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Hiring Trends: Job Searches Start Earlier, Yield Big Results for Many U.Va. Grads

EARLY RECRUITMENT and internships are paying off as many University of Virginia students who will walk the Lawn on Sunday already have their feet in the door of the employment sector. With the engineering job market the best since 1999, about 70 percent of engineering graduates already have jobs lined up with salaries ranging from $40,000 to $65,000 a year. “We’ve been pushing students to get internships, and some real-life experience so they can hit the ground running,” said C. J. Livesay, director of Engineering Career Development. Full story.

U.Va. News Services/Photo: Dan Addison

Jade Craig
U.Va. Experience Leaves Jade Craig ‘Academically Strong and Socially Aware’

During his time as a University of Virginia student, Jade Craig (above) has been a strong advocate for raising consciousness about discrimination against blacks and students with disabilities. Craig’s experience at U.Va. has left him academically strong and socially aware and has prepared him to take on new challenges. Craig, who graduates on Sunday with a double major in French and Political and Social Thought, will begin teaching elementary school in the Mississippi Delta with Teach for America next fall. He also plans to work on a master’s degree in education at the Delta State University College of Education. Full story.

U.Va. News Services/Photo: Dan Addison

Cleopatra Lightfoot
Cleopatra Lightfoot Steps Up at U.Va.-Wise, Sets Sights on Helping Others

Standing just 4 feet 11 inches, Cleopatra Lightfoot (above) may be small but this focused and poised young woman has certainly made a big impression on U.Va.-Wise. She founded the school’s Step Team, and her energy and enthusiasm reinvigorated the Cavalettes Dance Team. Equally as impressive as her high jumps and fancy footwork is her academic performance. On Saturday, Lightfoot will graduate magna cum laude with a degree in psychology. This summer, she’ll begin a five-year doctoral program in clinical psychology at Argosy University in Washington, D.C. Full story.

U.Va. News Services/Photo:Tim Cox

Prodigy Greg Smith Earns Math Master’s, Leads the Fight for Children’s Rights

When Greg Smith (above) graduates on Sunday at age 16, he will be the youngest person ever to receive a master’s degree from the University of Virginia. He arrived at U.Va. on June 9, 2003, his 14th birthday, to begin graduate work in mathematics. But “genius” is only one half of the Greg Smith story. When not voraciously learning, this young man travels the globe as a peace and children’s rights activist. Smith will take time this summer to consider his next steps. He isn’t exactly sure whether he’ll continue working toward a Ph.D. in math, or shift into another discipline, like biology. Full story.

U.Va. News Services/Photo: Dan Addison

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U.Va. Unveils Schematic Design for South Lawn Project
U.Va. Leads Public Universities with Highest African-American Graduation Rate for 12th Straight Year
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