Desiree Lynn Wallen


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Emily Gendrolis: Congrats Des!! We did it!! I wish you all the best in your future endeavors - happy archiving!

Patricia Franks : Congratulations, Desiree. I wish you much success in your professional career. And-- I hope to see you join the ranks of Certified Archivists in the near future:)

Lauren Poleski-Schultz : Congrats! We did it! Good luck in the future! I know you will go far.

Jennifer Christensen: Congratulations!! I can't believe we did it!!

Desiree Lynn Wallen

The degree of

Master of Archives and Records Administration

Virtual Convocation


Current residence: Runnemede, NJ, US

I wanted to earn a masters degree because:

I wanted to further my opportunities and accomplish something I was proud of.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were:

my parents Ken and Susan, my sister Lacey, my grandmothers Louise and the late Marian, and my very understanding boyfriend Chris and my patient friends.

While in the program, I met classmates from:

all over the country, and in some cases international places. Which provided great insights from everyone. Particularly in the cases of various regulations and standards in the recordkeeping fields.

What I liked best about online learning was:

the flexibility of the schedule. Which led to being able to expand my professional experience. Such as through work and internships.

What I enjoyed most about my experience at the SJSU School of Information was:

being able to see everyone's different experiences, in order to learn how to solve particular problems. As well as having the creative freedom to apply what we learned to a variety of projects.

I plan to use my degree to:

help cultural institutions thrive in a digital access-based environment with digital preservation methodologies and the adaptation of appropriate policies to do so.

Now that I have completed the program, I'm most looking forward to:

obtaining my archivist certification and utilizing the skills I learned in this program, to promote safe recordkeeping and open access in whichever environment I find myself in the near and far future.