Superior native addresses UMD graduatesSaturday, the University of Minnesota Duluth class of 2013 dons caps and gowns to participate in the long-awaited ceremony that years of studying have led to: Graduation.
Saturday, the University of Minnesota Duluth class of 2013 dons caps and gowns to participate in the long-awaited ceremony that years of studying have led to: Graduation.
Taylor Kosey, one of those soon-to-be graduates, is tasked with of being a commencement speaker. Kosey, a Superior native, is a prime example of achievement through hard work. Majoring in communication sciences & disorders with minors in psychology and deaf studies, her involvement in the College of Education and Human Service Professions is widespread. She is deeply tied to the department and acts as a student representative for the CSD Club during department meetings. She is on the CSD Community Advisory Committee.
Kosey also spent three years of her undergraduate career in track, competing in the 400m dash.
Academically, Kosey took on a undergraduate research opportunity project this year. Her project centered around phonotory and aerodynamic measures of children with voice disorders, which was showcased in April.
“The school has a fantastic focus on research, and it was nice to get my feet wet,” Kosey said.
UMD Professor Mark Mizuko mentioned Kosey’s name as a candidate for this year’s commencement speaker. Her speech will be given to graduating classes from UMD’s College of Education and Human Service Professions, College of Liberal Arts, and the School of Fine Arts.
This is the first year UMD has created two undergraduate commencement ceremonies to accommodate expanding graduating class sizes.
“I’m going to miss the undergraduate part,” Kosey said. “It hasn’t hit me yet, but it’s going to be surreal once it’s done. There has been a lot of work put into these four years.”
After graduation, Kosey plans to return to UMD for graduate school. Her goal is to become a speech language pathologist and work in a hospital with pediatrics. For her, the department here is the best option, as she’s grown close to the faculty.
“It’s a close knit program and where I wanted to stay for graduate school,” Kosey said.
As she moves onward in her pursuit of education, Kosey is quick to give advice to those anxious to be done with the undergraduate career.
“Don’t wish your time away, it goes by so fast. These are the best four years of most people’s lives.”