NEWS 6/11/24 1:24pm

The Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education and Elon College, The College of Arts and Sciences class of 2024 graduates throw their caps upon the completion of the 134th Commencement Ceremony on May 24.

Elon graduates show large potential in job market

From the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, to the sudden swell of artificial intelligence, to an increasingly hybrid job market — this year’s graduating class has had a unique experience. Generally about 35% of students of all majors have a job by graduation, according to Ross Wade, Elon’s director of career services for the School of Communications. According to a survey sent to Elon alumni by the SPDC nine months after the class of 2023’s graduation, 96% of graduates are employed or in school, while 95% of those employed selected that their position is related to their career objective.

SPORTS 6/7/24 3:12pm

Sports information directors see Elon athletic department as opportunity for new graduates

Ashlee Brackett ’23 grew up around college sports at a young age with her dad being a Division III softball coach. She said she hoped to be involved with college sports in some way after graduating college. Fortunately, Elon University offers many outlets for their alumni to stay involved, she said. When it comes to sports, the school’s athletic department is one particular place where former students can remain employed for the school’s athletic teams. It is a “well-oiled machine” as described by Assistant Director of Athletic Communications for baseball Gray Aust '22.

LIFESTYLE 6/4/24 5:36pm

Artist finishes third mural in downtown Elon plaza

Muralist Mary Ryan has been working on completing an outdoor painting on the plaza in Elon’s downtown for less than a week. But the plaza itself, from conception to construction, took much longer than that. Beginning with the town staff announcing plans for an outdoor plaza in downtown Elon in December 2021 and completing construction in December 2023. Ryan said as she finishes painting this mural, she has been touching up her other murals at the same time. With outdoor seating around the mural itself, Ryan said she hopes this mural will avoid as much direct foot traffic as possible.