CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - This year's graduates at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale face a tough job market and mounting student debt.
And according to the Huffington Post last year's bachelor degree-holders under the age of 25, made up more than 53% of the unemployed and underemployed. The highest percent in the past 11 years.
So this years graduates are also facing tough times in the job market.
"It is tight. But I'm going to graduate school," said Madalen Brooks. "I'm going to be studying traditional Chinese Medicine in acupuncture, hopefully in California. I plan on working in an acupuncture clinic while I go to graduate school."
But, not everyone has things planned out as well with their future, and how they're going to deal with their student loans.
"Both of those are pretty good. The job aspect I'd like to find one," said Jacob Oriangreene. "Student loans that is going to be a problem. But I'm going to have to try and pay those off real quick."
Currently the student loan debt is topping a trillion dollars and climbing.
And many of the young college graduates are finding themselves in jobs that require a high school diploma or less.
"I'm just satisfied that everything I worked for leading up to here has actually got me a job," said Sam Nylen. "So I'm fortunate to be in one of those positions where I found something that was in the field I desired."
Which is something that many of this year's graduates are going to find difficult to do.
Because according the report from the Huffington Post, graduates who degreed in philosophy, art history, zoology and anthropology were the least likely to find jobs with their education level.
Compared to those with computer science degrees, teaching and accounting were the most likely graduates to find work in their education level.
U.S. Astronaut Mark Kelly was the keynote speaker at all three commencement ceremonies at the SIU Arena.