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May 1, 2019

Go Green. Go White. Go Forth.

May 1, 2019

Go Green. Go White. Go Forth.

Spartan graduates are ready to make a better tomorrow.

Whether they launch a start-up, join a Fortune 500 company, work for a nonprofit or go on to complete advanced degrees, Spartan graduates bring innovation, commitment and valuable knowledge and skills to every endeavor.

MSU graduates boast a 93% placement rate — 12% above the national average. Their academic success prepares them to make a better tomorrow in Michigan, across the country and around the world.

Nine of this spring’s graduating seniors have spent the last year representing MSU as members of the Homecoming Court and serving as ambassadors of the university.

Read more about their future plans and how they define themselves as Spartans.

Jessica Altenberger

Jessica Altenberger

Hometown:

South Lyon, Michigan

Major:

Child development with a minor in bioethics

Future plans:

Child life internship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital

"Serving others is what defines me as a Spartan. We are most powerful when we can strengthen others. I truly believe that it is our responsibility as Spartans to seek out vulnerable populations and to create positive, impactful change."

Jessica Altenberger
Lauren Bernhardt

Lauren Bernhardt

Hometown:

Livonia, Michigan

Major:

Human capital and society and psychology with minors in leadership of organizations, German, and global public health and epidemiology

Future plans:

Study abroad in Germany and work for Deloitte as a strategy and operations analyst

"Being a true Spartan means you also believe in people, and support and care for others. I try to embody these characteristics in my everyday life, and strive to better myself and my impact on the world."

Lauren Bernhardt
Lamont Davis

Lamont Davis

Hometown:

West Bloomfield, Michigan

Major:

Hospitality business

Future plans:

Working with the next generation of college students

"During my junior year, my mother returned to campus after 28 years to complete her bachelor’s degree. Going to college with my mother has been one of my most memorable moments. She is my motivation and my source of inspiration. If you have a dream and a desire, there is no time limit on your journey. Anything is possible if you truly want it."

Lamont Davis
Katie Frayer

Katie Frayer

Hometown:

Dewitt, Michigan

Major:

Mechanical engineering with a minor in biomechanics and computational design

Future plans:

Moving to St. Joe to enter into the Whirlpool Engineering Rotational Leadership Development Program

"Historically, Spartans cherished their shield over their sword because that is how they could protect those around them. On campus, I have seen people do the same, and I have learned to do the same. It is great to defend oneself, but it is far more valuable to defend those around you. That is when we make a lasting impact."

Katie Frayer
Jessica Gonzalez

Jessica Gonzalez

Hometown:

Mission, Texas

Major:

Social relations and policy

Future plans:

Teaching bilingual education in the Rio Grande Valley

"Tenacity and determination define my journey as a Spartan. As a first-generation college graduate and proud daughter of immigrants, I’m paving the path for my community. However, my Spartan journey would have been completely different if it weren’t for my mentor Madeline Mavrogordato, who is my former third grade teacher in south Texas and is now a professor at MSU. She has been my advocate for as long as I can remember. Words will always come short when I think about the impact Maddy has had in my life."

Jessica Gonzalez
Shavonna Green

Shavonna Green

Hometown:

Detroit, Michigan

Major:

Social work with a minor in human behavior and social services

Future plans:

Pursuing a master’s in social work at MSU and working as an advocacy scholar and assistant community director on campus

"My identity as a Spartan is clothed in integrity, servitude, equity and love. My desire and ability to ‘persevere until success happens’ is what makes me a proud Spartan."

Shavonna Green
Lauren Lahie

Lauren Lahie

Hometown:

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Major:

Public policy with a minor in environmental and sustainability studies

Future plans:

Pursuing a master’s in public policy at MSU

"Spartans are people who stand up for each other no matter the adversity they may face. We rally behind those in need and support them through anything they may be going through."

Lauren Lahie
Malik Amir Mix

Malik Amir Mix

Hometown:

Detroit, Michigan

Major:

Marketing

Future plans:

Working for the Whirpool Corporation after traveling the country

"As a Spartan, I am defined by three important criteria: what I bring to the table, who I bring to the table and my impact."

Malik Amir Mix
Katherine Rifiotis

Katherine Rifiotis

Hometown:

São Paulo, Brazil

Major:

Political theory and constitutional democracy

Future plans:

Working and applying for law school

"My humility and resiliency define me as a Spartan. The mindset that things can always be better and the determination to make the world a better place define me and us at this pioneer land-grant institution."

Katherine Rifiotis
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