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Made Their Mark

Four years ago, these Guilford seniors and their classmates showed up eager to make their mark at the College. They graduated on May 13, and now they're ready to make their mark on the world.


When one dream ended, another was ignited

Jacob Mitchell '23 of Chapel Hill, N.C., came to Guilford to fulfill a childhood dream: He wanted to play college basketball. An injury ended his basketball career early, but started him on a new dream, one that will take him to Chicago for a job in corporate finance after graduation.

Jacob Mitchell in front of Founders Hall

Making a trail for future Guilfordians

Brandon Sisnett '23 knew early in life he wanted to be an environmental scientist. He took a step closer to fulfilling that dream when he graduated from Guilford with a degree in Environmental Science. Before he left Guilford, Brandon wanted to complete a special project.

She loved her Guilford professors. Now she wants to be one.

Honors student Taylor Calloway '23 of Hendersonville, N.C.,  wasn’t sure what she wanted to do with her life when she first arrived at Guilford. These days Taylor’s future couldn’t look any clearer – or brighter.

Taylor Calloway stands outdoors on Guilford's Quad, wearing a black t-shirt.

He has big goals – and Guilford helped him reach them

It’s not easy being a college student. It’s especially difficult when you spend two semesters interning as a computer programmer at the National Security Agency like Greensboro’s Larry McMillian '23 did. All that hard work paid off for Larry, who starts a job at the NSA this summer.

Guilford served her well. Now she wants to serve others.

Grace Calus '23 of Creedmoor, N.C., made the most of her four years at Guilford. She played softball, was a Principled Problem Solving scholar and interned at a local law firm. She’s convinced Guilford gave her the tools to succeed at college.

Grace Calus stands outdoors in front of Dana Auditorium, wearing a white shirt under a blue jacket.

She found her purpose at Guilford. Degree in hand, she’s ready to pursue it.

Aileen Cerda '23 wasn’t sure what she wanted to major in when she showed up at Guilford four years ago – only that she wanted to one day practice law. The College paved the way for the Political Science major to do just that. Next stop: Law school.

Aileen Cerda on the campus quad in a teal flannel shirt.

He put all his eggs in one basket. Then the email arrived.

The Yale School of Music competes with The Juilliard School for the world’s best and brightest musicians. Emmett Edwards '22 of Greensboro only applied to one for graduate school and hoped for admission. When the email finally arrived, he couldn’t open it. Not without his mother with him.

Emmett Edwards '23 plays guitar in the Guilford College Quad

Everything’s coming up roses – beans and carrots too

Ky’lexius Gwynn '23 of Reidsville, N.C., wants to work in the nonprofit sector. She wants to learn how to lead organizations — all with the aim of bringing her dreams of a community garden and learning center in Reidsville to fruition.

Ky'Lexius Gwynn stands outdoors on Guilford's Quad, wearing a leopard-print top.

She’s a natural-born leader who’s ready for med school

Tinyah Ervin '23 never really thought of herself as a leader in high school back in Chicago.  Then she served two years as Guilford’s student government president. These days Tinyah, who will apply to medical schools in a few months, knows no bounds.

Tinyah Ervin '23 in front of New Garden Hall wearing a grey fleece shirt

She only knows one speed (fast) and direction (forward)

Following Lydia Saunders '23 of High Point, N.C., can be a dizzying experience. She’s a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology and plays volleyball. She’s also a Resident Advisor and Teacher’s Assistant. She’s not letting graduation slow her down either.

Lydia Saunders in a sundress at New arden Hall

Guilford was more than a college – it felt like a home

With his family back in Nigeria, Kennedy Nzekwe '23 felt a little out of place in the United States. He found a home at Guilford. The Cyber and Security Network major wants others to feel just as comfortable here, too.

A new perspective on life

Tay Maxwell '23 never envisioned a career in law enforcement. Guilford College changed his way of thinking -- his life, too.

Tay Maxwell '23 talks about community-based policing