Transfer student, Nancy Patterson, was tapped to give the keynote address during the December 2016 graduation ceremonies. Nancy transferred to Appalachian from Auburn University in the Fall of 2014 and graduated this semester with a Bachelor of Social Work degree with a minor in Spanish. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Nancy found a home in the Boone community where she served as a youth mentor for the Western Youth Network, a volunteer for FARM Café, and as the intern for Hispanic Outreach for the Gear Up program. Nancy was also an OASIS volunteer who served on the Spanish crisis line and as a Spanish-speaking judicial systems advocate. She has participated in two study abroad opportunities in Oaxaca and Guanajuato, Mexico. Nancy has been named to the Chancellor’s List and Academic Honor roll since enrolling at Appalachian and is a departmental honors recipient. In addition to many other honors, Nancy is a 2016 Beaver College of Health Sciences Student Academic Award recipient, a 2016 Bobby L. Dunnigan Leadership Award winner, and a 2016 Leigh Lane Spirit Award winner. While at Appalachian, she has also been employed by the Plemmons Student Union, the Office of Admissions Student Call Center and the OASIS Shelter. She is applying to Master of Social Work programs and hopes to provide bilingual social work services and continue research on migration trends and policies, while also contributing to her community.