Mesa State College honored its graduates Sunday in the largest commencement ceremony in the school's 80–year history. Family, friends, and more than 700 graduates filled Stocker Stadium in Grand Junction. As students officially exit the classroom and enter the work force, the ceremony highlighted the four, and in some cases five years of late nights and hard work students put into recieving a degree. The commencement featured moments of individual recognition as each graduates name was read aloud and offered words of encouragement. However, for students it's a day of reflection for some and anxiety for others. Experts say this year's graduates are more fortunate that last year's class. It appears the economy is on the rebound and according to a recent survey of the top 500 entry-level employers in the country, new hires are up 14 percent from a year ago.
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