99% of the Class of 2017 Employed, in School, Volunteering

May 14, 2018

By Laura Lemire

Phoebe Ferraiolo graduate and U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)
Phoebe Ferraiolo '17 with U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME)

Within six months of graduation, 99% of the class of 2017 were employed, continuing their education, or serving others around the globe. These Anselmians left the Hilltop a little under a year ago; some already had confirmed plans, while others were searching for the perfect fit, but all were hopeful for the future.

So what are they doing now? Through their lives and work, they are sharing their Anselmian spirit with the world. More specifically though, they can be found working for MSNBC, Wayfair, and Homeland Security, attending classes at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and serving in the Peace Corps in Swaziland.

Phoebe Ferraiolo works in Washington, D.C., as a press assistant to U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME). The former politics major drafts press material and social media content, tracks breaking news, compiles clips, maintains press contacts, works with other offices in both the Senate and the House to draft releases and communicates with members of the media. “I've learned so much from this job already and I'm excited to learn more,” says Ferraiolo.

Former computer science major Matthew Guzzardi is an associate software engineer at Fidelity Investments. Following two internships with the company, he was offered a position in Fidelity’s Leap Program in August of 2016, before he’d even started his senior year. Through the Leap Program, he received five months of training in Durham, North Carolina, before being placed at the Merrimack, New Hampshire campus full-time. “The role has been both rewarding and challenging and has given me a wide array of exposure to the space,” says Guzzardi.

Far from home, Grace Anderson is completing a year of service in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, through the Salesian Lay Missioners where she is teaching English as a second language at Don Bosco School Teuk Thla. Her students, ranging in age from 14 to 24, are girls in the Food Technology and Hotel Services program, a two-year training program which prepares the girls to work in the hotel and food industry in Cambodia. Many of Anderson’s students have not completed high school; some did not complete sixth or seventh grade. “I started with basic English for both of my classes and have thoroughly enjoyed watching them progress as the year went on,” says Anderson. “The girls are hardworking and eager to learn.”

In addition to teaching, Anderson also tutors students, arranges English club meetings, and helps facilitate educational programs for her students. She lives on the school’s grounds in community with 18 Salesian Sisters from nine different countries, two volunteers from Austria, one volunteer from Singapore, and one volunteer from Argentina. “I have had a wonderful experience both teaching my students and living in such a vibrant and diverse community,” she says.

Careers and Employment

Class of 2017 Outcomes Graph
Class of 2017 First Destination Groups

Post-graduate activities find our youngest class of alumni working, serving, and continuing their education in fields from medicine to marketing, and finance to research and counseling.

Of the 258 companies that hired recent Saint Anselm graduates, 28 hired more than one 2017 graduate. Top employers include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dell EMC, Fidelity Investments, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital.

Seventy-eight percent of working 2017 graduates completed at least one internship prior to graduation. And 100% of the accounting, applied physics, engineering physics, integrated studies, Classics, computer science, computer science with business, computer science with mathematics, economics, environmental science, environmental studies, finance, fine arts, forensic science, German studies, RN to BSN, social work, and Spanish graduates were employed or pursuing a graduate degree within six months of graduation.


The nursing class of 2017 had a 96.97% pass rate on the Nursing Certification Licensing Exam (NCLEX). The national average was 87.12%, and the New Hampshire average was 90.85%. Students begin taking nursing classes during their freshmen year with Intro to Professional Nursing in preparation for the NCLEX, which is the RN state licensing exam.

Continuing Education

Many graduates in the class of 2017 are also continuing their educations at institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, Stony Brook University, Brown University, Columbia University, University of North Carolina, Tufts University, Rutgers University, Boston College, Washington University, and University of Wisconsin.  

The biology, psychology and English departments had the most graduates pursuing advanced degrees.

A Sampling of 2017 Graduates:
John Courtney, an accounting major, is an assurance associate at PwC.

Meghan Groom, a nursing major, is a clinical nurse at Duke Children’s Hospital in North Carolina.

Rachel Henderson, a business and finance double major, is an internal auditor at Brown Brothers Harriman.

Kaliopi Konomi, a chemistry major, is earning her master’s in nursing at Columbia University.

Alexis LaBrie, a history and criminal justice double major, is an energy analyst in the Office of Strategic Initiative for the State of New Hampshire

Robert Merritt, an English major, is earning his master’s in English at Boston University.

Zachary Morgan, an international business major, is a second lieutenant in the United States Army.

Brad Rocheville, an international relations and French double major, is earning a law degree at the University of Notre Dame.

Michael Ryan, a history major, is a global trade LDP with Raytheon, Co. (pictured on the homepage)

Ryan Sarasin, a theology major, was received as a novice into the novitiate at the Saint Anselm Abbey.

Jonathan Sheedy, an applied physics and computer science with math double major, is earning a masters at Brown University.

Ashling Stanek, a politics and philosophy double major, is a production assistant at MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Amanda Young, an education studies major, is teaching second grade in the Medway Public School district in Medway, Mass.