More than 1,800 students will graduate from the University of Tennessee by the end of the weekend.
The first two commencement ceremonies happened on Friday with the MBA Class of 2012. 222 UT graduate students took part in the hooding ceremony.
"I wanted to learn more and you always gotta continue learning in this job market and atmosphere so that you'll continue to make yourself better," said Chris Stanley, UT MBA graduate.
For some, the job climate they walked into is much different than the one UT undergraduates will face in 2013.
"I'm a registered nurse... the job market [back then], plenty of jobs, no problem finding one. Even today you hear nurses are sometimes having trouble getting into the field they want to work in specialty wise so a little bit different then when I entered the job market with unlimited opportunities," said Rhonda Stewart, UT MBA graduate.
They gave their advice to the UT undergraduates who will be looking for their first jobs out of college.
UT MBA Graduate Tina Strawn said, "I would advise them to never stop learning. Keep current, keep reading, keep involved, keep networking."
UT Class of 2012's Dr. Hammad Rizvi went on to say, "I think it's always good to find out what your goals are and your focus and what you like to do. If you like what you do, you'll do whatever it takes to get there."
The university-wide fall commencement will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena.