EUGENE, Ore. - Thousands of Ducks are spreading their wings and flying into the real world after the University of Oregon's It was the 138th graduation commencement Monday.
The day kicked off with the traditional Duck Walk, an academic parade of graduates and faculty, followed by a ceremony inside the Matthew Knight Arena.
Among the speakers were UO President Michael Gottfredson, students, and 2005 graduate of the School of Journalism and Communication, Robert Fogarty.
"Graduates - congratulations class of 2014," Fogarty said, "and I want to hear those beautiful booming voices: Go Ducks!"
Fogarty is the founder of Dear World, a portrait project that unites people through pictures of message written on their skin.
The commencement ceremony ended with chanting along with clips of famous flick "Animal House," filmed in Eugene.
Students were thrilled as they walked out, saying they're anticipating what's next to come.
"It's almost like a numb feeling. You can't quite believe its happening. I still feel like a baby,ike college graduation is far in the future but it's happening right now", said Mikaela Zottola, a French and political science graduate.
Others already know what the future holds like Masters of Education graduate Lindsay Mayer.
"I have a job out in Ontario near Boise in Ontario, Oregon. I'll be teaching middle school math and I'm really excited about it," Mayer said.