University of Mobile Celebrates First-Generation College Students Set to Graduate May 11

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Chirsti Bone

MOBILE, Ala. – University of Mobile celebrated graduating first-generation-to-college students at the last RamLegacy event of the semester on April 25.

Chirsti Bone, a psychology major who will graduate in May, was the keynote speaker. In the spring, Bone will begin working on her master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Bone gave an encouraging message to first-generation-to-college students about overcoming all hardships of life and embracing education and knowledge, and doing both with passion.

One of Bone’s professors told her something during her time at UM that sticks with her to this day – that ever since Bone walked into her Introduction to Psychology class, the professor knew that Bone had a passion for psychology and mental health. Her professor’s words have served as a reminder to Bone that this degree and path is the one that she is meant to walk.

Graduating seniors receiving pins acknowledging their accomplishment include:

  • Chirsti Bone (honorary): psychology major
  • Carol Byrd: business administration major
  • Vicki Hayes: marriage and family counseling
  • Lexi Kilsdonk: psychology major
  • Madison Moore: early childhood and elementary education major
  • Tanika Montgomery: general studies major
  • Mallory Patterson: elementary education
  • Michaela Reynolds: nursing major
  • Kara Weaver: elementary education major
  • Zavion Strickland: kinesiology major
  • Mallory Weaver: early childhood education major

RamLegacy is led by Assistant Professor of French Barbara Brousseau. RamLegacy is a community that supports first-generation-to-college students at UM. The support group meets monthly to host inspirational speakers to encourage students. Students gain access to peer mentors, alumni and faculty, and faculty and staff hosts through the organization.

For more information about becoming a first-generation-to-college student at University of Mobile, visit or call 251.442.2222.


About University of Mobile

University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in over 90 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Amber Kelley

Amber Kelley is the marketing communications specialist for University of Mobile. Amber received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from UM. As marketing communications specialist, Amber writes press releases and other content for UM. She is passionate about serving in her youth group at Redemption Church. She enjoys spending time outside, reading a good book and watching romantic comedies on Netflix.