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Katie Couric 2015 Commencement Address to University of Wisconsin

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Katie Couric delivers the charge to the graduates at UW-Madison’s 2015 Spring Commencement Thank you so much, Annie, Chancellor Blank, Wisconsin Board of Trustees, faculty, parents, family members, friends, distinguished guests and of course, the class of 2015! What a day! I absolutely love graduations, and I’m so thrilled and honored to be here as you literally commence, or begin, this new chapter in your lives. I know you must be feeling so many things right now: relieved, excited, sad, nervous; maybe a little bit sleepy, perhaps a tad hung over. But I hope most of you are feeling proud, lucky and grateful. Proud that after four or five (or more) years of blood, sweat and perhaps a few tears, sleepless nights and sheer determination, you’ve done it! Whether that meant stressing through classes like O-Chem, Psych 101, Weather and Climate or coasting through others – ballroom dancing and Hans Christian Andersen, anyone? – take a moment, take it in, and give yourselves a pat on the back. Lucky, because unlike so many people your age, you’re about to be handed a college diploma and that gives you a serious leg up. It translates to lower unemployment, higher paying jobs …

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STEM Graduates: Salary Expectations Fall Short of Actual Salaries

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When it comes to starting salaries, do the starting salary expectations of students earning degrees in the highly prized STEM fields align with reality? No—but not because students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics-related disciplines have overly lofty expectations, according to results of a new report published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

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Job Outlook for College Class of 2015: Hiring to Increase 9.6 Percent

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Employers expect to hire more new college graduates this year than they did last year, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Organizations responding to NACE’s Job Outlook 2015 Spring Update survey reported plans to hire 9.6 percent more Class of 2015 graduates for their U.S. operations than they hired from the Class of 2014.

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Tips to Help Graduates Achieve an A+ in Financial Well-Being

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Developing Healthy Spending and Savings Routines Early Are Key to Long-Term Financial Success. Graduating? Now what? The first year following graduation can be a crucial time as numerous students make the transition from classroom to career. The choices made early in life can have a long-lasting positive or negative impact on one’s financial future. To help graduates get started on the right financial foot, SunTrust Bank is offering tips for building a solid foundation for long-term financial success.  

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For 2015 Grads, It’s a Buyers’ Market

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The job market continues to improve for college graduates. Employer surveys by the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the Career Employment Research Institute at Michigan State University, for example, indicate businesses are likely to hire more new employees in 2015 than they did last year — anywhere from 9 to 16 percent more. “This year we have seen a shift from an employer market to a student market,” says Mercy Eyadiel, executive director of employer relations at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., a nationally recognized leader in rethinking career development and preparing graduates for today’s job market.

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5 Questions New Graduates Should Ask Before Accepting a Job Offer

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How can 2015 grads just starting their career journey improve the odds that their first job is the right one — especially this year when employers are hiring, and there may be a second or third offer waiting in the wings? “It’s not surprising coming out of the previously poor economy, that new grads may feel pressure to accept the first offer they receive, thinking that the ideal job is in a distant future,” says Katharine Brooks, executive director of personal and career development at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. “But, there are questions to ask before accepting a job that can help determine if it’s really the best career choice and a good first step.”

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