After Graduation

Three out of four Holy Cross alumni work in business roles.

The Holy Cross liberal arts education is an excellent foundation for a business career, with a focus on problem solving and critical thinking, as well as written and oral communication. With multiple opportunities to explore how business can contribute to the common good and promote real, long-term sustainable value for society, students become ethical leaders in the workplace and critically engaged citizens of a society deeply shaped by business. 

Experiential learning opportunities led by faculty and alumni in the field provide students with a deeper understanding of the technical, practical and inner workings of how business operates. To explore the role ethics plays in business, students engage in case-study research and discussions, present their findings and develop the confidence needed to succeed.

Employer Testimonial

Since 2012, Sanofi Pasteur has hired many students from Holy Cross; in particular students who have graduated from the business program. I have found these students not only to be more prepared, articulate and competitive in the interview/hiring process; but also to thrive very early in their careers at Sanofi Pasteur. It is evident that their exposure to the fundamentals of business, finance and strategic thinking gives them an edge as new young talent in the business world. These students have demonstrated more success and leadership early on in their careers as compared to students we have hired from other universities and colleges.

— Mimi Doherty '02
Head of Human Resources, Sanofi US General Medicines

Where Are They Now?

Here is a look at how recent graduates who have participated in Ciocca Center offerings have made their mark in business.

  • Kate Beckerman '20, English and Spanish double major
    • Senior Risk Analyst, Boston Consulting Group
  • Kristen Buonassisi '12, women and gender studies
    • Director of Commercial Sales Planning, PepsiCo
  • JR Butler ‘08, sociology and art history double major
    • CEO and Founder, Shift Group
  • Brendan Candon '12, political science major
    • Co-founder & CEO, SidelineSwap
  • Christie Cannone ’14, mathematics major
    • Brand Manager of Portfolio Strategy, Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Casey Carty ’18, political science major
    • PR Account Supervisor, Hunter Public Relations
  • Ashley Codianni ’07, political science major
    • Head of Digital, TODAY, NBCUniversal Media
  • Nalani Ramos Ruiz '21, sociology major
    • Contracts Leadership Development Program, Raytheon
  • Alex Schiffmann ’15, sociology and French double major
    • Consumer Packaged Goods Partnerships, DoorDash
  • Michael Sixsmith ’17, Chinese major
    • Cross Asset Trader, Goldman Sachs

First Destinations

The Center for Career Development presents annual First Destination Reports regarding employment, volunteer, graduate/professional school, fellowship or other plans within seven months of graduation. Following graduation, many Holy Cross alumni enter business fields, including financial services, accounting, insurance, communications, marketing and advertising, and staffing and recruiting.

Value and Relevancy of a Jesuit Education



At a CEO symposium, current and former CEOs discuss the value and relevancy of a Jesuit education in the 21st century.

The video features Douglas M. Baker ’81, chairman of the board and chief executive vice president officer of Ecolab Inc.; AnnMaura Connolly ’86, chief strategy officer and executive vice president of City Year, Inc.; Brian P. Kelley ’83, vice chairman of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.; and Mary Agnes Wilderotter ’77, former chief executive officer and executive chairman of Frontier Communications.