Genevieve Stafford named student marshal for the College of the Liberal Arts

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Genevieve Stafford will serve as the student marshal for the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State’s fall 2017 commencement. Stafford will graduate from Penn State with degrees in psychology and Spanish.

As college marshal, Stafford will represent all students graduating from the College of the Liberal Arts at commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the Bryce Jordan Center. She will participate in the academic processional representing her classmates, along with the faculty marshal, David Wimer, associate teaching professor of psychology.

As a student, Stafford was a dialogue facilitator for World in Conversation where she facilitated discussions among students on the topics of diversity, race relations and climate change. Stafford was also a writing center coordinator and Spanish tutor for Penn State Learning and a lab manager for the Anxiety and Emotions Laboratory in the Department of Psychology. She served as a teaching assistant for two courses and as a research assistant for two additional psychology labs. She was awarded the Evan Pugh Scholar Award and the President Sparks Award.

Stafford is currently applying to graduate school and is planning to get her master's degree in clinical mental health counseling before pursuing a career in that field as a licensed professional counselor.

“Every moment of my liberal arts education was supported by a fantastic group of professors and researchers who pushed me to succeed to the best of my ability,” said Stafford. “My personal connection with each one of them gave me the freedom to explore my fields of interest and find my path. Having the opportunity to work with these individuals has bolstered my confidence as a scholar and enabled me to build relationships that will aid me for years to come.”

Penn State will be livestreaming the commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 16, at

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Last Updated December 05, 2017