Class of 2013 largest ever for Temple University

May 16, 2013 2:44:53 PM PDT
Temple University graduated its largest class in school history on Thursday. More than 9,000 students in cap and gown are receiving their degrees in front of proud family and friends.

"I'm so excited. I can't wait to be a teacher some day," said graduate Lindsay Britland of Yardley, Bucks County.

Teachers, lawyers, journalists and more were on-hand for commencement day. The biggest graduating class in the school's history filled into the Liacourus Center Thursday morning.

Thousands of graduates in their caps and gowns were conferred with their undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees.

Kaley Carpenter graduated today, and she tells Action News, "It's exciting. I can't believe it's over. It's so bittersweet. I'm going to miss Temple so much."

Proud smiles brightened up the rainy morning. The Class of 2013 ranges in age from 19 to 73 and comes from 57 nations, 49 states plus Guam, DC, and Puerto Rico. 54 counties in Pennsylvania were represented today as well.

As usual, Temple alum Dr. Bill Cosby joined in on the fun, raising his tasseled baseball hat high, as these graduates ready to embark on a new journey.

Antonio Boone of Baltimore, Maryland described the trepidation felt by most new graduates, saying, "It is intimidating because you know it's the real world, and a lot of our professors, especially in the journalism school, they've talked about going into the 'real world.' But I think with Temple, being 'Temple Made,' 'Real World Made,' you know, it's prepared us for that."

Thursday afternoon and Friday will host more, smaller graduation ceremonies, allowing for more time to celebrate.