Walking across the stage to accept a college diploma is the crowning achievement of one’s academic life. It marks the end of a journey that often includes obstacles and challenges overcome by hard work and perseverance.
It also signifies the start of a new chapter as graduates begin their post-graduate lives.
Add in a once-in-a-generation global pandemic that framed the past year and a half for many of this year’s graduates, and this commencement season is sure to feel extra sweet.
With many of the Class of 2020 — who celebrated their graduation virtually last year — set to join the Class of 2021 for in-person ceremonies this week, get to know a few of our graduates as they reflect on their fondest memories, recognize impactful faculty and staff, and bestow advice to future Niners from their time on campus.
M.A. in School Counseling
CMS School Counseling Intern
Football Homecoming Game in the fall prior to the pandemic hitting. There was an amazing energy of school pride in the air! Also, every year my favorite festival in the city is IFest. UNCC does an amazing job at showcasing the diverse and colorful student body population they have and students get to proudly show off their heritage.
Dr. Claire Merlin-Knoblich: an amazing school counseling professor who is passionate about the profession and also about advocacy and equity within schools.
Enjoy campus/student life and resources as much as you can because we missed out on that due to the pandemic. Also, continue on your journey of multiculturalism, take advantage of the student life to get to know about others and their cultures so that you can become an empathetic and caring person. We work better when we work together!
Working as a high school counselor at a local Charlotte public school.
Middle Grades Education with concentrations in math and social studies
Student Teaching at Alexander Graham Middle School
Middle Grades Education with concentrations in math and science
Robert Noyce Crest Scholarship, Teaching Fellows, Alma and Sharon Goudes Educational Scholarship
Robert Noyce Crest Internship, Student Teaching Internship at Crestdale Middle School