The COVID-19 pandemic changed the course of our history and the Wichita State University campus 
during the spring 2020 semester. While we cannot have a traditional commencement ceremony in May, the WSU community celebrates our more than 2,400 Shocker graduates with a spirit of unity and pride.
Here's what some of them have to say about their time at WSU and their futures. 

Shocker graduate stories


Amy Nguyen

School psychology grad

Amy Nguyen wanted a new challenge as a teacher. Wichita State University’s school psychology program offers her the chance to add to use her teaching skills and add new ones.

Brandon Eckerman

Biomedical engineering grad

Brandon Eckerman is nostalgic about his time at Wichita State University and is disappointed he’s unable to celebrate graduation in the traditional sense. But he’s eager to start a career in medical device sales.  

Amy Huser

Masters in Fine Arts, painting

Amy Huser’s plans for her master’s thesis gallery opening have been dashed by COVID-19, but she’s not letting that stop her from achieving her graduate degree in a more virtual manner.

Cynthia Matson

Finance and economics grad

Cynthia Matson’s Wichita State University experiences and an internship opportunity have led her to a full-time career in finance.

Bush Vo

Accounting grad

Bush Vo was drawn the Wichita State University by the reputation of the Barton School of Business, and he has been able to leverage the school’s resources to create opportunities for himself.

Jade Mursch

Communication grad

Jade Mursch, a first-generation student, chose Wichita State to be close to family and the affordability. During her time on campus, she has involved herself with her sorority and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She's excited about the opportunities that are ahead after graduation.

Vinay K. Kadarla

Ph.D in Chemistry

Vinay K. Kadarla successfully defended his chemistry dissertation on April 30 amid difficult circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Angelique Banh

Business grad

Angelique Banh comes from a Shocker family, so there was never any question of where she would attend college. When she arrived on campus, she hit the ground running with three majors and a member of the Cohen Honors College leadership track.

Emily Reese

Education and biological science grad

Emily Reese plans to teach biology full time after graduation at a local high school. While in college she's been actively involved in her sorority, Tri Delta and has enjoyed her time studying in the College of Applied Studies. 

Carter Bryant

Art history grad

Carter Bryant found his home at Wichita State University’s School of Art, Design and Creative Industries as an art history major. He’s played roles in curating several exhibits throughout the university and the general Wichita artistic community. 

Terry Blount

Secondary science education grad

Terry Blount, 38, is a non-traditional student who is married with two children. He returned to school nine years ago with the goal of teaching science in middle school.

Claudia Rojo

Aerospace engineering grad

Claudia Rojo, from Naron, Spain, will cross the finish line in strong form athletically and academically. She graduates this spring and will begin a graduate research assistantship at the National Institute for Aviation Research. 

Felicia Smith

Social Work grad

With children and two full-time jobs, earning a degree was a herculean task for Felicia Smith. But through intensive time-management, family help, and the support of the Wichita State University community, she achieved her dream.