It’s graduation time, a time of the year when the results of our collective efforts can be seen through the successes of our graduating students. As an early internal estimate, we are expecting 308 students to graduate in May. Graduates from our seven undergraduate majors include the following: Accounting (83), Information Systems (21), Marketing (39), Management (34), Industrial Distribution (24), Finance (21) and Economics (8). We also have 78 students receiving their graduate degrees: MBA (56) and MAc (22).
While it is important for our students to graduate in a timely manner, it is also very important to us to see our students go on to graduate schools or to compete successfully for jobs in the marketplace. Graduating seniors are surveyed each semester about their employment outlook and graduate school plans. We are pleased to report that out of the 80% who have already responded to this spring’s Undergraduate Success Survey, 86% reported that they are employed or going to graduate school.
During the past academic year, more than 90 companies have been recruiting on-campus at the School of Business for internships and full-time employment, resulting in more than 100 accepted offers. Students have accepted excellent offers from companies such as Deloitte, Ernst and Young, Regions, Enterprise Holding, Southern Company, Greenlee Textron, Surgical Care Affiliates, and Ford Credit. We also know that several of our graduates will be heading to graduate schools, medical schools and law schools at Harvard University, UAB and Samford, among others.
While it is necessary for students to focus on coursework and achieve high grade point averages, our data consistently shows that students who rise to the top in getting the highly sought after jobs (or being accepted to graduate schools) are those who actively participate in a variety of student leadership opportunities, career service activities (e.g. resume preparation and mock interviews), and internships.
We also want to highlight another important milestone in our efforts to recruit, retain and graduate high achieving students. As you may know, for the past four years we have been recruiting at least 20 high achieving opportunity scholars each year and awarding them full scholarships in order to increase our student diversity across the spectrum of racial, ethnic, religious, economic and other forms of diversity in our student body. So, it is indeed wonderful to see the first crop of these students successfully graduating and moving on to jobs or to graduate schools: Lance Beverly (MG)- Harvard Graduate School of Education; Grant Gargus (ID)- Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.; Dominique Gibson (AC)- MBA or MAc., undecided on grad school; James Knight (AC)- UAB MAc., taking the CPA exam and starting with Ernst & Young as an auditor in January; Nataley Marquass (AC)- continuing internship in the Financial Services Department with Southern Nuclear Operating Company; Joshua Powell (MK)- Ford Credit’s Leadership Development Program, Florida; Curtis Robinson (AC)- Master of Accounting Program at NC State’s Poole College of Management; Megan Stone (MG)-Ford Credit’s Leadership Development Program, South Carolina; Daphaney Tripp (MK)- UAB MBA, currently training for pharmaceutical sales; and Christopher Woodham (AC)-UAB MAc., currently interning with Southern Company.
Again, I’d like to offer a special thanks to our constituents for supporting our UAB School of Business and contributing to the success of our graduates.
To all of our graduating students, I offer my very best wishes for your continued success. Thank you for choosing UAB for your business education. Now use your knowledge to change your world!
Eric P. Jack, PhD