UNO grads spring into the future

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By Michael Wunder, News Editor

More than 1,700 UNO students became alumni this spring.  Of those 1,700, more than 900 participated in what was the largest UNO commencement ceremony yet, held May 6 at the Civic Auditorium.

Former Student Body President/Regent Michael Crabb used his opportunity as student speaker to relate his UNO experience—and those of his class—and how that knowledge can be used to better “the societies we will be a part of in the future.”

Crabb’s address also recounted the various trials he and his classmates endured over their undergraduate careers, such as problems with Blackboard and MavLink.

Regent Bob Phares also spoke at the ceremony.  Phares encouraged the graduates to thank their mothers, as Mother’s Day loomed around the corner on May 8.

“I thought that was a nice touch,” said Dan Adams, who graduated with a General Studies major, concentrating in psychology, philosophy, sociology and Black studies.

Graduation left Adams “relieved and excited.”

“It was a lot of work, but I feel like everything was worth it,” Adams said.  “I felt like I accomplished something.”

Adams and other recent graduates are facing a positive job outlook.

Employers are expecting to hire 21 percent more fresh college grads this year than last year, according to the results of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook Spring survey.

Adams said he feels secure about his future, although he plans to attempt a career in music before entering the job market.

“I would feel pretty confident entering the job market,” Adams said.  “I feel well-prepared by my experience at UNO.”

If he doesn’t succeed in music, Adams hopes to return to school and earn another degree.

Also included in the survey is the reassuring find that the average salary offer to new graduates is currently around $50,462, up 5.9 percent from last year.  However, despite growth in employment for accountants, consultants and financiers, the outlook for some professions, such as teaching or construction, still lags.

“I think it might be hard for some people to get jobs,” Adams said.  “But if people take advantage of the skills they gained [in college], chances are better for them.  At least we have degrees.”

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