Speakers & Honorary Degrees

Student speakers, honorary degree, and special award recipients make each academic college's Commencement ceremony a unique and personalized experience for graduates and guests. 

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Each Commencement ceremony features the conferral of degrees, greetings by university, alumni and state officials, remarks by a graduate and undergraduate speaker, and the awarding of an Honorary Degree or Distinguished Faculty Service Award. Beginning in May 2017, one Commencement ceremony will feature a prominent Commencement speaker from outside of the university community. The ceremony with this notable speaker will be designated as the University Commencement.

Towson University Honorary Degree Recipients are selected through a process overseen by the Office of the President, while student speakers (graduate and undergraduate) are selected through nomination processes overseen by each academic college.

Winter 2016 Student Speakers

Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Rachel Mady

Rachael Mady (Ellicott City, MD) will be graduating with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology and Mathematics. A member of the Honors College, Rachael has devoted herself to undergraduate research of topics ranging from aerobic locomotor performance to the behaviors of birds, fish, and yellow-bellied marmots. In addition to participating in summer research experiences in Virginia and Colorado, Rachael was involved campus activities like the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team, Hiking Club, and Serving Our Troops. In January, Rachael will present her research findings at the Society for Integrative & Comparative Biology (SICB) 2017 annual meeting. After that, she plans to spend a few years travelling internationally to conduct research before pursuing a Ph.D. in order to one day become a college professor.

College of Liberal Arts

ryan muffi

Ryan Muffi (Frederick, MD) will be graduating with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology. During his time at TU, he has most enjoyed developing close working relationships with faculty and student colleagues across disciplines of the social sciences and helping fields. Throughout his graduate career, he has served in a number of positions including Research Assistant for Llera Laboratory for Emotion Regulation and Anxiety, Teaching Assistant for Sex Difference and Family Community Program Development courses, and Public Relations Coordinator of TU’s Chapter of National Alliance for Mental Illness. After graduation, Ryan plans to apply to become a licensed graduate professional counselor (LGPC) in the State of Maryland.

College of Education

Jessica Stansbury

Jessica Stansbury (Baltimore, MD) will be graduating with a Doctor of Education degree in Instructional Technology. Jessica currently works at TU as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology and plans to apply for a tenure-track faculty position, so that she may continue to teach in a long-term capacity at the university. She has received several academic honors at TU and her most recent awards include the Burton, Dietz, Jones, Rosecrans Graduate Fellowship in Instructional Technology and the Lippy McMahan Memorial Scholarship in 2016. Jessica’s areas of expertise include morality, moral judgment, gaming, innovative teaching methods, game based learning and integration, and instructional design.

College of Fine Arts and Communication

stephanie crockett

Stephanie Crockett (Baltimore, MD) will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance Performance and Choreography with a concentration in Dance Education. She was a recipient of the Alexander E. Sidorowicz Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to dance students for their academic achievement and outstanding talent in their field of study. In addition to participating in a faculty-led study abroad experience to China, Stephanie’s pursuits at TU have included serving as a Dance Department Mentor, President of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, and Student Ambassador among others. After graduation, Stephanie intends to join a professional dance and eventually become a college professor.

College of Health Professions

daniel andrades

Daniel Andrades (Karachi, Pakistan) will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science. A member of the Honors College, Daniel served as a Research Assistant for the Department of Kinesiology, presented on his research at six regional and national conferences, and formed his own student research team as a TU student. Daniel was as involved outside of the classroom and lab by participating in Catholic and Baptist Campus Ministries, as well as serving as a Student Ambassador and the Event Coordinator for the Exercise Science Club. After graduation, Daniel plans to pursue a Master of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and then either a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology or a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

College of Business and Economics

naomi jackson

Naomi Butler (Baltimore, MD) will be graduating with a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Interactive Marketing. Her most meaningful experience at TU has been her exposure to diverse perspectives through interactions with international classmates and knowledgeable faculty. During her time as a student, Naomi was a member of the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Marketing Intelligence Group. After graduation, Naomi will remain at TU in order to pursue a Master of Science degree in Marketing Intelligence. She will also continue in her position as a Brand Strategist at Stanley Black & Decker, where her long-term goal is to join the Digital Marketing department to utilize her new skills and knowledge.