Graduate from Mobile selected as student marshal for Auburn University’s fall 2021 commencement

December 10, 2021

Finnorn outdoor headshotAUBURN, Ala. – Sarah Megan Finnorn from Mobile has been selected as the student marshal for the College of Education in Auburn University’s fall 2021 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Dec. 10-11.

Finnorn will graduate with a degree in Science Education and excelled in the program during her time on the Plains.

“I chose science education because, for one, I have always loved science,” said Finnorn, who also earned a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition in 2012. “I chose education because I want students to love it as much as I do. I chose teaching because I want to mold the future minds of tomorrow.

“I really love this program because of the potential that my professors and fellow classmates saw in me. This program has given me so many opportunities to learn and excel. I believe in Auburn and love it!”

Each college at Auburn enlists a special committee to select a student marshal who best represents the values and level of excellence within the college and carry its flag at the front of the commencement procession. Auburn’s fall commencement ceremonies will take place on Pat Dye Field at Jordan-Hare Stadium, contingent on weather, with Auburn Arena serving as the inclement weather option.

Finnorn plans on teaching science in a school system for a few years before pursuing a master’s degree in Education.

“I want to be a successful teacher and eventually move up to a higher level of teaching,” Finnorn said. “If I could just impact one student per class and they remember me and what I did to help them succeed, it would all be worth it.”

The university will kick off its graduation weekend at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 10, with a commencement address from Auburn alumnus Joe Forehand Jr., the former chairman and CEO of Acccenture. Open to all graduates and families, the evening will include the group recognition of graduates with academic honors, conferral of degrees by the Auburn University Board of Trustees and the Graduate School ceremony for master’s and doctoral graduates.

The Friday night commencement address will immediately be followed by the Graduate School ceremony for the conferral of master’s and doctoral degrees. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, the university will host 10 undergraduate ceremonies at assigned times throughout the day in the stadium, with the College of Education beginning at 12:05 p.m.

“We all know that teachers play a valuable role in our society, one made even more clear by the pandemic,” College of Education Dean Jeffrey Fairbrother said. “Most people have a fond memory of a teacher who played a huge role in their life. We try to imbue that sense of opportunity and responsibility in our students as they prepare to enter the classroom, and Sarah is a terrific example of that effort.

“Teachers live a life of service to others. Teaching plays a vital role in a thriving society, and we give our students the knowledge, skill and experiences they need to be successful. Sarah’s passion for science and her sharing that love with her students will open the doors of knowledge and opportunity to a new generation of learners, and we congratulate Sarah on her accomplishments.”

Additional information is available on the commencement website and information will be posted on the Facebook and Instagram accounts. All ceremonies will be live-streamed, with recordings available on the commencement website following the weekend festivities. Graduates and their families are encouraged to check the website regularly for updated information.


Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.