What’s Next for the Class of 2016?
On the day of their matriculation from Centre, the Class of 2016 participated in the What’s Next? campaign, an eagerly anticipated feature of graduation day. The new alumni shared their post-graduation plans—which were fascinating and impressive. This year’s class included multiple national award winners, including Fulbright winner Jeri Howell of Frankfort, Ky., who will spend the upcoming academic year teaching English in Costa Rica. Emily Hooker of Cincinnati will teach English in France through the Teaching Assistant Program. Ashley Barker of Boston and Gray Whitsett of Owensboro, Ky., will both participate in Teach For America, with Barker teaching in Boston and Whitsett in Baton Rouge, La. Seventy-nine of the graduates will go on to graduate school, with five accepted to medical school and 13 to law school. While their post-Centre pursuits vary, the Class of 2016 share a common calling as they join the ranks of the “#1 happiest grads in the nation”—a number that now totals 13,324 proud alumni.