Abigail Cramer from Windermere, Florida, has been selected as the student marshal for the College of Education in Auburn University’s summer 2021 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Aug. 6-7.
Cramer is receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science and plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in sports medicine after graduation. She made the Dean’s List regularly from 2019-21 and was the recipient of the Mildred Cheshire Fraley Endowed Scholarship, the Dr. Ralph C. Boles and Willie M. Boles Endowed Scholarship and the Sandra Bridges Newkirk Endowed Scholarship.
Cramer, who was named an undergraduate research fellow for the School of Kinesiology, also was the College of Education’s undergraduate winner in the Auburn University Research Student Symposium in 2020. She served as a tutor for Auburn Athletics, a School of Kinesiology student ambassador and peer instructor and volunteered at Mercy Medical and Auburn Community Church.
“Coming in as a freshman from out-of-state had me very skeptical and nervous of what my time at Auburn would look like, but little did I know the impact it would have on my life and the legacy I would be leaving behind,” said Cramer, who also worked as an undergraduate research assistant for the School of Kinesiology’s Sports Medicine and Movement Lab. “From my first day stepping on its campus, Auburn felt like home. Much of that can be attributed to the College of Education, but more importantly, the School of Kinesiology. The encouragement, support, and dedication I received from the School of Kinesiology has pushed me to be the incredible student and woman I am today.”
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. Due to August’s temperatures, Auburn’s Aug. 6-7 commencement ceremonies will take place at Auburn Arena, but all graduates also will have the opportunity to take family photographs inside Jordan-Hare Stadium immediately following the ceremonies on Saturday.
The university will kick off its graduation weekend at 5:30 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 6, with a commencement address from Auburn alumna Nelda Lee—an aerospace and aviation pioneer from Carrollton, Alabama, who was the second woman to earn an aerospace engineering degree from Auburn. 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.
Lee’s commencement Friday night 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 arena.
Mary E. Rudisill, the Wayne T. Smith Distinguished Professor and director of the School of Kinesiology, had high praise for the accomplished student.
“We are thrilled to have a kinesiology student represent the College of Education as our graduation marshal,” Rudisill said. “Abby epitomizes a well-rounded undergraduate student: she excels in the classroom, has conducted research for two-and-a-half years under our Sports Medicine and Movement Lab and prioritizes involvement through extracurricular activities and peer tutoring. Many of our faculty members and doctoral students supported her being named graduation marshal, which is a testament to the impact Abby has made in the School of Kinesiology.”
Additional information is available on the commencement website and information will be posted on the Facebook and Instagram accounts. All ceremonies will be livestreamed, 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.