This week, more than 2,000 current Central Michigan University Chippewas will graduate and join the CMU alumni family— a network of more than 235,000 individuals living, learning and leading around the world.
This will be the first indoor in-person commencement ceremony for the university since 2019, as loved ones gather in Mt. Pleasant to celebrate. Three ceremonies will take place on Saturday, Dec. 18 in McGuirk Arena and livestreams will
be available for each ceremony to those not in attendance.
As the class of 2021 prepares to enter the workforce, many will begin working in positions they have already secured. Here are just a few stories of our graduates, who are Fired Up to take the next step in their career and life journeys.
Area of study: Information Systems
Job: Commercial Strategy Analyst for Delta Airlines
Advice for CMU students: "Take advantage of the opportunities offered to you as a CMU student. Get involved with RSO's that will not only interest you but allow you to gain experience in your field of choice. My involvement in Alpha Kappa
Psi, the co-ed professional business fraternity, is what allowed me to develop the skills that I needed to obtain my internships. Those same internships are what have allowed me to gain valuable skills that I will use at Delta Airlines. CMU is full
of organizations that will help to set you apart from other students and put you in a position where your dreams can be achieved."
Area of study: Integrated Public Relations
Job: Associate Corporate Communication Specialist at Dow Chemical
Advice for CMU students: "Do things that make you become the best version of yourself. The opportunities here are endless, so find some that best fit you."
Biggest takeaway from attending CMU: "I'm the only person who can close doors of opportunities on myself, so I may as well keep opening doors to see what else I can achieve."
Area of study: Counseling
Job: Domestic Violence Children's Counselor for R.I.S.E. Advocacy
Advice for CMU students: "Make the most out of your experience. Whether that is joining a club, spending time at the Student Activity Center or experiencing the parks of Mt. Pleasant, go do it."
Biggest takeaway from attending CMU: "Take risks and snatch every opportunity that you can because that is where you will learn and grow the most."
Area of study: Business Management, Hospitality and Tourism Administration
Job: 2nd Lieutenant in the Michigan Army National Guard; Marriott International
Advice for CMU students: "Get involved on campus. Join clubs and RSO's that sound interesting and take advantage of info nights and free pizza nights, they are where you will make those connections that will follow you for the rest of
Biggest takeaway from attending CMU: "The importance of networking, especially with CMU Alumni. There are so many wonderful people out there that are excited and willing to help you."
Hassan B. Marong
Area of study: Communications
Job: Disney College Program
Advice for CMU students: "Attend IMPACT and Leadership Safari! One of the driving forces for me becoming involved at CMU was the student leaders that I met during my freshman year when entering IMPACT and safari."
Biggest takeaway from attending CMU: "The importance of inclusive leadership. Through my position in the office of residence life, I found my passion for diversity equity and inclusion work within Higher Education. In my future
career, I hope to foster a community that impacts all students and especially students of marginalized identities."
Area of study: Broadcast & Cinematic Arts
Job: Reporter for 9&10 News
Advice for CMU students: "I may be biased, but CMU has one of, if not the, best journalism and broadcasting programs in the state. The professors are intelligent, approachable, and all have real experience in the industries they're
teaching. Give CMU a chance, you won't regret your experience here!"
Biggest takeaway from attending CMU: "No matter where I end up or what I do with my career, I am forever a chip! CMU implements a strong sense of community and passion in every student that they carry with them for life."
Area of study: Journalism
Job: Staff Writer for the Cadillac News
Advice for CMU students: "One piece of advice I have for people who might consider attending CMU is to fully explore everything that campus, and the city of Mount Pleasant, have to offer. There is such a strong community in both of these
places, and the college experience is over in the blink of an eye. Don't let the opportunity to make a memory pass you by."
Area of study: Computer Science, Computer Engineering
Job: Ford Motor Company College Graduate Program
Biggest takeaway from attending CMU: "I came here not just for the education but for the experience. You see it all the time in movies and tv shows – the typical college experience that everyone gets to experience – and since
I began at a community college, I was afraid of missing out. Not only did I get that experience, but I am leaving with a great group of friends that I will have for the rest of my life."