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Published May 10, 2013, 10:23 PM

Graduation brings more patrons to area businesses

UND is holding its spring commencement tomorrow as nearly 1,800 students accept their diplomas. Graduation always brings in families and friends from out of town and that means a boost for the local economy -- especially hotels, restaurants and bars.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

UND is holding its spring commencement tomorrow as nearly 1,800 students accept their diplomas. Graduation always brings in families and friends from out of town and that means a boost for the local economy -- especially hotels, restaurants and bars.

Not everyone graduates from college but workers in the restaurant business experience the frenzy of the celebration every six months.

Mike Casey is graduating tomorrow. He's one of 1,122 undergrads accepting their diplomas. And like anyone making the walk, he's very excited.

Mike: "Fastest four years of my life, i mean, it went by like a blur, i had so much fun. i hope the real world's this fun."

Mike's friends came to town to show their support--They're celebrating tonight at a local restaurant. While Mike's big day is tomorrow, the staff at Rhombus Guys has been preparing for some time.

Andrew Klamm: "We've been booked for the past two months already on reservations."

Andrew says graduation weekend is their biggest weekend next to springfest. The commencement brings in large crowds of people looking to celebrate and for service industry workers and it can get a little hectic, although big groups don't always mean big bucks.

Andrew: "Big groups -- when they come in they usually hang out and sit around a little bit longer then the smaller groups that come in so we don't get the turnover."

Andrew says even though they're booked up he's still receiving calls for reservations which he's had to turn away.

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