Google’s Kirk Perry delivers speech at UC 2015 Commencement

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Saturday, 2nd of May 2015 will forever one of the best days of some students as they graduated from the University of Cincinnati. Friends, families and well wishers came out in numbers to watch their loved ones receive hard earned degrees.

This class of 2015 happens to be a very special one as it set a record for graduating the highest number of spring students.The class is highlighted by 6,335 students eligible to graduate. A total of 659 associate degrees, 3,663 bachelor’s degrees, 1,564 master’s degrees and 296 doctoral degrees for a total of 6,445 was earned at the Fifth Third Arena.

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UC alumnus Kirk Perry, president of brand solutions at Google and a former Procter & Gamble executive, gave the commencement address at UC’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies on May 2 at Fifth Third Arena.
Google’s Perry, the former president of global family care at P&G, also was given an honorary doctorate, the university’s highest honor. He challenged students to live uncomfortably, for those moments in life in which we’re uncomfortable often result in ones that we remember with the most pride. He also encouraged the students to run with the pack.

“It goes against what society tells us, but few things are you able to do on your own,” Perry said. “A pack helps get things done. Never run alone.”
As many of these graduates step off campus and into their careers, their new UC degree will be a big help. Data collected by UC’s Career Development Center in its spring 2014 Destination Report for bachelor’s degree students show that UC graduates transition well into the workforce. Based on responses in the report:

  • UC bachelor’s degree graduates’ average starting salary was $44,057.
  • 94 percent accepted a position related to their field of study.
  • 63 percent participated in a co-op or internship before graduating.
  • 69 percent who participated in a co-op or internship have full-time jobs after graduating.
  • 79 Fortune 500 companies hired UC graduates.

Take a statistical look at UC’s class of May 2015 online.

Courtesy:  Tom Robinette

Photos by: Haastrup Demilade.