December 7, 2017
Here's a look at some of the university's outstanding fall 2017 graduates
Approximately 7,700 students are headed out into the world after graduating from Arizona State University at fall commencement Dec. 11. Here's a look at some of those exceptional grads.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recognized psychology graduate Ariana Ruof for academic performance and for being a great example of what you can accomplish when you find your true passion and go all in.
A student of both political science and industrial engineering, Antonio Joan has been utilizing his studies and the many opportunities provided at ASU, such as the Capital Scholars program, to wed his two interests.
Brigitte Lim took her applied project for the Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization professional science master's degree program to a global platform that may help make her idea a reality in the Philippines.
At an early age, Arizona State University graduate Javier Baez liked math but did not think about studying mathematics. Then a high school applied mathematics class set him on the path to his doctorate.
A field trip in middle school led Brittany Nez to look to the sky. Since arriving at ASU, she has continued to reach for the stars, working on a project through the NASA Space Grant and leading ASU’s Next Level Devils.
Chelsea Raulsome originally was interested in nursing, but her mother suggested she look into a social work degree. Once she saw the class list for ASU's program, she knew she had found her path.
Jesús López is the first in his family to earn a college degree. He pursued his bachelor’s in Spanish literature and culture and a minor in criminology and criminal justice, while helping others through Access ASU’s me3 program.
Tierra McDonald grew up in a family immersed in public service. So it wasn’t a surprise that she chose the same career path, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public service and public policy from ASU.
When Pam Golden left her longtime career in medicine to pursue her passion for photography with a Master of Arts degree, she knew she wanted to use her art to continue doing “something humanly useful.”
Tee Tong Tang first earned a degree in engineering but discovered her passion was in teaching the violin. She developed a method of teaching that combines aural, visual and kinesthetic learning.
Brett Hansen decided to add math as a major while taking advanced courses in economics: “I finally realized the part I really loved was the mathematics."
When Michael Elliott served in the U.S. Army, his job was to launch Patriot air defense missiles; today, he aims for the sky through higher education.
Arizona Baskin realized that he wanted something different out of his undergraduate education at ASU. While he was intrigued by technological innovation, he wanted to see how his work could affect the human side of the equation.
Interdisciplinary studies graduate Tia Anderson took on a directed study project that allowed her to contribute to an upcoming research article on leadership.
During her time at ASU, Madisyn Forst helped support students in recovery from addiction through the Recovery Rising program. Now she plans to make a career of helping others improve their lives.
Graciela Alvarez has known she wanted to earn a degree in therapeutic recreation since she was a community college student. But she didn’t realize she would impact the lives of so many people before she graduated.
Quin Patterson aspires to a career in federal law enforcement. His professors believe he's well on his way. Patterson was selected by the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice as the fall 2017 outstanding graduate.
Maricopa County emergency management director Rob Rowley is the fall 2017 outstanding graduate of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
For Steven Henderson, a top political science graduate from ASU’s Polytechnic campus, service to country in the U.S. Army was followed by a desire to have a lasting impact on the community.
For psychology graduate Emily Carney, connecting with the ASU community through the Panhellenic Association and the Sexual Violence Prevention Program opened her eyes to new perspectives and opened doors to her future.
Alexandra Birch is a violinist. This Dec. 11, she earns her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University. She is also a musician who understands the importance of historically informed music performances.
A dual master’s degree graduate in management and legal studies, Martine Garcia has spent the past year and a half applying his passion for people by mentoring and advising student leaders at ASU’s Changemaker Central.
Mayra Causor discovered her love of dance in high school, and after she earns her degree in dance education from Arizona State University this month, she wants to return to high school to share that passion with her students.
Bachelor of Arts in history graduate Sarah Harris has always had a passion for history and an interest in religion. The Ahwatukee, Arizona native will graduate a semester early with honors.
Tiffany Spicer spent most of her childhood exploring the woods in rural Maryland, unaware of the impact she would make in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies from over 2,000 miles away.
Marc Sepulveda's journey to graduation has been a long one, filled with challenges and accomplishments. Sepulveda served in the Navy in both Iraq and Afghanistan and currently works as a firefighter for the city of Chandler.
The only person in her family to attend college, ASU Online and Starbucks College Achievement Plan participant Sarah Knapp will visit ASU's Tempe campus for the first time in December, for her graduation.
Scott Brazelton began pursuing his degree at Arizona State University in 2007 and has now completed his program from more than 7,000 miles away in Australia through the university’s online history program.
Army veteran Christopher Gisriel, who graduated with a bachelor’s (’13) and is now graduating with a doctorate (’17) in biochemistry from ASU’s School of Molecular Sciences, really excels in research.
Some might argue that the close study of literature — especially older, English literature — is an outmoded undertaking. However, graduating ASU student Victoria Baugh is roundly proving that argument false.
Shaun Collins was sitting in an intro to biology class when it hit him. Small things that cause problems in the larger world fascinated him. He switched to a microbiology major, and now he is headed to medical school.
ASU international student Meng Wei is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English linguistics this December and is already admitted into the ASU global affairs and management graduate program.
Alina Thomas will be pursuing a career in holistic health when she graduates from ASU’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She said it her mission is to “spread light to others” as a personal development or wellness coach.
Christian Hansen would visit his mother in the hospital while she was undergoing treatment for cancer. When she rested, he would crawl into the window cubby in her room, pull out his laptop and work on his ASU Online degree.
Naji Obaid graduates from ASU this December with a master’s degree in teaching English as a second or other language (MTESOL). He plans to continue serving others, as well as bettering himself, through teaching.
Jasmine Spearing-Bowen was recently named the 2017 ASU Alumni Association Outstanding Graduate at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she has earned a master's degree.
As a working actress, hectic shooting schedules are Brittany Panzer’s reality. The Miami native relishes the flexibility of ASU Online, and she is graduating with a bachelor's degree in film and media studies.
When Kyle Mohr was growing up, he always liked geology. Now he is graduating from Arizona State University’s School of Earth and Space Exploration with his Master of Science in geology and starting a PhD in geology.
Microbiology PhD program graduate Louis Schoettle embarks on a career in immunology research after learning to balance all of the aspects of being a graduate student.
When Sarina Guerra saw people with tears in their eyes while observing her capstone art project, it told her she’s on the right track — the interdisciplinary arts double major wants to change the world for the better with her art.
Battling pregnancy complications, Caite Buntin switched to ASU Online in hopes of easing her physical stresses. She persevered through myriad difficulties and graduates this December with her bachelor’s degree in English.
ASU Law student Andres Chagolla's resume is loaded with academic achievements, awards, internships and scholarships, but it contains another achievement that truly stands out: his dedication to others.
It started with a dance. A belly dancing class to be exact, where Lenora Ott first learned about the School for the Future of Innovation in Society’s Global Technology and Development Master’s program. For Ott, it has been a most inspiring experience.
After graduating with master’s degree in public policy, Megan Drazek begins work as an auditor at the Arizona Office of the Auditor General in January. As a graduate student, Drazek interned with the Arizona Governor’s Office working on a joint project with the Arizona Department of Corrections.