By SARA PAUFFspauff@ledger-enquirer.com
About 700 graduates were recognized during commencement ceremonies at Columbus State University Saturday.
The college held two ceremonies, one at 10 a.m. and another at 3 p.m.; retiring president Frank Brown gave the commencement speech at both exercises.
Several graduates said they were relieved and excited to receive their degrees.
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"I'm glad its' finally over," said Laura Buehrle who graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing. She said she and her husband are planning on starting their own company; he'll handle loans and she'll handle real estate, she said.
Christina Bell, who graduated with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, said she would be "looking for a job." She said she wasn't worried about the search.
Graduate school is the option that Jameca Razor is considering. She received a bachelor's degree in health science and said she wanted to be a public health administrator. She was glad to have her degree.
"It's great and exciting," she said.