The University of Rhode Island proves time and again that the education it provides paves the way for a successful future for its alumni. Many of URI’s graduates have gone in successful directions with the degrees they received.

On a global scale, Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of a nightly foreign exchange program called Amanpour, graduated from URI with a bachelor’s in journalism. She has won several major television journalism awards, reported from numerous major world events and hotspots and has interviewed many of the world’s top leaders. Her career is further emphasized by the many prestigious groups she remains a board member of, including those that protect journalists. She was also bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.  

Then, there is the nationally well-known alumnus Mat Franco, the winner of the 2014 Cycle of America’s Got Talent. Franco has made a name for himself across the country by practicing magic. He graduated from URI in 2010 with a degree in business and marketing. He has proven to be one of the best known university alumnus. Franco headlined his own show in Las Vegas last September, in addition to local shows at Providence College, URI and Foxwoods.

Locally, Andrew Munroe, a 2012 film/media graduate from the university, has remained native while still making it big; including that four short films and two feature-length documentaries he worked on have appeared in festivals. Munroe has been able to contribute to projects from commercials to event coverage, according to the URI Alumni website, while staying based in Rhode Island.