Thousands of VCU students graduate this weekend

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Virginia Commonwealth University president Eugene Trani presided over commencement for the last time this weekend as more than 4,000 professional, graduate, and undergraduate degrees were presented at commencement exercises Saturday in Richmond.

Speaker Francis Collins urged grads to "think big." The former director of the national human genome research institute told graduates -- they are receiving their degrees in "exciting and tumultuous times."

"Its kind of scary that we have to face the economic times we do, but we've worked hard to get to where we're at so I'm sure a job is just going to work out, we can do it," said Sarah Dunford, VCU graduate.

"I'm not worried about it, everybody is talking about the economic crisis, but its no big deal. As long as you stay focused, stay strong and do it to the end, you'll be alright," said William Vaughan, VCU graduate.

Doctor Trani is retiring as president after 19 years at the end of June.  He will continue at VCU as a distinguished professor.

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