SERC Grad to Serve as Fall 2014 Graduation Marshal

November 14, 2014

Rachel Sanders Belcher
Rachel Sanders Belcher

Rachel Sanders Belcher has been selected as the College of Education’s Fall 2014 graduation marshal. In this capacity, Belcher will represent the College and carry the COE Banner in the opening ceremonies of the Fall graduation exercises. She was nominated by her advisor and Rehab Counseling professor Dr. Lee Ann Alderman, based on her outstanding character, desire to serve others, and her sterling academic record. Belcher has a 4.0 in her major, and has made only two Bs in her academic career at Auburn – one in Chemistry and one in Physics.

“I have loved my major in Rehabilitation and Disability Studies,” Belcher said. “I plan to go into mission work. My cousin served as a doctor in an orphanage in Russia and I quickly realized this is what I want to do with my life.”

Sanders, who was recently married, said her husband also wants to serve in the mission field.

“Through the College of Education, I have had the opportunity to learn vital skills for my future career while gaining invaluable experience in several practicum sites,” she said. “I plan to use my degree to reach out to children with disabilities through mission work. My goal in life is to help these children reach their maximum potential by teaching skills that will allow them to lead an independent and fulfilling life.”

Story and photo by George Littleton