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Slideshow of wall of recognition displays

Highlighting the success of liberal arts grads on campus
University Business, January 2018
  • The Alumni Spotlight wall at Thomas College in Maine features alumni who have achieved personal and professional success and who have led and served their communities. A rotating display created in 2016, it hangs in the main building across from the Professional and Career Development Office.
  • Thomas College’s Guaranteed Job Program is another student motivator. Students who work closely with career services throughout their college years but don’t land a job related to their major within six months of graduation have a choice: have Thomas make their monthly federal loan payments for up to a year, or start a master’s degree program there for free.
  • Graduates chosen for the Alumni Faces program are those who discovered and honed their natural talents and interests at Onondaga, and whose achievements exemplify the notion that the college provides the foundation for extraordinary lives.

Despite the big push for STEM majors and career-focused skills in recent years, the liberal arts seem to be making a resurgence.

Liberal arts degree programs in 2016 ranked No. 1 for most completions as well as for the biggest increase in completions, higher ed consulting firm Gray Associates found in a recent analysis of IPEDS preliminary data.


Link to main story: Higher ed liberal arts degrees on the upswing


One way to share the successes of graduates with students and visitors is to create a wall of recognition. Such walls often get added to periodically with new alumni. Some institutions use the displays to focus on alumni in particular fields and may install them in an academic building for a specific school. Others have them in more central places on campus and cover any graduate worthy of recognition.