DOTHAN-- This is the day Daniel Hendrix has been looking forward to for a long time. Today he will graduate with a master's degree.
"I've interviewed for quite a few jobs and applied for a lot of jobs." said graduate Daniel Hendrix.
He says that he's fortunate enough to have a job secured already, but it hasn't always been that easy.
"After I got my bachelor's two years ago, it was hard finding jobs then, but now I think it's a little more optimistic." said Hendrix.
And others like Sara Martin are still searching for a job, but she's positive that with a little research she'll find just the job she's looking for.
"I've looked in the papers and dothanhelpwanted.com and things of that nature. There are so many jobs, you just have to go out there and apply for them." said graduate, Sara Martin.
"And after this graduation there will be one-hundred and forty new graduates looking for new jobs."
"Our graduates will stand a better opportunity this year than probably in the previous years, and that's a national norm." said Dr. Don Jeffrey, Campus Vice Chancellor.
In 2009, the national unemployment rate was near ten percent, but now it's around eight percent, making the job search just a little easier for those first timers.
"The economy is getting better, the job markets are going to open up, it's going to take us some time. But today is better than yesterday and tomorrow will be better than today." said Jeffrey.
And what a true statement that is.