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Post-Graduation Employment Offers Surreal Experience

Published: December 13, 2013

Just three years ago Abraham Rahmanizadeh ’13 knew very little about investment banking other than he was intrigued by the stock market.

So when Barclays investment banking group offered him a full-time job in Manhattan this coming summer, his mind went blank.

“I felt like I was floating,” said Rahmanizadeh, who interned with Barclays this past summer and graduates Dec. 14. “It’s surreal.”

Rahmanizadeh will be one of the 436 graduates at The University of Tampa’s 135th commencement Saturday, Dec. 14, at 9:30 a.m. in the Bob Martinez Athletics Center. The ceremony includes one associate’s degree candidate, 334 bachelor’s degree candidates and 101 master’s degree candidates.

Rahmanizadeh had set his sight on working with a big firm in New York, but he also knew how competitive the field is.

“I knew that I could do everything right and still not get the job. It was a long shot,” he said. “When I got the internship with Barclays, I knew I’d work 200 hours a week if I had to. I’d give it everything.”

And he did. Rahmanizadeh said the competitive internship organized through Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) was rigorous. His summer on Wall Street was “brutal, but a very rich experience.”

Rahmanizadeh credits the mentorship he received from his UT professors as a big part of his growth. When he walks across the stage on Saturday, he’ll be the first in his family with a college degree. His father is from Iran and his mother is from Colombia, and they came to the U.S. to work hard and give their children all the opportunities they could, Rahmanizadeh said.

“Being a first generation graduate, there is so much to learn,” he said. “I had a lot of professors with business experience who were able to teach me things outside of academics. I had a chance to learn so much, sitting down with professors one-on-one, which really helped me to get to where I am now.”

To view a webcast of Saturday’s commencement ceremony, go to Tweet about commencement using #utampa.

For more information, go to or read this recent press release on the 2013 December Commencement.

UT Graduates by the Numbers:

Total graduates = 436
Countries represented = 34
% of graduates from Florida = 59%

Total bachelor’s degree candidates = 334
Summa cum laude (GPA 4.0) = 0
Magna cum laude (GPA 3.75 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 18
Cum laude (GPA 3.5 or higher, but less than 3.75) = 40
Top 3 most popular undergraduate majors in this class = Accounting, Communication, Finance

Graduate students
Total master’s candidates = 101
With honors (GPA 3.9 or higher, but less than 4.0) = 5
With highest honors (GPA 4.0) = 2
MBAs awarded = 52

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