After nearly 15 months of a global pandemic, SMU will say goodbye on Saturday to what is likely to be the final class to graduate in the age of the coronavirus.
The Daily Campus has spent the last three semesters documenting campus life in the midst of the pandemic: from personal stories to university policies. As a fitting end to the 2020-21 school year, we profiled 11 graduating seniors from across schools and majors for their final dispatches. One of them is outgoing Daily Campus Editor-in-Chief Sriya Reddy, who has a message about reporting during this extraordinary tim.
This series was an effort to ensure that history was not lost before the class of ‘21 disperses, and time erodes the memories. Here are the stories from the final Class of Covid:
Profile by Catherine Cook
Charlotte Friend is double-majoring in public relations and Spanish, and is originally from New Orleans, LA. After graduation she plans on pursuing her master’s degree and a career in healthcare in Austin, TX.
Profile by Gwinneth Campbell
Sarah Kaiser is a computer science major who is originally from Scottsdale, AZ. After graduation she will be working as a software engineer with J.P.Morgan Chase & Co. in Plano, TX.
Profile by Kate Pitney
Henry Mac is finance major with a passion for creating electronic music and DJ’ing. After graduation, he hopes to continue sharing his love for music with new audiences.
Profile by Alexa Field
Catherine McNaghten is originally from Ohio. After graduation, she will be working full-time as an investment banker at Balbec Capitol LP in Atlanta, GA.
Profile by Quinn McClanahan
Grace Moody is originally from Honolulu, HI and will be working as an investment analyst in Dallas, TX.
Profile by Emma McRae
Sriya Reddy is originally from Plano, TX and is triple majoring in corporate communications, journalism and history. Reddy has been selected to report on South Dallas as a Report for America fellow at The Dallas Morning News.
Profile by Marian Rowley
Cristina Reyna is an international student from Monterrey, Mexico with triple majors in economics, international studies and human rights. After graduation, she will be looking for economics-based jobs in Dallas.
Profile by Michaela McTee
Caroline Swanson is a marketing major who is originally from Fresno, CA. After graduation, she will be working as a marketing and sales associate at ISN in Dallas, TX.
Profile by Will Daughton
Sammy Waken is an accounting major who is originally from Oklahoma City, OK. After graduation, he will be accepting a full-time position with Applewhite and Buys Financial Advisors.
Profile by Ruth Anne Emerson
Kat is a biology major who is originally from Arkansas. After graduation she plans on obtaining a master’s degree from the Cox School of Business while applying to medical schools.