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James Madison University graduates class of 2022

Published: May. 13, 2022 at 5:13 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - After four years of adversity which included COVID and final exams, James Madison University held graduation for their school of business graduates at the Atlantic Union Bank Center.

JMU President Jonathan Alger was one of many faculty members who spoke at the ceremony, including the dean of the college of business Michael Busing and the speaker of the faculty senate Dr. Val Larsen.

After years of working hard for this very day, graduates were ready to get started in the real world.

“It’s definitely a lot of emotion because I’ve worked really hard,” said Robbie Gomes, one of the JMU graduates, “I’ve been here for four years, I’m just ready to get into the adult world, and start working on stuff.”

“When I finished my final exams, the exhaustion left my body and the weight left my shoulders,” said JMU graduate Karyn Como. “It feels amazing.”

While some students are leaving the Valley after this weekend, others are staying on campus to pursue additional degrees.

“I really love science,” said Kaitlin Smith, who earned her undergraduate degree and is working towards her master’s degree in education. “As we face global crises, educating the next generation of students is the best way to combat these issues.”

Graduations for other departments at James Madison University will continue at the Atlantic Union Bank Center throughout the weekend.

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