MACON/ATLANTA – Mercer University’s latest Graduate Career Outcomes Report indicates that 96% of graduates surveyed from the Class of 2020 reported a positive career outcome, including employment, continuing education, or volunteer or military service.

The Class of 2020 consists of those who graduated during summer 2019, fall 2019 or spring 2020. A total of 1,914 of 2,233 eligible graduates (86%) responded to the survey administered by the University’s Center for Career and Professional Development.

Among graduates with positive career outcomes, 78% reported employment, 17% reported continuing education and 1% reported volunteer or military service.

Two of the University’s schools and colleges – music and nursing – had perfect 100% career outcomes rates for the Class of 2020. Eight other schools and colleges reported career outcomes rates between 93-98%, while the remaining two schools – law and medicine – are not included in the survey.

Mercer’s Graduate Career Outcomes Survey consists of questions developed by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), along with a set of Mercer-specific questions. The questions collect detailed information about graduates’ career plans, career field experience engagement, resource utilization and career decision-making process.

The annual survey is launched two to four weeks before graduation, and data collection continues until six months after graduation.

Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​