More than 2,000 Western Kentucky University students will become graduates this weekend.
Commencement ceremonies were held today to honor those obtaining their degrees.
The WKU spirit was alive in Diddle Arena as students prepared to walk across the stage, and many reminisced about what they will miss the most about being a hilltopper.
"I think I'm going to miss being part of that tight knit community."
"I'm going to miss being a part of the Red Shirts, which is the male acapella group on campus," says Dustin Scabolt, receiving a degree in music education.
"So much. I've loved WKU since the moment I stepped foot on campus. There are so many things I'm going to miss of course the people and of course the gorgeous view," says Michelle Gilstrap, with a degree in television, film production.
"The teachers and the friends I have established since being here," says Chandel Shanklin, also receiving a degree in music education.
Accepting their degrees marks the moment they take the next step in their lives.
"I'm very excited to take the next step and start my life anew. I'm actually moving to Atlanta and pursuing a position with the Federal Bureau of Investigation," says Cameron Taylor, receiving an arts and political science degree.
Some are searching for new opportunities.
"I'm currently job searching, but unfortunately their is not a lot of positions available right now so I have a position I'm going to do for the summer."
"I'm currently looking for a position in music education," says Shanklin.
Despite the uncertainty their future might hold they agree WKU has prepared them to enter the work force.
"Everything I have learned in regards to law and policy everything has benefited me in so many different ways," says Taylor.
I've had a great experience in my student teaching and I was even offered a position before I got out of that so I think the skills that I have learned here and the attitude I have learned will really help me," says Scabolt.
"I feel confident in some of the skills that I have right now because of WKU so really excited to show the world what I can do now," says Gilstrap.
The ceremonies held today were part of WKU's 173rd Commencement.