Thousands of students from University at Buffalo’s College of Arts and Sciences walked across the state of Alumni Arena Sunday, marking the end of that chapter in their lives.
According to a UB official, nearly 5,800 students received degrees or certifications at one of the total 17 commencement ceremonies the university held throughout the month – one of the largest classes in the school’s history.
“I think I came to UB as a Buffalonian just thinking it was a good school in Buffalo. I wasn’t dead set on coming to UB, so my freshman year I felt out of place,” said Max Kalnitz. “But then I was an orientation leader, I studied abroad, I found The Spectrum and was involved in journalism, and it was just the best three-and-a-half, four years I could hope for.”
Now comes the next chapter of figuring out what’s next in their careers. While a recent study showed New York as the fourth most moved-out state, many graduates said they planned to stay, but not necessarily in Buffalo.
And for some graduates, they’re not just leaving with a degree – they’ll join the approximately 45 million people who collectively owe $1.5 trillion in student loans.
But for now, they’re celebrating the hard work that got them to this point while looking ahead to the possibilities that will come.
“I couldn’t even imagine what the future holds,” said Brandon Sanzo. “But I’m prepared because I have my education.”