Advice to Grads

After years of studying for exams, cheering on the 'Cats at Nippert and Fifth Third, hanging out with friends in TUC, venturing off campus to Clifton bars and restaurants and going to countless club and greek meetings, your time at the University of Cincinnati comes to an end on commencement day.

UC alumni look back on their commencement day as bittersweet, but at the end of the day, they are always Bearcats and will always be there to support the UC community. Below is advice from UC alumni to graduating seniors.

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Teddy Rodosovich (A&S '67)

"Carpe Piso Mojado"

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Alan Steinharter (Evening College '68)

Enjoy life!


Bob Merriweather (A&S '70)

Never give up. A setback is a setup for a comeback. When you leave UC and go out in the world, you'll hit setbacks, but don't be discouraged.

Harrison Blackmond (CAHS '70 & '71)

Push the envelope and speak truth to power.

Ron Rowland (CEAS '78)

1) Make your manager's life more easy - not more difficult, 2) Perform every task well to the point of making it look easy, and 3) Always be ready and available for your next opportunity by documenting your current procedures, which then allows you to hand them off to someone else.

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Chris Lee (Bus '80)

Find a position early in your career that will give you broad experiences. Try not to settle for a role that has you confined to one specific area in the organization.


Michele Folan (A&S '86)

Show up early. Be engaged. Get involved. Have a plan. Follow through.

Tom Smedley (DAAP '90)

Treasure your education but don't let it define you. You control your path, not your diploma! Explore, challenge yourself- try something new! Said the educated architecture student who joined the Army and saw the world from the front seat of a Blackhawk!

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Pam Blaich (A&S '01)

Strong work ethic + perseverance + patience = SUCCESS

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Chad Reid (A&S '09)

Be a sponge. Learning shouldn't stop now that you've graduated from college; really it's just begun. Take opportunities to meet new people, take on more challenges at work and travel more places.

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Alex Rudd (Bus '10)

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Crystal Howitt (CECH '11 & '12)

Don't forget the people who helped you get to this point in life; thank your parents, siblings, grandparents,friends, whoever! As you leave UC, do your best to "pay back" those people by putting your education to good use, following what you're passionate about, and trying to inspire & help others. Everyone says college is the best four years of your life, but all the ones after have just as much potential, if not more. Now, it's up to you to adventure out into the world and experience "the real world," but don't forget your time at UC. Most importantly, don't lose track of your close college friends; just like they helped you carry on through the trials of college, they'll be the greatest support system as you go through life after college.

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Alicia Cole (CECH '12)

Now that you have your degree, it does not mean you stop learning. Learn something new everyday. You may think that you know exactly what you want to do. But when you go out and learn new things, you may find out you are passionate about something else. Some are lucky and figure it out right away but most don't and that is ok. It took me a long time to find what makes me want to get up everyday and go to work. It is not a job but a passion.

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Matthew Strohhacker (A&S '12)

Never stop learning, always strive to push your boundaries and set goals far beyond reach you ever thought possible. No matter what position you ever find yourself in, never forget words of wisdom from UC, "Fight to the Finish, Never Give In".

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Dom Clemmer (A&S '13)

Don't allow fear of the unknown post-grad to dictate your actions now. Don't take the safe route in exchange for 'security'. If you see what the status quo says you should do go the complete opposite direction. Follow the road less traveled. Be bold in how you recreate yourself as a college graduate. This world has a lot of problems with not many solutions. We need people with vision & passion to solve them. Now go find yours.

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Katie Gravely (A&S '13)

The only solid piece of advice I can give you is this: If you're doing what you love to do, nothing else matters. Congratulations UC Class of 2016! You can only go up from here.

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William Judd (A&S '14, Bus '16)

Enjoy life, work hard, play hard and always remember to be "Humble and Kind."

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Alana Frew (A&S '15)

Go for the things you really want, but don't try to take complete control of your future. Most things never happen the way you think they will and if something is meant to be, it will work itself out in ways you didn't expect and possibly better than you had hoped for.

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Rachel Jaynes (A&S '15)

Hold tight to the people and things that matter to you, and let everything else go. Worrying will never get you anywhere, so have faith in yourself and don't sweat the small stuff. The hard times will pass if you let them. Live your life your own way, and remember to have fun!

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Victoria Kuhlman (A&S '15)

To quote President Theodore Roosevelt, "Far and away the best prize life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." Go find work you consider worthwhile, and change the world!

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Brooke Stewart (CAHS '16)

College is an amazing journey. In a blink of an eye, your years here at UC will be coming to an end and you'll be wishing you could get them back. Throughout my 4 years at UC, I've learned and utilized some "golden nuggets" that have helped me survive and strive while on my crazy journey. My main piece of advice to you is to never take a moment for granted. Take every opportunity to enrich your knowledge and to expand your connection web. This world is smaller than you think and you just never know where those experiences and where those people can take you in life. Make sure to take risks and be challenged. Don't be afraid to fail. Failing allows you to grow and learn from mistakes. If you fail, you get back up and you try again. The only difference between someone who is successful and someone who is weak is the fact that weak people don't get back up. The successful people do. J.K Rowling, Abraham Lincoln, Dr. Seuss and even Micheal Jordan failed multiple times before becoming successful. We were all given a special gift and it's up to us to show it to the world. If you have a dream, it is up to you to stand up against the main bully in life- fear. Don't let fear get in the way of pursuing your dreams. You are stronger than that--you are a BEARCAT.

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