WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - With the turn of their tassels, more than 1,600 students from UNCW marked their graduation.
This December, a record number of students are receiving their degrees earlier than many of their peers.
Which is an advantage to graduates according to Tiana Scot.
"There is less attention on graduates right now so you can put yourself out first, as opposed to them seeking you out of a big pool of people."
Meanwhile, graduate Neal Ward says that even though the economy is down, his career is taking off.
"I actually already landed a job in Raleigh, North Carolina. I start January 4th, so really the economy for me hasn't been too bad."
Ward says some of the best ways to find employment is by following advice that's been around before.
"You look online. You know people who can help you find a job. Our department here at school helps you with your resume, things like that."
But for others, life after college has yet to be determined.
Katherine Auman says she is struggling to land her first teaching job.
"I think it's going to be a hard situation because it's very competitive, but I'm willing to stick it out because I love the area."
Employment success is a toss up among these graduates, but for now, they are enjoying this special day of accomplishment and are ready to embark on the next chapter of their lives.