Every year around this time, families from all over descend on the capital city to see their favorite graduate step into the professional ranks, some excited, others a little unsure about the future, but most of the FSU graduates will tell you they're glad the days of final exams and term papers are over.
Paul Sullivan, a political science FSU graduate, says, "It's been a lot of fun; the people at FSU are great. I'm visually impaired and they've done everything possible to help me out."
Jeanna Benjamin, a studio art FSU graduate, adds, "I've been at it for a really long time, so today it's really exciting for me. I'm just really happy."
This year FSU will graduate close to 4,700 students, one of which is Ph.D. student Becky Goforth, who recently died of cancer and whose family was on hand to receive her degree.
Many of this year's graduates plan to head straight into the work force. Others are heading back to school.
Cendino Teme, a communication science and disorders major, says, "Some of them have come back to get their masters, but the job market seems pretty good."
T. K. Wetherell, President of Florida State University, says, "Concerned, yeah, but not really. They're going to be successful. They're graduates of Florida State University."
Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Bell served as commencement speaker, encouraging these future leaders to follow their dreams.