Family members gathered behind the white fence with their cameras and video-cameras in hand trying to get the perfect picture and video of their graduate at the University of Houston-Victoria graduation Saturday.
Proud parents, grandparents, spouses, siblings and children held signs and cheered for their loved ones as they crossed the stage and received their diplomas.
Thousands of people sat in the folding chairs and stood in the shade for the joyous occasion.
Before the students could switch their tassel, Harris County Judge Edward Emmett, guest speaker, reminded them to keep in touch with the friends and acquaintances they've made in college.
About 325 students walked the stage.
Number of graduates: About 325
Speaker:Harris County Judge Edward M. Emmett
Oldest student:Clyde Jones, 65, of Victoria, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Youngest student:Paul Sesar, 20, of Katy, Bachelor of Science
Popular Degree:Master of education, 90 degrees
What are your short-term and long-term job prospects?
"I plan to work in IT for a while and I hope to own my own software business in the future,"
"I plan to continue working for Citizens Medical Center. I'm a dosimetrist. My main goal is to bring a crime lab to Victoria."
"I want to continue to pursue my career in administration,"
"I would like to work for a nonprofit at risk youth program in the future."
"I will stay with UHV, this is my second masters I earned my MBA in 2006."
"I plan to stay with the university and continue working with the school of nursing as the online support tech. I want to see where it will take me."