ISU graduates look forward to bright careers

By Beau Ebenezer

May 10, 2014 Updated May 10, 2014 at 10:33 PM CDT

NORMAL, Ill. -- Thousands of caps were heaved into the air Saturday as students celebrated the completion of their college education.

It was Illinois State University's 155th spring commencement.

More than 3,000 students received diplomas in the College of Education, College of Fine Arts, and College of Science and Technology.

Some students said they already have their future careers lined up.

"I had an internship, and I got a job out of it in March," said graduate, Danita Deffenbaugh. "I am working full-time over in Decatur. I'm very happy that it worked out."

"I am doing an internship over the summer," said graduate, Brian O'Malley. "Hopefully, from there, it will turn into full-time employment."

"I would like to work for sustainable housing," said graduate, Kayla Smalter. "I would like some type of company like that, working with renewable energy."

President Larry Dietz attended and spoke at each ceremony.