Honors Program alumni have chosen many different career paths. Graduates may be found in business, communication disorders, law, journalism, marketing, media, medicine, public health, public relations, theatre, and other fields. As undergraduates they were drawn to the Honors Program because they were independent, creative, intellectually curious, passionate about learning, and socially responsible. During their undergraduate years they were engaged with learning and sought opportunities inside and outside the classroom, including research projects, internships and study abroad. They collaborated with faculty and staff, other students, and mentors outside the university. A Strada-Gallup Alumni Survey questioned college graduates about their sense of life fulfillment. Graduates who established a close connection with a mentor, undertook an independent academic project, and were involved on campus reported the greatest life satisfaction following graduation. Graduates of the Honors Program worked closely with faculty, completed a thesis or project, and were involved in service to the campus and wider community. If you are an Honors Program graduate visiting this site, enjoy reading alumni stories. Prospective and current students may read alumni stories and see the potential for becoming part of an impressive Honors Program alumni network.
Members of the SUNY New Paltz community gathered on Aug. 24, 2018, for the fall Convocation tradition, welcoming an historic incoming class of more than 2,000 new first-year and transfer students.
The student welcome was delivered by Isabelle Hayes ’19 (Political Science; Communication Studies), who used the opportunity to reminisce on her own first days at the College.
“When I was a first-year, sitting up there on the bleachers at my Convocation, I couldn’t have imagined all of the things I would end up accomplishing,” Hayes said. “Do not underestimate yourselves. You are capable of so much – you just have to put yourself out there. College is a time to discover who you are, explore new topics and ideas, and find your passions. If you embrace this experience fully, I think you will enjoy it.”