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UAB News celebrates graduating students

This spring, at least 2,700 UAB students will take part in the university's first ever virtual commencement ceremony. Here are some of their stories.

(Watch the live stream of the virtual commencement ceremonies on UAB's Facebook page.) 


Chelsea Walker-Griner, a 2011 Gates Millennium scholarship recipient, will graduate with an educational specialist degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages from the School of Education on Dec. 11.
Sally Anne Perz follows her daughter’s footsteps as a UAB Blazer alumni.
New UAB School of Optometry graduate Jessica Jasien will start her research career at NASA Johnson Space Center.
Tamara Traber is the first graduate of UAB’s online Clinical Doctorate in Occupational Therapy program, the only one like it in Alabama.
Twelve of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures spring 2020 graduates qualified for the seal, with four earning working biliteracy, the highest level.
Abby Garver of Hoover graduates from UAB with degrees in French and Spanish and made the Presidential Honor roll after learning a foreign language became a “haven” from mental illness.
The graduate ceremony, with approximately 1,262 graduating master’s and doctoral students, will air at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, while the undergraduate, with approximately 583 students, will air at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15.
One UAB student conquered her circumstances with dedication and grace in order to graduate in spring 2020.
Honors College student Leah Perz will graduate this Saturday, May 2, with her parents following her footsteps, for all to be a part of the UAB Blazer community.
UAB’s School of Engineering is honored to recognize three students as the first women to graduate from the school with engineering doctoral degrees.
UAB’s Undergraduate Immunology Program, a collaboration between the School of Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences, is designed to train the next generation of students in research and the health professions.
UAB allowed Honors College student Sharan Kaur to showcase her culture and educate others through her role as co-president of the Indian Cultural Association, she says.
They missed out on their last recitals, but two piano students have announced their graduate school plans, and a drum major for the Marching Blazers has his pick of medical schools.
UAB is prioritizing health and safety and has moved to a virtual commencement ceremony for spring 2020. Watch the ceremonies on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram.