Karen Roode experienced a mixture of emotions moments before lining up for her life-changing walk across the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus on Friday afternoon.
Roode, of Upper Brookside, was one of 217 students who graduated from the Bible Hill university Friday under a sunny sky and gentle breeze.
"I'm definitely nervous and I'm excited. It's been a long time coming and its exciting to finally be done" of her two-year engineering course, said Roode.
She is continuing her studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, studying civil engineering.
What Roode appreciates most about her time at the Bible Hill campus was "meeting my boyfriend here and graduating."
Roode was not the only one to embrace her emotions Friday. An exuberant lineup of graduates made their way from Jenkins Hall to the Langille Athletic Centre, waving excitedly to friends and family, throwing their hands in the air in victory and giggling and hugging other graduates before going onstage to receive their well-earned diplomas, certificates and degrees.
For Sydney Tilt of Malagash, earning her diploma in engineering was a precious moment.
"It was exciting that the hard work paid off. It is one of my best achievements," Tilt told the Truro Daily News after accepting her diploma.
She will also continue her engineering education at Dalhousie in Halifax.
Her advice to new students attending the Bible Hill campus in September is simple: "Take advantage of the small campus and get involved in lots of things because you will get lots of support."
During the convocation ceremony, Dal's president, Dr. Richard Florizone, encouraged the graduates to consider a few things.
"Today you join more than 120,000 Dalhousie alumni around the world," Florizone said, suggesting the graduates embrace intention, possibilities and success as a motto going forward in life. "Ground your decisions around your values ... open your hearts and minds to possibilities around the world."