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ASU's newest graduates ready for life after Tempe

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Hundreds of Arizona State University students graduated Thursday morning with a ceremony at Wells Fargo Arena.

This class came in just before the nation's economy crashed in 2008 and left with the country just days away from reaching the so-called fiscal cliff.

A salary survey in September by National Association of Colleges and Employers said the average starting salary for a 2012 college graduate is just over $44,000.

Some students have jobs already or have something lined up. Brandon McClay of Santa Rosa, Calif., said he's in no rush to start looking for work.

"I'm going home and taking time off. I have had time off for the past four years. I'll relax and then get to work," he said.

The comment about having time off for the past four years drew a giggle out of his proud mom.

Ryan Wonder of Carefree said he will likely go to work in the family business or go into the military.

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Position: Senior News Reporter. Started with KTAR July 4, 1999.

Favorite spots in Arizona: Pinetop-Lakeside, Alpine, Greer.

Have covered some of the biggest stories in Arizona including nine of the top 10 largest wildfires in state history. The Wallow Fire in 2011 became the largest fire in state history. Rodeo-Chediski Fire in June 2002, which is the second largest fire in Arizona. Covered the Yarnell Hill Tragedy in June 2013 that left 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots dead.

Favorite movies: True Grit, both 1969 John Wayne classic and the remake with Jeff Bridges and Lonesome Dove.

Sports Teams: Washington State University Cougars, Texas Longhorns, The University of Montana Grizzlies.

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