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Jun 13, 2010 12:01 AM by Monica Quintero

Cal Poly graduates have big plans

Thousands of former Cal Poly students, along with their families, see their hard work pay off. The university held two Spring Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. There was a total of 3,841 eligible graduates and an estimated 30,000 spectators.

It's a time of celebration and for some graduates, it took longer than others to get their degree. Eduardo Valle, Cal Poly graduate, said, "It actually took seven years." Valle, like many of his fellow graduates, will next be searching for a job. He said, "The market is a little thin right now, it's tough. I figure that we've graduated from a very prestigious college. A lot of people have come out of here and done a lot of great things."

But some graduates already have a job lined up. Another graduate, Lindsay Indermill, said, "It's nice to be sitting here not worrying about having a job, but worrying about what I'm going to do tomorrow for my job." She's thrilled about her new job with MTV. The broadcast journalism major will be working on a documentary television show. Indermill said, "It's nice to see everything I paid for school wise, be put to use in my job." She has big plans for her life. "In a few years, I'll be Vice President of development at a major network, keep an eye out for me." So does Valle. He said, "I was helping develop a cure for multi-melanoma cancer. Hopefully, I can come back to that and work with them." These graduates know having a degree is a minimum to finding a job these days.

The keynote speaker at the 9 o'clock ceremony was former longtime Cal Poly Cabinet Member Carol Hallett. She now serves as counsel to the US Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation. Speaking at 3 o'clock was Cal Poly alumni Gary Bloom, CEO of software company, E-Meter.

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