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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As graduates of the University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences lined up at the Tucson Convention Center with a journey ahead of them Friday, they still had the night to reflect on where they have been with the friends that they have made. 

"Tonight I will be attending Dirtbags, I think, towards later on in the evening, also Hotel Congress for dinner, and World of Beer, and anything in between. So, it should be a pretty good time," said graduate Brian Haller. 

"I will also probably be attending Dirtbags," said graduate Danielle Novelly.

Graduation weekend really started Thursday night for downtown businesses, and while they are taking in crowds now, they don't expect the place to completely dry up during the summer. They say that since four places have opened, there are more options, and more reasons to keep coming downtown.

"I've been in Tucson a long time and this totally transformed from what it was, which is benefiting everybody and all the new business overflowing helps each other," said World of Beer general manager Johnny Ward.

"There's just a lot of new energy downtown. We're looking at the typical off-days not being as off as they use to be. There's a big schedule of events this whole summer, so I think we're going to see a pretty busy summer," said Hotel Congress director of entertainment David Slutes.

While Tucson will lose many graduates who will go on to new jobs in other cities, new students will still arrive. And, not all graduates leave for good.

"I'll be back.  So, you'll be seeing plenty of me," Haller said.

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