AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – With the traditional turning of the tassel, thousands of University of Massachusetts Amherst students marked the end of their undergraduate education.
Dan Spector, UMass Amherst graduate, told 22News, “I guess I wouldn’t trade my experience. I had a really awesome experience at UMass. It’s a big a place, but it’s as small as you make it. It’s as small as a community you join.”
More than 5,000 students walked out of McGuik Stadium on Friday as college graduates. Many parents told 22News despite the cost of higher education, they are happy and proud that their children now have Bachelor’s Degrees.
Laxmi Ramesh, a parent, said, “She’s my oldest child, and she’s a triple major in public health, biology and linguistics in Spanish.”
“Learned a great deal and he’s coming out of it with a lot of skills, and a great education, and I think a lot of tools and ability to make his own way in the world,” said Ben Spector, a parent.
About 60% of all college students in the U.S. borrow money to cover the cost of higher education, but according to Pew Research Center, college degree holders make about $17,000 more than those with just high school diplomas.
Many college graduates 22News talked to Friday today said they are looking for a job right now, some are traveling abroad, and others are going to graduate schools.