On Saturday afternoon, one-thousand three hundred and fifty four students filed into The Mitchell Center at the University of South Alabama - ready to celebrate the end of a long journey, and the beginning of another.
Years of sitting in class, staying up late cramming for tests, and not to mention the financial burden are over for many of these graduates. That's a reason for not only the students to celebrate, but the proud parents; most of whom were seen snapping photos of their loved ones from up in the stands.
So.. what happens to these kids now? Now it's time to enter the "Real World". But the job market is still tight.
Professors are optimistic about the situation, telling News 5 about half of their students have already landed jobs.
Some students appear to have their futures mapped out for them.
I'm actually not very worried about it" said graduate Brandon Cayten . "Hopefully after grad school, I'm going to go straight into teaching here at the university, and while teaching complete my doctorate."
"In medical school we undergo the match process," said James Gallay. "That automatically finds us jobs through a giant algorithm, so everyone in our class has a job set up for next year."
But many students are still looking for work.
"I don't have a job yet," said graduate Alicia Baxley. "I'm still interning with Thompson Engineering. So whoever wants to hire me, I'm out there."
For now, these graduates will celebrate their accomplishments with their families and fellow Jaguars, but tomorrow is the start of a new chapter, and for many it will be a tough one.