Shaunie Rasmussen's journey began one day in 2016 when Assistant Professor Rocio Duchesne visited her introduction to geography class to talk about the science of remote sensing.
A total of 1,644 graduates will cross the stage to receive their degrees.
Pontian Adogamhe was honored for work his work with his mentor, Associate Professor Christopher Veldkamp. Adogamhe would like to pursue a medical research degree in tropical medicine and infectious diseases, specifically the study of malaria.
The event marks the first time in its almost 150-year history that the university will confer a doctoral degree. Ten students will receive their doctorate of business administration, or DBA.
Over the years, McNair has assisted first generation, low-income, and traditionally underrepresented students in pursuing graduate education by engaging them in research projects and other scholarly activities.