Sep 10 20

Alumni Thrive at College

This summer, in keeping with an FCIS mandate that independent schools take stock of the success of their alumni, Saint Stephen’s tracked the graduates of the class of 2016 to ascertain their progress toward a degree. Of the 69 grads that year, we were able to account for 66 of those alumni. To date, 51 (77% of those reached) have graduated from college in or before 2020. The remaining 15 are all still pursuing their degrees.

Two alumni (at Miami and High Point) anticipate graduating in fall/winter 2020. One alumna is taking her third consecutive leave of absence from NYU as she collaborates on an important environmental film, but intends to return to finish her degree. Other colleges where alumni are continuing their studies include MIT, where an alumnus is finishing an additional physics degree; University of South Florida, University of Florida, Stetson University, and Lynn University, where an alumnus is playing varsity golf after being red-shirted for one year.  

Two alumni (at Simmons College and Ohio University) graduated in less than four years. One Stetson graduate is taking a gap year after being accepted into Stetson Law School for 2021-22.

Many of the alumni distinguished themselves as collegians. One graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tampa; two graduated cum laude (from Sewanee and USF); another USF alumna graduated with her degree in chemical engineering and is now enrolled in medical school; an alumnus was selected valedictorian of his class at Rollins College; an alumnus of Denison University is now enrolled in a master’s program in geology at University of Nevada; two alumnae earned R.N. degrees – one is now a respiratory progressive care nurse and the other a BSRN; and an alumnus earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees  in cinematography and film/video production at Full Sail University.

Only three members of the Class of 2016 transferred to another institution from their original college destination.

The colleges and universities from which members of the Class of 2016 have earned degrees: Alabama, Amherst, College of Charleston, Colorado, Columbia, Denison, Emory, Florida, FGCU, FIU, FSU, Fordham, Fresno State, Full Sail, Furman, George Washington, Georgia Tech, High Point, Lehigh, Miami, Notre Dame, Nova Southeastern, Ohio, Rollins, Sewanee, SCAD, Simmons, Stetson, Tampa, University of Chicago, UCF, USMA West Point, USF, West Virginia, Yale.

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