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Spring 2020 Graduation: Congratulations to All New SoA Grads!

Congratulations, 2020 SoA Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our new graduates from everyone in the University of Arizona School of Anthropology! All new grads, at every degree level, have experienced truly unprecedented challenges this semester and nonetheless have achieved great heights! We send you off with these words from SoA Director, Dr. Diane Austin:

Although we miss seeing you in person, the faculty and staff of the School of Anthropology are thrilled to be able to send you into the world ready to put to good use what you have learned and experienced at the University of Arizona. You have worked hard to get where you are today—and you should be very proud of what you have accomplished!

The screenshots above show SoA Faculty and Staff Members congratulating you!

Click here to read about the Spring 2020 Ph.D. and M.A. graduates.

Click here to read about the Spring 2020 B.A. and B.S. graduates.


Messages from SoA Faculty

Students this semester showed incredible dedication to continuing their studies in anthropology. Collectively, they reminded me and each other that anthropological knowledge is more valuable than ever! I'm very proud of my students' achievements and I wish that those graduating were receiving the full recognition that they deserve.
Megan A. Carney, Assistant Professor, School of Anthropology

Dear Students:
I want to thank each and every one of you for your great resilience and courage during this semester. It has certainly been one for the record books! We have all learned together the hard way what it takes to respond to adversity. I have been privileged to have such great students in all of you. I continually am impressed with what excellent students we have in the School of Anthropology. Those of you who are graduating, please stay in touch and know that we miss being able to honor you in person, but please accept our warmest congratulations.

Barbara J. Mills, Regents' Professor 

Congratulations to Maria Claw on receiving your Masters degree! It has been wonderful to see your work evolve over the past year and I am very proud of all that you have accomplished so far. You are a true role model for Native women and your dedication to helping your community is truly inspiring!
Congratulations to Maddie Moeller on graduating with your BA! It has been an absolute pleasure getting to work with you on your senior thesis this year and I have been inspired by your dedication, ingenuity, and grit. Can't wait to see what you do next!
Congratulations to Mariagracia McLin Rodriguez on graduation with your BA! I have enjoyed getting to see your work evolve over the past two years and am constantly amazed by your passion for speaking truth to power and your commitment to making our society better. Watch out world!

Lindsay M. Montgomery, Assistant Professor

Thank you for a great semester! You have all shown incredible resilience, determination, resourcefulness, and kindness toward your fellow students and faculty. Congratulations to our 2020 graduates and to all of you!
Irene Bald Romano, Professor of Anthropology

To all of our Anthropology graduates and past, current, and future students: I am very proud of all of your accomplishments! Thank you for sharing your insight, experiences, and expertise with the School of Anthropology. It has been an honor to work with you. Keep up the fight for social and racial justice!
Jen Roth-Gordon, Associate Professor

To the students who were in my class this semester: I thank you for an interesting, inspiring, weird, and yes, even fun semester. Though it wasn’t required, those of you who were able to turn up now and then were a life saver for me--you kept my mind occupied, and my spirit connected to others. Whether you came to the chats or connected through email or none of these, I appreciate all of you, and wish you the very best in whatever you do next. To those graduating this semester and with whom I’ve been lucky enough to interact during your years at UA, congratulations! We’re all so proud of you. I’m looking forward to reading your Bios online and learning more about what what’s next for you. To those of you who aren’t graduating quite yet--I hope to see you in person in the not-too-distant future.
Stacey Tecot, Associate Professor

I hope you realize what you have just accomplished. NO ONE has EVER done what you have done. You went away for spring break in early March and returned to a world completely turned upside down.  New living situations, new work issues, and new class structures.  You could have given up and let things slide. But you didn't. You persevered and created a COMMUNITY--in the class and outside. You stuck it out and have done something very special. You should be very proud of your tremendous accomplishments.

Ronald H. Towner, Associate Professor of Dendrochronology and Anthropology