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GSAS Commencement Marshals Named

Posted Wednesday, 02 May 2012

Eight students from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences have been selected to serve as 2012 Commencement marshals, leading their class of fellow master’s and PhD candidates into Harvard Yard on Commencement Day, May 24. The students were selected by a committee of the Graduate Student Council from a larger pool of candidates nominated by departments and programs across GSAS. They are being recognized for their contributions to graduate student life.

Marshals lead the traditional morning procession of GSAS candidates down Oxford Street to Sever Quadrangle, and then into Tercentenary Theatre, carrying the flags of GSAS, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Dudley House. Marshals are also invited to serve in advisory roles following graduation, helping GSAS coordinate programming, services, and outreach to recent alumni.


2012 GSAS Commencement Marshals:

Christine Barrett
PhD candidate, English

Samuel Kesner
PhD candidate, applied sciences

Nikhilesh Chand
PhD candidate, molecular and cellular biology

Cherie Ramirez
PhD candidate, medical sciences

Michael Heller
PhD candidate, music

Wenchen Shao
ME candidate, engineering and applied sciences

George Somi
AM candidate, regional studies–Middle East