Florida State University 2006 Spring Graduation

Saying good-bye to college life and hello to the real world; the hard work over four years or more is finally paying off for this year's crop of college graduates.

High hopes and even bigger dreams were gushing from the Leon County Civic Center as the 2006 Florida State University spring graduates took the stage.

Emily Robida, graduating with a masters of music, said, "I'm feeling great! It was a long-short two years, really."

Elan Pace, graduating from the College of Human Sciences, said, "I'm excited! I'm ready for my new journey to go to grad school. I'm ready for that."

The guest speaker for the commencement ceremony was a man that needs no introduction, Tom Brokaw.

"In the interest of full disclosure, I am compelled to tell you that next month I will give the commencement address at UF," he said.

His humor, insight, and expertise offered a speech to remember. We caught up with Brokaw to ask him a few words of wisdom for the recent grads.

"We've all been there. I don't know a success story in America that didn't have a big speed bump along the way somewhere, and I always say the most important lessons I've learned in life have been in my own failures."

Florida A&M held its graduation ceremonies at the Civic Center Sunday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.