May 17, 2017

Student Speakers Selected for Commencement

Graduating seniors Theresa Gregory ’17 and Mara Paris Stern ’17 will be the featured student speakers during Commencement exercises at Guilford College on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

A native of Austin, Texas, Mara is receiving a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. As a Bonner Scholar and senior intern with the Bonner Center for Community Service and Learning, Mara has served the greater Greensboro community through college-access initiatives and tutoring programs, while also playing a vital role as a mentor to other students.

Additionally, Mara’s active engagement in student life included playing on the tennis team, serving as a resident assistant and being the first sophomore elected as Treasurer of Community Senate for Guilford’s Student Government Association (SGA). Her college summers involved an important role as a servant leader teaching in the Bronx with Freedom School, a literacy-rich program of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) that “serves children in communities where quality academic enrichment programming is rare, cost-prohibitive or non-existent.” After graduation, Mara will continue her work with CDF as trainer for the Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute. (Read more about her and other graduating seniors.)

Theresa, a Center for Continuing Education (CCE) student, will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Community and Justice Studies, with minors in Psychology and Sociology. Theresa has been active in the Bonner program, serving as a volunteer site coordinator. She has also leveraged her gifts and talents in providing three years of contributions as a Friend to Friend Mentor and as an advocate for students in her role as a CCE SGA Student Representative.

Currently employed as a Community Health Worker for Collaborative Cottage Grove, Theresa plans to attend Wake Forest School of Divinity.

Guilford’s Commencement celebration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday on the quad lawn outside King Hall. Patricia Timmons-Goodson, the first African American woman to serve on the N.C. Supreme Court, will be the featured speaker, and local community leader and philanthropist Adair Phifer Armfield will receive an honorary degree.