Speakers share life lessons as Class of 2022 celebrates the start of spring

Jessica Dixon, Presidential Scholar from Melbourne, Florida, graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences on Friday, April 29, 2022.

One of Friday night’s graduates was Jessica Dixon, a presidential fellow from Melbourne, Florida, who double majored in cellular and molecular neuroscience and statistics. Dixon continued her studies in neuroscience after watching her sister recover from a massive stroke and learning to navigate life with her own diagnosis of Tourette.

“What I enjoyed most about FSU was the faculty mentorship,” Dixon said. “FSU professors truly care about you as a person and want to help you achieve your professional goals. Although I will be missing office hours with my favorite professors, I plan to keep in touch via email as I I will always benefit from their life experience and advice.

Dixon’s time at FSU is marked by accomplishments including receiving the Goldwater Fellowship, being named the 2022 President’s Undergraduate Humanitarian of the Year, and earning the Data Programming and Analysis Certificate. SAS with distinction. Most recently, she received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship that will help her pursue her doctoral studies in neuroscience at Harvard University.

“Walking on this stage is a symbol of the closing of a great chapter in my life at FSU and the beginning of my journey around the world,” she said. “I have grown so much as a person and learning at FSU and to be able to step on stage and receive my diploma in recognition of this experience is an honor.”

When Beatrice Wallin was 13 and living in Gothenburg, Sweden, she dreamed of playing golf and graduating from a university in the United States. After four years as a member of the FSU women’s golf team, Wallin fulfilled her dream Friday night by crossing the stage and graduating from college.

“I’m proud of everything I’ve accomplished and the person I’ve become, so graduating feels like the culmination of my hard work,” Wallin said. “I’m very grateful to my coaches and teammates for challenging me to become a better version of myself for the past four years.”

With a humanities degree and a successful college golf career, Wallin is excited for the next chapter in her life. Wallin hopes to become a professional golfer and looks forward to giving back to FSU and the golf program.

“The FSU Women’s Golf Program has given me so much, so I’d like to give back to future Noles who are as passionate about golf as I am,” Wallin said.

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