Spring Graduation Spotlight: Adrian Gonzales

May 9, 2024 Mason Duebner

Graduating May 10, 2024, Hardin-Simmons University English major Adrian Gonzales exemplifies the good that can be achieved with a positive attitude and a willingness to serve. He will go on to teach English at the Wylie Independent School District, serving the local community well. 

Adrian believes that with the tools and skills he learned at HSU, he can handle anything a classroom of young scholars can throw at him. “I’ve learned a lot about what young students need in classrooms today, and I’m beyond excited to begin teaching.” 

Adrian had a wealth of people he wanted to thank on campus, including: “Dr. Spangler, for welcoming me to HSU with great joy; Dr. Pogue, for having proper sincerity while braving some of the hardest topics with her students; Dr. Thompson, for encouraging the greatest class discussions about the wonders of life; Dr. Collins, for her stories, and her determination to ensure us education majors are called to the field of teaching; finally, Donna Snook, for always living out joy in her service to me and my peers.” 

Adrian has worked hard in class over the past four years and has been involved in theatre, cheer, Chapel Band, Residence Life, and Student Life. “These extracurriculars challenged me to do more than I thought I was capable.” 

When asked for advice for future students, he said, “Plug in. Start with a local church; you need the community and weekly gathering to grow your faith in Jesus Christ, which impacts everything you do.” He added, “Don’t waste your four years at HSU just attending classes; our campus is full of amazing people who want to give you amazing opportunities to grow, learn, and make a difference in other people’s lives.” 

From his time on campus to his time in the Wylie classrooms, Adrian shows that there is more to service than just showing up. Congratulations Adrian!