Graduate students prepare to celebrate accomplishments

Physical therapy students Alissa Rocco, left, and Kristianna Giannico work with patient Mike Mingrone at the VISION clinic, a weekly, student-run, pro-bono clinic on our North Haven Campus. The clinic offers interprofessional rehabilitation to uninsured residents in the community who don't have access to physical and occupational therapy services.

A helping hand

Physical therapy students Alissa Rocco, left, and Kristianna Giannico work with patient Mike Mingrone at the VISION clinic, a weekly, student-run, pro-bono clinic on our North Haven Campus. The clinic offers interprofessional rehabilitation to uninsured residents in the community who don't have access to physical and occupational therapy services.

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e support our students' ambitions here in a way that smaller colleges can’t and larger universities often don’t. We believe every one of our students has the power to achieve greatness.

Our 33 graduate programs are designed to prepare them for the ever-evolving demands of industries. Our degrees range from an MBA in supply chain management to a master’s in health law; from a master’s in sports journalism to advanced degrees in radiology and physical therapy. No matter their career goals, our students find a program here — and a degree — to match what their desired profession requires.

“We applied concepts we learned in our classes to the realities of Peru,” said Erika Edlund ’15, MBA ‘16. “I learned so much about the challenges that arise when doing business in foreign countries.”

It explains why our graduate programs are routinely named among the nation’s best and why our students have demonstrated so much success. From our No. 5 national U.S. News & World Report ranking for our internationally acclaimed physician assistant program to our 92.1 percent licensing exam first-time pass rate, our students have demonstrated a track record of success.

However, it’s more than just learning course materials. At Quinnipiac, it’s about building relationships — many that last a lifetime.

Students learn, study and grow with hard-working, supportive peers who share their passion and will share in their success. Life-long friendships blossom across #BobcatNation, forming networks that will last a lifetime.

Through thousands of hands-on opportunities across our campuses and around the world, students explore and deepen their passion, apply their knowledge, and gain adaptable, flexible skills that lead to success throughout their careers. We put our students in direct contact with Fortune 500 companies, Big Four accounting firms, media giants, tech, engineering and aerospace giants, large hospitals, and a range of public and charter schools. No matter the profession, our students will leave here extraordinarily well prepared and ready to make an impact.

They also are eager to give back.

Take Amanda Kassay ’10. The math and computer science double major recently led engineering students on a private tour of Google’s New York Offices.

Quinnipiac nursing students in Nicargua. May 2010.

Quinnipiac nursing students in Nicargua

Nursing students in Nicaragua.

Amanda Kassay '10 said she wanted to show her appreciation to the current students at the university that helped her launch her career.

Giving back

Amanda Kassay '10 said she wanted to show her appreciation to the current students at the university that helped her launch her career.

“I’m incredibly thankful for my professors at Quinnipiac,” said Kassay, a senior creative engineer. “I was really happy to be able to give back by hosting their current students at Google.”

On Saturday, we will confer 985 new graduate degrees to:

  • 15 graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • 366 graduates in the School of Business
  • 62 graduates in the School of Communications
  • 142 graduates in the School of Education
  • 325 graduates in the School of Health Sciences
  • 75 graduates in the School of Nursing

These students took advantage of our world-sized education where they learned and explored beyond the classroom — a core strategy in how we deliver academic innovation and a big part of what makes us different.

They joined faculty-led research trips around the world and performed community service down the road in New Haven. They organized and presented at conferences in Nicaragua; attend a United Nations peace summit in Spain; helped start a desperately needed occupational therapy degree program in Haiti — and spent the summer interning at leading financial firms, including Goldman Sachs.

They have made the most of the Quinnipiac experience — and deserve celebrating.

We hope you will join us in congratulating each of these students — as well as each of the individuals who helped them reach their milestone.

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