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Watch the recording of the ceremony that occurred on June 8, 2021 at 10 a.m.

Individual Recognition of Graduates

Watch the Individual Recognition of Graduates before, during, or after the virtual commencement ceremony. This special recognition of each 2021 graduate within College of Arts and Sciences will also play at the end of each livestreamed virtual commencement ceremony. Graduates’ names are organized alphabetically by degree level, beginning with the highest degree the college or school offers.

Additional Recognition of Graduates

Additional graduates’ names are organized alphabetically by degree level, beginning with the highest degree the college or school offers.

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University-wide Commencement Video Recording

Drexel’s University-wide Commencement ceremony at Citizens Bank Park was a momentous occasion! The ceremony featured Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies at Yale University Elijah Anderson as our keynote speaker. A recording of the ceremony is available on the Commencement homepage.

Dean Norma Bouchard’s Message to the Class of 2021

Dear Class of 2021,

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences, I congratulate you on your graduation! It has been our great honor and privilege to teach, work with, and mentor you. We are thrilled for your achievement and proud of you.

Like you, we are disappointed not to be able to send you off in person. But that doesn’t mean we won’t be celebrating you! Please plan on returning here on Tuesday, June 8, at 10 a.m. ET, for a special virtual event dedicated to you and you only — the CoAS Class of 2021. We hope you can join us.

Sincerely,

Dr. Norma Bouchard
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Dean Norma Bouchard

Commencement Speaker:
Carole G. Dodson, MBA, Humanities and Social Science ’71

Carole Gardner Dodson is an ExxonMobil retiree. After graduating from Drexel with a bachelor’s in humanities and social science in 1971, Ms. Dodson was offered a management position at Bloomingdale’s but instead chose to pursue an MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business. After receiving her MBA, she became a Certified Public Accountant and worked at Coopers & Lybrand in New York and Philadelphia before joining Rohm and Haas Company. In 1980, she and her husband, Samuel Dodson (Drexel ’70), took advantage of an R&H assignment that relocated them to Houston. Although their original plan was to return to Philadelphia, the Dodsons elected to remain in Houston. Ms. Dodson joined ExxonMobil where she enjoyed a multi-faceted career in financial reporting, procurement and SAP systems. Her work on the ExxonMobil STRIPES project took her and her husband to Brussels, Miami, and back to Houston. Among other interests, Ms. Dodson serves on the Board of Directors of The Beacon of Downtown Houston.

Carole G. Dodson

Undergraduate Student Speaker:
Tim Hanlon, BS Biology ’21

Tim Hanlon, an honors biology major with a concentration in organismal biology and physiology, holds a minor in neuroscience, certificates in creative writing and in publishing, and is also the outgoing Student Body President. During his time at Drexel, Tim was the chair of the Undergraduate Student Government Association’s Sustainability Committee during his junior year, won the Drexel Publishing Group’s Writing Contest for humor the past three years, and ran in the Philadelphia Marathon. In addition to this, Tim has volunteered as an academic tutor for SquashSmarts since January 2018 and as a student volunteer at Penn Presbyterian Hospital during his junior year. After graduation, Tim will be returning to Harvard Medical School and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to continue his research on novel cancer treatments before attending medical school.

Tim Hanlon

Graduate Student Speaker:
Angel Hogan, MFA Creative Writing ’21

Angel Hogan is an activist, poet, and filmmaker pursuing an MFA in creative writing at Drexel University. Angel has performed as part of the Black Women’s Arts Festival, Literary Death Match, Moonstone Presents, First Person Arts, and the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. She worked with ArtWell and was a contributing editor to Philadelphia Stories and a review panelist for the Philadelphia Cultural Fund. Angel is interested in storytelling as a vehicle for visibility and community building. Her documentary, “By Law, By Love: A Documentary about Family, Race and Identity,” was completed in 2019. Angel works full-time at LeBow College of Business. See more at Angel Hogan’s website.

Angel Hogan

Hats Off to Our Future Dragons!

Congratulations to the Drexel College of Arts and Sciences Class of 2021! Before you turn your tassel to the left, know that we can't wait to welcome you back to campus in person. Until then, we invite you to share your well wishes, photos and videos to the CoAS Class of 2021 Kudoboard. Always remember that you, our new #ForeverDragons, are an essential part of the College’s future and we are immensely proud to be a continued part of your success.

University-wide Commencement Video Recording

Drexel’s University-wide Commencement ceremony at Citizens Bank Park was a momentous occasion! The ceremony featured Sterling Professor of Sociology and of African American Studies at Yale University Elijah Anderson as our keynote speaker. A recording of the ceremony is available on the Commencement homepage.