More than 3,000 people, mostly in their early 20s have now entered the "real world".
They are students at Ohio University who received degrees during two commencement sessions Saturday morning and afternoon.
Commencement speaker was historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and public television host David McCullough, who briefly referred to the War on Terror.
“We are now in a deadly contest with fanatics," said McCullough, "who believe in an enforced ignorance. We do not, and we never will, and there lies our strength."
This year's ceremony brought a close to Ohio U's 200th anniversary celebration, and also was the last commencement for outgoing president Robert Glidden.