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Education PhD Candidate Selected as Graduate Marshal for Summer Commencement 2022 at Auburn University

Ja’lia Taylor of Smithville, Georgia has been selected as Student Marshal for the Summer 2022 Graduation Ceremony of Auburn University Graduate School, scheduled for August 5-6 at Neville Arena.

Taylor is a PhD Candidate from a College of Education with a degree in Special Education and a minor in Critical Research Education. A first-generation college student, Taylor formed the President’s Mentoring Circle. This is a program for minority graduate students interested in leadership in higher education to receive mentoring from Auburn’s former Chancellor Jay Gogue and other college leaders. She also founded Young Professionals in Training, a pipeline program to get underrepresented students into Auburn University. The program provides mentoring and tutoring for those students. Taylor is an inaugural SEC Scholar and has won numerous awards at Auburn, including winning her second place in the Three Minute Thesis competition. She was chosen to represent graduate students in the Presidential Task Force created by Gogue.

My time in Auburn was one of the most life-changing experiences I’ve ever had,” says Taylor. “I learned from a lot of people. I learned how to nurture relationships. Thank you for allowing me to influence and support my ideas.”

Taylor has accepted a full-time professorship at the University of West Georgia and plans to become an adjunct professor in the Department of Special Education at Auburn University. She was inspired to choose her special education due to the death of her cousin who had Down syndrome.

“He just passed away, but my mission remains the same: to help people and students,” she said.

Each Auburn college participates in a special committee to select the Student Marshal who best represents the values ​​and level of excellence within the college and which will fly its flag before the commencement procession. Due to August temperatures, Auburn’s Summer Semester Commencement Ceremony will be held inside the Neville Arena.

“I am honored to be Ja’Lia’s Principal Advisor.” It showed trust and determination.”

The university will begin its graduation weekend on Friday, August 5 at 5:00 PM (CT) with a commencement address from Auburn University alumnus and veterinarian Dr. Jay Price. Friday’s ceremony, which is open to all graduates and their families, includes the conferment of degrees, greetings from university officials, recognition of outstanding students, and a keynote address by Price. The ceremony will be streamed live on the university’s graduation website.

In addition to Friday’s offerings, Commencement Weekend will continue with the Joint College Ceremony on Saturday, August 6th at Neville Arena at 7:00 am. Ceremony start times for Saturday are as follows: Design and Construction, Forestry, Wildlife, Environmental Colleges, Nursing Colleges. Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Human Sciences: 9:20 am. Graduate school at 10:40 am. Includes all PhD and Masters candidates. 1:30 PM, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. College of Arts and Sciences at 2:45 p.m. For Herbert Business College it is 4:05 pm.

In total, Auburn awards 1,424 degrees, including 152 doctorates, 341 master’s degrees, 2 professional degrees, 20 educational professional degrees, and 909 bachelor’s degrees.