Congratulations, Class of 2018!

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This Friday nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students will join the University of Georgia’s alumni ranks, and they will leave this institution prepared for a lifetime of success.

Data from the UGA Career Center reveal an extraordinary outlook for the Class of 2018. UGA’s Career Outcomes Rate—which measures the percentage of students who are either employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment within an average of six months after graduation—was 96 percent for the Class of 2017, a full 11 percent higher than the national average.

The top employers of UGA’s recent graduates include nationally and internationally recognized corporations such as AT&T, Chick-fil-A, The Home Depot and NCR, as well as small businesses, government agencies and non-profits across the state and well beyond. Data from the Career Center show that the top job titles that recent UGA graduates hold include account manager, analyst, teacher and software engineer.

Each and every one of our graduates has a remarkable story to tell. Below are just a few examples of what the future has in store for the Class of 2018:

  • Akash Shah, who will earn bachelor’s degrees in biology and cell biology, plans to teach science to middle and high school students in Atlanta through Teach for America.
  • Victoria Barker, who will earn her J.D. from the School of Law, will be an associate at DLA Piper Global Law Firm in Washington, D.C.
  • Graham Grable, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, plans to build autonomous robotic delivery networks with Athens-based Cosmic Delivery.
  • Shreya Ganeshan, a Foundation Fellow and Honors student who will earn bachelor’s degrees in economics and statistics, has accepted a position at Google.
  • Lizzy Isgar, who will earn her bachelor’s degree from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, will be attending graduate school at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
  • Patrick Nicholson, who will earn a bachelor of business administration degree from the Terry College of Business, will work at EY Advisory Services in Washington, D.C.
  • Nettie Brown, who will earn her bachelor’s degree from the College of Engineering, will enroll in the biomedical engineering doctoral program offered by Georgia Tech and Emory.
  • Christian Cullen, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in microbiology with a certificate in African studies, will be attending medical school, either at Augusta University or Wake Forest University, with the goal of becoming a pediatrician.
  • Caroline Beadles, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, will spend a year teaching English in Vietnam through the Fulbright program and then plans to enroll in the physician assistant program at Augusta University.
  • Caroline Geiger, who will earn her M.D. through the Augusta University/UGA Medical Partnership, will begin a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. After her residency is complete, she plans to return to her home state of Georgia to practice medicine.
  • Hunter Smith, who is this year’s undergraduate Commencement speaker and will earn a bachelor’s degree in political science, plans to attend the UGA School of Law and also earn a master’s degree in higher education administration.

The nearly 6,000 undergraduate and graduate students who will don their caps and gowns this Friday represent the future of our state, nation and world. They are, in the eloquent words of the charter that made UGA the birthplace of public higher education, “the rising hope of our land.”

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