All recent Department of History, Philosophy, Religion and Sociology alumni are employed (67 percent) or in graduate school (33 percent) within one year of graduation.

Recent employers include the Texas School for the Deaf, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and FinCEN, an agency that assists law enforcement agencies in tracking financial crime.

Celebrating our History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology Graduates of the Class of 2020!

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[Visual Description] The Class of 2020 Swag box including a drinking glass, a note with “Congratulations” in both ASL and English, “A proud bison 2020 graduate” sign and other letters and posters. Flashing lights and the word Congratulations! appears. More lights as “Class of 2020” appears. More lights as “HPRS Graduates!” appears. Flashing lights and a ripple effect fade to a picture of Chapel Hall at night with the lights shining brightly through the windows. A circle opens to our first speaker.

Dr. Roberto Sanchez, History/Intl. Studies, Department Chair, wearing a brown sportcoat over a blue shirt. He has dark hair and light brown skin. He is seated in front of bookshelves.

[Text]Hello!  Congratulations on your graduation. I've decided to celebrate with a drink in your honor. [Raises a goblet with bright a bright red drink. Takes a sip, then places the goblet down.] No, no, no. It's not wine. I'm very proud of all your hard work, your struggles, and your persistence, and your great success. Congratulations.  Remember your relationship with Gallaudet does not stop here. But continues as you become alumni. We want you stay in touch with us. We want to know your future activities. Congratulations again.

[Visual Description] A cross dissolve to our next speaker.
Susan Ganz, Program Support Specialist. She is wearing a black sweater and seated next to windows in front of a wooden cabinet. She has glasses, white skin, and silver hair braded over her right shoulder.

[Text] Hi! I'm thinking about you today and wish you the best! Congratulations! Hooray! Congratulations on graduating.

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Dr. Eileen Vo, History. She is wearing a black sweater and seated in front of a brick wall with some artwork behind her. She has black hair and olive skin

[Text] Wow! Hooray! I've truly enjoyed teaching all of you. I've seen all of you develop and grow in your academic skills. Now, you enter a new chapter. Stay positive. Stay strong. I know your future will be wonderful! Good luck and hooray and congratulations again! Hooray!

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Dr. Jeffery Brune, History.  He is wearing a dark green shirt and seated outside next to a brick wall with a wooden fence behind him.  He has brown hair and white skin.

[Text] Hello! Congratulations graduates. Your last semester of college was chaotic and challenging, but you survived and succeeded in earning your degree. It was hard but you did it! Congratulations. In the future you will tell stories about this experience through the COVID-19 pandemic. Good luck in the future, and congratulations again.

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Dr. William Ennis, History. He is wearing a light green button down shirt and is seated in front of a banner reading Gallaudet University History Program with two pictures behind him. He has brown hair, a beard, and white skin.

[Text] Hello! I am a graduate with a Gallaudet history degree too. Congratulations. I really want to say I'm proud of you all. You've all worked hard. You can be proud. I want to wish all of you the best luck from now on in your future employment, graduate school or whatever. Please don't forget to come back and keep in touch from time to time. Good luck!

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Dr. Brian Greenwald, History.  He is wearing a blue shirt and standing outside with lush green foliage behind him. He has silver hair on the sides of his head, glasses, and white skin.[Text] Hello! Congratulations! Wow, you've worked hard to arrive at this point. Please celebrate with your family and friends. And continue to keep in touch with us. #GallaudetHistoryStrong

[Visual Description] A cross dissolve to the buff colored Gallaudet logo on a blue background with a white GU beneath it. The image scrolls slowly upward. A cross dissolve to our next speaker.
Dr. Barbara Stock, Philosophy.  She is wearing a teal button down shirt and a green headband. She is seated outside next to a brick wall with green foliage and a wooden picket fence behind her. She has white skin and long red hair.

[Text] Hello! History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology graduating class of 2020! Congratulations Naturally, I'm proud of my philosophy major but also of the other HPRS students. Several of you took my classes and I met you around the department. I enjoyed working with you too. Class of 2020, your time studying at Gallaudet ended strangely, right? But I hope your future, going forward, will be wonderful. Again, congratulations. Live long and prosper!

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Dr. Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, Philosophy. She is wearing a black mortarboard cap, black sweater and flowered face mask. She has olive skin, brown eyes and long brown hair.

[Text] Congratulations HPRS Class of 2020! Hurrah! You did it! Oh, I forgot, I left my mask on. COVID-19, you know? Hold on. [takes off mask.] You've finished your undergraduate education! That's behind you. Have you finished learning? No. We know you've transformed and are now lifelong learners. We look forward to seeing your achievements in the future. Congratulations again! [Deaf applause while smiling.]

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Dr. Kirk VanGilder, Religion. He is wearing a blue short sleeve plaid shirt and standing in front of a brick wall with a blue/yellow/red painting and a bookshelf behind him. He has brown hair and a beard with glasses and white skin.

[Text] Hi!  I'm Dr. VanGilder. I want to express my congratulations to all the graduating seniors in the Class of 2020! You majors and minors in the History, Philosophy, Religion, and Sociology department have worked hard with your friends, your community, your family, and everyone around you supporting you through to this day. We celebrate your achievement of graduation as part of your Gallaudet family. As you go into world, don't forget us. We'd be thrilled to see and learn what's up with our graduates from the department. We continue to be here for your support with letters of recommendation, advice, information, so contact us with questions or anything. Keep in touch with us! We are thrilled to share in your happiness of this moment. You've succeeded through all the strange, frustrating, and awkward moments to thrive and arrive on top. Congratulations on your graduation!

 [Visual Description] A cross dissolve to a picture of the Edward Miner Gallaudet statue with Chapel Hall in the background. In the foregrounded are tulips. A cross dissolve to our next speaker.
Dr. Julie Fennell, Sociology. She is wearing a red sweater and seated on a tan sofa with a robin’s egg blue background. She has brown hair and white skin.

[Text] Hello! If you don't know me, I'm Professor Julie Fennell. from the Sociology program. I want to celebrate all the graduates from HPRS. I know it's been a very hard semester for everyone. I'm truly proud of all our students' achievements in overcoming many barriers. I really hope your future is bright. Thank you and good luck. I especially celebrate my sociology graduates. I know you've worked hard and I really hope your work pays off. Good luck in the future. I look forward to seeing what happens in your lives. Please keep in touch. Thank you.

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Dr. Erin Farley, Sociology. She is wearing a dark blue sweater and seated in front of a table with papers neatly filed in the background. She has long brown hair and white skin.

[Text] Hi! Congratulations to the college seniors! Happy Graduation and good luck in the future! Bye!

[Visual Description] A ripple effect to the same image of the Gallaudet Class of 2020 swag box that opened the video. Flashing lights reveal “Congratulations!” A cross dissolve to a blue globe focused on North America with Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. marked. Text above reads, “There is no other place like this in the world.” Below are three arrows with the words Connect. Discover. Influence.