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    Congratulations to our 2020 graduates

Making a Meaningful Difference

The Arnold School is proud of our students, especially our 2020 graduates who have persevered during this challenging time. Every year, faculty, staff, students, friends and family look forward to celebrating graduates at hooding and commencement ceremonies. We are saddened to miss these opportunities but hope to honor graduates through virtual methods and look forward to meeting again in person in the future. 

Award Winners

Each year, the Arnold School and our departments recognize outstanding graduate students with awards. Visit our awards page to see this year's winners. Check out our faculty and alumni award winners too.

Meet a Few of Our Graduates

We have featured a few of our outstanding students who are graduating in May and August. Click on the stories below to learn more about their journeys. 

Erin Van Meter

Erin Van Meter

During her program, Erin Van Meter learned more about swallowing difficulties and feeding disorders among pediatric populations and discovered an interest in the diagnostic process. 

Emily Loud

Emily Loud

Emily Loud has refined her focus to tobacco control and smoking cessation -- working alongside Jim Thrasher on projects related to health warning labels on cigarette packs and reduced nicotine cigarette messaging. The August graduate (MPH in HPEB) will continue her studies at the Arnold School in her department's Ph.D. program.

Yoojin Cho

Yoojin Cho

Doctoral graduate Yoojin Cho has worked with health promotion, education, and behavior professor Jim Thrasher to study the behavioral and regulatory aspects of tobacco control research. She'll continue their research with a postdoctoral fellowship.

Mackenzie Walker

Mackenzie Walker

Exercise science graduate Mackenzie Walker is pursuing a career combining occupational therapy with adaptive sports and recreation. This fall, she'll begin UofSC's Master of Science in Adapted Physical Education program. 

Zachary Travis

Zachary Travis

After graduating this month, Zachary Travis will take the next step toward his future career as a physician by working as a clinical donation specialist with We Are Sharing Hope SC to gain experience.

Kacey Ohlemeyer

Kacey Ohlemeyer

During his Master of Science in Advance Athletic Training program, Kacey Ohlemeyer has developed interests in nutrition, manual therapy, professionalism and outcome measures. Next, he'll complete a complete an athletic training residency in orthopedics and diagnostics. 

Samuel Godfrey

Samuel Godfrey

During his Master of Science in Public Health in Epidemiology program, Samuel Godfrey explored the many areas of public health including mental health, substance abuse/misuse, and environmental health. Now he's joining the Maine CDC as an epidemiologist. 

Meghan Smith

Meghan Smith

After joining the COMD department's Master of Science - Residential program this fall, Meghan Smith will have the opportunity to continue learning more about specific language impairment. 

Jordan Hammond

Jordan Hammond

Jordan Hammond chose to study public health because she wanted a holistic approach to healthcare. Next, the May graduate will head overseas to complete two health-related master's degrees with a full scholarship.

Brianna Tennie

Brianna Tennie

Master of Public Health in Epidemiology graduate Brianna Tennie has successfully built her knowledge and skills in infectious diseases and clinical epidemiology as a result of her academic coursework and research/practicum experiences.  

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Anna Book

Anna Book, a May graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health program, will soon begin a Master of Public Health program at Columbia University where she’ll study health policy and global health.

Henson Sullivan

Henson Sullivan

 Shortly after her May graduation, exercise science major Henson Sullivan will begin a Master’s in Anesthesia program to become a Certified Anesthesiologist Assistant at a children’s hospital.  


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