BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Grads, faculty, friends, and family packed into Montana State University's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse on Saturday morning to celebrate the class of 2014.

Bozeman Mayor Jeff Krauss spoke about celebrating life's journey's, and Donna Shalala, former US Secretary of Health and Human Services told the graduates to always look for the beauty in life.

Then one by one, students walked across the stage to receive their diploma, a symbol of their hard earned education.

The grads explained it's a bittersweet time in their lives as they transition into the "real world," and they will never forget their college experience.

"I have made great friends, professors have been wonderful, and everything has been really great," said graduate Valentina Perez-Bradley.

"I had a really great experience," said graduate Mitch Yoder, "great professors, so overall it was awesome."

And the grads said they are thankful for their time at Montana State, and they are excited for what the future will bring.

Graduate Erin Cayko said, "I'm ready to start working and I'm just happy that my friends and family could all come and celebrate with me."

"I'm the first in my family to graduate, so I'm pretty excited about it," said graduate Jennifer Lane.

With their college career now behind them, the class of 2014 students say they are ready for their next adventure.

"This is a wonderful accomplishment," Lane said. "I can hardly wait to go into the next chapter of my life."

MSU reports a total of 2,048 students graduated this spring.

During the commencement, MSU celebrated members of previous university classes including Barney Meyers from the class of 1934. Meyers is 103 years old and is the first MSU alum to make it to his 80th alumni reunion.