Penn State graduate Carly Mastrodonato had five unique pictures of herself photographed in front of a university sign near Beaver Stadium.
In each snapshot, the Massapequa Park, N.Y., native attempted to spell one letter with her body.
She said she was then going to put the photos together in a way that would make it look like it said “we are.”
“It’s just for the pride of my school,” said Mastrodonato, an education major.
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She was among 1,427 students who received their bachelor’s degrees Saturday morning at the Bryce Jordan Center.
“I can’t believe how fast it went,” Mastrodonato said. “I guess I’d tell new students coming in to make the most of your time, seek chances to do different things and work hard. Four years fly by, but you can do all that and still have fun.”
For others it taked a little longer.
Graduate Ryan Necib, of Arlington, Va., said it took him three years just to figure out he wanted to study engineering.
Another three after that, he was finally able to walk away with his undergraduate degree at summer commencement — and with a job already lined up at The Boeing Co. in Seattle.
“I guess it took me a little longer to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, but it’s been worth it,” Nacib, 27, said. “Penn State allowed me to get an internship with Boeing and now a job. It’s a place that promotes hands-on learning while you’re still a student so I can go into the real world with knowledge and experience.”
About 682 master’s degrees were also granted, along with 256 doctoral degree candidates graduated and three students received their associated degrees at the University Park campus.
Events began at 9 a.m. with the Schreyer Honors College Medal Ceremony. Undergraduate and associate degree conferrals followed with remarks from Penn State President Eric Barron.
The Graduate School ceremony was held Saturday afternoon with remarks from Andrew Sears, dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology.