Graduates look to the future with confidence

Kean students celebrating at the 2016 graduation. Photo Courtesy of Kean University.

Kean students celebrating at the 2016 graduation.
Photo courtesy of Kean University.

By Brittany Pavlichko | Published May 4, 2017

As another semester flew by, the class of 2017 will walk down the stage to receive their diplomas and enter the real world in less than a few weeks.

For most graduates, the road was challenging and seemed never-ending. While many graduates will take a much needed break after graduation, others will be in search for their dream job or continue working in their field of study.

As graduates enter the workforce or continue their education, they will never forget where it all started; Kean University.

Shana Bucher, a communication major, is proud to be graduating from Kean. She is also the first in her family to graduate. She is grateful for the memories she made and also the education she received at Kean. Bucher plans to take a week off after graduation to enjoy her accomplishments and hopes to land a job immediately forwarding.

“It was always nice to talk to other students going through the same problems and situations as myself and how we overcame every obstacle to graduate,” said Bucher. “My degree has shown me that my communication skills have expanded through the years.”

On the other hand, students are continuing their education and pursuing their master’s degrees.

Annmarie Tomasino, a finance major as well as an economics and marketing minor plans to work as a financial analyst while getting her master’s in finance.

“I am looking forward to seeing everyone the day of and then going out into the world on my own,” said Tomasino. “My years at Kean have pushed me to work harder than I have ever done before and motivated me to do my absolute best.”

Another student also plans to obtain her master’s degree and then enter the workforce.

Joy Hoglund, an accounting major will obtain her master’s in global business administration. She plans to continue working at her current job, Ernst & Young, but hopes to get into a global aspect of the company in order to put her degree to use.

“I cannot wait until my life is homework free and I get my weekends and nights back,” said Hoglund. “The professors at Kean have taught me a lot about global business and I am excited to use my knowledge in the near future.”

The undergraduate commencement will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ, on Thursday, May 18.

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