Countdown to Commencement 2024: Makhi Love

January 15, 2024

Each year, faculty and staff nominate members of the graduating class for “Countdown to Commencement,” a video series which recognizes the accomplishments of soon-to-be-alumni of the University.

Fisher News Highlights features a student every week of the spring semester, as we countdown to the Commencement celebrations in May. Nearly 50 nominations of both Class of 2024 undergraduate and graduate students were submitted – the highest number of nominations in the history of the series.

The first student to be featured is Makhi Love, a graduate student in the mental health counseling program who was nominated by the faculty in the program.

He is described as a leader in the classroom and an active student representative who has connected with every cohort in the program. His willingness to meaningfully participate in class discussion and to volunteer for impromptu class and community activities have set him apart. The nomination also shared that he is always one of the first to take advantage of opportunities for additional training in the field, and has volunteered to work with youth athletes as part of his practicum, stepping into a leadership role for the other students involved in the work.

Love is credited by the faculty for providing an enhanced level of awareness regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion and ways they can continue to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment for students in the program.

Faculty say that they will remember him for his energy, leadership qualities, passion and determination for success, and his overall caring qualities.

The nomination read: “Makhi is the type of student who makes teaching worthwhile. His energy is contagious.”