Centre College offers its students a world of opportunities, highlighted by one of the nation's premier study abroad programs, along with a record of post-graduate success. Over the last decade, an average 85 percent of students studied abroad at least once during their four years at Centre. 97 percent of graduates in the most recent class are employed or pursuing advanced degrees within a year of graduation. For study abroad, nine permanent, semester-long residential programs are available in China, England, France, Japan, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Spain. Shorter three-week programs in January explore an ever-increasing number of countries. Over the last two years alone, destinations have included Argentina, Austria, Barbados, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, England, Ghana, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Myanmar, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Rwanda, Spain, and Uganda. Related, a new semester-long study away program in Washington, D.C. has been so successful that a second program has been added in Chicago, and both include internship components. International study, undergraduate research, and internships are so integral to a Centre education that together they comprise the Centre Commitment, which guarantees study abroad, an internship or research opportunity, and graduation in four years, or Centre will provide up to one more year of tuition for free. An average 93 percent of Centre graduates participate in either an internship and/or an undergraduate research experience, opportunities that have helped students find their first post-graduation jobs or entrance into an ideal graduate program, law school, or medical school. Prestigious fellowships are also won on a regular basis. Rhodes Scholarship recipients, three Goldwater winners in the last five years, and the College's first Gates Cambridge and Boren scholars highlight Centre's stellar academic achievements. Rotary awards for international post-graduate study have also been won the last three years, and Centre is consistently among the nation's top Fulbright producers. A place of high achievement as well as high opportunity, Centre's exceptional commitment to remaining affordable is made possible in part by legions of devoted alumni. For over three decades, more than half of living alumni have made an annual gift to the College. Parent and senior class gifts have also recently hit the 50 percent mark. In addition, Centre's three premier scholarships (Brown, Grissom, and Lincoln) all cover full tuition or better, and the College's annual institutional aid budget exceeds $25 million. Centre is also a place where important conversations take place in and out of the classroom. In 2012, for the second time in a dozen years, Centre's Norton Center for the Arts was the setting for the nation's only Vice Presidential Debate. The Norton Center has also featured visits by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Blue Man Group, Alison Krauss and Union Station, New York Times columnist David Brooks, and Nobel prize-winner Elie Wiesel, to name a few.