Where Have Our Hospitality Management Graduates Been Hired?


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Students who enter our Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management Program gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to succeed in diverse careers within the hospitality industry.

Some of the career possibilities for our graduates include:

  • Accommodation manager
  • Amusement park manager
  • Casino manager
  • Catering manager
  • Club manager
  • Convention manager
  • Custom service manager
  • Event and meeting planner
  • Fast food restaurant manager
  • Hotel and resort manager
  • Human resources officer
  • Public house manager
  • Restaurant manager
  • Retail manager
  • Sales and marketing representative for hospitality businesses
  • Tour manager

To help prospective students see all the opportunities available to them through our hospitality program, as well as to highlight the achievements of our talented alumni, we decided to compile some testimonials from our graduates. Take a look at the amazing work our alumni are performing.

Hospitality Management Alumni Insights

“The hospitality management program provided me with tools to create my own success, networking to source opportunities and meet connected industry insiders, and the confidence and leadership skills to expedite my career. Now I am able to educate, train and provide the tools of success to hospitality professionals.”

Tony Verduce
Human Resources Manager
Renaissance Hotel, Las Vegas

“My degree from Kent State University’s Hospitality Management Program has been invaluable for making connections within the industry. I graduated in 2011 and being a KSU alumni has pushed me ahead of other candidates or has been a relatable topic of discussion as there are many Kent State and Kent State hospitality alumni in the workforce.”

“For example, I have experience in event planning, event production, sports, marketing and community relations, F&B, and several other areas that connect back to Kent. This degree and my experience within hospitality management has gone far beyond academics! This is a relationship-driven industry and that is most important.”

Kaylee Piper
Meeting and Event Coordinator
Experient Inc.

“Working in a destination marketing organization requires knowledge in all areas of hospitality including hotels, event planning, restaurants, economics, and finance. Thanks to the diverse curriculum and experienced professors of the Kent State University Hospitality Management Program, I was fully prepared to begin my career in the DMO sector of the hospitality industry.”

Molly Evans
Destination Services Coordinator
Visit Pittsburgh

“The hospitality program at Kent State helped me not only to achieve my goals for my career but also to find my career path. After multiple meetings with Dr. Scheule, she helped me discover that the casino route was perfect for me and helped me land my practicum with Hard Rock Northfield (now MGM Northfield). I ended up working my way through five different roles which in turn gave me the credentials and experience to land a job in Las Vegas, the capital of gaming and hospitality.”

“I currently work for Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, one of the most successful MGM properties on the strip as a VIP Host Services Coordinator and I’m on my way to becoming a Marketing Executive for national marketing for the company! I graduated December 2017.”

Vince Sidoti
VIP Host Services Coordinator
Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino

The program not only exposed me to a variety of fields within the hospitality industry, it also helped me connect with large group of mentors, faculty, industry professionals, administrators and former students who helped prepare me for my future. I didn’t realize the value of these relationships until I became a professional myself and worked with students to help them pave their own paths.”

Caitlin Jaworski
Assistant General Manager
Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland/Twinsburg

My degree in hospitality has given me the knowledge I need to pursue my passion. The program as well as the internship exposed me to many options that solidified that I was on the right path. That path led me to the career I have now and there is no looking back.”

Ashley Fodrey
Registration Specialist
Experient Inc.

“My degree has opened many doors for my career and allowed me to network internationally. The hospitality program encouraged me to explore and develop my passions.”

“Being a student at Kent State University gave me priceless opportunities for growth. Student organizations allowed me to share my passions with other students.”

Ashley Foster
Brimfield Bread Oven

The Hospitality Management Program at Kent State University set me up to achieve career milestones, through a hands-on approach in education, leadership, management, and service.”

Ryan O’Donnell
Transportation Operations Manager
Event Source

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If you’re excited to learn more about what our hospitality management program can do for you and your career, reach out to us today!