Several colleges held graduation ceremonies today.
But in this tough economy, graduating is only one small step toward finding a dream job in a big world.
Robert Ellis Cochran is one of more than 13-hundred students who received degrees and certificates from Southern Oregon University Saturday.
"Today I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Human Communicaton."
"we got our Master's in Mental Health Counseling.
"I graduated with my Bachelor's degree in Biology"
"I am a graduate of Master in Marketing."
But after all that work to get a degree, many are left still struggling to find a job.
New numbers from the National Center of Education statistics say that only 16% of those graduating this year are heading straight into the workforce, compared to 39% of graduates last year.
As for the rest of the graduates....
"We are just looking for jobs right now."
Cochran will eventually look for work, but first plans to obtain his Master's degree to become a Zoo Researcher. He's already started networking and getting hands on experience, the exact advice job experts say all students should do to find their future employers.
"These experience collectively open up new opportunities for more prestigious venues."
Experts also say working toward a degree that specializes in a certain field could make you more valuable than someone who has a broad or general degree.
"It started here at SOU."
And while these graduates may not be entering into the best job market, their ending has endless possibilities.