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New Hampshire

May 18, 2014

Clouds part for UNH grads

DURHAM ­— Before University of New Hampshire’s graduation started yesterday morning, everyone was fixated on the rain.

“It could be worst, this could be our wedding day,” a graduate said to her friends as they made their way to Memorial Field.

Despite wet conditions, it was still a good day to be a Wildcat.

The mood was celebratory as students could be seen with decorated caps and some even drinking champagne out of the bottle. A professor even crowd surfed through the sea of almost 3,000 graduates.

“Some of you might have imagined today to be bright and sunny. But like my friend Elsa said ‘let it go. Let it go,’” Professor Nancy Kinner said referencing the popular Disney movie ‘Frozen’. “We are the Wildcats. Let the storm rage on. It won’t bother us anyway.”

Apparently, Mother Nature got the hint as the clouds parted halfway through the ceremony finally revealing the sun.

It was a bittersweet day for most of the students.

“I am going to miss my friends and my support system so much,” Lydia Manzel from Pelham said.

She studied neuroscience during her time at UNH and has been busy applying for various jobs.

“It doesn’t feel real yet,” she said.

Meredith Cashman agreed.

“I don’t think it has hit me yet,” said the Meredith resident.

The 22-year-old studied psychology and has already accepted a position working with children with autism.

“I am really excited about it. It’s a huge relief to already have a job at this point,” she said.

Business administration student Daniel Bourque, of Reading, Mass., also has already landed a job.

He will be working as a product engineer for a Boston construction company.

“I am excited to get out there and start making my own money,” he said.

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