May is a beautiful time in New Hampshire — the trees and flowers are in early bloom, one wakes each morning to the sound of birds chirping, any stray snowstorms have largely gone by the by, and our campus is really in its glory. While we often think about Commencement as the close of a chapter, May is also a time of new beginnings and transition, and signifies for many the opening of “what comes next.”
As our graduates walk across the stage during Commencement and collect their diplomas, many are often focused inward, reflecting upon the struggle and sacrifice it took to get to that moment. And they are right to do so — the effort, late nights and time spent studying could easily have been spent elsewhere, perhaps on more enjoyable activities. And yet all of our graduates are here for a reason. They did this for themselves, for their futures, for their families, for their communities. They did it because they wanted a job, or a better job. They did it to prove to themselves that they could or to prove to their children that they could, too.
With that reflection, it is equally important to focus on what comes next — how will they go after that job they’ve always wanted? What will they do with the now “found” time available to them? What will that transition look and feel like? And how can they continue to be involved and a part of the SNHU community?
Over the past several years, we have strived to make our career support readily available to not only our current students, but also to our alumni. The team supports current students, recent graduates and alumni from 20 or more years ago. There is no expiration date on the team’s willingness to support our graduates in reaching their career goals.
Similarly, our Alumni team is working hard to build communities where our graduates live and find multiple ways for alumni to engage in those communities. Regionally based community service opportunities, job shadowing and mentoring, networking events — the opportunities to be part of a lifelong SNHU community continue to expand.
Our commitment to our mission and to the students we serve transcends the “end point” of our graduates’ programs. We understand fully that for many, the pursuit of their goals is not tied to a defined point in time, and we are here to help.
– Amelia Manning
Executive Vice President
College of Online and Continuing Education