TROY, AL (WSFA) - Hundreds of students walked the stage at Troy University's summer commencement Friday in Trojan Arena.
The arena was packed with friends and family who came to watch 470 students participate in the traditional rite of passage, and some of those students even have a job lined up already.
"While I was there getting my degree, that's why they offered me the internship," said Munera Pettus, who received her bachelor's degree in social science. "Pretty much an internship, like an assistant sort of. But I did need my degree in order to move on to the next step and have that salary position."
Some of the graduates that spoke with WSFA 12 News also noted the university's role in their success before they even received their diploma.
"I am actually an independent contractor and self-employed, so yes, I am working in my field, using my degree to the fullest," said Nayshunda Burke, who received a bachelor's in education.
U.S. Rep. Bill Johnson of Ohio, who is a Troy alum, gave the keynote speech. The university also presented him with the Distinguished Leadership Award at the ceremony.