More than 700 students picked up their diplomas today, at Binghamton University's Fall Commencement.
But they are entering the real world...during a recession.
As Action News Reporter Natalie Jenereski explains, some graduates are putting off the job hunt.
A happy day for many, came with a solemn note.
A moment of silence during the Binghamton University graduation ceremony for Professor Richard Antoun, who was fatally stabbed by a graduate student.
Parents of graduates say they hope their children are prepared for the very real world that lies ahead.
"There's no hiding from it, it's just the way things. Unfortunately it's the way of the world and the students have to realize that this is the world they're coming into," said Jeff and Robin Mackston, parents of a BU graduate.
But the time has come for these graduates to leave the good and the bad behind, and some are saying, not so fast.
"I definitely need a break after doing all these years of school. I need some time to relax," said BU graduate, Annette Roldan.
"The recent job market has made me want to stay in Binghamton a little longer, but no go from the parents, so I gotta get out," said BU graduate, Will To.
The declining economy has weighed heavy on many minds.
Including Gina Marie Depaula's, who says, until this all blows over, she's staying in school.
"It's intimidating, but I feel like I don't really have to worry about it right now. I'll be in school for another three years so hopefully things will get better by then or I'll get lucky, I'm not really thinking about that."
Some parents say the economy actually comes as a blessing to their graduates.
The Mackston's daughter got her degree in social work.
"With the economy, and what's going on today, with everybody having such a tough time, and increased problems in homes and business, I don't think she'll have any problem getting a job- in her field," said the Mackston's.
Certain or uncertain, for these BU graduates, futures look bright.
In Vestal, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.
This was the third year that BU held a Fall semester graduation ceremony.