It is ended, but not really

My last photo assignment for The Collegian ended a mere three hours before my own graduation ceremony.

The following photo gallery of the 10 a.m. graduation ceremony from Saturday, May 7 is meaningful to me because the decorated graduation caps represent some of South Dakota State graduates’ creativity, expectation and passion.

It was a great honor for me to contribute to The Collegian’s readership with my passion for photojournalism. I started as a staff photographer for the former Jackrabbit Yearbook then eventually worked my way up to the photo chief position of The Collegian.

Two years may not seem like a very long journey, but The Collegian provided valuable experience as the foundation of my career. I covered all types of photo assignments including features, breaking news and sports. If I did not have that chance, I would not be in the position I am today.

Shooting photos and gaining experience as a photographer was not the only thing I have gained from the Collegian. We, the Collegianites as we like to call ourselves, came from different majors, regions and cultures to put our best talents toward making The Collegian one of the best student newspapers in the Midwest.

Sadly, all good things must come to an end. I have already transferred my position and duties to the best, most deserving assistant photographer. After going through a rigorous training period, which lasted several months, she is fully capable of bringing the photo department of The Collegian to the next level.

Thank you all for such an adventure. I hope you will enjoy the new Collegian staff members.