Meet the Grads

If you are a Class of 2020 graduate and would like your UM-Flint experienced showcased, fill out this form. 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Angelina W. Abufarha, Psychology Major, Philosophy Minor

My experience here at UM-Flint has been a pleasant one.I met a lot of amazing people here and they really changed the way I viewed life. I am a first generation Arab-American college graduate. Navigating through college was a bit hard because I had to do everything alone until I met my friends here and they showed me the ropes. I had a great time studying for four years and cannot wait to hit law school!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: A nice memory I had during my college experience is spending time with my friends in the library

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan on celebrating at home with my family, eating my favorite foods and enjoying being free. Then once the quarantine is lifted, I'll celebrate with my friends.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Masa Alharastani, Human Biology Major

My name is Masa Alharastani, and I am graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Human Biology. While being a full-time student, I also worked as a medical assistant at various clinics, volunteered at Hurley Medical Center, and served in a medical mission trip abroad. I am so grateful for the opportunities UM-Flint has given me from the start. My professors genuinely cared about each student and made my experience unforgettable. While studying for my classes I also immersed myself in the opportunities UM-Flint provided. I've been a part of the Honors Program, worked as a laboratory assistant, supplemental instruction leader and tutor, and served as President in Pre-Physician Assistant Club. I'll never forget the memories I made, the time spent studying at Picasso, and all the amazing people I met along the way. I am so grateful and honored to be a UM-Flint graduate. Go blue!

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Hailey Andres, Art and Design Major, Marketing Minor

My name is Hailey Andres and I am in my last semester at UM- Flint, where I have been studying for the past four years. Throughout my time in college I have greatly enjoyed immersing myself in the Flint community, volunteering, and meeting a variety of wonderful individuals. When I’m not busy with school, I enjoy traveling, community service, and educating others about agriculture.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My favorite experiences throughout college have involved partnering with community organizations through my Design for Community and Advanced Advertising courses. These classes provided a fun and meaningful collaborative experience.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I hope to celebrate my graduation at home by ordering takeout from a local business! I am optimistically looking forward to the commencement ceremony in August!

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Holly Attebury, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Majors, Chemistry Minor

I came to UM Flint as a second degree seeking student to be able to contribute to the field of pancreatic cancer research however, I am leaving with so much more. Thank you to my instructors and mentors and especially the students that accepted and learned with me over the past few years. The time spent in the Sucic research lab, assisting in the molecular labs and having the chance to SI for Professor Holzer’s class challenged me to do something I did not think I could do. Again, thank you to the students that helped me discover my love of teaching, especially in the lab, and to Dr. Sucic for guiding his research students by example, high expectations and true dedication.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: A four year fun memory is sitting at the molecular study table on 2, in Murchie outside of Dr. Sucic’s office with my molecular cohort; Madison and Jade. This is the best study table, as many instructors and biology students eventually stroll by allowing for many years of friendly conversations getting to know people and of course, studying. My favorite first memory is when Professor Holzer practically took me by my ear, down to the front of the lecture hall after a Webster presentation to meet Dr. Sucic my freshman year...the rest is history.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? We are still celebrating on Sunday April 26th at 2:00. I will be ‘walking’ across something, not sure what yet maybe through the subdivision, FB live for family and friends. Then we will have celebratory carry out sushi and gluten free cake :) All in good practice for August 16th. 2020 is the year for 2 graduations parties!

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Ashley Nicole Baesl, Social Work Major

Hi graduating class of 2020!! My name is Ashley Baesl, but I also go by Ashley Fox. I am a 30 year old, single mother of two precious sons, with a passion for raising intelligant and wholesome children, progressive values, politics, and of coarse, social work. My social work journey originally began at Mott where I graduated with an Associate of Applied Arts and an Associate of General Studies. In 2012, I transferred to the University of Michigan - Flint where spent the past 8 years (on and off) finding myself, finding my place in the field, developing strong relationships, building amazing connections outside of school, volunteering, and overall becoming one with this profession.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Because of the breaks I have taken, I found myself in three cohorts. Having that experience is like no other. I have met so many incredible people in this field and those that were in other programs, as well as shared very fond memories with many of them. One in particular brings me the most joy. I was invited to a traditional Saudi Arabian meal where the floor was our seat and our hands were our utensils. We ate lamb and rice, listened to music in Arabic, and enjoyed drinks and conversation. The reason this was so special was because everyone cooked and ate together. Since then, I have been trying to build this custom into my own family.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I am undecided. However, I say, Social Work class of 2020 should throw an online party!!

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Katherine Baker, Graduate Degree in Elementary Math Education

The experience in this graduate program changed my teaching. Dr. Cunningham is an incredible professor who helped me see the importance of all students being able to learn math, including myself. I am not longer afraid to teach math or complete math! I am able to allow my students to see that anyone can be a 'math person.' I make it my goal within each school year for my students to love math, or at least like it more than when they started! :)

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Corey Bandt , Psychology Major, Computer Science Minor

I have had a very positive journey here at UM-Flint filled with many highs, lows, and some of the best times of my life that I wouldn't trade for anything. When I started in 2015, I hardly knew anyone on campus and had a difficult time adjusting to the new environment. I had no sense of direction and had no idea what I was doing in college. When I was entering my junior year, I contemplated dropping out. Around this time, I joined Theta Chi fraternity and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Since joining, I've grown quite a lot as an individual, made some great friends, memories, and had many experiences that I will hold onto for years to come. In my last two years, I also became a member of Order of Omega, an honor society for members of Greek Life and I currently work at ITS as a student technician.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Theta Chi Fraternity and Order of Omega. 

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Attending my fraternity's formal, Red Carnation Ball. 

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Maybe some conference calls with friends and family. Once our stay at home order is lifted, that's when I'll have a proper celebration.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Joshua Bedford, Communication Studies Major

I am Joshua Bedford, born and raised in Flint, MI! I graduated from Flint Southwestern Academy in 2016 and went on to attend the University of Michigan - Flint where I received a full ride scholarship through the Educational Opportunities Initiatives Program. Without the program I honestly don't think I would have pursued an undergraduate degree due to the fear of debt. While in the program, I felt nothing but love from the time I joined until now! I am positive that the relationships I've built with those in the program, both students and professional staff, will last a lifetime! Additionally, I am thankful for all of my friends, supervisors and mentors that have helped shape me into the person that I am today! Class of 2020 I wish you all the best!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc - Theta Tau Chapter

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: I think the best experience I have had during my undergraduate career has been with my Fraternity! By joining, I gained 4 brothers that I can always count on when the time is needed!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I will more than likely order some takeout from my favorite restaurant and spend time with family! Once everything clears up, I'll celebrate with friends. 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Nickxit Bhardwaj, Computer Science Major, Entrepreneurship Minor

I am an international student from Palampur (the Himalayas in Northern India), who came to UM-Flint 4 years ago. These 4 years became a powerful journey for me. I have learned, lived, and experienced the community, friends, and mentors. I have had the opportunities to learn and enjoy these 4 years especially being involved in student organizations and my highlight being the student body president from 2019-2020. Theta Chi Fraternity became my family and I never looked back with all the experiences and immense resources that it provided me. Throughout this journey, I have grown as an individual, made great friends and found a home. From study nights on the first floor of the library, piano practices in French Hall, sports & workouts in the rec center, helping the flint community, to all the fun in UCEN, I have made great memories. The community in Flint has given me a vision and widened my horizon to give back and commit to society. The faculty, mentors and on-campus resources have helped me to become a professional as I enter the industry. UM-Flint gave me and many others home while nurturing us to be the Leaders & Best!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Student Government, Theta Chi Fraternity, Association for Computing Machinery, International Students Organization

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? While I continue to look for job opportunities, I plan to take a rest from my busy schedule and look forward to talk to my family and friends, play music, and cook some good meals.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Selina Black , Communication Studies Major, Music Minor

I am a full time student as well as a full time GM employee. My time as UM-Flint has been a very positive experience. Instructors have been flexible and understanding during times of uncertainty and much patience has been extended throughout the transition and conversion of classes online. I have created strong bonds and trustworthy friendships during my time as a student and I look forward to watching my fellow classmates succeed as they press onward in their academic careers.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: As an adult returned to school, it has been challenging to connect with people like I used to in my early 20's. However, I have formed unexpected friendships with a couple of fellow students that will remain intact even after graduation.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I will begin a new job shortly after graduating. Although I don't know when the social distancing order will be lifted, I plan to celebrate by going to Black Rock with my family as soon as we are allowed. I will give a short speech to them expressing my gratitude and thanking them for all their encouragement during all my moments of frustration and tears, joys and accomplishments.

School of Management (SOM)

Brooke Boldig, Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Major

I'm so thankful to have spent two great years at UM-Flint! The School of Management has provided amazing opportunities to make sure their students get the best college education. The learning environment is phenomenal and my professors have gone out of their way to ensure that I have all the resources necessary to succeed. I will miss this place!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: I always looked forward to seeing my classmates at the School of Management. We enjoyed spending time together and getting food before our 7 p.m. classes!

How do you plan to celebrate graduation? I plan on celebrating with friends and family once we are allowed to.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Ashley M. Breiler, Visual Arts Education Major, Photography Minor

My name is Ashley Breiler, and I am in my last semester at University of Michigan- Flint. I will be receiving a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts Education, with a minor in Photography. I am currently a certified substitute teacher through EDUstaff, as well. Throughout my time at UM-Flint, I have enjoyed having the opportunities to work with both high school and elementary students in the classroom setting, and to learn many new and different art techniques from the amazing educators I have had here. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, creating art, taking photos, and spending time outdoors hiking and kayaking in Northern Michigan.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: A fun memory I have had during my college experience was mural painting in the University Pavilion, during the Spring 2017 Semester with Mike Sevick's mural painting class.

How to you plan to celebrate your graduation at home? I plan to celebrate my graduation at home with my family. When the ceremony is rescheduled at a later date I will attend, and celebrate with family and friends then, too.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Georgina Brown, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Majors, Chemistry Minor

I am a non-traditional student and immigrant from Jamaica and I really enjoyed my entire three years at UM-Flint. I particularly love the diversity and inclusiveness of this campus. Throughout my journey here, I encountered a diverse group of students from different races, religious beliefs, political affiliations and sexual orientation. The education I received nurtured me into a better version of myself by cultivating values of understanding and appreciation of the diversity of this community. I am amazed by the array of opportunities and clubs this university offers. For me, this included being a research assistant, Block Club executive member, senior resident adviser and supplemental instruction leader. Thank you UM-Flint for helping me to become a better individual!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? BLOCK Club, Molecular Biology Club

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Some of my favorite moments included helping with move in day at the residence halls when I was a Senior Resident Adviser along with being a SI leader for the genetics students. I am really going to miss the casual convos I had at POP with the Cop on Wednesdays in the UCEN as well.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I am delaying my celebration until it is safe to travel again so I can celebrate with my family in Jamaica.

School of Management (SOM)

Nicholas T. Brown, Finance Major

During my time at UMF I was on a mission to be the best I could be everyday. I’m thankful for all my friends and acquaintances I met along the way who helped contribute to my success. UMF always felt like home because of the support from everybody around me, that’s something I will miss as I graduate. I’m sure I made the right connections that will be beneficial to me in the future.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My favorite experience at UMF was having season tickets to the BIG HOUSE! Also, the School of Management had so much talent wrapped up in it which really allowed students to grow exponentially.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Megan Cate, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology Majors, Biology Minor

Hi Everyone! After a couple years of be-bopping between majors, I finally decided to take the plunge into the Molecular route due to the courses that made up the program. It was the best decision I could have made next to choosing to attend UM-Flint. Throughout my five years, I was submersed in courses that were interesting and engaging. Though they were challenging, the professors and faculty here are the greatest and the most willing to help us succeed and grow. I am truly thankful for the professors I have had and the opportunities I was given. I was able to conduct pollinator conservation research under Dr. Rebecca Tonietto for two years through UROP and felt I have grown as a person through it. Through the research we were able to work in the Flint community and help those in need which was truly fulfilling to me. I chose a concentration in Physician-Assistant studies partially because of the encouraging and welcoming response from the community, we feel that even the smallest changes we can help make can result in a big difference in a person's life. I want to continue to help others in anyway I can; I have UM-Flint and Dr. Tonietto to thank for that. Not to mention the reinforcement and unconditional love from my Mom and Step-Dad, Greg. Without them I would have never made it out as strong as I am or have the determination to continue on to graduate school at the University of Toledo. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Women's Club Soccer from 2017-2018

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to celebrate my graduation surrounded by my close family.

School of Nursing (SON)

Jaycie Clinton, Bachelors of Science and Nursing

During my time in the School of Nursing, I was able to experience all types of nursing and really discover what career path I wanted to take. I felt prepared to be the best nurse I could be through all of my clinical experiences I was required to do. I recently accepted a job at a local hospital on a critical care unit, which is a dream come true for a graduate to have a job right out of school! As a U of M-Flint student I was able to become very involved in my community in several ways including packing care boxes for troops overseas, volunteering at a free flu shot clinic for students, collecting and donating 15 boxes of children's winter attire to local elementary schools, assist with the CRIM festival's medical tent, perform EKG's to screen for heart conditions in teenagers at a local middle school, and participating in multiple Alternative Breaks. I would recommend U of M-Flint and the School of Nursing to anybody, I am so thankful for my time here.

Do you belond to any groups on campus? Women's Soccer Club, Student Nurse's Association, BSN 49 Class Representative

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Growing pains through nursing school were some of the best experiences I have had. Seeing everyone in my cohort "growing up" and really seeing all of our hard work pay off has been the best. We all have made some silly mistakes and freaked out over minor tasks, but now that we have been together for 3 years in our program everything is second nature and we really do know more than we think!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? My brother is going to do a "graduation photo shoot" for me since I already have my cap and gown!

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Amanda Collins, Social Work Major

I started my journey here in the Fall of 2014 and found my way into Social Work. During my senior year I have learned a lot about myself and watched in amazement of how much I have grown. I became a part of an amazing cohort who has been a major support for me along the way. I am so grateful of the experiences I have had and the opportunities that have presented themselves. I will cherish all the memories I have made during my time here at U of M Flint.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I have been sharing my excitement with family and friends over social media, but knowing that I have made it across that finish line is enough celebration for me.

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Michele Cooksey, Social Work Major

I came to University of Michigan Flint in fall of 2016. I was so nervous and excited at the same time. After my first semester I changed my major to Social Work. It was calling me and I went for it. The professors and my cohort were amazing! After everything I have gone through this last semester I couldn't have done it without them. I am grateful for my experience at UM-Flint and I will always cherish those memories. Also if I can do it while raising 3 young amazing boys anyone can do it!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I am celebrating by the use of social media with my friends and family. Now that my all my assignments are complete I have a little extra time to spend my kids and enjoy those moments before I take on my next adventures.

School of Nursing (SON)

Bailee A. Copenhagen, Bachelors of Science and Nursing

Hi everyone, my name is Bailee Copenhagen! During my time at University of Michigan-Flint I was both a full-time student and a full time employee while obtaining my degree. I worked full-time midnight shift as a Registered Nurse. I completed my BSN degree fully online during this process and was very impressed at the program. All of the instructors, staff, and U of M-Flint employees were phenomenal to work with via the online standpoint. I had a wonderful experience while continuing my education from and ADN nurse to a BSN nurse and encourage my friends and coworkers to look at U of M-Flint as an option for further degrees. Overall, this was a wonderful program and I am proud to become an Alumni.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Since I was strictly online, I didn't have much interaction with students or staff except via Blackboard. What really stood out to me was how much all of the instructors cared about students and wanted us to exceed. This really helped to make this program stand out.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Since we are in the COVID-19 pandemic, I will be celebrating at a later time with family and friends. Hopefully we will be able to have a small get-together to celebrate this success.

School of Management (SOM)

Matthew T. Crowe, General Business Major

I am a 46-year old returning student who went to UM-Dearborn in the 1990's for Electrical Engineering but never finished my undergraduate degree. While I have always wanted to get a degree from UM, I did not have the right attitude in my late teens & twenties to properly pursue my studies and when I found a job in the engineering field, I dropped out to focus on work.

Over the years, it has always bothered me that I did not complete my dream, so in 2013, encouraged by my family and friends, I went back to Oakland Community College and received by Associates Degree in Business Administration and transferred to the online degree program at UM-Flint in 2017.

Taking online classes at Flint was a great experience. As a returning student, it was really refreshing to have a variety of students of different ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints in my classes. I've learned a lot about business in my studies and look forward to applying that knowledge and my newfound connections to my work life. I am also very excited to join the Alumni group and further my network!

It has taken many years and a lot of night and weekend work, but I finally achieved my dream - I will have the degree from the University of Michigan-Flint that I've always wanted.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My MGT347 management class was challenging because the best time for our group to virtually meet was 11pm on Friday nights. The class is all about group dynamics and we put the professor to the test asking him to join us so late on the start of a weekend. But, in true UM form, we came together, persevered, and delivered a great Financial Wellness presentation.

I also am reminded of our capstone class, BUS489, and the GLO-BUS business simulation game. I was fortunate to have a truly excellent group of colleagues on my team. We developed our strategy which was risky but bold, parsed out the individual areas of responsibility, and charted our company's course to win the game. I still have the Industry Champion certificate in my inbox so I can remind myself of the fun we had.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? My wife was planning a big party for my graduation, but we postponed that for later this year when we can get groups of people together again. In lieu of a big party, we plan to make a nice celebratory dinner at home and videoconference with our family and friends.

School of Nursing (SON)

Denika Dalton, Doctor of Nursing Practice

I obtained my undergraduate nursing degree from the University of Michigan Flint. Since then, I have realized the value of education. U of M-Flint faculty were committed to ensuring that I would be equipped with the tools and knowledge needed once I completed the program back then, and again now! Thank you to the School of Nursing faculty and ancillary staff!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, INC and Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority

 

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Kailey M. Daugherty, Social Work Major, Substance Abuse Treatment Minor

I started my undergraduate experience in the Fall of 2015 and joined my sorority Phi Sigma Sigma at the same time. I’ve worked as a server my whole college career and owe a lot of my success to my current employer Italia Gardens for supporting me and working with my crazy schedule these past few years. Social work is my calling, I’m really lucky that it didn’t take me too long to figure that out. During my senior year I had an internship placement at South Bendle elementary for school social work, it was one of the best experiences I’m so grateful I was given the opportunity to work with those students. U of M Flint gave me so much during my five years here, friends, co-hort members, mentors and an education that no one can ever take from me.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Phi Sigma Sigma! Thank you for helping me high aim and achieve my goals!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Having student season tickets for Michigan games, my sorority Kicks for a Cause fundraiser, and Halloween with my kids at my internship this past year!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation at home? I just made a Facebook event this morning for a Zoom party Saturday night starting at 9. The Zoom meeting will be open and my friends and family can pop in and out as they please to say hi and catch up. I’m really excited to see my loved ones on my screen until I can see them in person.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Mercedes A. Davis, Sociology Major

I transferred to UM-Flint from SVSU in 2017 and it was the best decision in my college career. The professors were dedicated to my success. My on-campus experience was great, and the many different clubs, activities and events made my experience wonderful. Commuting from the Detroit area sometimes made it difficult to complete my degree, and UM-Flint's wide range of online classes provided me with the flexibility I needed. As a full time mom, student and worker, I am blessed to say that I will be earning my degree from the University of Michigan. Special thanks to my advisor and Senior Seminar Professor Dr. Daniel Birchok.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: A fun college memory would have to be my first day on campus searching the entire Murchie Science Building for a class that was in French Hall.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to make a seafood boil and have a glass of wine because those were my plans for after graduation had it been in April.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Joseph Dent, Computer Science Major

I have been studying hard, yet also enjoying my college life through the different activities on campus. I enjoy playing video games and some sports here and there. Throughout the several years I've been here, my favorite has been this senior year. It has brought me to enjoy the studies I have experienced, the people I have met in my classes, and the groups I have joined.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Information Technology Services

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Studying and playing video games with the different groups and friends I have made.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I will video chat with a couple another students that will be graduating this year with me.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Olivia Desgrange, Communication Studies Major, Psychology Cognate

I transferred to UM-Flint to finish my bachelor's degree and have always been amazed with how wonderful the professors are. I have not met a single class instructor who wasn't extremely passionate about the subject and willing to help me succeed. I have met some of the best people in my classes and it is bittersweet moving into this next season of life.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Corrin Fancher, Psychology Major

My name is Corrin Fancher and I am graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. I've greatly enjoyed my two years here at UM-Flint, studying with professors and students passionate in the field of Psychology as well as learning more about myself as a person and a student. I cannot wait to apply what I have learned and experienced as I move on to my Masters level studies in Social Psychology at Oakland University in the fall. I am incredibly thankful for everyone that has supported me along the way and helped me develop the confidence and skills to challenge myself in pursuing a degree I love. I am forever proud to be a Wolverine!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Psi Chi

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan on spending time with family for the time being and attending commencement in the Fall once we are safe to do so!

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Emily Gold, Dance Major

I was so incredibly blessed to be able to attend UM-Flint. My goals were originally to pursue a degree in education, but those plans quickly changed to dance. I have always had a passion for dance and felt quickly at home in the dance program. I have learned so much from my professors and my classmates and have loved the experience to grow as a person and an artist. I performed in the Fall and Spring dance concerts and choreographed for the Fall show as well. All of my experiences have shaped me into the person I am today and have ignited my passion to advocate for the importance of dance. My plans for the future are to share my love of dance with children who may not get the opportunity to dance otherwise and show just how beneficial dance is in a child’s life.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Student Dance Organization

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Attending the American College Dance Association. This festival gives dancers the opportunity to take dance classes of different styles with professors from other universities. I was fortunate enough to be able to perform at this festival as well. This is something I’ll always treasure.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Hopefully we will have a commencement ceremony at some point where my family and friends will gather to watch me walk across the stage. For now, I will spend time with my loved ones and celebrate being done with school and being thankful for everything I’ve learned!

School of Management (SOM)

Alex Green, Business Marketing Major

My name is Alex Green. I have been a student of the University since 2014. Over the five and a half years I have grown mentally. Each year I learned something different about myself. I have made many connections with various people throughout my tenure and I am proud to call this place home. When I was in high school I knew this is where I wanted to come. I felt right at home when I first step foot on campus. I have resided in the residence hall since 2014 and that made my college experience that more enjoyable. Pursuing a degree in the field of Business Marketing was challenging, thought provoking, and fun! I’ve experienced what it is like to be a young adult in this world. The University of Michigan Flint has fully prepared me for what is to come in the next chapter of my life. I will always cherish the moments that I have experienced during my time here at the University!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Men’s Basketball, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, and Intramural Basketball

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: A fun memory was the first annual Student vs. Alumni game. I believe it was in 2015. That was great to be a part of because it was the first one ever at the school. Seeing everyone together was great for our community. I had a lot of fun just being around the other people. That is something I’ll never forget.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Just remember all the times from my experience being in college and what brought me to this point in my life.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Codi Lynn Green, Visual Communication/Graphic Design Major

My time at UM-Flint has been such a journey. It's been a long one because I've went part-time. I did that because I really wanted to be able to focus 100% on all my classes and I also worked part-time. I have gained so much great experience and so many memories. School was very challenging for me because I really had to push myself along independently. I never gave up, though there was many times when I wanted to. I'm the first to become a college graduate in my immediate family and I'm really proud of that.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My favorite college memories were during our art shows. One art show we did was on modern pop culture. I made this huge interactive mural, it was a face in hole were you stand behind it, put your face in the hole and someone takes your photo. My inspiration was snapchat filters so when someone wanted to use it they would be a dog or a unicorn. I'll definitely be putting it up during my graduation party!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan going out to eat with my family, then on having a huge party at my house to celebrate.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Julia Haber, Professional Communication Major

I have enjoyed every moment at UM-Flint. As a transfer student, I am so happy I chose to spend my last two years of college at this university, and I can't imagine going to school anywhere else. I am so grateful for every opportunity I've gained thanks to the Communication Program, and I'll never forget my experiences as an intern at the Flint Farmers' Market & spending my Saturday nights at Atwood Stadium with the Flint City Bucks all summer. Most of all, I've I have met some of the most wonderful people who I am blessed to call my friends.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Student Dance Organization (SDO)

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Even though I didn't pursue a Dance Major, I was able to dance with one of my best friends & enjoy one of my passions in the SDO Showcase in 2018.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? There will be a ton of celebrating, dancing & singing in my house! We will be celebrating my graduation along with my younger sister's high school graduation. I'll just be happy to spend time with family & loved ones. I'm looking forward to spending time with my friends who are graduating & celebrate together.

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Alexis Hagon, Social Work Major

I have been in school a long time and have had tons of different experiences throughout those years. However, I really did not find my niche until I came to University of Michigan-Flint. I had teachers that cared and I became part of a cohort that not only made me nervous in the beginning and I watched people leave and come, but I could not have gotten through senior year without them.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I don't have many to celebrate with at home besides my husband and mother, but I have many coworkers who have been celebrating with me since September and they have been watching me through every step, every accomplishment and now it's finally here.

School of Management (SOM)

Elisabeth Hamilton, Marketing, & Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management Major

I am receiving my BBA in Marketing as well as Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management. I have a passion for my majors and I can't wait to use what I have learned at UM-Flint in the real world. Over my time at UM-Flint, I have gotten through studying from the support of my amazing friends I've made here, along with my 3 St. Bernards. Over my college career, I have participated in many student organizations and clubs on campus, such as being Vice President of the Entrepreneurs Society and a Whitener Scholar in the Hagerman School of Entrepreneurship. These organizations have given me so many incredible memories and experiences that I will never forget. UM-Flint not only gave me new knowledge but a new confidence in myself that I will always be thankful for. I will forever be grateful to be a Wolverine!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Entrepreneurs Society, Marketing Club, Hagerman Center for Entrepreneurship, Food Recovery Network, Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Society

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My favorite memory is traveling to Tampa, FL with the Entrepreneurs Society for the annual CEO global conference the past 2 years. I presented with the rest of the executive board to a panel of judges about our organization and we ended up receiving 1st place. This conference provided me with the opportunity to improve on my networking skills and make professional connections that I wouldn't have had otherwise. It was such a great learning experience to present at the conference and it was so rewarding to win as well.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Although these circumstances aren't ideal for a graduation celebration, I really just plan to celebrate by thanking my parents and everyone else who helped me get here!

 

School of Management (SOM)

LaKia N. Hamilton, Business Marketing Major

My name is LaKia Hamilton, and I have attended UM-Flint for four years. During my time at the university I was able to discover my passion for writing, thanks to Mrs. Stephanie Vidaillet Gelderloos. I also discovered my business mindset with the help of Mr. Antonio Riggs. Coming into college I knew I wanted to do something with business, but with the help of Gelderloos and Riggs I was able to determine my future, which led to Business Marketing! UM-Flint has made me a better person, and prepared me well enough for my future.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan on taking time to enjoy my accomplishments with my family and friends.

 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Monica M. Harper , Communication Studies Major, Music Minor

It’s been a long four years. I started off as a music performance major and graphic design minor and decided that wasn’t the right path for me. I did some thinking and decided Communications was a better field of study for me. During this time I’ve learned a lot and grown a lot. I’ve truly enjoyed my experienced at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Have you belonged to any groups on campus? Phaze Out Hip Hop Dance Organization and the Women’s Club Basketball Team.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Freshman year living in First Street will always be a classic. I’ve found friends within those walls that I’d like to consider lifetime friends.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Just knowing that I finally made it to the end is enough for me. I never thought I’d make it this far and to be able to say that I did is celebration enough.

 

 

College of Health Sciences (CHS)

Tiffany Harris, Health Care Administration Major, Health Education & Behavior Minor

I began my journey at the University of Michigan-Flint in the fall of 2014. It has been quite the experience from changing my major, to working for the University, and making lasting friendships. I have had the pleasure and privilege to be taught by some of the finest educators in the country. In addition to academic challenges I learned how to hone my people skills by socializing and studying with a diverse group of peers. I started my journey as a wide-eyed freshman with no experience or expectations other than to succeed as a student. But now I graduate as a well-rounded senior with a higher education, social skills, and a work ethic that I can utilize in the next phase of my journey. There was a special quote that inspired me through my matriculation, which was “Give Yourself Time.” This quote is represented by the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: One fun memory I recall is an exercise I did in my healthcare professionalism and leadership course. Our class was divided up into teams and we did a “trust” exercise where we had to draw what our partner described in the picture. It was a very interesting task that taught me teamwork as well as how to listen to instructions, which was challenging because I am a person that likes to be in a leadership position.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? My plans to celebrate are simple. I would like to have my favorite dessert- strawberry cake with buttercream frosting and dinner at home with my family.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Scarlett Herrmann, Biology Major

U of M has given me the opportunity to explore my future academic interests even while in the undergraduate programs. Having access to human cadavers before attending a graduate program kept my motivation up to continue on further with my education! I am interested in pathology and plan on attending Wayne State for their Pathology Assistant program.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? When possible, my little brother will be requesting leave from the Air Force to come home and celebrate with me. He was always my best friend growing up.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Jennifer Hess, Art and Design Major, French Minor

I originally began my studies at UM-Flint in 2011, but my studies in French led me overseas for a few years. I lived in Paris and studied at a fashion school. When I returned back to Michigan I re-enrolled at UM-Flint to finish my studies in graphic design. Over the last two years I’ve really enjoyed the classes I’ve taken and the students and faculty I’ve met along the way. My journey to finally earn my UM degree has been a bit long, but very worth it!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: One of my favorite things that has happened recently would have to be when Professor Ben Gaydos started required "Bring Your Pet to Class" days during our virtual class sessions. I got to meet a few cool dogs and cats and even a guinea pig.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I’ll probably play Pomp and Circumstance at full volume and parade around my house and yard alone.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Jocelyn Himes, Music and Psychology Major

I come from a big musical background, so it was only natural that I study music during my time here. I play Trumpet, Cello, Alto Horn, and some piano. I felt like something was still missing during my music studies, so I decided to double major in Psychology, but on top of that I wanted to be more involved so I went Greek and joined Phi Sigma Sigma. These last couple years have been the best of my life, full of new experiences and laughter, and friends that I’ll never forget or grow apart from. I can’t imagine where I’d be in life if I hadn’t become a student at UM-Flint.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Phi Sigma Sigma

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation?  We will probably have a fun family meal and watch movies together. I’d rather just have it be like a regular family night anyways.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Alayna Honaker, Psychology Major, Criminal Justice Minor

My time at the University of Michigan-Flint has been a huge journey of self-discovery and growth. I've cried tears of frustration and tears of joy. I've felt like giving in and yet persevered. I started taking college classes at Genesee Early College. It gave me a high school experience like no other and prepared me for what U of M had to offer. I met so many amazing people. And I had the opportunity to be a part of BSU, CAB, Block Club, Intervarsity, and UM Cheer at different times during my college career. I've enjoyed my time here and have learned not to limit myself. When I'm not spending time on my studies, I enjoy reading, writing, modeling, singing/songwriting, and playing my guitar. I've worked long and hard for this moment. I'm excited for what the next chapter of my life will bring!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Block Club

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to celebrate with an at home self care day. I'll go out with family and friends once social distancing ends!

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Chelsea Horton, Early Childhood Education Major, Elementary Language Arts Minor

Hello, during my time here at UM-Flint I have worked hard to balance the demands of obtaining an undergraduate degree with the demands of being a Mom to 3 little girls. There were times during my semesters that I found myself exhausted, overwhelmed, and wondering how I was ever going to make it to graduation. Instead of giving up, I turned to the amazing support systems and friends I made throughout the years at UM-Flint. The relationships that were formed here between staff and fellow students will be life-long. We have laughed together, cried together, and crammed together. Being a nontraditional student, I was worried about how I would connect with other students that may be half my age or have different interests then me. I became actively involved with campus life through the Early Childhood Club, I took on the club as the President and was joined by like minded classmates. Our bonds grew strong and great friendships quickly evolved. We began to see a need to reach more like minded students who yearned to connect on and off campus. I then worked with faculty and founded the Future Teacher Organization. Through this student organization I gained not only amazing experiences working with faculty and diverse groups on campus but I gained a family. I am incredibly thankful for the amazing people I have been able to work with and for the relationships I will treasure for a lifetime. Thank you UM-Flint for showing me the value in being part of a incredible community, I will never forget my time and will carry my title as a UM-Flint Grad proud.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Future Teacher Organization

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: In April of 2019, I traveled with fellow education students to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a week long immersive learning trip at the Teton Science School. It was a once in a lifetime amazing learning experience. It helped fortify friendships, ignite a passion for conservation, and connect me to why I chose Education as my career in the first place. I will never ever forget my experiences in Wyoming.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan on doing a small celebration with my husband and children at home. Then I will be doing a giant virtual cheers with my UM-Flint family!

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Alesha Howden, Social Work Major, Substance Abuse Treatment Minor

My time at UM-Flint in the Social Work Department taught me so much about myself and I was able to grow into who I am today. I started my undergraduate program in 2016 and will continue in my graduate degree at MSU after graduation. I have a passion for mental health and had the opportunity to complete my internship at Genesee Health System. During my time at UM-Flint I met so many incredible people from living on campus, tutoring SWR270, and in my co-hort. I am excited to see where social work takes me and I am thankful for the all the memories made while attending UM-Flint.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My second year at UM-Flint I took part in one of the Alternative Weekends and helped build fences at Silver Lake Sand Dunes to prevent the sand from eroding over the nearby homes. Afterwards, the DNR officers took us out on the dunes in their trucks and other vehicles. It was such a fun weekend and super cool to have experienced.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Since my fiancé was also graduating with me, we will probably have a nice dinner and celebrate with family.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Kayla Irwin, Psychology Major, Criminal Justice Minor

I have been attending UM-Flint since Fall of 2016 and cannot believe my time here has come to an end. I am a Psychology major and Criminal Justice minor and plan to go to grad school for Forensic Psychology. Through many major changes, I am glad to say that finding something I truly love and look forward to doing is a great feeling! During my time at UM-Flint, I have had the opportunity to meet so many great people and become part of an amazing organization. Phi Sigma Sigma has taught me so much about life, academics, and leadership, but what I will take with me the most are the bonds I have created. I am so thankful for everything UM-Flint offers to its students and I cannot imagine what my life would be like if I had gone anywhere else! Go Blue!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Phi Sigma Sigma

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Some of my favorite memories from UM-Flint include the work that my sorority does on campus and around the community, and of course recruitment, especially when I had the opportunity to be the recruitment chair.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I will be celebrating at home with my family and celebrating my friends' accomplishments over FaceTime! Maybe I will even plan a trip for myself when it is safe to do so.

School of Nursing (SON)

Abigail Kasper, Bachelors of Science and Nursing

During my time at UM-Flint, I was able to learn from some of the best professors and clinical instructors. They were so supportive and made nursing school so much fun. I was able to meet some incredible people during my 3 years at UM-Flint. One of my favorite memories was being able to travel to the Dominican Republic to provide healthcare to many people who did not have the access. I am going to miss seeing my cohort every week, they have become family.

 

College of Health Sciences (CHS)

Patricia Kennedy, Health Sciences Major, Dance Minor

I started at UM-Flint in September 2016. My time at UM-Flint has shaped me into a more intentional, outgoing, and compassionate individual. Not only have I gained knowledge from the challenging coursework and dedicated professors, but I have also participated in so many activities that I likely would not have at a larger university. Over the past four years, I have presented original research through the Honors Program, attended service trips with Alternative Breaks, performed in dance concerts with the Department of Theater and Dance, and held leadership positions in my sorority, Phi Sigma Sigma. Attending UM-Flint has exposed me to all the wonderful opportunities for personal and professional development that exist close to home. I am excited to be furthering my education in UM-Flint's Doctor of Physical Therapy program starting this Fall. I have every confidence that my undergraduate and graduate education at UM-Flint will prepare me to be a knowledgeable health care professional, while also having the compassion and empathy necessary to build meaningful relationships with my patients.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? UM-Flint Honors Program, Phi Sigma Sigma, Order of Omega, Student Dance Organization

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Some of my favorite memories at UM-Flint were with the Department of Theater and Dance. Coming into college four years ago, I knew that I wanted to continue dancing, but I did not want it to be my major. My minor in Dance has allowed me to continue to pursue this part of my life, without compromising the amount of time I get to spend working towards my major in Health Sciences. Over the past four years, I have performed in six dance concerts, I have attended the American College Dance Association Conference three times, and I have gained so many wonderful friends. My education has also been enriched through volunteering with Alternative Breaks. Along with spending a lot of time volunteering in Flint, I have traveled out-of-state twice with the program to learn about the social issues facing other cities. Volunteering in Baltimore in 2018 and Atlanta in 2019 opened my eyes to the world around me, and I am so grateful for the wonderful memories I have made during these trips. Volunteering with Alternative Breaks has reaffirmed my interest in social justice, and has given me the desire to work with undeserved and disadvantaged populations in my future career.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Spending time with family and friends (even if it is virtually).

School of Management (SOM)

Brittany Christine Kirby, Business Administration Major, Organizational Behavior/Human Resource Management Minor

I feel so honored to be a UM-Flint graduate, and that I have spent the last two years of my educational career at this university. Originally, I started my college career as an Early Childhood Education Major, but eventually settled in the business field. I can honestly say I have had the best experience, and have enjoyed every course and professor I have had. I have made some unforgettable memories with people that I now consider lifelong friends, and I will forever be thankful for that. I have worked hard for this degree, and I am so excited to see what the future holds!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My favorite memories include coffee runs to local coffee shops with classmates between classes, and all of the lifelong friendships I have made.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Due to the Corona Virus outbreak my family is having me walk across my deck in celebration of my graduation!

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Ashley Kreis, Art and Design Major, Art History Minor

Hello! My name is Ashley Kreis and I am an Art and Design major here at UM-Flint. Entering college, I didn't know the major I wanted to pursue. I remembered that I took a graphic design course in high school that I enjoyed and I started to pursue it in college. That was one of the best choices that I have ever made. The Art/Art History Department has made my college experience really great. The time that I have had at UM-Flint has taught me to think outside of the box while handling different problems. If you would have told my high school self that I would leave college with a degree in Art and Design and having skills that leaders had, I wouldn't believe you. The past 4.5 years that I have been at UM-Flint, are years that I will treasure forever.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? I have been in Sigma Sigma Sigma (Tri Sigma) for 4.5 years. Within those years, I have spent 3 of them being able to serve on the Executive Board. I never pictured myself in a sorority but now I can not picture myself without it. Tri Sigma has taught me how to be a leader in more ways than one, it has also taught me to always believe in myself when things get hard. The time that I have been in the chapter has been the greatest time of my life and I will miss being apart of the sisterhood.

How do you plan on celebrating you graduation? Having a nice dinner with my family and then FaceTiming my friends to celebrate the past few years.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Shelby Nicole Lane-Clark, Wildlife Biology Major

My name is Shelby Lane-Clark and I am a 26-year-old, eighth year student in the Wildlife Biology program. I transferred to UM-Flint in 2018 after already spending four years at Oakland University and two years at Mott Community College. I definitely took the scenic route to get where I am now, but the journey was well worth it and the destination is just where I needed to be. My time at UM-Flint has been absolutely incredible. I have met so many amazing people, both faculty and fellow students, that have changed my life forever. I have made lifelong friendships and made lasting connections that I will hold onto for the rest of my life. The Wildlife Biology program is everything I could have hoped to be part of, as I have always loved the outdoors. I can't believe I'm lucky enough to be able to pursue my dream of being a biologist and spend my life working outside in nature, which is what I have wanted every since I was a little girl, having birthday parties where I made all my friends go birdwatching or take pond water samples so we could look at all the little insects swimming around. I can't imagine doing anything else than what I am doing now. I have experienced so many fantastic opportunities that I wouldn't have had anywhere else. I am so grateful to have been mentored and guided by brilliant women in my department, and to have built friendships with inspiring, hard-working, like-minded people that share my passions and dreams. I am so thankful for my partner and my parents for their never ending support and encouragement. This journey has not been easy, but boy howdy has it been worth it.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? I have been lucky enough to be a research assistant in Dr. Tonietto's lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program. I was also able to participate in The Porch Project through her lab as well. I have also been able to be a lab assistant, a teaching assistant, and a field assistant for multiple biology classes. Through those positions, I have been able to work with Dr. Tonietto, Dr. Witt, Professor Yoder-Nowak, Professor Baxter-Blough, and Professor Harbin. I have gained invaluable experience from these positions and through the guidence of these incredible women in science. I truly could not be more grateful to have them all as mentors.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My favorite memories are all the times I spent at the Univeristy of Michigan Biological Station up in Pellston, MI. I spent two months up there during the summer of 2018, doing research and taking classes. I also returned in fall of 2018 with Dr. Witt's Forest Ecology class as a student, and then again in fall of 2019 with the Forest Ecology class as the field assistant. I also spent part of a week in the summer of 2019 helping with some research that was related to the research I did in 2018. Northern Michigan is so beautiful, and spending so much time out in nature, sleeping in a rustic cabin and being in such a tight-knit community of like-minded, incredible people was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I will never forget the things I accomplished there and the friends I made.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan on celebrating my graduation with my parents by partaking in champagne, burritos, and chocolate cream pie. I am currently staying with my parents and quarantined away from my partner, who is an essential worker and is working hard every day. He wanted to make sure I was safe, so we have to be apart for now. The best gift of all will be when I can finally return home and celebrate with him as well. I am also going to get a tattoo of my favorite tree, the bur oak, and I am going to read the pile of books I haven't had time to read! Oh, and play a TON of Animal Crossing and Skyrim.

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Taylor Mason , Early Childhood Education Major

When I was accepted to U of M I was extremely excited, but nervous. Going to this school for my graduate degree was going to be a whole new experience. I am very happy with the decision to attend this school. The instructors were amazing. They shared with me so much of their knowledge and personal experiences. I have learned so much in the two years I have been here and it has gone by so fast!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Once this quarantine has been lifted, I plan on getting my closest friends and family together and having dinner.

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Katee Mast, Social Work Major

When I graduated high school, I didn’t know that I was going to land into the social work field. Out of high school, I started at Baker College getting my degree as a surgical technician. A year into the program is when I found out it was a two and a half year wait to get into the program. After taking a semester off to think about my life, I had a change of heart and decided to change my career path. My social work journey started at Mott Community College in 2012. I graduated with an Associates in Social Work, Associates of General Studies and Associates of Arts in 2015. I transferred to University of Michigan-Flint in the fall of 2016 where I started the rest of my undergraduate degree to get my Bachelors in Social Work. I was excited for a new journey, but scared of what was to come. I kept to myself in the beginning, and then throughout the years, I became more of an outgoing person. The social work program has made me grow into a better version of myself. I have a passion of working with the elderly and had an opportunity to complete my internship at Valley Area Agency on Aging during my last two semesters. I am excited to see where the social work profession takes me.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? I belonged to the National Honors Society of Leadership and Success and the Social Work Club.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I have been sharing my excitement of my graduation with my friends and family over FaceTime and social media. Knowing that I have gotten to the finish line of getting my degree is enough celebration for me. I will also be celebrating my accomplishments and my birthday in the next coming weeks with family and friends.

College of Health Sciences (CHS)

Ivyonna McQuarter-Winfrey, Health Science - Radiation Therapy Major

My time at University of Michigan-Flint has taught me patience and dedication for your career/ dreams. My time at UM-flint has been the best choice for me with the support of my family and UM-Flint faculty. It took 6 years to obtain my degree and It was definitely worth all of my experiences. I will never forget the blood, sweat, and tears that came out of finishing clinic and my radiation therapy program strong. My favorite quote is, "It's not a race , It's a marathon!" :) GO BLUE!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: A fun memory would be attending the 2019 ASRT Radiation Therapy Conference in Chicago. 

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to celebrate with my immediate family during the stay-at-home order with some of my favorite foods. 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Rachel Modafferi, BFA in Graphic Design, BA in Dance

My time at UM-Flint really helped set me apart with all the amazing opportunities it gave me. Not only did I get the chance to meet and work with amazing and talented artists in my classes but I created connections and memories that I will keep with me for a lifetime. Working as a resident advisor for UM-Flint Housing really helped me improve on my own leadership skills and teamwork as I had an amazing team that worked alongside me throughout the years and truly became the best friends I could’ve ever asked for. While studying at the university, I got lots of support and encouragement from my advisors to where I even felt confident enough to create my own business page known as Modafferi-Arts! I will truly always remember my time at UofM and will always go blue.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Student Dance Organization and the VA

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Before classes went online, I specifically bought myself a UM-Flint Alumni sweatshirt that I’ve had in my closet waiting to put on once I finished my final classes.

 

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Maddy Morgan, Social Work Major

Hi! I'm Maddy Morgan. I'm 23 years old and have been pursuing my undergraduate degree for five years. Social work is my passion and even though I can't walk across the stage, I know I did it! 

Do you belong to any groups on campus? I belong to Phi Alpha Honor Society.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: During my time at UM-Flint, I have never felt more love and dedication to those we serve. I don't have a specific memory, but any time I was with my cohort. There was always laughing and smiling.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan on sleeping in and resting after this hard year! Hoping to virtually celebrate with my amazing cohort who has been my rock this whole journey!

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Taylor A. Mosley, Professional Communications Major, Computer Information Systems Minor

My time at UM-Flint has had its ups and downs, but overall, I'm grateful for the experience and excited about where this second degree will take me in terms of my career.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: A fun memory I had was my attempt to join the dance team. I had fun learning the routines, but I quickly realized I couldn't keep up, but I enjoyed the exercise!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I will probably celebrate at home with my family, a good home cooked meal, and some cupcakes, of course.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Dennis Parrott Jr. , Psychology Major, Substance Abuse Treatment Minor

Hi my name is Dennis and I am a Psychology major with a minor in Substance Abuse Treatment. Back in 2015, I graduated and attended SVSU. I unfortunately flunked out after one semester. After a year off, I attended Mott and graduated with High Honors. I didn’t feel accomplished yet, however. I knew I always wanted to be a Wolverine, and now I had the GPA to come to UM-Flint and further my education. 2 more years later and here I am. I’ve met some of the best people, the best professors, and all in such an enriching environment. The college dropout has prevailed. Hail to the victors!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: The best memory I’ve had during my college experience was meeting my great friend I know now for the first time. Their friendship really helped make college a breeze.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to celebrate over FaceTime with my family. After these troubling times are over, I think I’m going to explore the world to celebrate going into the next phase of my life.

 

College of Health Sciences (CHS)

Nicole E. Peterson, Health Sciences Major, Chemistry Minor

My name is Nicole Peterson and I am in my fifth and final year of studying at UM-Flint. Being a first generation college student, I had no idea what to expect. I am from Northern Michigan, and had only one person from my high school coming to Flint with me. At first, I was all alone in the "big city." Little did I know, I was going to meet some of my closest friends and some outstanding professors. What I enjoyed most about UM-Flint is the campus size, volunteer opportunities, and job opportunities I received. I was a lab assistant for the biology & chemistry department where I was able to take my own learning and understanding of the subjects further by being able to help educate others. When I have free time, you can usually find me hiking along Lake Michigan, collecting Petoskey Stones, or spending time with my family.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Phi Sigma Sigma

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Some of the best memories I have involve courses with Dr. Toth. If given the option, I highly suggest you take a course with him. He has possibly the best sense of humor around. He is genuine and cares about his students who put in the work and effort to achieve great things. I was able to have Dr. Toth as a lecturer, lab professor, and lab-supervisor when I was a lab assistant in my 5 years on campus. I will truly miss all of his witty remarks and his candy bowl the most.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? My family and I will more than likely plan a celebration for once I graduate in August. I have a very large family, so I am sure it will not be a small gathering. If I know my family, it will consist of yard games and the usual cake being smashed in someone's face.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Makayla Phillips, Communication Studies Major, Writing Minor

My time at UM-Flint was a transformative experience, both personally and academically. When I came here, I was shy and nervous to talk to people. Now, I'm a confident young woman with friendships to last a lifetime. UM-Flint has pushed me academically and made me a better writer and scholar. I loved the Communication program! All my teachers were amazing and I received so much experience to take into my field. I can't wait to celebrate with my fellow classmates, friends, and family later this year. 

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: One of my favorite memories is definitely going to Churchills with my classmates after our late class to celebrate winning the group project pitches in Advanced PR. 

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to celebrate at home, for now, with a nice meal and some facetime calls.

College of Health Sciences (CHS)

Wynelli Pierre, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy, Graduate Level

I embarked on this journey totally unsure what it would be to do online schooling for my Doctor of Physical Therapy. Especially that I just opened my own practice and would be working on my own for the first time. 

It has been a challenging two years. However, going through this process, I have learned so much about myself and my capabilities as a professional and a person. With every course, I have found myself to be a more confident and a much more proficient physical therapist. 

It has been truly refreshing to know that my specialty in aquatic therapy has been able to make a contribution to other seasoned physical therapists/classmates within my classes. With only 4 years of experience of aquatic therapy and 7 years as a physical therapist, I came into this journey being worried that I would not match up to my more experienced colleagues and would not be able to contribute.

However, it has been a heartwarming, memorable, and humbling experience to be encouraged by wonderful and knowledgeable lecturers who saw potential in my work, and to build on research projects I have done based on my niche of practice.

I am so happy that I made the decision to be part of this program and this university. 

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? During this pandemic, I am grateful to be able to spend this time at home, celebrating this moment with my family. 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Hannah Pintacura, Psychology Major, Linguistics Minor

My name is Hannah Pintacura and I'm psychology major, with a minor in linguistics. I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan and decided to continue my education right here at UM-Flint! I ended up being very happy with my decision, as I have had an extremely positive experience throughout my time here! I had the opportunity to work with some very helpful and understanding professors, and my classmates were always friendly and encouraging. The campus life and general atmosphere was a perfect fit for me, and I feel that I received a fulfilling education! My college experience was definitely not easy, but I learned to persevere even when things were challenging. I am proud that through it all, I did not give up! Over the past 4 years, I have grown both academically and personally in ways that I would have never expected. I feel that UM-Flint has prepared me to step out into the world with confidence and knowledge that will last a lifetime! I'm forever proud to be a Michigan Wolverine! 

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: One of my favorite memories is my experience working as an SI leader for biology. I really enjoyed working with both faculty and students in way that allowed me to gain new perspectives. I also really enjoyed being able to help people! Having study nights with friends on campus and attending on-campus activities are also some fun memories of mine. I am happy to be graduating, but I will miss the overall experience!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to celebrate my graduation at home with my family. I am lucky enough to live close to a lot of my family, so although we may not be able to share hugs, I will get to see them all from a distance! Other than that, I plan to be in contact with my friends over social media. When social distancing measures relax, I will hopefully be able to celebrate with my family and friends together!

College of Health Sciences (CHS)

Sarah Pruett, Healthcare Administration Major, Public Health Minor

I have loved my time at UM-Flint. My professors and all of the faculty in the Health Sciences department have been amazing, whether it is discussing a project after class, or helping me with networking opportunities. My love and passion for public health has really been fostered here, and I cannot wait to get out into the field.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? I am a former member of Theta Phi Alpha sorority.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Being involved with my sorority and getting to know my classmates.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Dinner with family and calling up friends.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Farah Abrar Qureshi, Applied Psychology Major

I’m so blessed to be part of this campus and community. In my years attending, I created so many memories with wonderful people. The hard work and dedication paid off! My success is a result of the support I received from parents, siblings, friends and professors. I’m hopeful for the future and can’t wait to celebrate!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Yes! Cinema’s Finest, The Octaves, Student Government and Muslim Student Association!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Hanging out with friends in the UCEN!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I'm celebrating with loved ones. 

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Ebonee Nicole Reid, Graduate Degree in Inclusive Education

I am 30 years old. I will be graduating with my Masters Degree in Inclusive Education! I am a person of faith. My faith is very important to me. I try my best to live every day like it's a miracle, because I am a miracle! I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, going to church, out to eat and to the movies. I began my journey here at the U of M in 2008, majoring in Elementary Education. I graduated with my Bachelors degree in 2016. In 2018, I decided to return to the U of M for a graduate degree. I am excited to be accomplishing another goal in life. I believe that I am here to make a difference and an impact in world. I have overcome so many obstacles in life and I am so thankful to God for His blessings and this experience. I'm looking forward to sharing my story with others. I'm looking to pursue a career in advocacy work or family counseling for children and families with and without disabilities. I believe that every child and family deserve the best and I want to help them reach their full potential.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? When this is all over, I plan to celebrate graduation by doing a family photo shoot, having a celebration dinner and taking a small vacation.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Rachel Revesz, Communication Studies Major

I am a full-time student here at U of M-Flint. I also work full-time as a server so balancing work and school was a bit tricky, but I am proud of myself for getting through it. I went through ups and downs through my college experience. I changed my major at least three times and with the support of faculty and my family, I finally figured everything out. I got to know a lot of great people here that I think helped me grow into a better person. I had a lot of different classes over the years at Delta Community College and here at U of M-Flint, but I think my all time favorite classes were my English classes and my Public Relations classes. I loved these classes because they allowed me to be creative and experience what working in the real world will be like.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: I enjoyed the creative writing classes I have taken. I love being given an idea and running with it. Another fun memory I had was taking self-defense class. During class, it was serious learning exactly what to do. At the end, we took turns dressing in protective gear and a "pretend" attacker came at us from all sides and we had to protect ourselves. I have to say it was a great skill to learn but I haven't laughed that hard in a long time because the instructors were great at keeping it serious, but light.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan on going to dinner when this quarantine is over with. I think for now I am just nervous, but excited that I am finished. I am excited to see what the next chapter will bring me, but I am nervous because I really don't know what that next chapter is, but I am looking forward to writing it.

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Brandon Richard, Social Work Major

Hi I’m Brandon richard, I’m 24 years old and have been going to college for 6 years. Social work was my third change in careers that I made. My time at UM-Flint has been many things, and I have been blessed to have the opportunity to attend here. Many memories have been made, rather good or bad, they are a part of me and make me who I am today.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? NSLS

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Hanging out with the family, have some good food or a camp fire.

School of Management (SOM)

Valerie Robertson, Business Administration Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management Majors

I transferred to UM-Flint in 2017/2018 from Mott Community College. I have had an awesome experience here at UM-Flint. I am thankful to God, family, friends, clients, and professors that have supported and encourage me through this journey. I am so proud of my accomplishment and I have made some great friends along the way. I am excited for the opportunity to say "I am an University of Michigan Alumni!"

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? When it is safe, I will take a graduation trip out of the country.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Timothy Rosa, Mechanical Engineering Major

I'm Tim Rosa and have been a Mechanical Engineering student for the past five years. I have enjoyed my team here at the University and have involved myself in the SAE Baja club as both a Captain and Treasurer. I'm proud to have been part of the team that produced a vehicle that went and represented our city and school against 100 other Universities. In my free time I enjoy wood working, golf, tennis, hiking and traveling.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? I belong to the Society of Automotive Engineers and was also apart of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: One of my favorite memories during my college experience involved taking part in the Back to the Bricks car cruise. I was able to showcase the two ORVs that our club produced and represent our University in one of the largest city events each year.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I'll be celebrating be taking a well deserved nap and being in Zoom calls with my family and extended family. Maybe I'll get wild and order some take-out from a local establishment!

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

D’Chandra J. Ross, Early Childhood Education Major, Substance Abuse and Therapy Minor

I was afraid at first because this wasn’t my first attempt at my degree. But being at UM-Flint helped me realize that my goals were attainable. My experience here was great. I’ve learned a lot and met a lot of great people. Overall my experience was good, and I am ready to apply what I’ve learned in the field. Also, I’m very excited for what the future holds.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Getting trapped in an elevator in French Hall was pretty eventful. Something I will never forget.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? With a toast to the next phase of life. 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Tihirah Ruffin, Psychology Major

My time at UM-Flint has been a roller coaster, but I can say that I have grown a lot during my time here. I started off as a Human Biology major, then realize it was not for me and later on I decided to change my major to Psychology. I have gain so much knowledge and opportunities while being on campus, from working as an Orientation Leader, Student Involvement Leadership Assistant and a Program Associate for EOI. I have met some amazing people and created strong bonds with those people who I cherish. My UM-Flint experience has been truly amazing.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Block Club and Psychology Club

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: A fun memory for me was being able to participate in numerous events on and off campus. Also being able to volunteer and give back to my community.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I will celebrate my graduation once all this is over, go out with some friends and hopefully travel later on in the year.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Makenzie Schroeder, Communication and Political Science Major

My name is Makenzie Schroeder and I am graduating with a double major in communication and political science. I have been able to immerse myself in the campus community and the city of Flint, making my time here memorable and my experiences academically enriching. I have been able to conduct and present research, intern in competitive positions and make connections that will last a lifetime.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? The Michigan Times as editor-in-chief, the debate club as co-captain, Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society) as co-president, and Phi Sigma Sigma.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Many of my favorite memories involve the tournaments the debate club has attended. We are all very close friends and have been able to experience a lot together. From the excitement of winning a round to visiting the Space Needle in Seattle, we all have so much fun together and learn a lot form each other.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I want to spend some quality, unplugged time with the family I am quarantined with. I want to enjoy a meal from a local eatery, play games and spend some time reflecting on my undergraduate experience.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Ella K. Sinclair , Fine Arts Major

I have been here at the university for 4 years, getting my Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics. The university offered experiences with diversity and social engagement, and I have used those topics as a focus for my art. I also had the great opportunity to apply for and receive the Maize and Blue Distinguished Scholar award. I’m so proud and grateful to be sharing the experience of graduating with many of the friends and colleagues I have made in the Art Department, and I look forward to seeing him what the future holds for all of us.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? I participated in Women’s Club Hockey from 2016-2018, and with Women’s Softball in its inaugural season in 2019-2020. I had a lot of fun and met so many great girls that I hope to be friends with for a long time.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Being in the Fine Arts program offered me many opportunities to create sculptures with materials I needed to buy from stores off campus. Some of my favorite memories were spent with friends at Home Depot buying wood and trying to fit it in our cars, with the help of a few strangers who saw us struggling and offered to help.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I will celebrate graduation at home with my family, and maybe video chat with friends who are also celebrating so we can share in our success.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Colton J. Smith, Political Science Major, Communication Studies Minor

5 years goes by fast! I am glad I decided to transfer back home to U of M after a year at CMU. My time here granted me many lifelong friendships and memories that I am forever thankful for. I am grateful for all of the opportunities that were made available to me from my professors and the University itself. Some of the best teachers, in life and school, I met here. Growing up in Flint and being able to stay here and complete school was fantastic, and I am happy I chose to do so.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Some of my favorite memories were from having season tickets to Michigan Football games. We had a big group of us to go down to the night game when we played Wisconsin. It was such a good night and we won so that was a plus. I grew up as a diehard Michigan fan so finally having season tickets was great. Now we have actual season tickets and I plan to carry those on for life!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I am going to be at home, sadly, but when this is all over we are going to have a big party up north at our cabin in Port Austin with family and friends.

 

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Delores J. Smith, Early Childhood Education Major, Psychology Minor

I came to UM-Flint with an Associates from Mott to obtain my Bachelor's degree. I waited a few years to go back to school after getting my Associates because I got a job working for Head Start. After encouragement from some co-workers and friends I decided to go back so I can become a lead teacher. My experience at UM-Flint has been great! I have met a lot of awesome people in my classes and made some friends. I enjoyed all the classes I took and gained new knowledge in each one.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: During one of my classes we got to tour the Whaley House and walk around downtown Flint and get some history on the buildings and area that was a fun and memorable experience. While attending UM-Flint I also got pregnant with my first child and being able to share that with my professors and peers was a positive experience.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? When possible I plan to go out with some friends and family to dinner to celebrate.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Katie Smith, Psychology Major, Sociology Minor

Throughout my time on campus, I have been on the Alternative Spring Break Board, the Campus Activities Board, the Psychology Club, and part of the Honors Program. For my Honors Off Campus, I was able to attend the APA Convention in Chicago last August, which was a lot of fun! I am also employed as an Orientation Leader and a Front Desk Assistant for Housing & Residential Life. These experiences have all allowed me to get to meet new people and enjoy different opportunities on campus.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Yes, the Campus Activities Board as the Secretary

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: One of my favorite memories was the dunk tank CAB did for the Fall 2019 Carnival. It was hilarious to get to dunk different faculty and students, and I loved seeing how much fun everyone was having.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? My boyfriend and I might buy a cat, at least that's what I'd like!

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Gabby Somers , Professional Communications Major

My journey with UM-Flint has been a long one, 7 years to be exact. But the university taught me so much beyond academics. I met my husband at UM-Flint, I found my major after searching for a long time, and I grew as a professional and as a woman. I am so thankful for the time, the tears, the sweat, the blessings, and the lessons that UM-Flint has gifted me.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My favorite memory of UM-Flint is meeting my husband. He was a history major, and I initially didn't like him. But through study dates at the library and time spent sipping coffee in the UCEN, I feel head over heels for him and he proposed my Junior Year Winter Semester.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? We're going to have some friends and family over for dinner and games, spending quality time together after the Shelter in Place and Social Distancing Requirements are lifted.

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Alison Spurgis, Social Work Major

I came in as a transfer student in 2018. During my senior year here it has been a roller coaster. I found out how close my cohort was and how well we all did supporting each other through the difficult year. Not only did my cohort support me but also my internship supervisor and also my teachers. Each one of them made sure we would make it through every step of the way. I am glad I was able to go through this journey with such great people.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Shari Stewart, Applied Science Major, Communication Minor

My experience with the university has really enlightened me as not just a student but as a person. I’ve taken courses with Dr. Theodosia Robertson, Dr. Charles Apple, Dr. Heather Seipke, and Dr. Mark Simon who have provided me with the knowledge and tools necessary to be successful in my career endeavors. As a non-traditional student, with a family, a full-time job, and a small business, excelling in my courses has not been the easiest task. But being at UM-Flint has given me a sense of accomplishment and confidence that I previously hadn’t experienced in my educational journey. This experience has been amazing and I feel so blessed to now be a part of the prestigious UM-Flint Alumni. Go Blue!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? National Society of Leadership and Success

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Attending student events and joining my sorority.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Initially I plan to RELAX, and BREATH. Followed by family time, and eventually a graduation celebration.

School of Management (SOM)

Danielle Lynn Struck , Business Management Major

My name is Danielle Struck and I have been studying Business Management and Entrepreneurship during my time here. When I’m not busy with school, I spend my time with my dogs, my family, or working out. During my time at UM-Flint, I’ve learned so much about the City of Flint and what it has to offer. I have found much love for it in my heart over the years. UM-Flint has given me new outlooks on life and the best friends I’ve ever had. I’m forever thankful for my time spent at this university.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: It’s hard to pick one, but I think it was experiencing Art Walk Spring of 2019. It was incredible to see so many people Downtown showcasing their art from UM-Flint’s campus to The Ferris Wheel. It made me happy to see others noticing what the city has to offer.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? The day of, I’ll probably celebrate with my favorite dinner and ice cream! But once we’re allowed to have gatherings again, I’ll have my family and loved ones come over to celebrate with me.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Brianna Sweers, Psychology Major

I transferred to UM-Flint after completing my associate's degree at Delta College. I was given the opportunity to start a full time career, and UM-Flint had just opened up a Psychology program that took place completely online, which is what I needed in order to work around my schedule. Even though I've done all of my classes online in my time here, I've gained an immense amount of knowledge that I can carry with me forever. This degree has taken me 7 years to complete, and I'm proud of how far I've come in those years. Even though I'm not quite sure yet where this degree will take me, I'm excited for the possibilities to come. Go Blue!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? For now, I plan to celebrate by having dinner and dessert with my husband and immediate family, but I'm looking forward to celebrating with my friends and extended family once the stay-at-home order is lifted!

 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Gerald Tomkinson, Applied Science Major, Substance Abuse Treatment Minor

I am Gerald Tomkinson and a transfer student from Mott Community College in August of 2009. I have been a resident of the Flint area for all my life and am honored to be a UM-Flint graduate. UM-Flint is a high quality institution that is recognized as such by the entire country. I have enjoyed every course in my educational journey at the University, and will likely cherish it for the rest of my life. Go Blue!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Internship at a local child welfare agency in Flint, urban gardening community project in the City of Flint.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Just relaxing at home, staying safe, and thinking about where I will can go from here.

School of Management (SOM)

Bethany Trites, Accounting Major

Hi, my name is Bethany Trites and I have attended UM-Flint for the past four years. During my time throughout college I have enjoyed getting to know the surrounding community and culture of Flint. I have enjoyed going to the many performances, art shows, and various other activities on and around campus. When I am not busy with school I enjoy photography, music, community service, and farming.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My favorite memory in college was working for EBS. I made so many friends and it really helped me immerse myself into campus life and make connections with all the other students and faculty around me.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I hope to celebrate my graduation at home with my family. I am the first person to graduate in my entire family so that is exciting all in itself. I am really looking forward to the commencement ceremony in August!

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Madison Vedder, Communication Studies Major

I have been attending UM-Flint since the Fall of 2016 and cannot believe that my time here has come to a close. I am a Communications major with a cognate in Business. During my time at UM-Flint I have had the opportunity to meet some amazing people and become part of an amazing organization. Phi Sigma has given me volunteer opportunities, has taught me so much about life, helped me academically, and given me leadership skills. I am grateful for every opportunity I've gained thanks to the communications program, and I’ll never forget my internship with the Flint City Bucks. What I have enjoyed most about UM-Flint is the campus size, volunteer opportunities, and internships they have to offer.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Phi Sigma Sigma -Theta Iota and Order of Omega - Greek Honor Society

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: My favorite memory is attending Michigan Football games with people in Greek Life.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan on celebrating with my parents, until this quarantine is over.

 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Daniel Victor, Wildlife Biology Major, Field Biology and Biology Minor

I have been going to school at UM-Flint for 4 years and have lived on campus for all 4 of those years. Doing so, it gave me the opportunity to experience the college life on campus and in the dorms. It allowed me to focus on my education, while being apart of various events, clubs, and opportunities. During my time here, I have been able to gain friendships with classmates, roommates, and professors that will last a long time. The connections and experiences from these 4 years are what I will really remember and value in the future. I had the honor of working on the Flint River Ecology Study as a research assistant under Dr. Dawson, which opened my eyes to the possibility of furthering my education. I plan to continue college for a Master's degree in my field hopefully in the near future.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Wildlife Club and Summer Undergraduate Research Experience

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Freshman year getting food at "The Grille" in the UCEN at 9 PM and then bringing it back to First Street Residence Halls and eating/chilling in the study rooms with friends. Also, having Field Biology and other field classes, getting hands-on experience with great professors and classmates.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to celebrate with my family and pets.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Emanee Walker, Psychology Major

I grew up in Flint my entire life. I’ve never been at a place where I felt so inclusive. The people I have met, I have developed life long friendships with. I got to experience things for myself and found my own voice. I’ve found the career I want pursue while meeting different faculty & staff. The school has offered opportunities that I feel I loved.

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Block Club

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: The talent shows and the fun events where I got to interact with the black crowd.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? Watching television and doing self-care routines for myself.

College of Health Sciences (CHS)

Tierra Nechae Williams, Health Care Administration Major

My journey at the University of Michgan-Flint started in Fall 2015 when I originally started out as a Nursing major. Over the last 5 years, I have learned a lot about myself and come have across people who have been a great influence on my career path. This experience has taught me to keep pushing forward no matter what. I am grateful for my experience and I look forward to greater opportunities in my future.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? With family & friends and a well needed vacation when safe to travel.

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Amanda L. Willingham, Elementary Education Major

My name is Amanda Willingham and I am graduating with a major in Elementary Education. I enjoy spending time with my husband, our dogs, and our families. I am also a volleyball coach, so I dedicate a lot of my time to the program. During my time at UM-Flint, I have been able to work towards my dream of becoming an educator. I have worked hard to be where I am today and I wouldn't have been able to do it without my husband and my family. I am so thankful to have such loving and supporting people during this journey. My time at UM-Flint has introduced me to many great educators that have helped shape me into the educator I want to be for my students. I am very grateful for my time at UM-Flint.

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I would like to have a Zoom meeting to see my family and friends and to celebrate. Once we can all get together, we will go out and celebrate in person.

 

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Marcus Williams, Computer Information Systems Major, Theatre Minor

Coming to the University of Michigan-Flint, I was excited. I came in through the Promise Scholar Program through the EOI department and was accepted into the university with a high school GPA average of 2.3. My lack of involvement in high school and my failure to try was the thing I wanted to change most about my academic history. Luckily for me, UM-Flint has so many leadership opportunities that I was very quick to jump onto. I have been a part of my fraternity Alpha Sigma Phi, Hall Council, Student Government, Campus Activities Board, Block Club, PRIDE, and ACM. I’ve also gotten the chance to be in two theatre productions, Big Love and Antigone, and even a concert for the Music Department. I’ve gotten the chance to be an Orientation Leader, a Resident Advisor, and Peer Educator for the Center for Gender and Sexuality and even more recently, a Program Assistant for University Outreach. I say all this to say, the boy that came into this university won’t be the same man that leaves. I thank my peers and this university for believing in me as a individual and allowing me to have these amazing opportunities and to have a fulfilling college career. Go Blue!

Do you belong to any groups on campus? Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity, Student Government, PRIDE

 

School of Education and Human Services (SEHS)

Laura Wilkinson, Elementary Education Major with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education

I have been a full time student my entire time at UM-Flint, all while working as a paraprofessional to a student with autism and coaching middle school softball. Although it was stressful and challenging at times it was beyond rewarding and I would not change it for the world. There were times I was uncertain with my ability to complete the program, I felt defeated and like everything was stacked against me. However, with the support of my family, friends and the staff at UM-Flint I was able to push through and make it to graduation. My time at UM-Flint taught me more than I ever thought it would, I made life long friends and found the confidence within myself that I have always been lacking. This past semester I feel I grew the most as I have always been quiet and anxious to speak up and take charge. Although, through my student teaching experience I became more confident within myself, learned to take charge, and to be the leader I have always strived to be.

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: A memory I will never forget is having a class on the fifth floor of French hall and walking all five flights of stairs because I was terrified of the elevators! Through my college experience I also met life long friends!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to celebrate at home with my parents and fiancé! I plan to have a nice dinner and to thank them all for the continuous support they have given me throughout the past years. Once the stay home stay safe order is lifted I will then celebrate with all my extended family and friends.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Heather Wilson, Art and Design Major, Fine Art Photography Minor

I've spent the past five years working towards my degree in Art and Design with a concentration in Media Design. I've met so many amazing people and made so many new friends who share my passion for art. It's been incredible to spend my time sharing ideas with people who want to see me grow and succeed. I've been so thankful for the opportunities I've been given to share my art. Graduating is something I thought might never happen after being diagnosed with a neurological disability my second year, but the support from my family, professors, and friends has really made this possible. I'm truly grateful for all of the opportunities and support I've received at UM-Flint!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: Some of my favorite memories have been during photo shoots with my friends either during class or outside during our free time. I've also really enjoyed the fun times spent developing pictures in the darkroom with my friends and classmates and being able to laugh at our mistakes while sharing stories. One of my favorite memories was winning the Chancellor's Choice Award at the 2017 student exhibition and later having the photo turned into a banner and hung in Ann Arbor.

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

Paul Zehnder, Art and Design Major

My name is Paul Zehnder and this is my last semester at U of M - Flint after being here the past three years. I transferred here from Washtenaw Community College my junior year, and wouldn't change it for the world. I have met so many amazing people, gained so many new friends, and learned so much about the world of Art and Design. Being from Howell, I am so grateful to have spent so much of my past few years with in Flint. I am currently working downtown Flint at 100K Ideas as a graphic designer and get to surround myself even further with those in the community, and I wouldn't of had this amazing opportunity without U of M - Flint. I am very grateful for all the opportunities it has had to offer me!

Favorite Memory at UM-Flint: One of my favorite college memories has always been our day trip to the Toledo Institute of Art! It was a great experience to spend the day with friends and experience a new place and appreciation for the art it had to offer. I also love being able to attend the Student Showcase every year at Greater Flint Art Council, celebrating all the U of M - Flint artists in multitudes of media!

How do you plan to celebrate your graduation? I plan to celebrate my graduation at home with a good dinner, dessert, and hopefully be able to FaceTime some friends. I am looking forward to being able to go out and celebrate with my fellow graduates once we are safe to do so!