With degrees in hand, St. Cloud State’s newest graduates are ready to take the next step. Many of those graduates are wasting no time and are heading straight into jobs in their fields of study.
St. Cloud State graduated 1,574 students spring semester 2013. This included 1,242 undergraduate degrees, 323 graduate degrees and nine doctorates.
Among those receiving their degrees was Ashlee Collette, Gull Lake, who graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s in electrical engineering. Collette has had a job lined up as a hardware design engineer at IBM in Rochester since fall semester.
Samantha Zarske, Sussex, Wis., will put her double major in international business and Spanish to work as the import coordinator in the honey division for Lamex Foods, one of the world’s largest privately-owned frozen and chilled food importers and exporters.
“Coming from a small town, I took advantage of any opportunity to broaden that small-town perspective, and throughout my time at SCSU, I have gained a global mindset,” Zarske said.
While attending St. Cloud State, Zarske studied abroad at Universidad de Concepción in Concepción, Chile, and Universidade Federal de Bahia in Salvador, Brazil, where she was one of eight U.S. recipients of the Federal FIPSE/CAPSE Grant.
Zarske is the first of her immediate family to graduate from college.
Zarske and Collette are just two examples of why some of the biggest companies in the world actively recruit St. Cloud State students.