Some college students in our area are celebrating the end of their co-ed years tonight. Ithaca College held it's 111th commencement ceremony. The day marks the ending to years of education and a new beginning for nearly 1,400 Ithaca College graduates.
The schools spring commencement ceremony made some reflect on what it means to earn a degree.
"It's a big accomplishment. My family, not a lot of people have graduated college, so it's something that meant a lot to me and to get out and really show that I can do this," sais Dianna Lyko.
Former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley addressed the graduates and hundreds of guests. In his commencement speech, he told graduates to use their strengths and weaknesses to face the future with clarity.
One grad says the speech reminded him how he turned a senior science project into a way to build enough confidence to earn his degree.
"I finally felt like after 4 years I finally learned something, and I could actually convey it intelligibly to other people and that's pretty big for me,"said Shikhar Bajracharya.
The class of 2006 raised more than 29 thousand dollars that will be used for a scholarship in the classes name. The scholarship will be awarded annually to one Ithaca College Senior.