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AATCC Outstanding College Graduate

Celeste Hay, a graduating senior at Central Michigan University, was selected as AATCC’s 2017 Outstanding College Graduate of the Year.  Hay was selected from the nominees submitted by the AATCC student chapter faculty advisors for an outstanding graduating senior from their respective university.

Hay, a double major in Fashion Merchandising and Design with a Fashion Design Concentration and French. Hay is very strong academically. She is a nominee for the Fullbright Research Study Grant to France. As an undergraduate student, she has made research presentations at AATCC’s International Conference as well as at the Student Research and Creative Endeavors Exhibition (SRCEE) at CMU.

She is an Honors student and has won several academic awards. She has studied abroad for one semester and has actively participated in several academic and extracurricular activities. She was selected for a Provost’s award for scholarship and creative endeavors.

She is an exceptional student who is well-rounded academically. Additionally, she is a natural leader who takes time to explore and avail opportunities that knock on her door. Hay has participated in several extracurricular activities since she joined CMU. Her professional and service involvement includes AATCC member and President of the AATCC Student Chapter for two years, a member of Honors Outreach Network, and Class-IRA, Pen Pal Partner, Tutor, member and fund raising chair for FAMD (student organization), and member of Pi Delta Phi (French Honors Society). She also offered her services to First Impressions and The Bride’s Project. She has also been member and President of Le Circle Francais. She has served as a student member to several university bodies such as Honors Council, Honors Diversity Taskforce, and Universite Catholique de l’Quest. In addition, she has been a mentor for CMYou, library ambassador, and Volunteer Reach Advisor. She served as French and English tutor and student assistant for various institutes and faculty on campus.

Faculty Advisor Usha Chowdhary says “As advisor, I am in awe. I have not had a student in my over-40 years’ career who has accomplished so much in such little time. She is a doer and does not make excuses. She will be an excellent candidate for this recognition.”

The award was presented at the Central Michigan University Threads Fashion Show, organized by students of Fashion Merchandising and Design (FAMD), by Ian Mull (advisor of FAMD).