Goodbye Wonderland, hello real world!

In the words of 2013 class president, Michelle Cox, “I have been told by many alumnae that this moment should not be a moment of lasting goodbyes but of forever hellos.  It is time my friends, it is time for us to turn our rings to face the world.   Time for us to put into action that which we have learned.  Time for us to turn the page on this chapter of our lives.  As our bodies part today, our souls remain intertwined in a sisterhood only a Meredith angel can understand.  So my friends, lets turn together a new chapter in our lives.  Congratulations, my friends… I cannot wait to see how far our lights will shine.”

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Congratulations to the class of 2013!  We are so proud of you ladies and are very excited to welcome you with open arms into the alumnae community!  To view a video from the 2013 commencement  please click here.

 

Meredith Graduates Well-Positioned for the Future

As commencement approaches for Meredith’s Class of 2013, there are many indicators that this year’s class is well-positioned for successful futures.

The success found by the previous graduating class is one such indication. In this survey, over 90% of Meredith’s Class of 2012 was either employed or attending graduate school within 9 months of graduation.

Companies and organizations that have hired new and recent Meredith College graduates include SAS Institute, Credit Suisse, BB&T, RTI International, Wake County Public Schools, Bank of America, Duke Behavioral Medicine and Michael Kors.

Graduate and professional schools attended by new and recent graduates include Yale, Duke and Vanderbilt Medical Schools; Wake Forest University School of Law; University of California at Berkley; Cornell University and Columbia University.

Visit meredith.edu/commencement/2013.php  to view profiles of Meredith’s Class of 2013. Profiles include:

• Erica Rogers, who earned majors in music and Spanish and will attend law school next year;

• Amparo Zelaya, a mathematics major, one of several Meredith graduates hired by Credit Suisse; and

• Presidential Scholar Kagure Wamunyu, who earned a mathematics degree from Meredith and a civil engineering degree from N.C. State as part of Meredith’s dual degree engineering program. Wamunyu received a full scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in city planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

The Value of a Meredith Education Meredith College was ranked third among best regional colleges in the South by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best College in the Southeast” by Princeton Review, and in the top 20% of colleges in the country by Forbes.

Meredith College has also been ranked by U.S. News as #9 on its list of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” a ranking that takes into account a school’s academic quality, and the 2011-12 cost of attendance for students who receive the average level of need-based financial aid.

Meredith’s cost of attendance is below the U.S. average for private colleges and universities. The College coordinates $42.5 million in financial aid for its students each year, including more than $15.1 million in scholarships and grants.

More importantly, alumnae, those who know Meredith College best, report high satisfaction with the Meredith experience. In a recent alumnae satisfaction survey, 98% of alumnae reported they would recommend Meredith to others, and 96% say they would enroll again.

To see more indicators of excellence at Meredith, visit meredith.edu/admissions/current_rankings.

– Melyssa Allen, Marketing

Welcome to Beyond the Back Gate!

Today we are proud to announce the launching of our brand new Meredith College Alumnae blog, Beyond the Back Gate. It is our hope that this blog will make you think, laugh, and maybe even cry.  We hope that through stories, photos, and articles you will feel a renewed connection to our beloved Alma Mater.

Everyone knows that there is something special about a Meredith Alumna.  Similarly, Meredith Alumnae know that there is something special about our Meredith College.   The honest truth is that Meredith is so incredible and so remarkable that it has become a part of who we are; it is ingrained in us and has helped shape us into the women we are today.

The 2010 Commencement speaker, Gretchen Holt Witt ’89, put it best when she said, “While you’re at Meredith, it’s not just the mind that is learning, it is the soul that is also growing.  What I didn’t realize at the time was just how much Meredith was a part of me.  But now I know that although I left Meredith many years ago, it has never left me.”

So please, sit back, relax, enjoy and don’t forget to come back and check up on us.  We hope that you’ll join us as we show you what’s going on Beyond the Back Gate of Meredith College.  We are so grateful for your support, and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

-Meredith Moore ’10

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