The sounds of graduation are in the air at Malmstrom Air Force Base with Embry Riddle and Park University honoring students today and there's a lot of excitement.
"This is my all time favorite day of the year. It doesn't get better than this. This is what we do all the work for and watching them and having been with them for four years some of them five years some of them going straight into masters for six years, its amazing. We get really close to our students. We're small so we know them really well and it feels like part of your family is graduating," said Teresa Rivenes, Director of Academic Support at Embry Riddle University.
Gaining a college degree is a big accomplishment that even the youngest attendees can appreciate.
"And your name has been added to the roll of alumni for your perspective colleges…*yeah!* (child's voice from the crowd)…*laughter*…I know. Isn't it exciting? Forever," said Chief Master Sergeant Cari Kent, Ret., Regional Director for US Congressman Steve Daines.
Today's graduates can be held in even higher regard after working toward their diploma while serving in our armed forces.
"How great it feels when they're all done and finished and what an accomplishment they've all earned by being on active duty or being civilians and having so much on their plate and achieve this tremendous goal," said Alaina Barrow, Campus Center Director at Park University.
All of their achievements not only improve the graduates, but also serve as an example to those around them.
"I am the first in my family to get a bachelors degree so it's pretty amazing experience for my family as well. My family is actually very proud of me, and unfortunately, they were unable to make it today but my husband's son is going to college down in Bozeman so I think I've started a trend for the rest of the family to do," said Tammy Wajer, one of today's graduates.
So congrats to all of the graduates. You have a bright future ahead.