Graduate Success Stories

The career flexibility that can be achieved with a communication degree is illustrated by the success of our graduates. Their stories are the real-life examples that illustrate how a communication degree from Ferris can launch a successful career in a variety of fields.

Jeremy E . Grayewski, B.A. Communication, Ferris State University M.A. Communication, Michigan State University

As Most Outstanding Student in Communication in 2000, Jeremy had high hopes for using his communication degree for a meaningful career. He is currently employed at CareerStaff Unlimited and serves as the liaison between the main office and their Physical Therapists and Speech Pathologists who are contracted out to various hospitals and clinics. His responsibilities include contract negotiations, payroll supervision, recruitment and placement.

Ira Childress, B.S. Communication, Ferris State University

"The Applied Speech Communication program enhanced my verbal and written communication skills, while the professors consistently challenged me to apply my classroom experiences to the work force."

Childress joined Okemos High School as an athletic director in Fall 2013. Previously, he was a TV producer and show host, radio sports commentator, events planner for Ferris alumni activities and an administrator for the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He also operates Childress Sports Consulting.

Marissa Beck, B.S. Communication, Ferris State University

After graduating from Ferris, Marissa has embarked on an exciting career as a Marketing and Special Events Associate with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Mary Latchney Dale, B.S. Communication, Ferris State University

"Everyday is a different day at Kforce and I am always on my toes. Most of the people I work with are CPAs and have been in accounting for years prior to coming to Kforce. Even though I was never a controller or CFO, I find that the skills I learned in my communication and psychology courses have helped me deal with very complex situations and have helped make me a successful recruiter."

Mary received her degree in Communication from Ferris and relocated to Grand Rapids where she began a career at Kforce Professional Staffing. Mary recruits Accounting and Finance Professionals and Office Administrative Professionals for small, medium, and large companies across Western Michigan.