More than 1,500 students are celebrating graduation this week from the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

The total includes more than 910 undergraduates and 450 graduates completing their degrees in May. Another 175+ students will wrap up their classes in August and are invited to attend the spring graduation ceremonies.

Among graduating seniors, prospects look promising: 90 percent of CEAS seniors who completed a CU Boulder survey plan to start paid employment or attend graduate school, according to the Office of Data Analytics. Most said they plan to stay in Colorado, with California, New York, Washington and Texas as the next top U.S. destinations.

An incredible 62 percent anticipate starting salaries between $55,000 and $79,999, and almost 30 percent anticipate starting above $80,000 per year, according to survey results.

Engineering Career Services is available to help for free, even after graduation. Drop-in hours are 12:30-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday in Office S440 in the C4C, or you can schedule an appointment in Handshake to discuss application materials, preparing for interviews, deciding between competing offers and more.

This week we bid farewell to our #ForeverBuffs, including outstanding graduates like Sarah Withee, who switched careers in her 40s to join Gen Z engineers in the classroom, and Michael Anthony, who learned African dance as a form of cultural preparation for his trip this summer to Eswatini with Engineers in Action. Read their stories below, and share your own story on social by tagging @cuengineering and #ForeverBuffs.

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