Dark Clouds, Bright Futures

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

More than 3000 JMU seniors were singing the praises of their Alma Mater at the class of 2003's commencement ceremony. Many graduates were bubbling with the prospects of their new beginnings.

Lauren Cowley and Katie Mattson talked excitedly in unison, " This is great! Fantastic! I'm excited! Little sad! Little wet!"

The rains held out until after the congratulatory speeches were given. Former U.S. Senator George Mitchell shared these words of wisdom.
"Real fulfillment will come from striving with all your physical and spiritual might for a worthwhile objective that helps others and is larger than your self interest," he said.

Mitchell was the Senate Majority Leader for six years and won a Nobel Peace Prize nomination for his work in Northern Ireland. Not all JMU graduates will follow his footsteps into politics or peace accords, but
they've all got a plan.

"I have plans to go to Brazil this summer. I'm travelling to South America and I'm backpacking," says Erin Cain.

"I'm actually doing AmeriCorps next year," says Stephanie Williams.

"I'm going to India as a missionar," says Jonathan Woodard.

Corrie Gerdts says she's, "going to go home for a while and then start law school in August."

Other graduates have intentions to simply find a job. But at least one graduate is looking at the big picture.

"I'm going to try to find my niche in the world now. Try to move on," says Nicholas Harvey.

Due to inclement weather, the outdoors ceremonies held later in the day Saturday were cancelled.

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