This year's graduates are artistic, scientific, prolific, athletic, empathetic, globally minded, locally engaged change makers.
We're excited to see what they accomplish!
Congratulations, Class of 2019!
Despite the realities of the ‘now,’ what was always meant to be will simply be. So cherish today, for it will soon be a memory of the past, and live for tomorrow, a day never before seen. Our destiny and purpose lies on the horizons of a day nearby. Good luck, Class of 2019!
class of 2019
- Dwayne Duncan ’19, Community and Justice Studies major, Guilford Student Body Association President, co-founder of the C&C Step Team and Voices of Victory Gospel Choir
Senior Art Thesis
Guilford Art seniors take their thesis
projects to the next level.
Built upon work created throughout the past academic year, the Art Department this spring presented works by six Art majors in the 2019 Senior Thesis Art Exhibition, UPROOT. The showcase represents a wide range of interests, including animals, history, surface, and form, to concerns with identity, the body, and facets of nature. The artists are brought together through their shared year-long thesis experience; they worked separately yet alongside one another in the newly renovated studios in Hege-Cox.
Business Administration Major
Trust her: Events like Serendipity don't just happen by happy chance. It takes a lot of work to make campus this fun! Celene Warren ’19, President of the College Activities Board, has spent four years planning events at Guilford, and is headed for a graduate degree in higher education administration.
Abigail Bekele ’19 has more than just her own story to tell. She is an accomplished photojournalist and the managing editor of Guilford’s award-winning student newspaper, the Guilfordian. With ‘Pulitzer’ already on her resumé, she is eager to build a portfolio filled with bylines from around the world.
From the Study Abroad office to BioHazard Ultimate Frisbee field, Katie has walked many paths at Guilford.
Katie Claggett ’19 has been around the block — literally! After studying abroad for two semesters, Katie plans to use what she has learned abroad and at Guilford for her future endeavors. The learning opportunities presented while studying in Morocco and Chile, coupled with her experience working in Guilford’s Study Abroad Office, have fueled her passion for international education. On top of all that she’s an Ultimate Frisbee rock star!
finn shepherd '19
Breaking gender boundaries through research.
Meet Finn Shepherd ’19, who’s currently researching how those who identify as intersex and nonbinary navigate their identity within the German language. By utilizing all of the resources on campus, Finn has been able to successfully navigate such a challenging topic. His goals for his research? To let others know that they’re not alone.
This Exercise and Sport Sciences major, Art minor, and varsity soccer player is headed to San Francisco to pursue a doctor of physical therapy. “My Guilford years were a metamorphosis encompassing a realization that my self awareness is best rooted in self-pursued challenges, while inevitable challenges are also pivotal to personal growth.”
Whats your favorite guilford memory?
On and off the field, student athletes exemplify what hard work looks like. In this special senior edition of Hey, Quakers!, we ask, “What is your favorite Guilford memory?” From big victories to small but memorable moments, it’s clear these athletes will always fondly remember their time at Guilford!
senior research seminar
Research at Guilford goes beyond pen and paper. Our students are working to change the world.
Students from disciplines across campus gather at Guilford because they have one thing in mind — making a difference. They work diligently on projects with the hope of changing the world even the tiniest bit. From research about the impacts of natural disasters, to a new app to help you remember the small things, the senior research seminar helps students prepare to present their work to the world. Check out what this year’s seniors have been working on.
The internship's the thing! These seniors blogged for the student-authored blog, Experience Matters. Learn how they leveraged their internship opportunities to build skills, forge fruitful professional connections, and translate their Guilford education into solid post-grad plans.
I’ve been overwhelmed with support from the moment I stepped on campus, so as you can imagine I have a lot of thank you's to handout,” Shannon says. After graduation, Shannon is headed to a prestigious summer co-op with the American Junior Golf Association — only 28 of 1,200 applicants were chosen. She’s built a stunning resume during her time at Guilford: internships at Disney World, the Wyndham Championship, the PGA Tour, and the Golf Channel.
“I did not realize all that this decision would bring to me: amazing internships, best friends — well, family now — a phenomenal education, and countless other experiences. Everything I have accomplished I owe to my family and this institution. I would not want to be anywhere else."
Amelia has applied to law school at Duke and New York universities, among others. Her internship at Church World Service in Downtown Greensboro gave her experience conducting legal research and advocating for clients. With mentorship from Professors Diya Abdo and Catherine Bonventre and her unique minor, Every Campus a Refuge, she’s built on those skills advocating for refugee rights and ECAR at the United Nations Together Campaign in summer 2018. It’s no wonder that Amelia was moved when Amal Clooney spoke at the Guilford College Bryan Series. “Having the opportunity to meet her, ask her questions, and having your role model also take an interest in your future, it was a truly priceless experience. I remember that night, knowing in my heart that I wanted to be an International Human Rights Attorney just like her. I often think to myself, ‘Where else am I going to have opportunities like this to meet my role models?’ I’m so lucky and blessed.”
My experience at Guilford has been incredible because of the community of people I have in my corner supporting me,” Amber says. Ready to pursue a graduate degree in Sport Management, Amber has leveraged her internships at Towson University and the Atlantic Coast Conference to forge her path — she has an offer in hand from Louisiana State University. “If you work hard and push outside of your comfort zone, you will make great progress in anything you do,” she asserts. She’s done just that in Media Relations for Towson basketball and was one of the top interns in the Football Game Day Operations division of the ACC. “Sports Information Director Dave Walters has had a huge impact in my development at Guilford. He is the reason I want to pursue a career in sports communication. His guidance has truly set me up for success."
Zachary Gruenberg ’19
Zachary turned his internship at Triad Homebrew into a management position before he even graduated. He also teaches a college course that he describes as “Craft Beer 101.” His fascination with all things fermentation started 4,500 miles away, in a castle that has put Guilford College’s study abroad program on the map. “I try to teach sustainability and work the importance of locally sourced products into each classroom conversation around home brewing.”
This year, Guilford launched Faces of Guilford, a social media campaign aimed at showcasing all the phenomenal students and stories we have here on campus. Check out all the graduating seniors who were a part of this campaign.
Be sure to hover over each photo to view their story.