JMU Grads Share Graduation Experiences

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG --James Madison University held it's graduation on Saturday. About 3,600 students are now alumni. Caps went flying through the air to celebrate their accomplishments. Pictures were taken to capture this important moment.

After the Pomp and Circumstance finished many students were left wondering, what's next?

Graduating senior Carlina Gorgone is still in disbelief.

"I'm really excited. I think because I am in the mind set of graduating I think I should be done," said Gorgone.

Gorgone wants to be a high school english teacher. She said she decided to go graduate school next year to get her master's degree because of the five year program JMU offers. She wants to wait on testing the job market.

"I just felt like it was the program for me and actually that's the main reason why I came to J-M-U," she said.

Elisabeth Reitman received her degree and many hugs from her family. She said she liked to prank her friends when they were going up on stage.

"It was pretty exciting, I was in the second row so I could see all of my friends while they were walking past me and I would scream and embarrass them (laughs)," said Reitman.

Reitman said she also plans on going to graduate school. She said she didn't get enough experience with her internships and classes.

"I think I am looking for something a little bit different than the typical internship desk experience. So I kind of wanted to learn how to help non-profit industries grow and meet the needs that are coming along with the new innovations," said Reitman.

Gorgone said she is trying to live in the moment.

"I'm a little sad that I have to go back to school again on the 13th, at least I get a week off. Maybe go to the beach," said Gorgone.

All the ceremonies started at 10 a.m. The many graduates were welcomed to meet after the ceremonies for more celebration by each college.

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