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UAB News celebrates graduating students

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will host in-person commencement ceremonies for the spring semester outdoors at Legion Field on April 30 and May 1. A virtual commencement program will be available in a mobile-friendly format. The ceremonies will be livestreamed via Facebook. Masks will be required for everyone. There is no limit on the number of guests who can attend, but everyone will need to remain socially distanced.


Christina J. Glenn is the first Doctor of Public Health with a concentration in biostatistics graduate from UAB’s School of Public Health.

After pursuing a degree piecemeal for 33 years, Jonathan Perz followed the footsteps of both his wife and his daughter to obtain a bachelor’s degree from UAB, becoming the family’s third UAB alumnus.
Two-time UAB alumna Angel Perez hopes to use the knowledge and skills she has learned to teach the next generation of vision scientists.
Ramona Bonner is earning her fifth degree 35 years after receiving her first one, all while fighting COVID-19 in rural Alabama.
In response to increasing case numbers and hospitalizations and in consultation with UAB infectious disease and public health experts, UAB is canceling large indoor events to protect the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community.
Alivia Moore, who studied deception in the UAB Department of Communication Studies and graduates May 1, urges incoming students to take every opportunity seriously and plan their long-term goals.
Caroline Myers, whose partial hearing loss informs her latest works, graduates May 1 with a BFA degree from the UAB Department of Art and Art History and Honors College; this summer she will study at the New York Academy of Art.
At least 1,951 graduates will walk in three ceremonies. Senator James T. “Jabo” Waggoner will be awarded the UAB President’s Medal.
A bilingual speaker of Japanese, Leanna Miku Crafford volunteered with a nonprofit health care clinic, did research in microbiology and led the Japanese Culture Club. She will graduate May 1 with honors magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology.
Jason Zhang has been accepted into five elite graduate programs with offers of full financial support to continue his studies in the biomedical engineering industry.
David H. Parker will walk in UAB’s commencement, then head west to the University of California, Los Angeles, where they will pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree in Theatre Directing, with a full scholarship.
Tyler Huang graduates from UAB with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and a Master of Science degree in multidisciplinary biomedical sciences with a concentration in neuroscience. He is part of one of the first cohorts finishing an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s.
All 2020 graduates and spring 2021 graduates are invited to participate. Masks will be required, and there is no limit on guests; but everyone will need to be socially distanced. Parking will be free.