Recent Augustana Graduates Have Big Plans

Post Grad Plans

Recent graduates and even soon-to-be-retired President Rob Oliver get this question a lot: "What's next for you?"

On Saturday, May 20, Augustana University celebrated 421 men and women from throughout the U.S. and around the world at the 2017 Commencement ceremony. They are now ready to learn from and serve communities all over the world.

Here’s just a sampling of where AU students are going:

"The International Programs Office is always so excited to see the connections students make and the paths that they take," said Erin Kane, assistant director of international programs and study abroad advisor. "Whether they study abroad during their Augie career, befriend students from places around the country and globe or work closely with a faculty or staff on a topic or concern they are passionate about, it is so inspiring to see their successes and the real world work they undertake. They embody the mission to learn, serve and (the international programs add-on) explore." 

A little closer to home, recent graduates have accepted positions in their chosen fields and have plans to continue their education in graduate schools across the country.

Here are just a few examples of what recent graduates are doing:

  • Kennedi Alstead — Psy.D. student studying school psychology at Minnesota State University Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota
  • Nicholas Antonson — high school science teacher in the Sioux Falls School District, Sioux Falls
  • Christine Campbell — nurse at TriStar Southern Hills Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Sarah Frederes — nurse at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health System, Sioux Falls
  • Brianna Grandprey — veterinary assistant at Best Care Pet Hospital, Sioux Falls
  • Ryan Hamilton — assistant coach at Sioux Empire Baseball Association, Sioux Falls
  • Maria Lavelle — MFA graduate student studying film at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, New York
  • Tim-Bai Li — credit operations specialist III at Citi, Sioux Falls
  • Kelly Shipp — communications assistant at University of Florida Athletics, Gainesville, Florida
  • Marisa Toivonen — physical therapy aide at ProActive Physical Therapy, Sioux Falls