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UGA Class of 2022 achieves 96% career outcomes rate

Class of 2022 results are in, and once again, University of Georgia graduates have shown that their experience as UGA students prepared them to succeed beyond graduation.

According to career outcomes data released by the UGA Career Center, 96% of UGA Class of 2022 graduates were employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

This year marks UGA’s 11th consecutive year with a career outcomes rate of 90% or higher. The career outcomes rate of UGA’s previous seven graduating classes has consistently been 8% to 11% higher than the national career outcomes rate, as published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Among the Class of 2022 UGA graduates, 63% reported being employed full time; 24% were continuing their education; and 10% were engaged in post-graduate internships, fellowships, residencies, postdoctoral research, part-time jobs or said they were not seeking employment.

“This impressive career outcomes rate reflects the positive impact of numerous collaborative efforts undertaken by the UGA community to prepare our students for successful careers,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “It is clear that a UGA education provides an extraordinary return on investment for our students and their families.”

UGA Class of 2022 graduates were hired by 2,998 unique employers and are working full time across a wide range of sectors, including:

  • Business: 68%
  • Education: 20%
  • Government: 7%
  • Nonprofits: 6%

Top employers include Amazon, Bank of America, Boehringer Ingelheim, Chick-fil-A, Delta Air Lines, PricewaterhouseCoopers and The Home Depot. See the full list.

GAINING EMPLOYMENT

Class of 2022 graduate Jessica Tardy found employment as a product analyst with FLEETCOR Technologies in Atlanta, where she manages customer insights, tests customer journeys, and coordinates product changes between cross-functional teams. Tardy says the UGA Career Center aided her search by connecting her with alumni through LinkedIn, TerryConnect and the UGA Mentor Program.

Like Tardy, 87% of graduates employed full time or in post-graduate internships reported that their job aligns with their career aspirations. Additionally, more than half of survey respondents who indicated that they were employed had secured their employment prior to graduation.

As a land-grant and sea-grant institution, UGA is committed to supporting Georgia’s workforce needs. Of the Class of 2022 graduates, 69% accepted jobs within Georgia, strengthening organizations and communities across the state. The remaining 31% secured positions across 48 U.S. states and 31 countries.

FURTHERING EDUCATION

Jaquarius K. Raglin is a 2022 graduate who chose to continue his education, pursuing a Master in the Study of Law from the University of Georgia’s School of Law. He is preparing for a career in health policy and credits the UGA Career Center with helping him prepare for life after school, especially through on-campus resume review days, one-on-one appointments with career consultants and finding a mentor through the UGA Mentor Program.

Raglin represents the 24% of Class of 2022 graduates who are now furthering their education in top schools such as Columbia University, New York University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt University and, of course, UGA.

The UGA Career Center calculates the career outcomes rate each January by collecting information from surveys, phone calls, employer reporting, UGA departments, the National Student Clearinghouse and social media websites such as LinkedIn. The current data is based on the known career outcomes of 8,073 graduates from the Class of 2022.

NOTE: Percentages may add up to over 100 because of rounding.

For more information about the Class of 2022 career outcomes, visit career.uga.edu/outcomes.

To learn about hiring UGA graduates, visit hireuga.com.

 

 

6 Stories that Prove Love is in the Air at UGA

Nearly 25,000 couples met and fell in love at the University of Georgia. This Valentine’s Day, we’ve highlighted some Bulldog love stories to prove that love is in the air all over campus (and beyond).

These DC Dawgs found love AFTER graduation

Lynne and Rob together at the 2022 CFP National Championship in Indianapolis

Lynne and Rob Randolph met as members of the DC Alumni Chapter in August of 2004 while reconnecting with fellow bulldogs. The two make regular trips to Athens with their two children.

From dorm parties to professorships

Jeff & Sydney Shellebarger

Jeff and Sydney Shellebarger met during a party at a UGA residence hall in the ’70s. Now, they are responsible for creating the first-ever professorship for the department of Geology.

Graduate Dawgs reconnect

Amanda Stables and Spencer WoodyAmanda Stables and Spencer Woody both grew up in the great state of Georgia but met 500+ miles away at Cedarville University. Both Bulldogs at heart, they decided to come back to Athens as Amanda pursued a master’s in social work and Spencer attended Georgia Law.

Grady couple continues to support students in mass communication

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Elizabeth and Joey Powell both graduated with degrees from Grady College of Journalism & Mass Communication and found success in public relations and advertising. The two still give to Grady to support the success of future Grady couples!

UGA busses spark romanceTeman Worku + Kevin Steele Rooftop Engagement

Teman Worku and Kevin Steele sparked their epic love story on a UGA bus from Athens to Atlanta to attend the UGA Alumni Association’s 40 Under 40 Luncheon with the Student Alumni Council.

World travelers reconvene in Athens

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Chris and Jenny D’Elia were both on separate studies abroad, Chris in the Pacific Islands and Jenny in Cortona, prior to them fortuitously meeting back in Athens upon their arrival home. Now, they share an adventurous spirit and travel as much as possible.

 

Looking for more heartwarming love stories? Check out our 2020 V-Day blog on Bulldog Love Stories!

Celebrate Mentoring Month!

January is National Mentoring Month, and the UGA Mentor Program is thrilled to host events all month long to celebrate and highlight mentorship in all its forms.

Key Mentoring Month Dates:

January 11: I am a UGA Mentor Day (Virtual) – If you are a UGA Mentor, celebrate on social media using #UGAMentor. If you’re not yet a UGA Mentor, learn more about the benefits of the program at mentor.uga.edu.

January 16: Dr. MLK Day of Service (Virtual) – Explore virtual volunteering opportunities and plan something with your mentee. Share your story using #UGAMentor

January 17: International Mentoring Day (Virtual) – Join in the fun with these UGA Mentor Program graphics and celebrate mentorship around the world using #UGAMentor on social media.

January 18: UGA Mentor Program Welcome (Tabling Event on Campus, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tate Concourse) – UGA Mentor Program Ambassadors will be out on campus recruiting new mentees. Let us know if you’d like to volunteer your time to come help us.

January 20: International Coffee Hour (Event on Campus) – Come join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Ballroom to learn how mentorship differs from culture to culture and how mentors can support international students on their UGA journey. If you were an international student or worked/studied abroad and would like to help us with this event, please let us know!

January 26: I am a UGA Mentee Day (Virtual) – Even if you’re not yet an official UGA Mentor, celebrate students who have recognized the benefits of becoming a UGA Mentee. Don’t forget to use #UGAMentor on social media.

January 27: Black Male Mentoring Dinner (Event in Athens) – This is an invitation-only event, hosted in partnership with the UGA Office of Institutional Diversity. For more information, email ugamentor@uga.edu

January 31: Thank Your UGA Mentor Day (Virtual) – Help us thank all the UGA alumni, faculty and staff who have discovered the joys of giving back as UGA Mentors. Be sure to use #UGAMentor on social media.

Take the next step!

Joining the UGA Mentor Program is a convenient and rewarding way to provide guidance to a new generation of Bulldogs. It may surprise you how much YOU get from giving back this way! Visit mentor.uga.edu to read inspiring testimonials from program participants, scroll through FAQs and discover how easy it is to sign up.

Become a mentor

The best of the Classic City

The fall is a busy time at the University of Georgia. With the semester underway and football season in full swing, plenty of Bulldogs find themselves back home in Athens for a weekend. There are so many reasons to love the Classic City, from the music scene to Saturdays in Sanford Stadium to the restaurants, so we put together a guide to some of our favorite things to do in Athens, Georgia.

Entertainment

Athens is known for its vibrant music scene, and a show at 40 Watt or the Georgia Theatre is always a good time. If you prefer movies, Ciné is a great stop for a flick downtown. The Georgia Museum of Art, the official art museum of the state of Georgia, showcases a permanent collection of visual art as well as rotating exhibitions.

Good Eats & Shopping

The restaurant choices are vast, so we took a 48-hour food tour to some of our favorite spots. From coffee and doughnuts to pizza and burgers, you’re sure to be well fed during your stay in Athens.

Our caffeine stop on the tour is Jittery Joe’s Downtown – they’re the perfect place for a cup of coffee or if you want to take home a Bulldog-themed coffee tin! While you’re downtown, be sure to browse the plethora of shops where you can find everything from UGA gameday gear to thrifted treasures. There’s plenty of Bulldog-owned places to shop as well, like Cheeky Peach and Fab’rik.

Another Athens staple is Mama’s Boy, a classic southern restaurant serving the best of breakfast and lunch in two locations. It’s a favorite with Athens residents, students, and visitors alike.

Get Outdoors

If you’re here for a football gameday, tailgating on campus is a must. North Campus and Myers Quad are popular tailgating destinations, but on gameday you can find people on all parts of campus. Even if you’re not headed to the game, tailgates are a great way to join in on the fun.

Walking through The State Botanical Garden of Georgia or along the Lake Herrick walking trails provides an opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. If you’re traveling with kids, the Playground of Possibilities features an accessible play space and Memorial Park offers trails and a zoo.

Thanks for following along! Hope to see you in Athens soon, Bulldogs.

The Jerry Tanner Show – Week 8, 2022: Florida

Florida’s rebuilding, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have some bite. Ignore the orange behemoth on the horizon—we’ve got Gator to cook.

The Dawgs have some great games coming up that are sure to produce some unforgettable moments. Experience those moments in the best atmosphere outside of the Hedges by going to a UGA Alumni game-watching party. Go to alumni.uga.edu/gamewatching to find a party near you.

Jerry Tanner is everyone you’ve ever met at a UGA tailgate, everyone who’s ever talked about Georgia football by your cubicle, and every message board poster who claims to have a cousin who cut Vince Dooley’s grass. He’s a UGA alumnus, he’s a college football fanatic with a Twitter addiction, and he’s definitely a real person and not a character played by Clarke Schwabe.

Fresh Express – free student market opens on campus thanks to parent and student donors

For students, by students

“Dedicated to nourishing bodies, empowering minds, and creating a community of compassion.”

This is the mission of Fresh Express, a student-led market created to address food insecurity on UGA’s campus by providing produce and non-perishables to students.

The market, located in Joe Frank Harris Dining Commons on East Campus, is open on Thursdays and Fridays. In partnership with UGArden, Fresh Express provides produce to students who may be struggling to afford healthy meals during the semester. After serving students at tabling events during the Spring semester of 2022, the Student Government Association (SGA), with financial support from the 2021 Student Alumni Council Class Gift and Parents Leadership Council, celebrated its grand opening on August 31. Students interested in utilizing Fresh Express are encouraged to visit the Fresh Express website to register for a pick-up time.

Financial support for Fresh Express

Senior Signature

The Class Gift is coordinated by the Student Alumni Council and funded by Senior Signature, an annual giving campaign for UGA seniors to give back to campus by contributing to areas that were significant to their experience at the university. $10 of each contribution goes towards the Class Gift, which benefits one on-campus organization voted upon by Senior Signature donors. UGA student organizations are eligible to apply for the Class Gift each Spring to receive funds for the following academic year.

With the collective support of Senior Signature donors from the Class of 2021, Fresh Express is able to meet student needs across campus — but Senior Signature’s impact does not stop there. The Class of 2022 selected the UGA Chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association as the recipient of their Class Gift. During the 2022-2023 academic year, this organization will receive up to $6,000 to support graduate students pursuing careers in speech-language pathology.

Parents Leadership Council

Fresh Express also is supported by funding from the Parents Leadership Council, a group of UGA parents who give back to undergraduate student organizations. After applying for a grant from the PLC, SGA was awarded $12,750 to assist with the establishment and day-to-day operations of Fresh Express and the SGA Professional Clothing Closet. The PLC grants are awarded annually to fund scholarships, support critical undergraduate student needs, and assist registered student organizations with projects and programs that enhance the quality of life for students. Over the past 10 years, the Parents Leadership Council has awarded $4.6 million in grant support to a variety of initiatives across campus–from student life and financial assistance to well-being and service learning. Grant applications for 2023 open in October.

Because of Fresh Express and the generosity of UGA students and parents, students facing food insecurity can focus on learning and getting involved on campus. If you are interested in making a difference through Senior Signature or Parents Leadership Council, visit the pages below to learn more.

 

 

The Jerry Tanner Show – Week 1, 2022: Oregon

Welcome back to Georgia, Dan Lanning! Hope Oregon’s treating you well. Here, take this L on your way to the airport. Call when you get home!

UGA Alumni Chapters host the best game-watching parties around, and this year they’re going to be even better. Every time you go, you can enter to win a football signed by Kirby Smart! Find a game-watching party near you at alumni.uga.edu/gamewatching.

Jerry Tanner is everyone you’ve ever met at a UGA tailgate, everyone who’s ever talked about Georgia football by your cubicle, and every message board poster who claims to have a cousin who cut Vince Dooley’s grass. He’s a UGA alumnus, he’s a college football fanatic with a Twitter addiction, and he’s definitely a real person and not a character played by Clarke Schwabe.

UGA Alumni Association welcomes new board and council members for 2022-2023

The University of Georgia Alumni Association has added nine alumni to its board of directors and 27 alumni to the leadership councils for the Black Alumni, Latino Alumni, Women of UGA, and Young Alumni affinity groups.

“These alumni volunteers are passionate about helping their fellow graduates sustain lifelong relationships with UGA,” said Meredith Gurley Johnson (BSFCS ’00, MED ’16), executive director of alumni relations. “I am so excited to work with each of them and to see them represent the perspectives of our diverse alumni population across the country.”

Alumni joining the board of directors July 1 include:

 

Rodney L. Brooks (MS ’03)
Beginning Farmer Regional Coordinator, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Leesburg, Georgia


Danelle Faust (BBA ’95)
Consulting Managing Director, Accenture
Deerfield, Illinois



Eddie Garrett (BSA ’06, MBA ’08)

Executive Vice President of Strategy, Current Global
Chicago, Illinois



Selby Hill (ABJ ’14)

Founding Partner / Director of Operations, Yonder Yoga
Atlanta, Georgia



Chuck Kinnebrew (BSED ’75)

Retired / Former VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Floor and Decor
Smyrna, Georgia



Christy Plott (BBA ’02)

Partner, American Tanning and Leather LLC
Griffin, Georgia



Ameet Shetty (BBA ’96)

Chief Data Officer, Pilot Flying J
Knoxville, Tennessee



Brian A. StoneBrian Stone (BSFR ’99, MFR ’01)

Director of Business Development, Forest Resource Consultants, Inc.
Macon, Georgia



Scott Williams (AB ’86)

Director of Multimedia Sales, SEC Network
Ellenwood, Georgia

 


The following alumni have joined the affinity group leadership councils to help build a community among specific alumni populations, including young alumni, women, Black alumni, and Latino alumni.

Black Alumni Leadership Council  

 

Richard Bedgood (AB ’91)
Senior Instructor, CarMax
Mableton, Georgia

 

 



Cherise Brown (MBA ’18)

Senior Manager of Services Sourcing, Salesforce
Lithonia, Georgia



Rodd Cargill (BBA ’10)

Neuroscience Senior Sales Specialist, Johnson and Johnson
Johns Creek, Georgia

 

 



Willie R. Mazyck Jr. (BEEd ’04, MEd ’06, MBA ’14)

Global Head of Talent Development, Danaher Corporation
Powder Springs, Georgia



Tinisha Parker (BEEd ’00, EdS ’07)

Executive Director of Student Services, Gwinnett Public Schools
Lawrenceville, Georgia

 



Candace M. Stanciel (AB ’02, MPA ’11)

Principal and Founder, The Common Good Agency
Atlanta, Georgia



Donjanea Fletcher Williams (ABJ ’00)
Evaluation Coordinator, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Newnan, Georgia



Tangela M. Williams (BBA ’89)

First Vice President of Capital Adequacy Management, Truist Bank
Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

 

Current council member Jacinta Smith began her one-year term as president of the Black Alumni Leadership Council on July 1.


Latino Alumni Leadership Council  

 

Wilheem Perez (BBA ’21)
Vice President, Compliance Business Control Manager, Citibank
Kennesaw, Georgia



Christopher Perlera (AB ’07)

Founder and Principal, Critical Point Consulting LLC
Chamblee, Georgia



Jasmin Severino (AB ’13, AB’13)

Associate, Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Atlanta, Georgia



Leopoldo Vargas (AB ’19)

Regional Outreach Coordinator for Northeast Georgia, Office of U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff
Fayetteville, Georgia

 

 

 

The Latino Alumni Council will continue to operate under the leadership of President Juan Mencias, who was recognized with the UGA Young Alumni Award in April.


Women of UGA Leadership Council  

 

Odufa Aburime (BBA ’02)
IT Clinical Business Analyst, Georgia Dept. of Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities
Decatur, Georgia



Shontel Cargill (BS ’10)

Regional Clinical Director, Thriveworks
Johns Creek, Georgia



Tunisia Finch Cornelius (BA ’04)

Owner and M.D., Divine Dermatology and Aesthetics
Atlanta, Georgia

 



Nicole R. Ingram (AB ’02)

Director of Programs and Special Initiatives, Emory University
Ellenwood, Georgia



Victoria Inman (ABJ ’08)

Director of Client Success, Jabian Consulting
Marietta, Georgia



Anna Wrigley Miller (AB ’14)

Public Service Faculty, Carl Vinson Institute of Government—University of Georgia
Watkinsville, Georgia



Karson A. Pennington (AB ’20, AB ’20, MA ’20)

Doctoral Candidate, University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia



Mandy Rodgers (AB ’08, ABJ ’08)

Founder and CEO, Mandy Kay Marketing
Atlanta, Georgia

 

 

 

Current council member Brandie Park began her one-year term as president of the Women of UGA Leadership Council on July 1.


Young Alumni Leadership Council  

 

Jay Butler (AB ’10)
Flight Attendant, Frontier Airlines
Johns Creek, Georgia



Melissa Crane (BBA ’18, MA ’19)

Associate Brand Manager, Newell Brands
Atlanta, Georgia



Jessica Davis (AB ’21, AB ’21)

Juris Doctor Candidate and Clinical Legal Fellow, University of Georgia School of Law
Athens, Georgia

 



Nash Davis (BBA ’19)

Sales Executive, AssuredPartners
Statesboro, Georgia



Bailey Dryden (AB ’20)

Juris Doctor Candidate, Georgia State University College of Law
Smyrna, Georgia



Ammishaddai Grand-Jean (AB ’19, AB ’19, MPA ’20)

General Manager, RAS Medical Solution
Jonesboro, Georgia



Cameron Keen (AB ’18, AB ’18, JD ’21)

Law Clerk to Justice Charles J. Bethel, Supreme Court of Georgia
Atlanta, Georgia



Christie Moore (AB ’10, AB ’10)

President and CEO, Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce
Valdosta, Georgia

 

 

 

Current council member Maranie Brown began her one-year term as president of the Young Alumni Leadership Council on July 1.

To view the full list of UGA Alumni Association board members, visit alumni.uga.edu/board-of-directors. To view the member roster for each affinity group leadership council, visit alumni.uga.edu/networks.