NEWTON (CBS) – Five weeks after surviving the Boston Marathon bombings, Boston College graduate students Brittany Loring and Liza Cherney walked across the stage beaming from ear to ear.

“It’s been overwhelming. The amount of people who support us. I just want to say thank you,” Cherney said.

Brittany and Liz were at the finish line when the bombs exploded.

“I had wounds on both my legs; skull fracture; BBs in my neck and head and burns on my feet,” Loring said.

Brittany walks with a crutch now. But when she received her degree on Monday, she walked across the stage without it.

Liza and Brittany, who both received their Carroll Graduate School of Management degrees, were met with a thunderous applause and standing ovation as they led the procession and walked across the stage.

“This experience has made me feel more of a connection with Boston. I am sad that I am leaving,” Cherney said.

Brittany also has big plans for the future.

“I plan to take the bar exam, I am getting married in September and I am starting a new job,” Loring said.

Nothing can slow these high achievers down.


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