Department of Political Science

Public Administration major Kaleb Kirkpatrick was CLA Graduation Marshal

Published on Aug 04, 2014


Kaleb Kirkpatrick represented the College of Liberal Arts as its graduation marshal at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Auburn Arena. Kirkpatrick graduated with a bachelor’s degree in public administration and with two minors: community and civic engagement (CCE) and business. 

Kirkpatrick is originally from Mobile, Ala. During his time as an undergraduate, he participated in the 2012 Appalachian Teaching Project and served as a Living Democracy Fellow in Linden, Ala. during the summer of 2013. He was also a CCE Fellow for the 2013–14 academic year, and he worked at the circulation desk of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library.

Kirkpatrick will be back at Auburn in the fall to pursue a master’s degree in public administration.

“I plan to earn an MPA because it will help me in my future endeavors and the help the marketability of my knowledge and skills,” Kirkpatrick said in his vision statement. “I am planning a career in the fields of economic development, or conflict resolution, with the goal of working for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, or working for a state economic development authority.”

Kirkpatrick carried the College of Liberal Arts’ gonfalon during the 10 a.m. graduation ceremony at the Auburn Arena. This ceremony included students from liberal arts, architecture, design, construction, engineering, science, mathematics, and interdisciplinary studies. Chantel Acevedo, assistant professor of English, led the 10 a.m. graduation as the master of ceremony.

The graduation speaker (for both ceremonies) was Lt. Gen. Ron Burgess (retired). Burgess, a 38-year U.S. Army veteran who spent much of his career in the upper levels of military intelligence and security, is a 1974 Auburn graduate. He served as Director of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency from 2009– 2012. Burgess recently joined Auburn University as senior counsel for national security programs, cyber programs, and military affairs. Burgess works in coordination with the university's Office of the Vice President for Research, providing guidance, direction, and support to a broad range of interdisciplinary research initiatives.

 Of the degrees Auburn awarded, 732 were bachelor’s degrees, 296 were master’s degrees, 102 were doctorates, 17 were education specialist degrees and three are pharmacy degrees.

The College of Liberal Arts awarded the most bachelor’s degrees with 180, followed by the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business with 128.