Congrats, 2020 American Indian Graduates!

Congratulations graduate on the completion of your degree program at Arizona State University! Unfortunately, due to the events surrounding the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 American Indian Convocation will be postponed to a later date. 

Submit your graduation details here to be featured on the wall below. 

Letter of Congratulations

Samantha Endischee

Samantha Endischee

Bachelors of Arts in Education, Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Navajo

Be the change you want to see in the world. -Mahatma Ghandi Words cannot say how thankful I am to all of my loved ones who have supported me in this journey, and thank you to everyone who has congratulated me and those who have said "Keep going." Masters here I come!

Janet Kaeleen Bill

Janet Kaeleen Bill

Juris Doctor, Indian Law Certificate, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

Thank you to the Indian Legal Program's faculty, staff, & students for making law school so memorable. To my family, thank you for all of your continued love & support.

Kaylee Ross

Kaylee Ross

Bachelor of Science, Community Health, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation

Navajo

Thank you to all my friends and family who supported me during these last four years, I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you you AISSS for being there when I needed them most and introducing me to lifelong friends.

Elavita Benallie

Elavita Benallie

Bachelor of Science, Science of Health Care Delivery, College of Health Solutions

Navajo

“My Grandchildren, education is the ladder. Tell our people to take it.” - Chief Manuelito

Andrea Smolsey

Andrea Smolsey

Bachelor of Science, Molecular Biosciences and Biotechnology, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

White Mountain Apache Tribe

I am so very thankful for all of the help and guidance I have recieved from the wonderful people at AISSS and the greater ASU community! You truly made it feel like my home away from home! After graduation, I plan to enter grad school for a Master's degree.

Jessica Antonio

Jessica Antonio

Bachelor of Science, American Indian Studies College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Nutrition Dietetics, College of Health Solution

Bachelor of Arts, Business Administation, WP Carey School of Business

Navajo Nation

Huge Thanks to my Mom and Dad for teaching me that education is very valuable. Thanks to my friends and family. "I'll go and do more" - Annie Dodge Wauneka I plan to go to Masters program in Nutrition at ASU, VA internship, and take the Registered Dietitian certification exam.

Robyn Leilani Begay

Robyn Begay

Bachelors of Art in Education, Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Navajo 

To my family, ahéheeʼ nitsaago - for your support, love, and encouragement during my educational journey. To my fiancé, you have been such a great support system and a shoulder to lean on during the most stressful of times. You are all my pillar of strength and my inspiration to. 

Sarah Francisco

Sarah Francisco

Bachelor of Social Work, Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Gila River Indian Community

“Prove yourself to yourself, not to others.”

Elisabeth Johnson

Elisabeth Johnson

Bachelor of Science, Forensic Science, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Navajo

“Learning does not make one learned: there are those who have knowledge & those who have understanding. The first requires memory & the second philosophy.” The Count of Monte Cristo. I want to thank the people who helped me in my journey & know that it is continuing in the Fall.

Nicollette Lindahl

Nicollette Lindahl

Bachelor of Science, Business Data Analytics, W.P. Carey School of Business

Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

"There is only one corner of the universe that you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self." - Aldous Huxley

Rebecca Moore

Rebecca Moore

Master of Education, Curriculum and Instruction (Gifted Education), Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College

Baboquivari

 I would like to thank my husband for his unfailing support through this journey.

Terri Surveyor

Bachelor of Arts, Digital Culture (Film), Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Navajo, Hopi, Cheyenne/Arapaho

"Believe you can and you're halfway there"

Shawn Bitsui

Shawn Bitsui

Master of Business Administration, W.P. Carey School of Business

Dine (Navajo)

Very thankful for this loving family's support over the years, knew their tenacity would inspire him to persevere forward! Now its time to help Indigenous people grow forward and prosper together.

Laiken Molina

Laiken Molina

Bachelor of Arts, Educational Studies, Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College

Gila River Indian Community and San Carlos Apache

“What I Really Want To Do Is Be A Representative Of My Race… I Have A Chance To Show How Kind We Can Be” — Maya Angelou

Gabrielle Hernandez

Gabrielle Hernandez

Bachelor of Arts, Communication, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Hopi and Cherokee

“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.” -C.S. Lewis. I want to thank every person that has supported me throughout the years, especially my mom and dad. Last but not least, I want to personally thank the Jonas Brothers. I will see you at the next tour.

Sabrina Garcia Flipse

Sabrina Garcia

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art (Sculpture), Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

I would love to thank my community, SRPMIC, for giving me a great experience here at ASU. Right now, due to the pandemic, my next steps are unsure, but I do hope to apply to a scholarship at Virginia Tech in 3D Animation or stay at ASU for Architecture or Industrial Design!

Socorra Arroyo

socorra arroyo

Bachelor of Social Work, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Fort Mcdowell Yavapai Nation

Thanking my family for the support

Arial Begay-Smith

Arial Begay

Bachelor of Arts, Communication, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community

Every lesson in my life is a step forward to a better future. On to the next adventure!

Darien Guzman

Darien Guzman

Bachelor of Science, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Navajo/Mexican

Thank you everyone who supported me on this journey. We did it!

Elayne S. Lucero

Elayne Lucero

Bachelor of Science, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

"Get glowing! The world needs your magic!" Thank you, family, friends and my triplet sons Kaleb, Xavier, and Julian, for all the love, encouragement, and support.

Dawn Manuelito

Dawn Manuelito

Bachelor of Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies, College of Intergrative Sciences and Arts

Navajo Nation/ San Carlos Apache

"My grandchildren, education is a ladder. Tell our people to take it."-Chief Manuelito

Cassandra Emily Peña

Cassandra Pena

Master of Social Work, Social Work (Planning, Administration and Community Practice), Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Gila River Indian Community/ Hopi-Sun Forehead Clan

“Great things never come from comfort zones.” Thank you family and friends for all the love and support! / My next steps are to continue serving the Native community and lead systemic change to benefit our people. My 5 year goal is to come back to ASU for a doctoral program.

Hannah Rose Trostle

Hannah Rose Trostle

Master of Urban & Environmental Planning, Urban and Environmental Planning, The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Cherokee Nation

Wado to my family, my friends, and my professors -- especially Dr. Hale and Dr. Pijawka. It has been an honor to be here, and I couldn't have done it without the support from everyone.

Crystal Thinn

Crystal Thinn

Bachelor of Science, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Navajo, Rock Point, Arizona

Ya'at'eeh! I would like to thank my family for their love, support and encouragement to allow me to succeed in this journey. Love You! Ahehee'!

Brian Andy Harrison

Brian Harrison

Bachelor of Science, Sustainability, School of Sustainability

Navajo, Mexican Water, Arizona

I plan on continuing this journey by pursuing a Master's degree in Hydrology.

Emily McDonnell

Emily McDonnell

Master of Public Administration, Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions

Navajo Nation

T’áá hwó’ ají t’éego (If it is to be, it is up to me). The next step in my academic journey is law school.

Brian Garcia

Brian Garcia

Juris Doctor of Law, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

The Lorax: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not. I'm grateful to continue advocating for Indian Country. Thank you to my friends and family for supporting throughout this journey!

Brenton Begay

Brenton Begay

Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Systems, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering

Tohono O'odham and Navajo Nation

I want to thank my Friends and Family for supporting me throughout my time here at ASU, without them I would not be here today.
"Everything that has transpired has done so according to my design." - Sheev Palpatine/Darth Sidious/Darth Plagueis' Apprentice 

Marcelo Alejandro Foster

Marcelo Foster

Bachelor of Science, Political Science, New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Yaqui, Zapotec, Huichol

 "It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees", Emiliano Zapata. To my family and future wife, thank you for being there each step of the way. More than that thank you for continuing this journey with me as I go to work full-time & plan my graduate journey.

Jerilene Jensen

jerilene johnson

Bachelor of Science, Psychology, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Navajo Nation

"All great achievements require time." -Maya Angelou

Kelly Jo Lee

Kelly Jo Lee

Bachelor of Science, Family and Human Development. Minor, Sociology. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Navajo. Holbrook, AZ

Ahéhee’, Mom and Dad, for giving me the world and making my dreams come true. I could not have done this without my family’s love and support. Yay, I did! Next stop, grad school. Go Devils!

Raquel Lynn Manuelito

Raquel Manuelito

BFA, Dance Education, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Navajo 

My fourth great grandfather, Chief Manuelito, once said, “my grandchildren, education is a ladder.” I am proud to become a future educator for the arts and bring the opportunity of ‘what if’s’ to our future indigenous students. This degree goes to my beautiful family. Ahéhee’!

Felix B. Muniz

Master of Arts, Psychology, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

"It doesn't get easier, you just get better at it", PhD coming in 2023

Yanibah Yazza

Yanibah Yazza

B.A. Business Law, W.P. Carey School of Business; Minors in Economics & American Indian Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Navajo, Waterflow, New Mexico

Still deciding on whether to do a Master's program or not, but definitely to attend law school soon to achieve my academic goal.