Congratulations AJ Taptto!

Major in Native American Studies

From Jenni

Miss Adrianna Jo Taptto, 

Where do I start? I might not have been there during your first few years of your Dartmouth career, but I am so so thankful that I got to be a part of your last two terms as an undergrad. These last two terms that I've been with you, I have seen you grow so much. From all the laughs and inside jokes we had to the humble burns we shared as well, you became and inspiration and love that I, to this day, cannot even begin to describe. Even though you had so much hesitation towards believing that you were going to graduate, here we are today, celebrating YOU. Through good and bad days, you pushed and pulled life to carve your own path for yourself at Dartmouth and beyond. I know you still have one more term to go, but guess what? You have already proven to yourself that you have the guts, passion, determination, and motivation to become who you are truly meant to be, a badass womxn. This graduation is only one of the many more accomplishments that await you. I am so very proud of you, hermosa. You have come a long way, and I can't wait to see how you continue to grow and inspire others. Remember to continue believing and trusting yourself ~ 

With love,

Jenni, your special lady friend      

From Meg Hughart

Congratulations, AJ!!!  Perhaps not the graduation you were dreaming of...  thank you for continuing to inspire me, and I look forward to seeing what's next for you!

From Furdale Smith

From all of us out here in Padre Canyon. The Smith's congratulate you and so proud of you, doing a great job at one of the top schools in the Nation. With your family there for support. Your hard work and dedication got you where you are at today.

From Grandpa Jerome

Congratulations shítso'oí! I am so proud of you and all your hard work, love you AJ! Awesome job! 
Hurry and come home ☆

From Grandma Gloria

Congratulations shi-yazi!! We are so proud of your great accomplishments even even though it took you to the far East of the USA. You did what you wanted to do since high school. You are an inspiritations to all our young ones across the Navajo nation. We are so proud of you!! Love you berry berry much.

From Ritchie Dixson

Congratulations AJ, so proud of you, another achievement, another chapter, another milestone. Wishing good thoughts, happiness and keeping reaching for them stars....

With tons of Love....Grandpa Ritchie

From Darnell Yellowhair

Congratulations AJ!!  You did it!!  We're so proud of you.  All your hard work has paid off.  Continue to make us proud!

We love you Shiyazhi.

From Thomasine Walker-Smith

This is a prideful milestone for you and your family, this makes us all proud to have a graduate from a prestigious university.  Congratulations and continue to reach for the stars.  

From The Walker-Smith family of Tolani and Leupp, AZ area.

From Steven Abbott

AJ!  Roomie!  

A very sincere congratulations to you here at graduation!  I know it's been a long road and sometimes not an easy one, but very proud to see all that you have accomplished in getting here and know there are many more great things in store for you down the road.  Congratulations to you & be well.  


From Dee Dee Fowler

Congratulations!!! What an amazing accomplishment. This is only the beginning. Wishing you the brightest future!

Best wishes, Dee Dee Fowler & family

From Chantel Begay

Congratulations AJ! I love you and I'm so proud of you. From your auntie Chantel B.

From Christine

Congratulations sweetie...proud of you...u finish this chapter now on to a new u..

From Monroe Dixon

CONGRATULATIONS AJ! I'm very very proud of you, you're an amazing kid. It's a privilege to watch you grown into a strong young woman.  You will always be the one of the golden girls to me. Love you with all my heart

From The Fowler's

Congratulations Adrianna! Continued success!

From Micah

Dear Slayjay,

You are one of the most amazing and uplifting persons I have ever met. You shine bright and bring light anywhere you go. I hope your path forward is prosperous and fulfilling, and that you are happy with the path you've chosen. The darkness you may have felt could not extinguish your persistence and the genuine love you have for your people and community. Keep slaying, Queen. You are truly an inspiration. 

With love,

From Lylia Eng


Congratulations on graduation--I wish we could all be there to celebrate this moment as friends, but I'm glad I got to meet you at Dartmouth (throwback to summer and Mink Brook and when you put me on to the lime-flavored Flamin' Hot Cheetos). This was so well-deserved, and I'm so excited to see where life will take you. Hopefully I'll get to see you again when we celebrate in person! 

Much love until then,


From Emily Harwell


Congratulations and best wishes. Your successes start today. Wherever life takes you, remember that you have the Dartmouth NAAAD family to support you along the way. Remember to be kind to yourself and don't lose sight of your aspirations during this transition time. 
Best wishes, 

Emily Harwell, Mvskoke Creek, Class of 2016

From Shelby Begay

Congratulations AJ!!!!! We're all so proud of you!!!!! 
With lots of love!

From Augusta Terkildsen

To AJ (TapDance), 

You have one of the best laughs that just gets carried on the wind. I remember when you found me in Boston at the airport waiting for the bus, and you gave me a piece of one of your family member's tradish cake from home. You shared stories and prayers. You also shared medicine and corn pollen with me in the vast forest of Vermont. We also held our own in the English class. You are someone who shares joy, and I am glad to have been able to share in this experience with you. Congratulations on your big day, I am so happy for you!

Until next time, Gusti Wynds

From Ms. Yoyokie

Miss AJ! You did it! You've worked hard to achieve your goals and now you're on your way to seek new vistas, dream new dreams, embark on who you are, and embrace life with passion. Never stop learning. Proud of you. Congratulations AJ!

Ms. Yoyokie

From Kristen Taptto

I am really happy for you. Never forget we pray for!! For your safety, school, health, education and happiness. It's all so great to see how much you accomplished!! CONGRATS. Next it will be fun for you to be here at AZ with us!! We are going to have fun and soak up any adventure out there!! You know we will, but celebrating your graduation is what we going to do. I'm happy we are sisters. I think you are going to be a very hard worker and leader once you get your job. I love you so much and you have all the puppies here waiting for you!! I'm happy for you not only in graduating but for finding yourself in college. It may not have been an easy thing to do all on your own, but you know what you stand for and who you are as a person. No matter what I will stand by your side and protect you. Thanks for being a big sister to me and for being your funny self. Congratulations AJ yay!!!!

From Kristen

From Jennifer Taptto

I am so proud of you shiyazhií! You never  gave up. I remember when we hadn't heard from Dartmouth admissions and you were just going to settle for in state university. I said  no, we will wait and we will figure it out. So a week later we got the news you were accepted! I was so happy for you. My heart filled with so much pride and joy, because this is what grandma Nan talked about. Guiding you, teaching you to grow. I knew I had raised a bright, confident young lady. I knew this was the path for you and I was ok letting you go that far. I know it was your choice to go to a college, but you let me chose too. Thank you shiyazhii. I am so proud of your accomplishments and all the hard work you put in! You did it. And I wished we could've celebrated differently. Thank you for all the people who looked out for you, guided you and stood by your side! And those who brought groceries and invited you to their homes. Congratulations shiyazhií AJ!! I love you and am the happiest mom ever!! Whoohoo YOU DID IT!!!  
#DartmouthMom ♡♡♡♡♡

From Mikenzie Alcott

Congratulations AJ!!!!! Omg these years have flown by so fast! I can't believe you're graduating!! I'm so proud of you sis. We always look up to you and we're so blessed to have a older sissy like you. You're moving mountains!!! AJ, we're proud of you. We miss and love you so much!!!

Love your brothers and sister
Britt Caleb and Kenzie

From Donna Paddock

Congratulations AJ. ❤️ We are so proud of you sweetheart.

Love Oniah, Del and Buffy ❤️❤️

From Bianca Dixon

You pushed through all the obstacles thrown at you to accomplish your goals. You are an such incredible young woman, you managed your education across the country while still being around when we all needed each other. I can't tell you how proud and lucky I am to know the woman you've become and can't wait to see what you do next, for you there are no limits mamitas.

Love you, AJ!

From Kassie Monroe

So proud of you little one!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ Congratulations on your accomplishments. I can't wait to see what's in store for you. Love you!

From Jennifer Laughter

Congratulations AJ....proud of you! Keep it up.

From Alcott-Taptto Family


From Michelle Kermond


Congratulations!  I feel so fortunate to have gotten to know you during your time at Dartmouth.  Your warmth and kindness shine through in everything you do.  I am so excited for you!  

Virtual hug, 
Michelle Kermond