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Meet the Class of 2021

Hats off to the Guilford College Class of 2021! Their time at Guilford has been marked with change and challenge, but their perseverance shines through in their success. Below, get to know several recent graduates and find out how they're planning to go out into the world, shiny new Guilford College degree in hand, and make a difference.

Salwa Ahmad '21

English and Media Studies major

Ghanaian Salwa Ahmad ’21, an English and Media Studies major, tackled the challenge of moving to a new country — and found her niche at Guilford. She recently earned a Rachel Lindner Leahy ’14 Award, as well as a spot in N.C. State University’s Master of Arts in English program, which she will start this fall.

Photo of Salwa Ahmad standing outdoors on Guilford's campus.

Carmen Curtis '21

Education Studies major

Education Studies major Carmen Curtis ’21 found her calling through getting actively involved in campus life. This fall, she plans to enter the Master’s in Higher Education program DePaul University in Chicago.

Photo of Carmen Curtis '21 standing outdoors in front of Hege Library

Exel Valle-Estrada '21

Health Sciences, Biology double major

From Guatemala to Guilford and beyond, Exel Valle-Estrada ’21 has a bright future in medicine and is working to help other immigrants realize their dreams, too. This summer, he will study at the extremely selective Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program. He then hopes to get a job as a research assistant before pursuing medical school.

Photo of Exel Valle-Estrada '21 outdoors on Guilford's campus

Guilford College student Sonya Brunk '21 stands by the ocean in New Zealand.

Distinguished Scholar

Sonya Brunk ’21, an Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Biology double major, recently studied abroad in New Zealand with EcoQuest. The trip was made possible through her merit-based scholarship as an Environmental Studies Distinguished scholar.

Guilford College student Chelsea Sosa-Sosa sits on the steps of New Garden Hall

Journeying Through Japan

Sociology and East Asian Studies double major Chelsea Sosa ’21 spent one spring semester on her dream trip, taking in the sites, building friendships, and absorbing Japan’s vibrant culture.

Photo of Gracie Perry-Garnette wearing a wetsuit and standing on a boat.

Research Rewarded

Biology major Gracie Perry-Garnette '21 recently received the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities research grant for her thesis work, focused on a recently discovered coral disease. She presented her research at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, the N.C. Academy of Science annual meeting, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Don McTaggart '21

Chemistry major

With the momentum of a successful senior thesis behind him, Chemistry major Don McTaggart ’21 is headed to UNC Chapel Hill to earn his doctorate. Find out more about his exciting plans.

Photo of Don McTaggart '21 standing outdoors on Guilford's campus

Awatif Oumar '21

Business, Economics double major

Business major Awatif Oumar ’21 surprised herself by adding a second major in Economics, but her professors believed in her from the beginning. This summer, she will intern with ITG Brands to see where she might fit in the business or finance worlds. 

Photo of Awatif Oumar standing outside in front of Founders Hall.

Hannah Preston '21

Public Health, Political Science double major

Hannah Preston ’21 is often a step or two ahead, and her Guilford years were no exception. After her July graduation, Hannah will study at UNC Chapel Hill where she will earn a master’s degree in health policy. From there, she aims to run for public office after a few years on the ground working in public health for Greensboro.

Photo of Hannah Preston on the Quad in front of Hege Library

Moe Reh '21

Music and Education Studies double major

Classical guitarist Moe Reh '21 will attend the prestigious UNC School of the Arts in fall 2021 on a full scholarship. In this video, find out why he chose Guilford College and what he'll remember about his time as a Guilfordian.

Hsar "Ree Ree" Wei '21

Community and Justice Studies major

Hsar "Ree Ree" Wei ’21 discovered her passion for cultural food access and immigration justice at Guilford. Find out how she’ll put these interests to work in her new position at Transplanting Traditions Community Farm.

Photo of Ree Ree Wei standing outside on Guilford's campus

Kaylee Zabava '21

Biology, Health Sciences double major

Thanks to her real-world experience and natural concern for the well-being of animals, Biology and Health Sciences major Kaylee Zabava ’21 is making the world a better place for pets. The Honors Scholar plans to attend veterinarian school in the near future.

Photo of Kaylee Zabava standing outdoors on Guilford's campus

Virtual Commencement 2020 and 2021

Virtual Commencement 2020 and 2021

In this video, experience the 2020 and 2021 virtual Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, featuring this year's student and guest speakers.

Commencement 2021

Commencement 2021

In this video, watch as the Guilford College community joins students and their families to celebrate graduates on Saturday, May 8.