Friday May 2, 2014

Pomp and Circumstance

As another class of students graduate from the University of Dayton, they do so prepared to use their education to lead and to serve.

Nearly 2,000 University of Dayton students will receive degrees when they cross the stage in three separate ceremonies this weekend.

A projected 1,426 students will receive undergraduate degrees at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, May 4. Nearly 400 students will receive graduate degrees at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, May 3, following the 9 a.m. commencement ceremony for nearly 140 law school graduates.

Each ceremony will be in University of Dayton Arena and available live online through the related link.

Job prospects for this year's University of Dayton graduates, as well as those for graduates nationally, appear to be looking up. Employers responding to the National Association of Colleges and Employers 2014 Job Outlook Spring Update say they expect to hire 7.8 percent more new college graduates from the college class of 2014 than they did from the class of 2013.

"We definitely are seeing more of our students mulling job offers this March, April and May compared to last March, April and May," said Jason Eckert, University of Dayton director of career services.

If this year is better than last year, the news is outstanding for University of Dayton graduates. Ninety-six percent of spring 2013 University of Dayton undergraduates responding to a University of Dayton Office of Career Services survey reported being employed, pursuing an advanced degree or participating in a service program within six months of graduation. Each of the University's four schools offering undergraduate degrees — engineering, education and health sciences, business, and arts and sciences — had a 95 percent success rate or better.

"This is a testament to the value of a University of Dayton degree," Eckert said. "A University of Dayton education prepares our graduates for the workforce, post-graduate studies, the military or a service program such as the Peace Corps. Whatever your career aspirations, the University of Dayton can help you reach them."

For complete information on University of Dayton's undergraduate and graduate ceremonies, visit the related link. For complete information on the University of Dayton School of Law graduation, visit the related link.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or