Graduate from College of Education selected as Student Marshal for Auburn University’s fall 2020 commencement

December 10, 2020

Sarah Grace Jones Portrait in Front of Samford HallSarah-Grace Jones of Madison, Mississippi, has been selected as a Student Marshal for the College of Education in Auburn University’s Dec. 12 commencement ceremony.

Sarah-Grace will be receiving a B.S. degree in Exercise Science from the School of Kinesiology in Auburn’s College of Education. Following graduation, she will be moving to Birmingham to pursue a job in Personal Training. Her dream goal is to open her own Adaptive Fitness Facility.

“Sarah-Grace’s academic career and professional aspirations reflect so much of what we value in our college,” said Jefferey Fairbrother, Dean of the College of Education at Auburn University. “First of all, she has excelled in a demanding academic curriculum. While many professional options would be available to her, Sarah Grace has chosen first to work as a personal trainer, reflecting the words of the Auburn Creed: “I believe … in a sound body, and a spirit that is not afraid.” It is also notable that her long-term goal is to open her own Adaptive Fitness facility. This shows not only an entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to make her way in a rapidly-changing world, but also a desire to serve others, including those with unique needs.”

“An adaptive fitness facility is a gym that accommodates people with disabilities, such as those managing acute and long term conditions. For example, wheelchair users or others with mobility challenges, clients recovering from a stroke, or those living with cerebral palsy or autism. We are proud of Sarah Grace, and join with her family and friends to applaud her desire to work hard, innovate in a changing world, and dedicate herself to the service of others.”

In observance of current health and safety guidelines amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Auburn will recognize its fall 2020 graduates with additional safety protocols in place for the fall commencement ceremonies set for Dec. 12 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

In lieu of larger ceremonies featuring multiple colleges and students, individual colleges and schools will recognize graduates at set ceremony times. Following brief remarks by the dean to families and guests, graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage, receive their copy of The Auburn Creed and pose for photographs with their name on the stadium video board.

Auburn will award 71 doctoral degrees, 353 master’s degrees, seven education specialist degrees, and 1,500 bachelor’s degrees. The bachelor’s degrees by college and school are: Raymond J. Harbert College of Business, 362; Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, 312; College of Liberal Arts, 292; College of Sciences and Mathematics, 145; College of Education, 130; College of Architecture, Design and Construction, 86; College of Agriculture, 81; College of Human Sciences, 59; School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 24; and School of Nursing, 8.

Contingency plans have been developed in the event of changes to existing COVID-19 regulations or severe weather. Announcements regarding contingencies will be made on the commencement website and the Auburn University Graduation Facebook and Instagram pages no later than Thursday, Dec. 10.