Mary Welker ’20 is a mom, a role model to her four daughters, a full-time Syracuse University staff member, an Alumni Scholar and a recipient of the Nancy Gelling Award given to a student for high academic achievement.
In May, the University College Class of 2020 graduate shared the significant accomplishment of graduating from Syracuse University with her daughter, Abbey. Mary earned a bachelor of professional studies (B.P.S.) degree in creative leadership from University College and Abbey earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and rhetorical studies from the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Mary’s youngest daughter, Martha, will be a sophomore this fall in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Welker family is strongly embedded in the Orange community. Mary, research coordinator in the Office of Professional Research and Development in the School of Education, has been a University employee since 2007. Her oldest daughter, Bridget Welker Moore ’13, graduated from the Falk College and works for InclusiveU in the School of Education. Bridget’s husband, Blaine Moore, is a U.S. Air Force veteran who is active in the New York Air National Guard and is working on an online B.P.S. degree in creative leadership at University College. Daughter Caitlin ’16 also graduated from the Falk College with a dual degree in public health and child and family studies and works as a human resources and employee benefits assistant at One Group.