EUGENE, Ore. — Thousands of people filled the stands at Reser Stadium Saturday to watch Oregon State University’s largest graduating class ever receive their diplomas.
Decked out in caps and gowns, 5900 students graduated from Oregon State University with a number of different degrees.
All of these beavers came to OSU from a variety of backgrounds. Oregonians from nearly every county in the state, students from 49 out of 50 states and even international students walked across the stage Sunday.
On this graduation day, many are excited for what’s next in their lives. “None of my parents graduated from high school so that’s even more honoring so you know ya I feel great. I feel really like I got something done. Now it’s getting a job you know,” said Baltazar Villagomez. “I’m excited to start in the next chapter of my life and just kind of move on and broaden my horizons and see where my degree takes me,” said Tyler Vezzani.
Other graduates say they’re going to miss being students at Oregon State University. “It’s bittersweet. I’ve honestly had the best time of my life here studying abroad, making friends. Just seeing my family be proud and supportive of me throughout these years, it’s just been awesome,” said Nikko Sanchez.
No matter where these alumni go after college, whether getting jobs in other states or even countries, they all had a message for some Duck fans flying overhead trying to rain on their parade. The crowd chanted “Go Beavs!” repeatedly as a plane circled overhead with a “Go Ducks!” banner.