Graduates at Cedarville commencement

Class of 2017 continues outstanding post-graduation success

by Bethany Priest, Public Relations Writer

Recent data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) indicates Cedarville University graduates continue to achieve high rates of employment or graduate school enrollment after graduation. According to the report, 97.5 percent of Cedarville’s 2017 graduates were either employed or attending graduate school within six months of graduation.

The report documents information from all participating graduates for their first-destination survey. Since 2013, Cedarville students have ranked 14 percent higher than the national first destination rate for college graduates.

“Historically, our graduates have done well in securing a position, or being admitted into graduate school,” said Jeff Reep, director of career services. “We’ve averaged 97.1 percent ‘placement’ rate during the past four years, and this speaks to the quality of students and how well they are prepared during their years at Cedarville University.”

According to data provided by Cedarville’s career services department, the university’s 2017 graduates are employed by organizations including Boeing, Gentex, General Electric, Edward Jones, Mayo Clinic, Samaritan’s Purse, the Walt Disney Company, the Philadelphia Phillies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Compassion International.

Just as impressive is the list of graduate schools being attended by the recent graduates. This list includes Dallas Theological Seminary, Ohio State University, Campbell University School of Medicine, and Carnegie Mellon University.

“This rate of placement represents that we have outstanding programs, faculty who are doing a great job and graduates with character, motivation and expertise. Employers value that, and when we get a Cedarville graduate into a position or into an internship, it isn’t hard to get the next one in,” said Reep. “There is an endgame here and I think the students are well prepared.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,963 undergraduate, graduate, and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. For more information about the University, visit