Sarah Cain of Birmingham has been selected as the student marshal for the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences in the university’s fall 2021 commencement ceremonies, scheduled for Dec. 10-11.
Each college enlists a special committee to select a student marshal who best represents the values and level of excellence within the college and carry its flag at the front of the commencement procession.
Cain will receive a bachelor’s degree in wildlife ecology and management and a minor in Spanish. She plans to further her education by working on a master’s degree and doctorate in wildlife ecology or a similar field. She hopes to become a professor at a research institution or to work as a research scientist.
At Auburn, she has been a student researcher in the Deer Lab and recently assisted at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as an intern with the American Kestrel GPS Tracking Project. She has served as a School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences student ambassador and as a member of the Forest, Environment and Wildlife Leadership, or FEWL, Academy.
“Sarah has been an exceptional student. Her passion for wildlife ecology may have brought her to Auburn, but her intellectual curiosity and personal motivation to apply her academic learning to real-world settings has advanced her knowledge and professional abilities well beyond the classroom,” said Dean Janaki Alavalapati.
“As a result, Sarah is well-prepared to excel as a graduate student and in life. We are proud of her accomplishments and wish her continued success in her career as a future natural resource professional.”
Auburn’s commencement will take place in Jordan-Hare Stadium, contingent on current health and safety guidelines and weather. In place of larger ceremonies that combine multiple colleges and schools, graduates will participate in individual college and school ceremonies in Jordan-Hare.
The university will kick off its graduation weekend with a commencement address from Auburn alumnus Joe Forehand, former chairman and chief executive officer of Accenture, at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 10. The event also will recognize the student marshals and include the formal conferral of degrees by the Board of Trustees.
On Saturday, Dec. 11, the university will host 10 undergraduate ceremonies and two Graduate School ceremonies at assigned times throughout the day, also in the stadium. The School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. The times for all schools and colleges are listed on the commencement website.
(Written by Charles Martin)