Blue Ridge Community College Holds Annual Commencement

WEYERS CAVE, Va. -- Over 200 people graduate from Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave on Saturday.

Many of the graduates say the school has helped them achieve their academic goals while juggling other activities, like Debra Temple who worked full-time while earning her degree.

"I feel so wonderful, I worked so hard for this over the last five years, and I've been going part-time to college," says Temple.

Some of the graduates say that they're wary of the job outlook now that they're out out the classroom.

"To be honest, I'm not that optimistic on how the job market looks but I'm confident that I'm going to give it my best," says graduate William Campbell.

Keynote speaker, Don Sullenberger, works with the Virginia Community College System and insists these graduates are in a good position.

"Don't be discouraged if you don't find something immediately and just stick with it because things have a way of working out," says Sullenberger.

Evlyn Ol, who is a graduate, says that teachers and faculty are part of the reason why she made it through and she says it's that family atmosphere that's motivating her to go a step further.

"I'd like to go for my master's, my doctorate degree, and what all that," Ol says.

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