The Auburn University Class of 2020 is experiencing a final semester unlike any other. Join the Auburn Alumni Association in supporting these seniors and graduate students by completing our 20 for ’20 form to share your wishes for the newest Auburn alumni! Responses will be compiled and shared with the graduating class on our website and app. Select responses will also be shared on social media.
“Congratulations on your successes at Auburn. Your hard work will pay off and please believe that only good things will follow. Best wishes for a prosperous and happy future. War Eagle!”
Karla Kirkemo, Auburn AL
“Congratulations on your accomplishments! Although life has many challenges and hurdles, nothing can prevent you from reaching your personal goals unless you allow it. You should be proud of your journey and look at this as a blessing that you have achieved this tremendous honor. War Eagle!”
Scott Thompson, McCalla AL
“Congratulations 2020 Graduates! It took a lot of hard work to reach this goal. You had to show up every day, whether you felt like it or not. I hope you feel great about what you’ve accomplished, and I hope you’ll continue to be the person(s) who shows up day in and day out for those things that are worthwhile and important in life. Your families are so proud of you. The school book has closed. A new chapter begins as the world is your oyster!”
Yvonne Bowman, Amelia Island FL
“Way to go Auburn Class of 2020, with a special shout out to Zack and Shelby! We are proud of the way you all stepped up to finish the year strong. Good luck and War Eagle!”
Kathleen Hofstadter, Raleigh NC
“Congratulations to the Class of 2020. Auburn has prepared you and now is the time to show your Auburn spirit and conquer! Never forget that Auburn is home no matter where you are. War Eagle!”
April Staton ’90
“These are strange and difficult times, but you have adapted and accomplished so much! Congratulations, 2020 grads! I’m especially proud of one graduate: DJM! War Eagle!”
Timothy Mundy ’87
“Amanda Teixeira and the entire graduating class of 2020
Never give up.
Never give up on something you REALLY want.
It may be difficult to achieve, but it will be even more difficult to regret!
Behind you are your memories
Before you are your dreams
Around you are those that love and admire you
Within in you is all you need
Dream! Believe! Achieve!”
Lisa Teixeira ’20
“Congratulations to the Class of 2020! Even during these times, it’s stillI great to be an Auburn Tiger! Good luck and War Eagle!”
The Taylor Family, Walkersville MD
“War Eagle! Thanks Auburn U for being my daughter’s home for the last 4 years! Congrats To the Class of 2020 and my special daughter Valerie Spicuzza!!!”
Brenda Spicuzza, Dayton OH
“Congratulations to the class with vision, the Class of 2020! You’ve worked hard and achieved this milestone! Best of luck in all your future endeavors!”
Lisa Marion, Fort Belvoir VA
“Always remember the anticipation you felt when you moved in, and the sadness you felt when the University had to close after your spring break. Everything in between those two events defined who you are and your strength going forward.”
Beverly Heydon, Sykesville MD
“Caps off to you , Auburn University Class of 2020 graduates! Never stop growing, exploring, learning and challenging yourself. Go forth and make your mark in the world. Congratulations and War Eagle!!!!”
Charlie Owens ’90
“Congratulations “Class of 2020” Spring Graduates! Your commencement dates have come and gone but your degree and memories from Auburn will last a lifetime. Go out and do great things! War Eagle!”
Nancy Papp, Fairhope AL
“In the midst of an unusual time in our history you have accomplished something great. What you now take away from Auburn University will lead you to places you could never imagine! Wishing you all the best in life! War Eagle!”
Denise Bertella Morris ’92
“Congrats and War Eagle to the class of 2020! Though you’ve encountered unprecedented challenges in your final semester, I have no doubt you will move forward in confidence, taking the Auburn “spirit that is not afraid” with you! We wish you nothing but the best!”
Anne Sanford ’07
“Congratulations to the class of 2020! You are joining the greatest alumni family and we are all very proud of the way you have pivoted to finish this race. No matter the obstacle, you can handle it with a little help from your Auburn family!
Godspeed and War Eagle!”
Patrick Allen ’98
“Welcome to the newest members of the Auburn Alumni Club! We are so thrilled to have you join us! Though your graduation may look a little different, you are now “orange and blue, through and through!”
Try all the things. Ask all the questions. Never let fear or doubt keep you from opening a door. Remember that even baby steps move you closer to your goals.
Know that you are loved and that we are PROUD of you! Welcome to the newest part of your journey!
Best wishes for your bright future!”
Susan Schaum Pace ’04
Welcome to the newest members of the Auburn Alumni Association! Please plug into the vast Auburn alumni network and find ways to stay connected. I am so proud of you and hope that you will always believe in Auburn and love it!”
Gretchen VanValkenburg ’86
“Congratulations and War Eagle!!
Remember you will always be a part of Auburn and Auburn a part of you.”
George Morton ‘58
“Congratulations from someone who graduated from Auburn University, works at Auburn University, and has children that attended Auburn University! Pass the tradition on!”
Nancy Evans ’86
“Congratulations to the Auburn class of 2020! We had the honor of employing some of you, serving you, laughing with you and even crying with you at times. We’ve witnessed first hand how amazing you are, so go do great things! Proud to have known you!”
Sonya Lamb, Frutta Bowls Auburn
“You the class of May 2020 will most definitely have a memory to remember with the COIVD-19 pandemic. Many students choose not to walk during their graduations, but for those who wanted to walk, I pray that you will be able to walk during the Summer Commencement. Prayers and blessings on you all as you now move forward into a wonderful new chapter of your lives.”
Julia Heflin ‘79
“Congratulations and War Eagle to the students graduating from Graduate school. You have had the tenacity to earn your Baccalaureate Degree and continue to successfully complete Graduate School. Times are particularly different and difficult at present. You have had to adjust to distance learning, lack of social interchange, and less certain futures. Your perseverance speaks well of your determination to succeed. Go forward and help make this world a better place. And to our Grandson, Caspian Roberts, a double War Eagle.”
Duncan Roberts ’69
“Congrats to my good friends in the class of 2020! Good luck with everything you do. I already miss the great days on the plains with everyone.
Will Elliott ’18
“Congratulations Class of 2020. You are in our prayers as you face a year like none other.
You will have an AU Degree now, and you may have some trouble, you ARE strong and you CAN do this. We are all cheering you on!! WAR EAGLE”
Tammy Straub Madison, AL
“Hey Class of 2020! You did it!!! Congratulations! I know this is a hard time but you did amazing and you are now an Auburn Alum! The rest of the Auburn Family is here for you and so proud of all your hard work and dedication over the years and especially these past 2 months. Now go out (when it’s okay of course) and experience true adulthood! Some days are better than others but hey, at least you are now one step closer to your dream! War Eagle!!!”
Courtney Staton ’17
“In the life of a young AU grad charter plays an integral part. Keep smiling while you reach for the stars!
War Eagle, Helen Stewart, Retired AU Admissions “
Helen Stewart, Retired AU Admissions
“Graduates, the challenges presented to your class are unique. Your ability to meet and succeed under these circumstances both defines and prepares you for a contributing and constructive future regardless of how that may present itself. “
Clark Lundell, Auburn AL
“War Eagle and Congratulations Class of 2020! You are walking into the world with one of the best degrees you could ever hope for – a degree from Auburn University. You are prepared for success, you are encouraged with positivity, and most of all, fully supported by a huge community of Auburn alumni! No matter how far you roam, you will always be part of the Auburn family. We are so excited to have you join us and we can’t wait to watch you soar!”
Amy Acevedo ’05
The adversity you’ve overcome is nothing short of incredible. We are beyond proud, and we can’t wait to see the places you’ll go!”
Abbie & Walt
Abigail Taylor Belcamp, MD
“War Eagle and Congratulations! While you may not be able to celebrate your accomplishments and graduation in a traditional way, know that the Auburn Family are rejoicing with and celebrating you as you embark on your next endeavor. Blessings and War Eagle!”
Tameka Davis ’94
“Congratulations Class of 2020! You are completing a journey that includes some of the best days of your life. Even 30 years after my graduation, I still remember my time at Auburn like it was yesterday. The Auburn experience is like no other and you will be forever connected to the Auburn Family. Best wishes and War Eagle!”
Lynn Pauley ‘90
“A new decade, a new set of triumphs and struggles. You have conquered this hurdle with the fierceness of a tiger and the boldness of an eagle. Now keep soaring! I say to you, Congratulations! Look back on all your achievements and be PROUD!”
Christina Williams ‘18
“As you prepare to leave Auburn for the next steps of your life, remember that not only did Auburn prepare you but Auburn will be with you going forward. “I believe in Auburn and love it”
Karen Marlowe ‘95
“Dear Class of 2020, Congratulations on your graduation! We have missed being with you on campus this semester. You have shown incredible adaptation and perseverance through the adjustment to remote learning. Although difficult at the time, these are qualities that will serve you well in the next phase of your life. Continued health and happiness to you all! War Eagle!”
“I believe in work, hard work” are words that you as Auburn men and women must truly cling to during these uncertain times. Be ready to work harder than you have ever worked before and be committed to reaching your goals. You have the opportunity to show the world that despite obstacles of any kind, you can be great! Your story of success during times of adversity will be shared for generations to come. War Eagle!”
Cherith Fluker ‘01
“Graduating Seniors, First and foremost, War Eagle to you all! While this has probably been the most challenging time in your young life and definitely not what you had planned for or expected during your graduating semester…learn from it, do good in this world and give back to others, your community and your beloved university. Whether you represent the first generation in your family to graduate college or you are a multi-generation graduate of this fine institution, this is an AUsome accomplishment. Congratulations on your hard work…this Auburn degree is a kick start to your adventure in life. Soar like an Eagle and make all Auburn Alumni proud and always live by the Auburn Creed! War Eagle!!”
Steve Luttrell ‘87
“Congratulations, graduate! Your Auburn family is so proud of you and all you’ve accomplished. Your ambition, courage, confidence, integrity, and drive to succeed in all your endeavors is admirable. You embody the spirit of the Auburn Creed. You have gained knowledge and received words of wisdom and encouragement from your professors, advisors, and mentors. It’s now time to press on toward your next goal. We are all rooting for you! Congratulations and War Eagle!!”
Michelle Morrison ’93
“You are a unique and capable class. This experience is an opportunity to adapt and grow, to differentiate yourself from the pack as so many Auburn men and women do! The Auburn family is cheering for you!”
Lauren Beesley ‘14
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, studying, sacrifice.” YOU are success. YOU are WAR EAGLE strong! Congratulations!”
Candice Howard Shaughnessy ‘03
“Congrats to the Class of 2020. We are so excited for you and wish you the absolute best. You have so much to offer this world, especially after the way you have adapted, responded and demonstrated the Auburn Spirit during this crisis. You are AUsome!”
Apryl Mullins ‘97
“Congratulations class of 2020! You have overcome so many obstacles to achieve your goal of becoming an Auburn graduate. We are proud of you now, and for all the good you with do in the world in the future. Work hard and show compassion for others and you will always keep the Auburn spirit we love alive. War Eagle!”
Lucie Larkins Brown ’12
“Class of 2020,
Wow! You made it! I hope you remember the good times, the late nights (“studying”) and the relationships you’ve made during your time on the Plains.
You will be successful, with or without a ceremony. You will be part of the Auburn family, with or without a ceremony.
The Auburn family will be here for you. We love you and are so proud of you!
War Eagle! God Speed!”
Glenna Payne Reeves ’81
“Congratulations, Graduate! Although your senior year did not go as planned, you have been given a gift of time. Life as we know it has paused. Take this time to relax, renew, and reflect before you take your next steps to conquer the world. War Eagle!!!”
Karen Anderson ’12
“7 tips from this ’07 graduate:
- Start saving
- Exercise outside at least once a week with no music in your ears.
- Schedule a weekly zoom or phone call with your parents.
- Buy the good wine and fancy butter. It makes a difference.
- Write 3 notes of thanks or well wishes a week to friends or family.
- Don’t overcomplicate things. The answer is pretty obvious in 99% of the cases.”
Emma Holman ’07
“While you may have just closed the book on one of the best chapters of your life, you can find comfort in knowing that you will still have the same cast of characters – the Auburn Family – rooting you on and supporting you as your story continues. War Eagle!”
Lindsey Mitkus ’12
“You’re a graduate. Well done. Your passion, persistence, and hard work have been rewarded. Through your studies you have been inspired to dream more, learn more and to do more. Now is the time for you to become a catalyst for change and to use your talents to inspire those around you. It is your time to lead.”
Ward Swift ’79
“You are a person of intelligence and integrity, after all, you graduated from Auburn! Congratulations to you. Do you remember stories from your grandparents or others about personal, national or worldwide tragedies? They survived those things and became stronger people. You will tell your grandchildren stories about COVID, its impact on your tenure at Auburn… and the celebrations across the world when it was over. And you will teach those same grandchildren to say “War Eagle” before they can say “mama”! Bless you and keep The Plains in your heart always.”
Freida Baker, 82
“I have been thinking of all of you driving away from Auburn in such an uncertain time. As an ’08 graduate, I understand the fear and uncertainty that you may be feeling, and want to encourage you that although this is a novel virus, you have fellow alumni who have been in your shoes and felt a similar fear!
The Auburn Family is real, and does not disappear when you graduate – if anything, it gets bigger. You all should be so proud of yourselves for achieving this huge milestone. I truly wish you the best of luck moving forward, and of course, War Eagle!”
Michelle Parsons ’08
“Congratulations!! 50 years ago when I graduated there was a war and civil unrest, 40 years ago hostages were a concern, 30 years ago another war was pending, 20 years ago computers were supposed to crash, 10 years ago another war. Here we are with another beginning decade crisis. It will pass. The interim years were usually quite pleasant. Look forward to the years to come. Some of you will be running the world in a few decades. Decide now what you want and figure out how to get there. The 1970 Golden Eagles may not be here then, but we are counting on you to change the world for the better. War Eagle!!”
David Parrish ’70
“We are a “Spirit That Is Not Afraid“ carry that this SAME spirit as you conquer this world! We stand with you!”
Brea Felise Hilliard ’15
“Class of 2020: This Pandemic will not define you – You will be the heart of our country’s resurgence. You will prevail with more determination, faith, strength and focus than ever! War Eagle!”
The Pitten Family
“Dear Grads, keep your eyes open for ALL opportunity, not just that within your field or degree. The world is bigger than you realize, but if you open your mind, adapt, and remember the Auburn Creed, you will not just survive, you will thrive. Keep in mind when meeting new people or encountering new experiences, that you don’t know what you don’t know; proceed with humility and be kind.”
Lisa Kelly Trentalange
“Though the world is full of uncertainty and the road you are traveling may seem a bit scary, know that you are joining an amazing community of alumni that are here to support you on your journey. The Auburn spirit is stronger than this storm. Congratulations and War Eagle!”
Michelle Fullerton ’03
“You are a graduating class that will be remembered and respected by many. Although you will not experience a graduation ceremony or celebration we have all come to expect and anticipate, you will rejoice more fully in future celebratory moments than the rest of us. Your character will be tested as many lament with you and encourage you to focus on what you have lost rather than what you have gained. Hold your heads high, respond as only a Auburn woman and man can with grace and gratitude. Live the creed! You leave Auburn with the same memories and accomplishments as those who walked across a stage to accept their diploma.
You will be greeted with the same enthusiastic War Eagle as any other alumnae. If I ever have the pleasure of greeting a 2020 AU graduate you will receive a most heartfelt War Eagle accompanied by my deepest respect. Now go out there live, enjoy and love life as an Auburn grad. “
Julie Harp ’90
“You’re now ready to conquer the world! Be great and War Eagle!”
Angela Jenkins ’94
“Spread your wings and fly! Auburn has given you the foundation to soar like an eagle and roar with pride like a tiger! You’ve earned your right to brag, to yell with pride that you are an Auburn Grad! Congratulations class of 2020, and WARRRRR EAGLE!”
Marisa Zehner’s Family
“Keep the faith, work hard, always do the right thing, if you see something that isn’t right, say something. I believe in Auburn, and Love it.”
Jim Zacharias ’87
“Congratulations to all Auburn graduates! A special congratulations goes to those students who will also receive a military commission in addition to their diploma. Always know that Auburn graduates are part of a family that will be there to support you as you continue the tremendous Auburn tradition of going out in the world and making a difference. WAR EAGLE!”
Leonard Woody, Jr., LTC (Ret)
Class of 1974
Leonard Woody Jr. LTC (Ret) ’74