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Powerful stories of the Meredith community going strong.

M.A. in criminal justice graduate Johana Calderon Suarez

Advancing My Criminal Justice Career – Johana Calderon Suarez »

Johana Calderon Suarez, ’20, ’22, earned a master’s in criminal justice to advance her criminal justice career and help her community’s most vulnerable people.


Senior Ally Cefalu sits in front of Meredith College fountain in her cap and gown.

Combining Biology and Psychology – Ally Cefalu »

Legacy Scholar and Honors student Ally Cefalu, ’22, double majored in biology and psychology, became a Student Assistant, conducted lab research, and formed a strong bond with the Meredith community. After graduating from Meredith, she took her passion for biology and mental health to work as an Analyst I at BioAgilytix.


Suzanna Gracyk

Promoting Health Through Nutrition – Suzanna Gracyk »

Wings student Suzanna Gracyk, ’22, is passionate about promoting health through nutrition. She’ll continue her studies in Meredith’s Master of Science in Nutrition program, with the ultimate goal of becoming a registered dietitian.


Jeanine Carryl

Web Developer – Jeanine Carryl »

Computer science major Jeanine Carryl, ’22, was drawn to STEM fields from an early age. After graduation, she accepted a position as an associate web developer, a role that resulted from her internship.


Celeste Herrera in a maroon cap and gown

Women in Fashion – Celeste J. Herrera »

Fashion merchandising and design major Celeste Herrera, ’22, gained valuable skills and experience through a powerful design internship, her involvement with a professional association, and a faculty mentor.


Aspen Degler

Exploring Career Interests – Aspen Degler »

Transfer student Aspen Degler, ’22, earned a double major in criminology and sociology with a minor in forensics. Meredith’s StrongPoints® program, an internship, and faculty mentors helped her determine her strengths and explore her career interests.


Tylena Brown

Finding A Passion for Human Resources – Tylena Brown »

After sharpening her skills in the United States Marine Corps, Tylena Brown, ’22, chose to attend Meredith College as a Wings — Adult Education student studying business administration with a concentration in human resources.

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Beth Garner

Becoming an ESL Teacher – Beth Garner »

At Meredith, Beth Garner, ’14, M.A. in Teaching, found flexibility, guidance, and financial support through a FELS grant to achieve her goal of becoming an ESL teacher.


Kelsey McCleave, '20

Kelsey McCleave »

As a nontraditional male student, Kelsey McCleave, ’20, was afraid he’d feel out of place in the pre-health, post-baccalaurate program. Instead, he found a welcoming community that prepared him to successfully apply to a physician assistant school.


Taylor Keyes »

As someone who loves a challenge, Taylor Keyes, ’19, finds her work as a lab research technician for Duke Health to be both purposeful and fulfilling. Meredith helped Taylor connect her strengths in problem-solving to a career in vaccine research.


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