GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) Colorado Mesa University students are getting ready to step out into the work world after walking the stage at graduation Friday.
More than 640 people graduated with different types of degrees at CMU's 2013 winter commencement ceremony.
Graduating now, six months earlier than most, can give students an edge when it comes to finding a job after college as there is less competition.
"I did some really good networking at CMU," said political science graduate Telbe Storbeck. "I met through actually an employer here at the college. Heard about the company and started to apply."
Storbeck now has a fellowship in the political science field in Denver lined up for after graduation.
"A lot of them already have jobs and know exactly what they're doing," CMU President Tim Foster said about the college's most recent graduates. "It was really pretty amazing."
Foster said having a solid resume and interview skills are crucial to a job hunt no matter when a student starts looking.