"A Lot of Opportunities" Ahead for SUNY Canton Graduates

"A Lot of Opportunities" Ahead for SUNY Canton Graduates

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Saturday was an exciting day for hundreds of SUNY Canton students.

About 500 graduates walked across the stage Saturday morning in the Roos House for the college's one hundred and 11th commencement.

Foley was presented with a SUNY Honorary Degree for his military service and volunteer work.

Pomp and circumstance played as about 500 SUNY Canton Students marched into the Roos Center Saturday for an important milestone in their lives.

They were the diploma reciepients at SUNY Canton's 111th commencement. 

"This is a very special special day for us," said  graduate Marissa Ixtlahuac.

"This is four years of hard work and Dedication. A lot of sacrifice and a lot of opportunities," said graduate Hughes Ntwari.

SUNY Canton alumnus Major General Fergal Foley was the key note speaker.

In his speech, Foley reminded students to not let failure defeat them and keep their eyes open for opportunities.

Sometimes we just need to step our of our comfort zone, take that risk and seek that opportunity because if you don't you may regret it later in life," Foley said. "So if you have a goal or a dream no matter how big or small be persistent and remain determined with a laser like focus on what needs to be done to make it happen."

Foley was presented with a SUNY Honorary Degree for his military service and volunteer work.

Cheers, decorated caps, and diplomas were all part of the Class of 2019's special day too.

However, after the excitement of graduation is over graduates have to prepare for the future..whether it's finding a job or going back to school. 

The SUNY Canton graduates we talked to have been working their post graduation plan.  

I will be working for the DOT as an engineering Technion," said graduate Ashley Livingston. "I've had about three interviews and a couple offers and I decided this was the best option for me.

"I have a job waiting for me back home where I interned they hired me," said graduate Kelly Piedrahita.

These grads won't be alone in their job hunting success with the unemployment rate being the lowest it's been in 50 years. An article from Kiplinger said graduates will have an easier time finding jobs this year. Other SUNY Canton grads said they are looking at going back to school.  

"I've been applying for jobs and want to go to graduate school too," Ntwari said.

But no matter what the future holds for the class of 2019, for these students getting a diploma is something to celebrate

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