The Graduate Student Ambassadors are a group of outstanding graduate students who represent a range of graduate degree programs at Appalachian State University. They are selected to represent App State's graduate student body at special events and to tell, from their unique perspectives, the story of the transformative graduate student experience at App State.

The Ambassadors support the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies by making presentations at recruitment events, leading campus tours for prospective students, participating in open house events and First Fridays, and assisting with formal Graduate School events such as awards receptions and commencement ceremonies.

The current President of the Graduate Student Government Association is automatically named as a Graduate Ambassador. Up to eleven additional Graduate Student Ambassadors are selected annually. With the exception of the GSGA president, Graduate Student Ambassadors are nominated by their department chairpersons and graduate program directors, and are selected by the Graduate School through a competitive interview process each year.

Service Responsibilities

Ambassador Activities

  • Participate in strategic planning and development for the Graduate Student Ambassadors program
  • Participate actively in the Graduate School's social media presence
  • Represent the graduate student voice at meetings of Graduate School and graduate program advisory boards
  • Collaborate with the Graduate Student Government Association on initiatives to enhance the graduate student experience

Graduate School Events

  • Monthly First Friday recruitment events
  • Fall and Spring Open Houses
  • Fall Three-Minute Thesis Competition
  • Spring Graduate Student and Graduate Faculty Awards Reception
  • Spring Graduate School Commencement Ceremony

Graduate Admissions and Recruiting

  • Provide campus tours designed specifically for prospective graduate students
  • Participate in videos and podcasts designed for graduate recruiting

Current Ambassadors

Sunny Barboj

Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management

Alex Carter

Social Work

Makenna Clark

Speech Language Pathology

Alanna Green


Layla Koroleva

Business Administration & Applied Data Analytics

Andrew Sanko

Exercise Science

Sarah Teague

Social Work

Dakota Wilson