Six commencement ceremonies were held at Appalachian State University over two days, Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12. Chancellor Sheri Everts began the ceremonies warmly by telling graduates, “Congratulations on your accomplishments and this achievement. I personally find great hope for our community, state, nation and world in the promise you take forward into a future made all the brighter because of you.”
A total of 3,229 undergraduate students and 369 graduate students received degrees.
Reich College of Education
Friday’s events began with the Reich College of Education commencement ceremony, which featured two student speakers: Tanairi Tirado from Camden, New Jersey, who earned a Bachelor of Science degree in child development: birth – kindergarten; and Nathan Weigl, who graduated with a dual Doctorate of Education/Master of Business Administration degree.
Speaking of her major, Tirado said, “This field truly inspires me; it is my dream to be part of building a foundation of learning, in which students develop and strive. I dream of instilling the endless sense of exploration and wonder that fuels their motivation to be educated.”
Tirado hopes to impact children’s lives and be a source of support, encouragement and advocacy in the private and public sectors of education. She plans to stay in Boone after graduation to teach and influence the community, especially in education and working with families. She hopes to pursue a graduate degree as well.
Weigl talked about the success already achieved by his fellow graduates with the help of others, and their future professional success through making a difference for others.
“You have found your way, no doubt with the help of others, who have challenged, engaged and informed you … Most importantly, however, expect that you will find yourself in a position to make a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of others — every single day,” he said.
Weigl resides in Boone with his wife and two young children. While studying at Appalachian, Weigl worked as an intern and research fellow with the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships. After graduation, he plans to continue serving as senior lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Appalachian.
Pictured: Nathan Weigl speaks at commencement for the Reich College of Education. Graduating with a dual Doctorate of Education/Master of Business Administration degree, he encouraged his fellow graduates, “Expect that you will find yourself in a position to make a lasting and meaningful difference in the lives of others.” Photo by Chase Reynolds
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