Temple University holds commencement

May 22, 2008 3:54:48 PM PDT
More than 7,500 students graduated from Temple University today, at the Liacouras Center, in North Philadelphia. Students representing 49 states and 85 countries received their degrees from the 124-year-old educational institution. Former Philadelphia school board president Floyd Alston gave the commencement address, and also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

Action News' Karen Rogers spoke to some of the members of the class of '08.

Kelly Morgan Donahue, of Northeast Philadelphia, said "it's the best feeling in the world."

Kathryn Needle, of Levittown, Pa., said "it's a huge success for me to be graduating today because I have been going through so much hard work." Maimuna Syed, of Northeast Philadelphia, said "the economy is probably our number one issue, and for a lot of graduates, including myself, the secondary issue is healthcare."

Max Kribonosob, of Northeast Philadelphia, said "I'm always nervous about the future but always hopeful as well."

Temple's most famous grad, Bill Cosby, brought some humor to the ceremony but also had a serious message. "This university you're graduating from -- strong business -- but you're the strong person in you. You can make it if you try," Cosby said.