SPOKANE, Wash. - Thousands of college graduates across the region will walk proudly this weekend and collect their diplomas. Then many of them will pack up their college apartments and move back in with mom and dad.
Graduation day: The culmination of much hard work. The beginning of a successful career, a life spent reaping the benefits of sacrifices made to attend college.
A new study out this week says that most college graduates simply can't find a job and 8 out of 10 of them are moving home after graduation.
"I definitely have friends moving in with parents because of financial reasons," Whitworth student Matt McCloskey, who's graduating Saturday with a degree in political science, said.
After he graduates, McCloskey is moving home and he'll work in construction.
"It's a little discouraging, to know you've worked hard for four years and not have these great job opportunities you were told you're gonna have. That's a little hard," he said.
Stephanie Hendricks will graduate from Whitworth Sunday with a degree in sociology. She finished classes in January, but without a job Stephanie temporarily moved back in with her parents.
"There's not much out there and whatever is out there I don't feel qualified for," she said.
Stephanie now has a job lined up here in Spokane but she says most of her graduating friends are heading home to live with mom and dad.
"Most are moving home for at least a while to get on their feet and try to find something," she said.
This study also shows that more and more college students are getting jobs in areas other than their field of study, just to find something to pay the bills. In a competitive job market it's those with the least experience that get bumped out.