The quality of our students' preparation is widely recognized and highly valued. CESS graduates are uniquely positioned for immediate success in meaningful careers that make a real difference in the world. Their impact helps to fulfill our mission to promote a more humane and just society that maximizes human potential and the quality of life for all individuals, families, and communities locally, nationally and globally. 

Student Experiences

Student & Alumni Success Stories

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


Success After Graduation: Celebrating the CESS Class of 2022

CESS Class of 2022 graduates Sandra King, Taylor Mullen, Ali House, Sandra King, and Molly Wagner“I've met incredible faculty, staff and students who helped shaped me and my future career endeavors," says Taylor Mullen '22. “I felt so at home in this community and know that these people will be in my corner for years to come.” Meet a few of our CESS Class of 2022 graduates and see how they are beginning their post-UVM journey to make a difference for schools, families and communities near and far.

Jake Hession

Jake Hession"I want to make a positive impact on their lives," says Jake Hession '22 about the students he works with as a special educator at Milton High School where he was hired after graduation. See how Jake's educational journey at UVM prepared him to become an inclusive educator for all students.

Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson speaking at awards ceremony"The idea of helping to create a violence-free world is really the thing that inspires me on a day-to-day basis," says social work alumna Sarah Robinson G'12, who serves as the Deputy Director of Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. Sarah received UVM's 2022 Young Alumni Award honoring her outstanding leadership and community impact. 

Robert Kelly

Robert KellyUVM Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) alum Robert Kelly G'96 made history as the first African American president of the Univerity of Portland. “I come to this position with great prayer and discernment," he said of the distinction, "and I don’t take this responsibility lightly.”

Maia Hendrickson

Maia Hendrickson"Their curiosity and excitement for life is infectious, and I find great joy in watching their personalities unfold and their knowledge expand,” says Maia Hendrickson '21 about her role as an early childhood educator at Franklin West Supervisory Union in Georgia, Vermont.

Monica Desrochers

Monica Desrochers"I want to live in a world where students see themselves in the curriculum and the books they're reading," says Monica Desrochers '11, who serves as the recovery coordinator for equity and inclusion in the Addison Northwest School District. For her outstanding leadership in education, Monica earned a doctoral scholarship from UVM while pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Claire Crowley

Claire CrowleyAfter earning her B.S. in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) in 2019, Claire Crowley went on to earn her M.S. in Counseling Psychology. Now she enjoys her work as research associate at the Research Foundation at CUNY supporting the shift in practice of child welfare programs in New York City.

“I still write and publish with my mentor and former HDFS professor, Dr. Nicole Conroy,” Claire explains. “Our most recent publication came out earlier this year on the conceptual misrepresentations and methodological misapplications of Johnson's typology of IPV (Intimate Partner Violence). Dr. Conroy is the reason I pursued research and a graduate degree in the first place. She opened so many doors for me at UVM and beyond.”

Briana Martin

Briana MartinA first-generation college student who earned her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) at UVM, Briana Martin '11 developed greater interest in mental health and received her Master of Social (MSW) through a Fulbright research grant in Montreal, Quebec. She now serves as the assistant director of advising and diversity at NYU Liberal Studies.

Tom Payeur

Tom Payeur teaching a student in his math classroom at Winooski High School"Allowing students 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 at Winooski High School.

Shawna Wells

Shawna Wells“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 Pahara Senior Vice President Shawna Wells '04. She has spent her career changing the way we educate and support our children. As an executive coach and advisor to senior leaders working towards ending educational and societal inequities, she believes everyone has the opportunity to disrupt the status-quo. 

Learn about Shawna's career trajectory as a leader to improve schools and opportunities around the country through her previous work with as a senior partner and head of the educational equity team at The Management Center.


Where are they now?

CESS alumni are making a difference near and far. Here are just a few of them:

  • Alden Ducharme '22, English Teacher, Boston Prep
  • Kia'Rae Hanron '20, Arts Learning Advisor, Clemmons Family Farm
  • Ama Sika '21, Medical Social Worker, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Robyn Newton ‘95, 2023 Vermont Teacher of the Year, Vergennes Union Elementary School
  • Ben Lovelette '20, Teacher, St. Albans City School
  • Gabby Battaglia '19, Program Evaluator, Texas Health and Human Services
  • Matt Bristol '13, 2023 SHAPE America National Teacher of the Year, Essex Middle School
  • Samantha Serrantonio '20, Enrichment Coordinator, Essex Junction Recreation and Parks
  • Dan French G'14, Vermont Secretary of Education
  • Winny Looby G'13, G'17, Disability Studies Project Coordinator, UVM Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
  • Wanda Heading-Grant, G'03, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Leo Lambert G'78, President Emeritus, Elon University
  • Mark Olofson G'17, Director of Educator Data, Research, and Strategy at Texas Education Agency
  • Amanda Van Vranken G'23, Assistant Director for External Partnerships, University of Vermont
Robert Parris '17 at CESS Commencement

Built into all CESS programs are high-impact experiences including community-engaged learning, practicums and internship placements in the field. Our graduates are well-prepared success in their career path.

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Career Outcomes

Class of 2019-2022 Survey Data:

  • 98.3% reported they were employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduating.
  • 98.5% said their field of employment is somewhat or closely related to their career goals.
  • 94.5% were satisfied or very satisfied with their full-time position.

Note: The UVM Career Outcomes survey follows the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) First-Destination survey standards and protocols. 


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