Griffin Dumont of Mobile, Alabama, has been selected as the student marshal for the College of Education for Auburn University’s summer 2022 commencement ceremony, scheduled for Aug. 5-6 at Neville Arena.
Dumont is graduating with her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and in August, will begin physical therapy school at the University of South Alabama.
“I was really interested in healthcare and human anatomy and knew that an exercise science degree would prepare me for professional school,” Dumont said. “When I walked into the kinesiology program for the first time and met with the advisors, Auburn felt even more like home. I knew that the School of Kinesiology would give me the tools to be a prepared applicant to professional school and a good student, but I also knew that it would help me grow as a person and that I would be supported by my advisors, professors and fellow classmates.”
She said she appreciated her professors in the School of Kinesiology because they were passionate about their research and class material as well as helping students prepare for their individual futures.
“My time at Auburn is hard to put into words,” she said. “I’ve learned so much from the individuals that comprise the Auburn family and the culture that Auburn fosters. I will take the values of the Auburn creed with me forever, and I will always remember my time at Auburn.”
Looking ahead, Dumont hopes to work with geriatric patients after completing physical therapy school.
“I want to be a continual learner of the human experience, and I hope to do that by using my knowledge of healthcare and ‘the human touch’ of working with each patient in a personal and intentional way,” she said.
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 summer semester commencement ceremonies will take place inside Neville Arena.
“Griffin embodies the Auburn Creed with her hard work and compassion for others,” said Mary Rudisill, director of the School of Kinesiology. “We are honored to have a kinesiology student represent the College of Education as graduation marshal, and Griffin is most deserving of this recognition.”
The university will kick off its graduation weekend at 5 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 5, with a commencement address from Auburn alumnus and veterinarian Dr. Jay Price. Open to all graduates and their families, the Friday ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, greetings by university officials, the recognition of students graduating with academic honors and the keynote by Price. The ceremony will be streamed live on the university’s commencement website.
In addition to Friday’s offerings, commencement weekend will continue with combined college ceremonies taking place on Saturday, August 6, in Neville Arena, with doors opening at 7 a.m. Ceremony start times for Saturday will be as follows: 8 a.m. for the College of Architecture, Design and Construction, the College of Forestry, Wildlife and Environment and the College of Nursing; 9:20 a.m. for the College of Agriculture, College of Sciences and Mathematics, College of Education and College of Human Sciences; 10:40 a.m. for the Graduate School, including all doctoral and master’s candidates; 1:30 p.m. for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering; 2:45 p.m. for the College of Liberal Arts; and 4:05 p.m. for the Harbert College of Business.
In total, Auburn will award 1,424 degrees, including 152 doctoral degrees, 341 master’s degrees, two professional degrees, 20 education specialist degrees and 909 bachelor’s degrees.
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