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INTO USF Graduates Look towards their Future with Excitement

The University of South Florida held its 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremonies May 6th-9th. The ceremonies, held at the Sun Dome, recognized undergraduate and graduate students as well as Doctoral candidates. USF System President Judy Genshaft led each ceremony, which had more than 4,700 graduates in attendance.

The list of graduates included 425 international students, 133 of which participated in the INTO USF Pathway programs. These students represented over 30 countries and chose majors in business, engineering, arts & sciences and education.

The Sun Dome was filled with excitement from family and friends as the graduates took their seats, eagerly awaiting their names to be called to the stage. The moment they had worked so hard for had finally come. Many of the international graduates shared how grateful they are to have started their journey at USF with the INTO program, and showed anticipation for what their futures hold.

"Today I am graduating from USF and it is very exciting," Shuai Gui, Master of Business Administration from China, said. "I started the INTO Pathway program in 2013 and I studied for 4 months for the language and then transferred to Pathway Program. After my graduation I plan to find a job during my OPT. With the USF MBA diploma, I already have three interviews at the end of this month, so hopefully I will get the job very soon."

Pitchayaporn Siripanich, also an MBA graduate from Thailand, came to USF through the Accelerated Pathway program and is glad she made this decision. "Pathway prepared me for the major classes at USF, so I knew what to expect. The USF Alumni connection is very strong and I plan to actively participate in Alumni life after graduation."

Abdulaziz Alghadi, Master in Engineering Management from Saudi Arabia, noted the positive impact professors had on his time at INTO USF, "Professors are very friendly and always ready to advise students on any questions or concerns they might have. All of them promptly answer emails and have open office hours, and some of them even give their personal cell phone numbers to the students to be always available to help."

Undergraduate Arian Razai earned a degree in Finance, is a Magna Cum Laude honoree and an Honors College Scholar for his research on effects of bank consolidations on systematic risks. He shared, "I came though the standard Pathway program with the scholarship from INTO USF. I look forward to my future with offers from major financial institutions and Big 4."

Although this is the end of their chapter at the University of South Florida, these students will soon begin another, full of appreciation for their experiences with the INTO Pathway programs. Whether they choose to stay in the United States or return home, one thing is clear—they will always be USF Bulls.

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