Thousands of proud families came to East Carolina University to celebrate with the 2013 graduating class.
The university's commencement ceremony took place at Dowdy-Ficklen stadium at 9 a.m. on Friday where more than 3,000 students received their diplomas.
Dr. Valeria Lovelace, who is also an ECU alumna, gave the commencement address. She is a consultant for Nickelodeon's "Go, Diego, Go,” Disney's Emmy-nominated "Little Einstein’s," as well as an advisor and creator for the 2004 Peabody award winning series, "Dora the explorer."
From 1982 to 1996, Lovelace directed research for "Sesame Street," where she coordinated curriculum development in reading, writing, math and science among many others subjects.
Before the graduation ceremony began NewsChannel 12 caught up with some graduates waiting underneath the stands to find out how they were feeling on their big day.
"I'm freaking excited. It has been four years and I'm ready to get out of here,” Tyler Cook, a construction management graduate said.
“Well, I’m most excited because we got through ECU’s class and we're graduating,” Sherice Richardson, a nursing graduate said.
Some graduates we talked with already have jobs or internships lined up, while others are still looking for that first job.
“I got a job at Duke in orthopedics. I’m moving to Raleigh,” a nursing graduate, Elizabeth Pennington said.
“It's difficult finding a job because there are not many principals that are retiring and not many positions that are open. So, I'm hoping that a miracle will come through for me next year,” Trammonnieo Cooper said.
Cooper received her master’s in administration, curriculum and instruction.
“Basically all of us have jobs coming out. The construction management did a really good job getting us prepared. Jason right here had five job offers. I had four. So, we're really happy and excited,” Cook said.
“I’m just hoping it's going to be easy. Find somewhere, make some money and be happy,” Ina Johnson, a graduate said.
As their families looked on proud, seemingly happy this moment had arrived, nothing compared to the look on these students faces as they turned their tassels and officially became graduates.
A moment in time, but they will always be a part of pirate nation.