It's time to leave the somewhat sheltered life of academics and chase your dreams, the Rev. Buck Summers told almost 140 Hagerstown Business College students who donned caps and gowns Saturday for the school's 61st commencement ceremony.
The prospect made some students excited and nervous.
"There's no more security of school. Now we have to go find a job," said Crystal Wible, 20, of Greencastle, Pa., who finished classes Friday for a professional secretary associate degree.
Tonya Doyle, 19, of Dry Run, Pa., said she was "just glad it's finished."
Now that she has an associate degree in business administration, Doyle said she is looking for a job as a marketing assistant or office manager.
If recent trends continue, Wible and Doyle probably won't be looking for a job much longer.
According to the college's Career Services Coordinator Bobbie Southwood, more than 95 percent of the school's graduates have a job within three months of their last class.