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Spring 2020 graduates' journeys are just beginning

On Monday, May 11, the Arizona State University community will join together online to celebrate this semester's graduates in a virtual ceremony, due to the continued spread of COVID-19 and the public health recommendations that come with it. While the ceremony may be nontraditional, the caliber of the students earning degrees is anything but. ASU Now has collected stories of some of the most impressive students who soon will be joining the ranks of Sun Devil alumni.

ASU Online master's degree graduate finds new passion

From British literature to African American gospel music, Bridget Buckley’s academic career has taken some unexpected but welcome turns. This May, the wife and mother of two will graduate with a master’s degree in English from ASU Online — and a newfound passion.

Teaching and learning at ASU, with love

It’s clear that graduating ASU doctoral student Anthony Celaya loves his profession as well as his alma mater (he's a second-generation Sun Devil). He cares deeply about his students — past, present and future — and sees great potential in them as agents of positive change.

Nothing but blue skies ahead for outstanding aviation grad

When Daniel Pasco stepped onto an airliner for his school's eighth grade trip to Washington, D.C., he was thrilled. Now graduating from ASU with a degree in professional flight, he still gets the same feeling every time he steps onto a plane. 

Daniel Pasco

Daniel Pasco is graduating with a degree in aeronautical management technology (professional flight), through the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. He is the University Student Government president for the Polytechnic campus. He intends to move back to his hometown of Chicago where he will join Envoy Air, a regional carrier of American Airlines. He poses with a twin-engine Piper Seminole on Friday, April 24, 2020. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

ASU grad named lead of Corporate Responsibility Team at Verizon Foundation

School of Social Transformation graduate Nick Matula has been recently named lead of the Corporate Responsibility Team at the Verizon Foundation. Matula has graduated in the Social and Cultural Pedagogy Master's Degree at the School of Social Transformation.

Two classes changed everything for global health graduate

Studying culture and human development sparked Alyssa Lindsey’s passion to make a difference in the public health system.

Astrophysics, physics double major earns diploma, top honor

When applying for college, Shane Bechtel said he chose ASU specifically for the School of Earth and Space Exploration because of the faculty and resources available to students.

A change of mindset leads to a bright future

Miguel Bahena is a first-generation student at Arizona State University. He is currently one of the prestigious Obama Scholars and is proud to be graduating as a biochemistry major from the School of Molecular Sciences, this 2020 spring semester.

Doctoral student explores how digital tools integrate into existing arts practice

After spending several years with ASU's School of Arts, Media and Engineering, Jennifer Weiler is graduating with a PhD in media arts and sciences.

Early graduate and first-generation student on her path to medical school

Genesis Navarro is a junior and first-generation student in the School of Molecular Sciences who will be graduating a year early this spring 2020 semester as a biochemistry major.

A curiosity for Earth’s early atmosphere helped PhD find her field of study

Aleisha Johnson is curious. She’s especially curious about the Great Oxidation Event, when Earth first developed an oxygenated atmosphere. It is one of the primary reasons she came to ASU to do her research.

ASU grad turns dream of exploring the universe into a reality

Senior Jessica Maschino, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in exploration systems design from the School of Earth and Space Exploration, will be putting her knowledge to use this summer when she heads to California for an internship working on the Mars Rover.

An ‘EPIC’ team of scientists graduates from ASU

About five years ago Karalee Brugman, Meghan Guild and Hannah Shamloo chose Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration for graduate school. This May, all three will be graduating with their PhDs in geological sciences.

ASU grad understands the importance of science communication

ASU School of Earth and Space Exploration and Center for Meteorite Studies graduate student Emilie Dunham will be receiving her PhD in geological sciences this May.

Graduating ASU student finds rhythm in language, life

ASU student Justin Wright has lived a lot. Hence, Wright has a lot of life lessons to impart. Also a rock guitarist and former minor league hockey player, he is earning a Master of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages degree this May. 

Navajo woman earns 3 degrees in 15-year journey at ASU

Jessica Antonio’s journey to graduation from ASU is “one for the books,” as she says. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life, Antonio had a remarkable story, taking 15 years and overcoming a spinal cord injury to get to graduation. 

Jessica Antonio, who is Navajo, is graduating with three degrees, in business, American Indian Studies and nutrition. She is holding some gifts from her family, including a maroon and gold wool blanket. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Outstanding Herberger undergraduate inspired by indigenous culture

Julia Lopez has kept a close connection to her heritage, which has inspired in her design work. Lopez, who is earning a BSD in interior design, has been named the Outstanding Undergraduate by the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

ASU grad pursues dreams of being a bilingual reporter

After graduating with her degree in broadcast journalism in spring 2020, ASU student Karina Espinoza wants to cover subjects relevant to Spanish-speaking communities in Arizona.

ASU grad’s path from NCAA championships to studying abroad

Delaney Bucker started her journey at ASU as an athlete — swimming, biking and running her way to two NCAA National Championships on the women’s triathlon team. After accomplishing this impressive feat, she was ready to reach new heights on her academic path.

From Indiana Jones to Teotihuacan, anthropology grad follows her passion

Molly Corr will continue studying archaeology after earning her BA from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

ASU grad found her path in global health

Emily Eavenson knew she wanted to work in health care but didn’t know where to start. A passion for helping others brought her to ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Edson College undergraduate blazes a trail in pursuit of her dreams

Oumou Bah was able to combine her passion for health care with her love of law at ASU. She is the first BS in Health Care Compliance and Regulations graduate to complete a Barrett, The Honors College thesis.

Defying the odds ...

Odds often define people. But ASU senior Tristan Bartels has managed to defy the odds of his trajectory. On May 11, he will receive a bachelor’s degree in political science in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. He is now headed to law school.

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 Lake Havasu City resident and graduating senior Tristan Bartels overcame the challenges that come with a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome to graduate with a 3.9 GPA. His immediate goal is to attend law school, then work to improve his community by being a political advocate. He's photographed on the ASU at Lake Havasu campus, Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020. Photo by Charlie Leight/ASU Now

Driven by passion for Latino community, first-gen grad reflects on experiences

Angélica César spent the last three years at ASU seizing opportunities and advocating for the Latino community and undocumented immigrants. César will graduate from the School of Transborder Studies and the School of Politics and Global Studies this May.

ASU linguistics student masters art of discovery

Graduating ASU linguist Chenay Gladstone lauds her professors, friends and ASU at-large for their support. And for teaching her that it’s OK to be imperfect.

ASU graduate finds success through hard work and making the most out of the college experience

College life has been busy for Francesca Lascala, but she isn’t one to shy away from hard work or a challenge.

A passion for furthering inclusivity

Rebecca Monteleone has always looked out for others by making sure they felt included. That led her to pursue disability studies. So she came to the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at ASU for her PhD in Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology.

Sustainability grad is inspired to empower

Tammy Nguyen's passion for making a difference was sparked by a sustainability guest speaker at her high school. This May, Nguyen graduates from Barrett, The Honors College with a bachelor's degree in sustainability and big plans for the future.

First-generation biomedical sciences grad overcomes doubts, fears to earn degree

John Butler, a first-generation college student, husband, and father, is graduating with a BS in biological science (biomedical sciences). his goal is to become a physician's assistant. 

Overcoming health disparities with a cross-sector approach: An ASU grad’s perspective on health care

Adam Thompson has a long list of interests that, when first starting out at ASU, made it somewhat difficult for him to choose a major. It was this diverse set of interests that led him to pursue dual majors from the university. 

A full-ride and a whole new world of possibilities: Dual graduate reflects on what she gained at ASU

In her time at ASU, when opportunities presented themselves –– Victoria Barbosa took them. “Ever since my freshman year, I tried to get involved in different programs that The College offered,” said Barbosa, a double-major studying psychology and family and human development in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

Online graduate student hopes to help future students by teaching online

Lauryl Jensen wants to work for BYU Pathway and help them in their efforts to make higher education more accessible to people. 

Asia studies student chases her passion in Seoul

Katherine Barone, a graduating senior in Asia studies with a concentration in East Asia, always wanted to pursue higher education. Now she is graduating, the first in her family to do so, from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies with a degree connected to her passions.

Graduating history undergraduate to pursue military career

Nathan Callahan is graduating this semester with his bachelor's degree in history and a certificate in political history and leadership.

ASU Dean’s Medalist heads to Harvard

Native Arizonan and graduate of Basha High School in Chandler, Arizona, Madeleine Howell is the spring 2020 School of Molecular Sciences Dean’s Medalist, and also the University Outstanding Undergraduate student for the Natural Sciences Division in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Graduate ‘found another family in ASU’

Juan Laguna is one of the first graduating members of ASU’s College Assistance Migrant Program, which provides academic and financial support to students like Laguna who are from migrant and seasonal farm worker families.

ASU grad recognizes value in every opportunity 

Senior Derek Duba, who will be graduating with a BA in political science this May, aims to find meaning in all of his efforts no matter how challenging or mundane.

Sociology grad seeks to help children in foster care 

Maricela Diaz is a sociology major graduating with honors. She traveled extensively during her time in college and learned, among many things, that she wishes to help others in need. She plans to work with children in foster care and facilitate the adoption process.

Love of Indonesia inspires undergrad to graduate with degree in Asia studies

Bronwyn Younger-Howard will be graduating with her bachelor’s in Asia studies with a concentration in Southeast Asia and a certificate in Islamic studies.

From an online biochemistry degree to chasing a PhD

Paul Turack is graduating with a degree in biochemistry from the School of Molecular Sciences. This year he was awarded the Distinguished Biochemistry Merit Award, which is presented to a graduating senior in recognition of an outstanding academic record in a biochemistry degree.

History student overcomes obstacles to graduate with master’s degree and honors

Madeline Stull will be graduating this spring with her bachelor’s and master’s in history and minors in Arabic studies and civic and economic thought and leadership.

Sanford School grad turns passion for childcare into degree

Kenedy Schneeberger is a family and human development major graduating with honors. She has been accepted into ASU's Master of Social Work program and will begin that program in the fall.

Geography Dean’s Medalist mapped her own path at ASU

Amy Berry is an avid learner. Entering ASU as a freshman with 50-plus college credits, Berry utilized her academic flexibility to explore different courses and majors until she found the right fit for her: geography. 

Sociology grad has passion for serving those with disabilities

Fernando Lopez is a sociology major graduating with honors. He talked about cherishing life one day at a time and setting his sights on a future serving people with disabilities.

Cronkite student is remote, resilient and ready to start journalism career

ASU graduate Marcella Baietto is a bilingual multimedia journalist with a singular purpose: Report stories that matter.

Woman in red dress sitting behind desk

Marcella Baietto at her NBC News internship in New York. Photo courtesy Marcella Baietto

From ASU Dean's Medalist to Harvard Law School 

In May, Mackenzie Saunders, an Ahwatukee native, will graduate summa cum laude with Bachelor of Science degrees in justice studies and politics and the economy and a certificate in socio-legal studies.

Urban planning graduate aims to use education to support Native nations

As Hannah Trostle prepares for graduation this May, she looks forward to helping communities similar to those in which she grew up. 

From on the ground to in the skies and online, communication grad shares his journey

Like many of his fellow Sun Devils, Connor Tummond’s journey to graduation wasn’t a direct path, but a road with twists and turns that adjusted to fit his needs.

Dean’s Medalist finds herself through philosophy

The road to receiving a degree is different for everyone, and for the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies Dean’s Medalist, Morgan Leland, it’s been a winding one....