Students smiling at CESS Commencement.

The quality of our students' preparation is recognized and highly valued. CESS graduates are uniquely positioned to make a real difference in the world through meaningful career pathways. Their impactful work fulfills our mission to promote a more humane and just society, free from oppression, that maximizes human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally and globally. 

In the video above, see how Briana Martin, Chris Magistrale, Jamilah Vogel, and Song Nguyen are making an impact in their communities.

Meet a Few CESS Alumni

Success After Graduation: Celebrating the CESS Class of 2021

Miai Hendrickson, Talia Knutsent, JAKE Small, Ali Rosen, and Rachel Seaver

Meet a few of our recent graduates and see how they are beginning their post-UVM journey to make a difference for schools, families and communities near and far.


Akirah Bradley G’07

Akira Bradley

Vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Akirah Bradley oversees some thirty-three departments united by the common goal of promoting student success, in and out of the classroom. Bradley gives much of the credit for her development to “a brilliant, diverse cohort of fellow learners in the in Higher Education Student Affairs (HESA) graduate program at UVM. 


Tom Payeur (G'12)

Tom Payeur instructs a student while using a laptop

"Allowing students the opportunity to embrace change, become frustrated, and struggle to articulate what they are going through is an awe-inspiring experience." See how the 2019 Vermont Teacher of the Year Tom Payeur is working to address educational inequities in his culturally diverse classroom in Winooski.


Shawna Wells '04

Shawna Wells headshot

“UVM changed my trajectory as a person because I got the opportunity to work with a lot of people who really cared about humanity," says Shawna Wells ('04), who is passionate about her work to transform schools in underserved communities around the country. See how Shawna is working to build schools and opportunities.


Nydia Guity '09

Nydia Guity headshot

“It’s rewarding to hear that I helped someone get back in touch with their own light to work towards their desired goal. I really believe in helping people to help themselves and take the lead in their life.” Find out how Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) Nydia Guity is guiding the healing process in Atlanta, Georgia.


Celia Cuddy G'98

Celia Cuddy in front of blackboard

"I love that social work is explicit about our professional commitments to working for social justice. This shapes our practice at all levels as we seek to understand individual experience in the context of the political, social, and cultural landscape," says Celia Cuddy, recently honored with a special award as an outstanding teacher of Social Work at UVM. 


Darrell Goodwin G'05

Darrell Goodwin

“At UVM, I immediately saw invitations to those inclusive conversations that I couldn’t have imagined happening in college,” says Darrell Goodwin, a 2005 graduate of the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) master's degree program. Building connection is a key part of the work in his new role as the United Church of Christ’s Executive Conference Minister for Southern New England. Goodwin is the first African-American LGBT individual to hold this rank in the church nationwide.


Nick Walket '10

Nick Walklet with students at the American School of Paris

“I owe a lot to UVM. The encouragement and dedication from professors motivated me. When I graduated, the support and mentoring I received helped to provide me with the tools necessary to enter the teaching world confidently." Find out how Nick has been teaching abroad and exploring the world since graduating from UVM.


Tegan Garon '16

Tegan Garon interacting with students

"Students now know that every day in my classroom will be different from the previous day, and I’ve loved using the element of surprise to engage them." Tegan has a passion for teaching "real math" to the students at his high school.


Where are they now?

CESS alumni are making a difference all around the world. Here are just a few of them:

  • Samantha Serrantonio ('20), Teacher, Highgate Elementary School, Vermont
  • Gary Margolis (G'96, '01), President and CEO, Social Sentinal
  • Maura Satti ('13), Social Worker, Yale New Haven Hospital, Connecticut
  • Abby Smith ('20), Teacher, Fort Morgan Middle School, Colorado
  • Dan French (G'14), Vermont Secretary of Education
  • Grace Colbert ('18), Elementary School Teacher, Teach for America, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Ben Lovelette ('20), Ben Lovelette, Teacher, St. Albans City School, Vermont
  • Gina Abbiati ('16), Employment Consultant, Vermont Association of Business, Industry, and Rehabilitation
  • Winny Looby (G'13, '17), Disability Studies Project Coordinator, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
  • Leo Lambert (G'78), President Emeritus, Elon University, North Carolina
  • Kia'Rae Hanron ('20), Arts Learning Advisor, Clemmons Family Farm
  • Mark Olofson (G'17), Director of Educator Data and Preparation Program Management, Texas Education Agency
  • Luke Quinn ('08), Early Headstart Home Visitor, Children's Home Society of Washington
  • Austin Brown (G'16), Associate Director of Research and Programming, Center For Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University, Georgia
  • Kathryn Haber ('09), Therapist, Summit Achievement Wilderness Program, Maine
  • Marielena Szumowski ('10), Services Coordinator, Pathways Vermont
  • Joseph Peters ('02), Counseling Services Leader, Cape Fear Hospice and Lifecare Center, Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Erin O'Keefe ('13), Program Manager, Vermont Dept of Health, Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs
Robert Parris ('17) receiving is diploma from Dean Thomas.

All CESS students gain extensive high-impact field experience through community-engaged learning placements, practicums and internships. They are well-prepared for immediate success in their chosen field after graduation. 

Class of 2017-2019 Survey Data

  • 94% reported they were employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduating.
  • 98% said their field of employment is somewhat or closely related to their career goals.
  • 98% were satisfied or very satisfied with their full-time position.

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