Jumping for joy, then jumping into careers

A-State holds 2019 Spring Commencement

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A-State held its spring graduation ceremonies with over 2,000 diplomas handed out to students.

At Saturday’s graduation, graduates from all different majors, minors and emphasis areas gathered to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

Chancellor Kelly Damphousse spoke to the graduates and their family and friends with encouragement and hopes for their success.

Graduates were creative with their caps in different ways.

A graduate, Lindsay Spell, has big plans for her future. She also has plans to teach English in Spain this summer.

“My dream job is to be an occupational therapist so after Spain, I plan on coming back,” Spell said. “I plan on entering a three to four-year Doctoral program and getting my Doctorate in occupational therapy.”

Spell said she hopes incoming students reach graduation and shared her advice.

“Enjoy every moment,” Spell said. “It goes by so quickly and it is honestly the best experience of your life. It’s nerve racking your first year trying to get your bearings, but it’s absolutely worth it.”

Jon Mark Horton addressed the graduating class at the ceremony and he served as the Student Government Association President during the 2018-19 academic year.

During the afternoon ceremony, Thomas Hamaker was the student speaker. He was named the 2019 Wilson Award winner on April 25, which is the highest achievement a student can receive at A-State.

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