December 22, 2020

Tristan Hazlett found her own unique experiences at Shawnee State University both inside and outside of the classroom. A double major, she chose to pursue degrees in both Psychology and Natural Sciences, while also minoring in Criminology. Outside of her coursework, she became involved in several extracurriculars and organizations with the Office of Student Life as well as within her academic departments.

“I got to meet and become friends with so many different people,” she said. “I really felt like I had found my home once I started joining organizations.”

Hazlett’s student organizations included the National Society of Leadership & Success, Tri-Beta Honor Society, and the Psychology and Pre-Med Clubs. She was also a sister of the Theta Phi Alpha sorority, in which she was the chapter’s president. During the university’s annual Weekend of Welcome, she served as a Welcome Ambassador to help new students become acquainted with campus life.

portrait of Tristan Hazlett in cap and gown

Graduating this semester, Hazlett’s next steps include attending graduate school to obtain her master’s degree in either Forensic Psychology or Social Work before eventually pursuing her doctorate degree in Forensic Psychology.

“Shawnee will forever by my home,” said Hazlett, who is the daughter of an SSU alumna who first encouraged her to attend the university. “I’ve loved it since the minute I stepped foot on campus.”

Hazlett graduated with both of her degrees as part of the Fall Class of 2020. To view a recap of the Virtual Commencement Ceremony, visit