The Eastern Progress talked to some graduating seniors about their time spent at EKU, how they feel about leaving and their goals after graduation.

Mackenzie Mahon

Mackenzie Mahon is an agriculture major with a concentration in business from Amelia, Ohio. She is involved in the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority; Student Activities Council through the Student Government Association; agriculture honors society, Delta Tau Alpha; Kentucky Farm Bureau Club; and a recruiting program called Agriculture Ambassadors.

“Graduating is definitely a bittersweet moment. It’s something I’ve worked really hard for these last four years toward, but at the same time, it’s hard to say goodbye to so many things that have helped me shape into the woman I am today,” Mahon said. “I would definitely say that Eastern has given me a much higher respect for higher education and the relationships I’ve formed along the way through extra curricular activities and student organizations I know I’ll treasure forever. Another major thing is my professors have really helped to get me prepared for life after graduation, and that’s something I really appreciate.”

Josh Agee

Josh Agee is a 23-year-old communication studies major from Frankfort. After graduation, Agee plans to stay on campus and intern at the Baptist Campus Ministry (BCM).

“For me, graduating doesn’t really feel like graduating because I’m just going to stay here after school,” Agee said. “I’m going to be the full-time intern at the BCM, so it’s going to – in a lot of different ways –  look exactly the same, as if I was in school, only with no homework.


Madison Harris

Madison Harris is a 22-year-old music marketing major from Olive Hill. Harris plans to start her Masters of Business Administration in the spring of 2020.

“I feel like I’ve really grown a lot here personally, and also I’ve gone from an 18-year-old shy kid; basically, to somebody who can be a working, professional adult and have a successful career, and I’ve made lifelong friends,” Harris said. “Graduating is bittersweet because I’m going onto the next thing, and EKU has prepared me well, but I’m really sad to leave it.”


Timothy Grills

Timothy Grills is an English major and minor in women and gender studies and the president of the Alphabet Center. 

“I’m reallly excited to graduate. I’ve gained a lot of leadership skills from opportunities on campus like the Alphabet Center,” Grills said.

After graduation, Grills wants to pursue a career in government or non-profit work for marginalized communities.

“I’m planning on pursuing my master’s in public administration,” Grills said.

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