Was my master's worth it

Hats off to these brilliant minds: congrats to all the new grads!


Here at the Graduate College, we want to take a moment to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all recent graduates. This momentous achievement is a testament to your hard work, dedication, and intellectual curiosity. Your contributions to your respective fields are invaluable and we do not doubt that you will continue to positively impact society. 

Meet these exceptional fall 2023 grads who just tossed their caps to the sky!

melanie newell









"Once a Sun Devil, always a Sun Devil" is a sentiment of this fall graduate who has earned a PhD from the Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering. Melanie Newell discusses her love for Arizona and advice for students no matter where they are in their academic journey. Read more 


Marina Mancuso









With a passion for numbers and a keen eye for detail, Marina Mancuso — a PhD graduate in applied mathematics from Cleveland — has made significant contributions to applied mathematics throughout her academic career. Her research has focused on developing mathematical models that can be applied to real-world problems. Read more


Ivonne Lujano Vilchis









Hailing from Toluca, Mexico, Ivonne Lujani Vilchis graduates this fall from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College with a PhD in educational policy and evaluation. Motivated to explore the intersection of inclusion and innovation in educational research, she has accomplished a great deal in the field of education policy. Read more

Edited by Marjani Hawkins