Thursday, May 11, 2023 – Native graduation: perseverance and accomplishment

It’s the time of year for graduations in small, reservation high school auditoriums, big city convention centers, tribal college quads, and manicured Ivy League grounds. It will be a year with and without regalia, depending on where you are. Native graduates are taking the next step in their educational journey.


Dr. Lennon Audrain (Cherokee and Shawnee), assistant research professor at Arizona State University and high school teacher at Mesa Public Schools

Keely Jones Aliseo (Lumbee), UNC Pembroke graduate and recent Army ROTC second lieutenant

Jay Locklear (Lumbee), bachelor’s in mass communication

Dr. Johnny Poolaw (Delaware, Chiricahua Apache, Comanche, Kiowa), Director of Student Success for American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

AJ Begay (Diné), recent graduate of Ft. Lewis College