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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It was a day to remember for more than 100 graduates of UW-Marathon County.
Wednesday's ceremony marks the transition to a new chapter in their lives.
Students say they're so grateful to UWMC for all it's given them, but they also couldn't be more excited for what lies ahead.
Many of the graduates say they feel ready to move on.
"UWMC has done so much to prepare me," said Maa Vue of Green Bay. "There's so many resources here that you would never realize if you didn't reach out."
"I always say if you can make here at MC, you can make it anywhere you go after this," said Dakota Rine of Wausau.
Some of their paths to get to this day were winding.
"I started out not really knowing what my major was going to be but I've decided to go into art education," said Colleen McCluskey of Tomahawk.
"I lost my job and because of the economy, everyone was looking for degrees so I came back to get my degree in accounting and eventually I'm going to go for my CPA," said Sara Jones of Wausau.
What will come next is just as varied.
"I'm going to finish undergrad in psychology then hopefully go to medical school after that for psychiatry," Rine said.
"I have some big plans," said McCluskey. "I'm going to UW-Green Bay after this. They have a wonderful theater department and a great art department."
Vue says she'll pursue her bachelor's degree at UW-Stevens Point and then go into art management and business.
Aaron Hahn of Mosinee, along with Vue, was one of the commencement speakers. "Our ability to do things is pretty limitless," he said. "We can decide to do whatever we want."
As soon as they receive that diploma, anything can happen.
Someone described the ceremony as the light at the end of the tunnel, but with so many graduates pursuing more education, they say they prefer to think of it as a beginning.
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