Despite icy roads and 10 inches of fresh snow (optimistically called "challenging weather" by President David Skorton), about 300 January 2009 graduates and their families and friends made it to Barton Hall Dec. 20 for the sixth annual January Graduate Recognition Event.

The new graduates will head into a global job market that is very different from previous ones, said Skorton in his address to the graduates. But the skills and attributes they have learned at Cornell, he said -- particularly the abilities to think critically, to be creative, and to respect other cultures and views -- will serve them well wherever they go.

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