to get here. I’m excited this happened today and this is all coming to a close,” said Justin Hike, a Drake graduate.

More than 600 undergraduates were handed their diplomas and walked across the stage Sunday morning at the Knapp Center.

As for the future, many will face high amounts of student debt.

Most recent studies show the average student debt for graduating seniors is just under $30,000 dollars.

However, the job outlook looks bright for the class of 2014.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers says that an additional 8.6% of employers plan to hire new graduates over the previous year.

“I think it’s all about drive. You can find a job if you want to. It may take longer, it may take a few months, but if you know what you want to do and put your mind to it, you’ll get a job in the end,” said Erin Donegan, a graduating senior at Drake.

300 graduate students were also honored this weekend at Drake.