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UNLV's newest graduates face tough decisions

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About 3,000 UNLV students graduated and 2,000 walked across the stage at the Thomas & Mack Center Tuesday. (FOX5) About 3,000 UNLV students graduated and 2,000 walked across the stage at the Thomas & Mack Center Tuesday. (FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Nearly 2,000 University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) students walked across the stage at the Thomas & Mack Center Tuesday to receive their diplomas. The group was made up of people from 33 states and 52 countries.

While Tuesday was an occasion to celebrate, the party may be over soon. Many graduates are worried about finding jobs and wonder if they'll be able to stay and earn a paycheck in southern Nevada.

"The financial side is always going to be hard, but it's all worth it. When you put on the cap and gown and walk across the stage, it's all worth it," graduate Tiffany Mixon said.

"I'm actually going to law school. I just finished my first semester and came back for graduation," Mixon continued.

With the unemployment rate in the Las Vegas area hovering around 9.5 percent, the graduates will have some difficult decisions to make.

"I had to readjust here. I started school, I got a job and now I'm trying to apply for grad school," graduate Nadaline Danlap said.

UNLV representative Afsha Bawany said many of the graduates were nontraditional students, including working parents, active military and adults who came back to school.

"We found that when the economic downturn occurred, a lot of students decided to stay in school, kind of refine their skills and stay in graduate school," Bawany said.

Dean Smith is one such graduate. Not only did he earn his second degree this year, his first came 40 years ago.

"I studied harder, made better grades than the first time around, but not a whole lot has changed. It was a fun experience," he said.

"For me, balancing a full-time job and my class load - the hardest thing was time management," graduate Pete Reyes said.

The average UNLV graduate spent between $20,000 and $80,000 to walk across the stage Tuesday.

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