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The 100,000th Appalachian Alumnus

craigalum_t.jpgBOONE— Jordan Michael Craig of Greensboro (center) received more than a diploma when he walked across the stage during commencement Dec. 12 at Appalachian State University. Craig became the 100,000th living Appalachian alumnus. A music education major, Craig received a gift bag to commemorate the honor, including an Appalachian sweatshirt, 2010 holiday spirit ornament and alumni car decal from Alumni Association President Laura M. Aiken. His career plans are to teach private trombone lessons, play professionally in the Greensboro area, and teach music at a high school or middle school in the fall.

Jordan Craig and fellow graduates_t2.jpgWhen he graduated Dec. 12, Jordan Craig became Appalachian State University’s 100,000th living alumnus. He is pictured with fellow graduates from Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music. (Photo by Troy Tuttle)

“While in high school, I had always heard good things about Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music,” he said of his decision to attend Appalachian. “While visiting the music school, I was very impressed with the professors and students that I met there. Just by visiting the music building, I felt a big sense of community between the students and each other, and also between the professors and the students. I did not get the same warm, welcoming feeling while visiting other music programs at other schools.”

He also commented on the support music professors and others give to Appalachian students.

“The professors in the Hayes School of Music were very knowledgeable and wanted you to be successful.  The students were supportive and wanted you to grow with them as a musician.  The staff not only smiled and said hi as I walked by them, but stopped to talk about how things were going in my life,” he said. “The Hayes School of Music gave me the opportunity to flourish as a musician by giving me opportunities to play for my peers, faculty, and at different places around the Boone area. I had a great experience at Appalachian State and would love to do it all again.”