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Logan Reaves Mason, a senior majoring in supply chain management and business management, will represent Auburn University’s Harbert College of Business by serving in the honorary role of graduation marshal in the 2022 spring commencement ceremony.
Mason, an Oklahoma native who moved to Lakeland, Florida, at the age of 5, already has a post-graduation job lined up: He will work as a global sourcing associate for International Paper and will be based at its mill in Maysville, Kentucky.
Auburn’s spring graduation services are scheduled at various times May 7-9.
“One student marshal is selected from each college each semester,” said Becca Grace, Harbert’s coordinator of student services. “This honor is accompanied by the opportunity to carry our college banner during the processional, attend the graduation reception, and receive a special notation in the commencement program.
“Student marshals have distinguished themselves by service to their school or college. To be considered, students must have completed a minimum of 60 hours at Auburn University with a scholastic average of 3.40 or higher and possess qualities of leadership, citizenship, character, and promise of professional ability.”
It hasn’t been all business for Mason during his time at Auburn.
“My favorite Auburn memory so far has been the numerous nights spent singing with my friends in the a cappella group ‘Full AUctave,’” he said.
Formerly known as AU Cappella and founded in 2010, Full AUctave consists of male vocalists who represent a variety of majors at Auburn University. Its members have sung in such venues as the Atlanta Braves stadium with the national anthem, to serving as the opening act for the popular professional music group Pentatonix.
Mason says the experience of singing with Full AUctave was rewarding in many ways.
“They have always been an incredibly fun group to be around and singing with them brings me joy like few things can,” he said. “Singing with them will be one of the things I miss most about Auburn when I leave.”
But don’t think that Full AUctave was Mason’s only music experience while at Auburn.
He also worked at WEGL, the student-run radio station, “where I was a DJ who played 80’s love songs.”
Mason echoed the sentiments of countless other Auburn students and alumni when he explained what lured him to the university.
“I came to Auburn mostly because I loved the way the campus and people felt whenever I visited. It felt like home to me,” he said, and regarding his choice of Harbert College of Business, “I wanted to join the business school because I thought it offered a plethora of opportunities for me in whatever direction I wanted to go.
“Harbert has prepared me for my professional career by helping me develop business-related skills through my classes and personal skills through practice interviews and things of the like,” he said. “They also have given me numerous opportunities in the forms of career fairs, which led to internships and my eventual full-time offer.”
Where does Mason see his career going?
“In the future, I would like to see myself as a vice president of an already-established company, or a founder of my own company with my brother,” he said.
Mason was nominated for the honor by Harbert staffers Megan Sumners and Alex Ritenbaugh.
“Logan has continued to impress me,” Sumners said. “As his instructor and program champion I have seen Logan exhibit leadership skills both in and outside of the classroom. I look forward to seeing his career launch and know that he will be engaged as an alumnus.”
Mason shared his appreciation for the support system he had behind him while seeking his degree.
“I would like to thank my Lord Jesus Christ for his continuous blessing in my life and for giving me all that I have,” he said, and “my family for always being there for me, my friends for being my family when family isn't around, and Auburn University for giving me all these opportunities to succeed.”