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Some SIU graduates worried about economy, remain optimistic

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

More than 1,600 graduates at SIU Carbondale received their degrees on Saturday.

Of the new alumni, there are 1,606 total candidates getting their degrees: 1,146 for bachelor's degrees; 361 for master's degrees; 66 for doctoral degrees, 17 for associate's degrees, and 16 for law degrees.

Keynote speaker Donald McHenry, who served as ambassador and U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations and as a member of President Jimmy Carter's Cabinet, delivered the keynote address. 

McHenry earned his masters degree in political science and speech from SIU Carbondale in 1959.

He said in his speech that it is now these alumni that must pay their portion in the rough economy.

McHenry says there's no solution right now in sight and that it is now the time for the student's to get this economy back on track.

"We must address our problems at home and fully participate in international affairs," McHenry said.

Some graduates said they are a little worried about the economy and making it when they get out there in the real world. 

The new graduates say they will fight with whatever means necessary to be successful. Other graduates feel it won't be that bad getting a job and some already have jobs lined up.

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