Graduation Day: In One Student's Words

By Mary McInerney, Office of Development Communications Posted Wed, 05/18/2016 - 17:00

Jacob Gateman '16, a philosophy major who graduates May 20, has accepted a full-time job with Strava, a website and mobile app for athletes, and he hopes one day to join the U.S. Navy and also attend law school. He's the first to say that he came to USF a very different person than he is today.

"I have so much to be grateful for in terms of the friendships that I’ve made, and everything I’ve learned here. I would first thank everyone sincerely for all that they have made possible for me. They have opened doors that I didn’t know existed and truly made my success at this university feasible," says Jacob, of Vashon, WA.

A scholarship from the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation transformed Jacob's experience at USF, giving him the support he needed to continue at the university.

“I’m a first generation college student, and as a first generation college student, you hit the ground running. My parents didn't graduate from college, and I was a little bit on my own in terms of figuring things out. Just knowing that the school and its donors were supporting me as much as they were, specifically, financially — that was something that really stood out to me about USF."

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