The future is bright for spring 2019 grads

Friday, April 12, 2019

On May 6, thousands of ASU students will move their tassels to the left side of their mortarboards and head into the next phase of their journey. Before they do, ASU Now is taking a look at some of the most impressive graduates.

Brandon Favre

Science’s 'cool' factor inspires molecular biology master’s degree graduate

School of Life Sciences graduate Brandon Favre tackled both genetic engineering and graduate student mental health while getting his Master of Science at ASU.


Lena Bonds

Graduate aims to set example for son with social work career

“I think it’s really important that anyone that has gone through any kind of adversity, to use that as a fuel to go and help others,” said Lena Bonds, an online student in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Bonds is graduating with her bachelor’s degree from the T. Denny Sanford School for Social and Family Dynamics in May.


Colin Redman

Computer science student develops software for gathering evidence for speech and debate 

Graduate Colin Redman has spent the past eight years competing in speech and debate — four years at his high school in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and four years as a member of ASU’s Forensics Team housed in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication.


Rosemary Huck

Student athlete pursues interest in geography 

Rosemary Huck used her time at ASU to learn more about geomorphology, the study of the physical features of the surface of the earth and their relation to its geological structures.


George Brusch

First-generation college student defeats ‘imposter syndrome’ to earn biology PhD

George Brusch, who will graduate with his PhD in biology this spring, fought to build a community for underrepresented students after struggling to find his place in a university setting.


Bryce Newberry

Cronkite student said no to all roadblocks

Bryce Newberry is a "yes man" in the best sense. He's always up for a challenge and never shies away from a new opportunity. This has served him well as a student and as a journalist.


Anna Wanless

Lifelong Sun Devil turns longtime interest in weather into degree

When Anna Wanless was growing up, her Sun Devil parents brought her to campus and football games. At the same time, she became interested in meteorology.


Avery Underwood

Open doors help biology master’s degree grad find niche

Born and raised in Tempe, School of Life Sciences graduate student Avery Underwood always wanted to attend Arizona State University. She found a perfect research fit in assistant professor Melissa Wilson's lab.


Paris Masek

ASU doctoral grad transforms communities with food knowledge

Paris Masek is graduating from ASU this spring with a PhD in English literature. That seems straightforward; however, like most of Masek does, it’s not. That this Phoenix resident is earning his doctorate represents a circular, holistic journey, a repurposing of experiences and knowledge into something transformational.


Brittany-Rose Tribulski

ASU Online grad uses her education in humanity

Brittany-Rose Tribulski had been teaching English for some time already — even spending a year and a half in Thailand with the MediaKids organization. But the Riverside, California, resident recognized that to meet her goals as an English teacher she needed more.


Erin Bottino

Mangiamo! ASU grad blends study and sustenance

Graduating ASU student Erin Bottino has managed to combine two very different areas of study — a BA in writing, rhetorics and literacies in the Department of English and a food system sustainability certificate in the School of Sustainability — into one, logical focus: food literacy.


Top photo: Kristin Fanara, left, laughs with Avvi Valdez at the spring 2018 ASU commencement at Chase Field. Photo by Arizona Board of Regents