Spring Hill College Commencement 2014

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Commencement Address

Matt D’Arrigo
Founder and CEO, A Reason To Survive (ARTS), San Diego, CA
Spring Hill College Class of 1995
Commencement Speaker

Thank you, Fr. Lucey, and the rest of the Spring Hill community for inviting me back to speak today. It’s an incredible honor on so many levels. I kind of feel like the prodigal son … and not that I’m up for sainthood, but if the pope is tracking miracles, please take note.

And good morning class of 2014! Congratulations! You’ve made it! All that hard work over the past 4, 5 or 6 years has paid off! Now it’s time to celebrate, pack up your stuff tomorrow and move back in with your parents for the next 5 years.

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be invited back to stand on this stage and address you today. To tell you the truth, there were many times we weren’t even sure I’d be invited back while I was a student! To be honest, my freshman year I was told not to come back – to take a semester off. They said they weren’t sure if Spring Hill was the right fit for me; something about low GPA, various behaviors unbecoming of the Jesuit values, something about the mobile police department …  But that time off proved to be very serendipitous. I’ll talk more about that in a little bit.

Eventually I did return and sat out there just like you are today as a fine arts major and philosophy minor. Can I hear it from the fine arts and philosophy students?! Can I hear it from their parents?! Don’t be embarrassed – it’s ok!

I’d like to thank those parents for encouraging your kids to pursue their passions – even though it’s not a traditional path, it’s their path and it’s a good one. The world needs more artists and critical thinkers. One of the greatest gifts my Dad ever gave me was permission and support to follow my passion and be a fine arts major.

So, it’s great to on campus again. I was here last fall to screen a documentary called Inocente that the non-profit organization I founded, A Reason To Survive or ARTS, was featured in and won the Academy Award in 2013. After that visit, former President Fr. Salmi came out to visit me in San Diego to see the work we’re doing first hand and at he end of the visit, he popped the question – would I give the commencement speech. After picking myself up off the floor and the initial shock and awe wore off, a wave of fear and dread came over me – wait I need to give a commencement speech … I need to write a commencement speech! Another assignment from Spring Hill!

Every time I think I’m out, they drag me back in.

What would I say? Was I even qualified to give this speech?

I thought about when I was sitting out there at graduation in 1995 and listening Winston Groom, the author of Forest Gump, tell me that life was like a box of chocolates – you never know what your going to get (man, was he right!)

I thought about when I was in the audience for other important speeches from people I admired. I viewed the people up on stage as someone who held far greater powers, intellect/knowledge, and success than I personally ever had the capabilities to achieve. I viewed them as part of a special group of individuals that had not only “made it,” but made it to a point where other people wanted to hear what they had to say.

So I find myself asking how the hell did I get up here from sitting out there, and does anyone really care what I have to say?

My hope today is that I can give hope to those students out there who are like me when I was a student. You’ll find that hope is the greatest tool in your tool belt when things aren’t going as planned … which will happen … often.

I think it would help if I painted a picture of who I was, especially in my early years at Spring Hill. Lets go back to my freshman year that was a complete disaster academically, but a spectacular success socially. I was having the time of my life.

I was barely accepted into Spring Hill by the skin of my teeth. Coming from Boston, people asked why I chose Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama? I like to think they chose me but the truth is, it was one of the only colleges that took a chance and accepted me – and only through a couple of phone calls from my Dad. My parents were just desperate for someone to take me and get me out of their house.

So you would think I would take full advantage of this incredible opportunity. Key words there – you would think. However, I had not reached the point of maturity or rational thinking to see what I was throwing away at the time.

Luckily for me, there were certain teachers, priests, and administrators here who saw potential in me way beyond what I was able to see in myself at the time. They helped me slowly refocus my energies from negative pursuits to more positive ones, never gave up on me, and slowly chipped away and enabled a more holistic version of myself to emerge.

I now realize that all the people I heard speaking up on stage that I admired and looked up to are really no different than who I was sitting out there as a student. They had just matured a bit, refocused their energies, and gotten to the point in their lives where they had found a purpose; something they were truly passionate about, were talented in, was worth fighting for, and worked extremely hard to make happen.

So let me tell you how that happened for me.

During the 2nd semester of that infamous freshman year, what was happening parallel was that my mother was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer. If that wasn’t bad enough, when one of my four sisters, Kate, returned from college that summer she was also diagnosed with cancer. My mom was 47 and Kate was 21 at the time. Our whole world was turned upside down; it was devastating.

Around that time, I received that suspension letter from Spring Hill telling me to take a semester off. That didn’t help matters.

I ended up taking the whole year off. That year was a turning point for me. It would take a few years to fully turn my ship around (I wasn’t a quick fix), but it was a major reality check to stop and reflect how my past behaviors had affected others, how selfish I was being. It wasn’t intentional – I always saw my actions as only affecting me – I wasn’t trying to hurt others or cause others pain … I was just having fun! But that’s the epitome of selfishness – not being aware of how your actions affect others.

So I spent my sophomore year at home to help as both my mom and sister went through radiation and chemotherapy. I experienced a range of emotions that were difficult to process – anger, sadness, lots of guilt, and despair. So I turned to my love of art and music to get me through that time. I would retreat to my bedroom on a daily basis, close the door, put on the Grateful Dead, and paint. It was my escape – the whole world would disappear. It would transform my whole outlook on life and give me hope – that everything was going to be ok.

One day after one of these sessions it all just struck me like a bolt of lightning – if it worked for me, I knew it would work for other kids facing their own pain, whatever was causing it. So I sat at my desk and sketched out a little plan to start a non-profit that would provide a safe place for kids to come express themselves and use the arts to feel good again – just like I had my bedroom to escape to, I wanted to create an arts center.  

I started thinking of a name for the organization. The Dead song “Touch of Grey” was playing and the lyrics “I will get by, I will survive.” I thought – yeah, the arts give me A Reason To Survive my pain. I wrote that down and then noticed the acronym...A R T S. Bam – that was it – not only did I have the name, but I saw that as a sign – I had found my purpose in life. It was very powerful moment at 19 years old to receive such a clear calling. I was given these artistic talents, I was passionate about caring for and helping others, and was being put through this traumatic life event to show me how to best put those to use.

So how did I make that connection? To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure – it was kind of like an epiphany that was beyond my doing. But I do think my mind was open and aware to receive that moment of inspiration. From an early age I was fascinated with the meaning of life and death – not in a macabre way, I devoured books on the subject. I experienced death early on when my cousin Andy died at 18 - I never new someone could die so young. And then numerous friends died in my teens and early 20s. This sent a very strong message to me – life is short, find your meaning. So I began looking for meaning in everything.

Over time I developed a belief system that the answer lays within all of us. We have God-given talents, interests, and passions that we are born with and develop over time. We are then put through life experiences, both good and bad, that provide us with clues and guideposts telling us what to do with them and what direction to take.

We have free will – we can use them negatively, like I had been for the first part of my life, or you can pivot and use them for good. To serve others. The most powerful clues and guideposts usually reveal themselves during the most difficult times in your life. You just have to be open to receive them and have faith. Most of us don’t and use those difficult times as a crutch and excuse to never achieve our full potential.

But the secret is, it’s right in front of you the whole time - or better yet, it’s within you. You just have to look within yourself and listen to that inner voice that is your personal compass – it won’t steer you wrong.

There’s so much noise these days to distract us from ourselves and to see who we truly are and want to be. We spend too much time living other people’s versions of ourselves and trying to meet other people’s expectations.

When we were young we called it peer pressure. But the fact is peer pressure never really goes away – peers just turn into your family, spouses, partners, bosses, co-workers, etc. They influence you in what they need and want you to be in order to fulfill their own goals and needs.

It’s hard to step away and to give yourself permission to take the path that’s in your heart; it takes tremendous courage and faith. People confuse this with being selfish – it’s not. When you follow your own path you are being true to yourself and then can be truly there for others.

Today, we live in a society that lives at the expense of others. We can be selfish and greedy, where nothing is ever enough – and it never will be. The news is filled with headlines of business leaders, politicians, and everyday people living at the expense of others for personal gain or satisfaction. Now, I’m not saying to give up money or material goods, start a non-profit, join the Peace Corps, or dedicate your life to poverty and serving others … unless that’s your thing and I fully encourage it. I, myself, enjoy money and nice things – like the Jesuits.  

But I don’t gain them at the expense of others; I gain them through service to others, by trying to make others people’s lives better. This can be done in any profession or career: investment banker, plumber, street sweeper, politician, business leader, whatever. Whatever you do can be in service of making other peoples lives better. You have to ask yourself – are you serving or hurting others by pursuing and achieving your own goals and dreams. The answer should be pretty clear.

Capitalism is a great thing if operated correctly – the Pope calls it Compassionate Capitalism. He points out that living a life looking out for our own personal gain breaks down the very social fabric of families and communities. He calls for “investment in efforts to help the slow, the weak or the less talented to find opportunities in life.”

If you are sitting here today, you are extremely lucky. Not to hear me talk – but because you have been put into an environment that not everyone has the same access and opportunity; one that provides you, after a lot of hard work, with the tools and resources to succeed in life and ability to make a big impact in the world.

You have been given this gift of an incredible Jesuit education, access to some of the best resources on the planet – people. A network of peers, faculty, alumni, and friends that can help you and support you throughout life and vice versa – you will be there for them.

In fact, one of my longtime friends from the Hill said if I mentioned him in this speech, he would donate to ARTS – so Steve Kocian, please make the check out to A-R-T-S. Now it’s my turn to return the favor…that’s how it works.

You will learn that the playing field is not always level, not everyone has this type of opportunity and access we all have. It’s not how the system works. But it takes people like us to lead with empathy, help to lift others up and help them find the same opportunities and resources we have worked hard for and been blessed with.

I chose to do it by starting A Reason To Survive. How will you do it?

People say, “Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” I’m here to tell you that’s total BS. It’s hard work – extremely hard work, there’s blood, sweat, and tears – disappointments, failures, and frustrations. I almost walked away in 2010 and we almost shut ARTS doors … what a difference 4 years makes. And I can tell you, despite all the success in the past year, it has also been one of the most challenging and difficult years in my professional career. You’ll feel like giving up … many times. But the love will see you through them. Love and passion will take your work ethic and dedication to the next level to achieve success.

But what really is success? I can’t tell you what that is for you personally. Success can only be self-defined; others cannot define it for you.  So again, listen to your inner voice and define what success is for yourself.

As mentioned earlier in my talk – life is short. We never know when it’s our time to punch the clock. So live life with a sense of urgency and purpose. If you are lucky enough to find your passions, talents and purpose – what will you do with them? What will you do to make this world a better place? What’s your contribution?

I’ll leave you with this:

You’re born and inhale you first breath of life. Eventually you will exhale your final breath. My question to you: What will you do in between breaths?

Thank you and God Bless.

Class Orator Speech

Taylor Hardenstein
Senior Class Orator

Father Lucey, Archbishop Rodi, Mr. Matt D’Arrigo, Spring Hill faculty, staff, family, friends, and especially the graduating class of 2014, thank you for giving me this opportunity.

As graduating seniors soon to enter the real world, we are asked questions, such as “What are you going to do now?” “Don’t you know that you have to start paying those student loans?” “Have you found a job yet?” And my personal favorite, “What the heck are you going to do with your theology degree now?”

These might be questions that need answers, but they’re not the most pressing questions to pose to a Spring Hill graduate.

Instead, one should ask, “What have you learned? Do you have faith? Are you just? Can you serve? And above all, ‘How will you make the best possible use of your Spring Hill education, not just now, but for life?’”

Close to four years ago, our class sat in St. Joseph Chapel and were welcomed with open arms into the Spring Hill community. That night we received a small card, emblazoned with the college’s mission statement.

The words on the card are much too long to recite here, but they are perfectly summed up in one short phrase heard many times over at Spring Hill College: Forming leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice, and service for life.

Forming leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice, and service for life. That is Spring Hill’s promise statement; it’s what the college promises every one of its students.  Four aspects of our education here on the Hill, each with the power to change the world. Remember? Ignatius of Loyola told his companions to “Go forth and set the world on fire.” In a few short moments, our time on the Hill will be complete, and it will be our turn to go into the world and set it ablaze, using what we have acquired here: learning, faith, justice, and service.

Because Spring Hill is a Jesuit institution, it’s no surprise that faith plays a major role in our education. Still, I was surprised that faith at Spring Hill is not a bunch of old, worn-out beliefs like I saw at my Catholic high school. What I’ve seen and witnessed here on the Hill is that faith isn’t old and dusty; it’s vibrant, and energetic, and alive. Spring Hill is a place for us to explore our faith freely, yet with guidance and support should we need it.

Faith is constantly in action throughout the lives of the faculty and student body. It’s always a topic for discussion, no matter the time or place. Faith is present not just at mass, but in class, and in extracurriculars; even just a simple walk around campus on a beautiful day highlights faith on campus, from a marble statue to a wedding in St. Joe’s.

We as a senior class have been led by not just one, but two men who are shining examples of how to live one’s faith through action every day. Father Lucey, our current president, and Father Salmi, our former one, are two excellent examples of just what faith is at Spring Hill: quiet, reserved, personal, humble; yet at the same time outgoing, powerful, and very much alive. (I’ll let you decide which adjectives apply to which president.)

Father Lucey and Father Salmi are also two excellent examples of service; they have served this institution through its ups and downs; yet did so with confidence, a few meaningful words, and a hundred-watt smile.

They have shown us what it means to serve others. Whether it is in community service, the International Service immersion programs, the countless Greek philanthropies, or even the various causes that surface unexpectedly, I know that my classmates have heard the call to service here, and it is truly inspiring.

But it’s not just about service; it’s about serving with justice. Spring Hill expects its students to go out into the world and treat everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve.

To me, justice comes as the hardest to learn. It’s easy to treat those we like and those less fortunate with justice; it’s harder still to treat those who share different opinions with justice, much less those that we simply don’t like.

Spring Hill gives us the opportunity to serve with justice, by letting us enrich ourselves in debate and discussion, inside and outside the classroom. But justice is not something that is automatically learned; it’s something one must continue to learn. We’ll all struggle to be just for the rest of our lives, with every situation we encounter requiring a different response.

I only realized all of this once I had learned it, which is the last of the factors of the promise statement. At Spring Hill, we have learned in the classroom, but we have also learned outside of that setting. We have learned through a seemingly endless number of lectures, papers, research, and projects. We have also learned through community service, campus organizations, and everyday life in our residence halls. We have learned the value of hard work, and the benefits of learning on our own. And, we have learned what we need to practice faith, service, and justice for life.
Learning, faith, justice and service – that’s what Spring Hill promises. But in coming here, and immersing ourselves in the pursuit of these qualities, we get a bonus with our Spring Hill education: community. Community here is twofold; first, there exists a unique sense of community between the faculty and the students.

Spring Hill is so small, which allows for professor/student relationships that are virtually non-existent at other institutions. I know that I speak for many seniors when saying our professors are not just professors, but friends and mentors as well.

About a month ago I went to get my haircut; as I walk in I see Dr. Bagot, one of Spring Hill’s professors, checking out at the register. I went up, pat him on the back, and said hi. Dr. Bagot then exclaimed: “Taylor! Wonderful to see you!”
Yet before I said anything else, Dr. Bagot began regaling the hair dresser with just how “wonderful” and “brilliant” not just I am, but all the students at Spring Hill College. Which was eye opening, considering that once he left, the hairdresser told me how she never had that type of relationship with her professors at South Alabama.
That speaks wonders to just how unique an institution Spring Hill really is in terms of community. Yet the other community at Spring Hill exists solely between its students.

Spring Hill is unique because it makes the majority of us live on campus for the entirety of our time here. As a Springhillian tour guide, I often explain that Spring Hill requires its students to live on campus all four years, receiving quizzical looks, due to the fact most schools allow you to live off campus after freshmen year.  But I then explain that because we are required to live on campus, and because we are such a small school, there is a sense of community among the students unique to the Hill alone.

What gets us here as freshmen might be the promise of learning, faith, justice, and service; but what gets us to stay is the community. In striving to be the very best we can be in terms of our learning, faith, service, and justice towards others, we become a community of friends –connected to each other for life.

As seniors we survived the caf at common hour; we survived the closing of Langan; we survived the (sad) renaming of the cloister to McKinney’s; we survived the new hall laptop burglar; we survived Pats and Alchemy and Bojangles; and we survived the “snowpocalypse” this past January. But we didn't just survive, we thrived.

As graduates, we won’t miss the papers, or the food, or the speed bumps. But we will miss the friends. We will miss the community. As friends, we’ve gotten through tough times. As friends, we’ve held each other accountable and pushed each other to achieve the very best. And after we push each other and succeed, we are obligated, as friends, to all celebrate come Friday and Saturday night.

But Spring Hill is not just a community; it’s a home. Spring Hill is an odd, wonderful, magical place that no one can quite explain to the outside world. It’s alive, a place you can feel the learning, faith, justice, service, and community in action every day.

But although we leave this home in a few moments, it’s not the end of our Spring Hill journey.

Spring Hill is not a four-year commitment; it’s a commitment for life. Like the promise statement says, Spring Hill expects us to go out as leaders and continue to learn, serve, and believe for the rest of our lives.

And what better representation of that lifetime commitment to faith, learning, justice, and service than Mr. Matt D’Arrigo; started in his garage in 2001, his outreach project has grown into the nationally recognized ARTS program, helping countless children and young adults not just survive, but thrive as well. Mr. D’Arrigo graduated from Spring Hill not too long ago, and took the call of learning, faith, justice and service for life to heart. And now it’s our turn.
So, in honor of all this, I leave us with a challenge; a simple one, but one that challenges for the rest of our lives- to go into the world, and be leaders engaged in learning, faith, justice and service Spring Hill expects us to be.

Spring Hill has given us the tools, the education, the friends, and the memories to accomplish this; the rest is up to us.
So, class of 2014, go forth, find some matches, and set the world on fire.

Thank you.

2014 Graduates

Toolen Award – presented to the graduating senior who has achieved the highest grade point average during the entire course of study:
Elizabeth Joyce Neal

Ignatian Awards – presented to the students – one graduating woman and one graduating man – who have best fulfilled the ideals of Jesuit education for scholarship, leadership and service during their four years at Spring Hill College. These are the highest student awards bestowed by the College:
Marie Booth
Robert “Bobby” E. Brown

Edward B. Moody, S.J., Teacher of the Year Award – made annually to the professor who, in the judgment of a committee composed of a broad cross-section of the academic community, has displayed excellence in the fulfillment of the teaching mission of the college:
Dr. Stuart Babington, Associate Professor of Communication Arts

Dawson Service Award is made to the professor who, in the judgment of a faculty committee, has demonstrated excellence service to the college:
Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Rewak Award – This award, named in honor of Father William Rewak, former president of the College, recognizes a faculty or staff member who represents in a significant way the Jesuit ideal of service:
Dr. Jamie Franco-Zamudio, Assistant Professor of Psychology

The candidates for graduation are as follows:

Bachelor of Arts

Margaret C. Benton
Brooks Bobinger
Jacqueline Victoria Teresa Bofill
Marie Booth
Jessica Elise Boyd
Kellie Marie Brannon
Matthew Brewer
Elizabeth Bridges
Shaniqua Buchanan
Kathryn Mary Burkenstock
Alicia Rochelle Candela
Brendan M. Carney
Kearney Elizabeth Cole
Briana Ila Collins
Ryan L. Cossé
Megan Kristina Davis
Anna Ruth DeWine
Melissa Ann Elliott
Deanna Marie Etzold
Elizabeth Marie Fahey
Ginger Renee Feeney
Emery Sue Finegan
Britney Latrice Finley
Bridget Ann Fleischut
Nicholas Patrick Fleming
Lindsey Nicole Frechou
Olivia Celi Garcia
Lesliey Virginia Garza
Dawn A. Gilbert
Mary Catherine Goodwin
Taylor Stanton Hardenstein
Bradley Gail Headrick
Emily Ruth Hill
Sara Helena Horan
Shawn-Patrick David Hynes
Olivia Therez Jennings
Brian Michael Kampen
Annie L. Kinler
Avery Ann Kyle
Matthew D. LaBorde
Spencer Doorley Lane
Lauren Elizabeth Luckie
Kevin Whitcomb Macar
James William Maughn
Emily Gabe Milke
Thomas J. Motes, Jr.
La Sheena Ravon Nation
Diana K. Nguyen
Breanna Rae Ortner
Bridget R. Oswald
Jacqueline Victoria Pujol
Kyle J. Quinlan
Summer L. Ranaldson
Ryan S. Schweppe
Claire Christine Sheils
Aislinn Morgan Shevlin
Sasha Marie Shirazi
Kevin Francis Smith
Sean A. Tooks
Jordan Elena Truxillo
Victoria-Rose Unwin
Chelsea Marie Wallace
Diana Jasman Weidle

Bachelor of Science

Ashley Adams
Eric De’Andre Adams
Christopher B. Algero, Jr.
Christie Marie Alonso
Johnathon Donald Ames
Ann Marie Babbington
Alexi Corinne Babcock
Rachel Morgan Bach
Erin Clarke Ballingrud
Jonathan M. Barlow
Casey Eileen Barnett
Shannon Elizabeth Beermann
Rebecca DeAnne Benson
Jenna Berthelsen
Johnathan Blain
Daniel Louis Blast
Maria Boccardo
Kirsten Bordis
Amanda Anne Bradley
Ashley Nicole Bridges
Victoria Jade Bridges
Ashley W. Brooks
Robert E. Brown
Matthew Joseph Burke
Ana Gladys Caballero
Mary Katherine Callahan
Caroline Grace Carden
Severin M. Chambers
Kirstyn E.L. Cline
Rachael Eileen Cochran
Sinead Jeanette Coe
Willard Patrick Collins
Molly Ann Cowley
Lorenza R. Croom
Ashley R. Crum
Patrick W. Culotta
Megan Marie Dahl
Kristen J. DeAngelo
Dustin Dearmon
Gabriella Vincent Del Gandio
Marguerite Marie Devereux
Emily Ann Dolan
Christie Leigh Domangue
Audrey Kate Dombrowski
Meredith Michelle Donald
Chasity Nicole Douyon
Philip Dugan
Katie E. Dupuy
Philip J. Dyer
John Paul Espinosa
Lylah Sheehan Fitzgerald
Emily Brooke Flanders
Nicholas J. Friedmann
John Matthew Angelo Fuentes
Michelle Sarwat Gad
Brennan P. Gaffney
Andrés V. Garcia
Frederick Najgee Gatson
Ashley R. Gaynor
Charles Edward Gordon III
Andre L. Gowins
Adam Reed Graddick
Nicholas R. Grant
Patrick Timothy Green
James T. Grice
Chelsea M. Haines
Jamie L. Hall
Jessica L. Hall
Tempey Hamilton
Kathleen Erika Harmon
Mackenzie Lea Harms
Stephanie A. Harris
Luke Michael Hayes
Andrew Lawrence Herman
Sean Neil Hershman
Sarah A. Hess
Ashley Marie Hill
Alexandra Rae Himel
Mackenzie Kate Hollis
Ethel L. Hooks
Jessica Marie Hultquist
Shelley M. Husband
Joan Marie Hutchens
Tyler R. Hutson
Monet Valentina Izquierdo
Kathryn Ann Jakuback
Kevin Dylan Jenner
Adrian C. Johnson
Gina Nichelle Johnson
Corius Desean Jones
Jennifer Leigh Jones
Katelynn Marie Jones
Shundrika B. Jones
Eric R. Kaftan
Katherine R. Kelton
Michael Robert Kernahan
Lauren E. Kilroy
Antquezes D. King
Shamichael Kittler
Lorelei Anna Koory
Jordan Emile Krouse
Lauren Meredith La Force
Caitlyn LaChute
Phillip J. Landry
Valentina Paz Lara Sanchez
Ashley Lynn Ledet
Teresita Maria Ledo
Rickie Dewane Lee, Jr.
Margaret Emily Leeds
Tyler David Leiva
Nicholas Bevan Link
Alexander Looney
Amy Lauren Lyons
Alannah Marie Mannix-Slobig
Danielle Josephine Marsh
Emily Claire Martin
Marlena Joy Martin
Elizabeth Emma McGinty
Ainsley Grace Messina
Michael Moch
John Christian Montgomery
Eric Michael Mooney
Kirsti Belle Morrison
Alexander E. Myers
Taryn Audrey Nash
Elizabeth Joyce Neal
Anna Renee Newman
Robert J. Oliva, Jr.
Melaine Edith Parker
Michelle L. Perez
Kyndra Renee Perry
Katelyn Pierce
Daniel David Pitfield
Gabriela Portela
Ryan Timothy Power
Andrew C. Prince
Olin Prosch
Mollie Reagan
Joseph Michael Joven Remo
Victoria L. Repp
Erin Marie Richardson
Jessica Lisa Richardson
Robert Brandon Robinson
Joshua L. Rocha
Nicolaas Patrick Roorda
Samantha Marie Samry
Nicholas K. Schmiemeier
Leslie Terese Simoneaux
David Joseph Simpson
Carolyn Arlene Sinkus
Ally E. Sloan
Michael F. Smilari
Ann Bowie Smith
Jonathan Christopher Smith
Kimberley Danielle Stevens
Claire N. Stewart
Jeffrey Suhre
Casey Christine Ann Sullivan
Joseph Filler Sykes
Tammy Me'Lisa Tate
Alyssa Claire Tawil
Brandon Jamal Thompson
Crawford Thompson
Brian Patrick Traina
Eric F. Vicente-Flores
Darcey Ryann Walsh
Jasmine Monique Washington
Theresa M. Webb
Joseph Webster
Brett Martin Williams
Jatorri S. Williams
Rachel D. Wills
Catherine V. Woodyard
Emily Suzanne Yokubaitis

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Lindsay Marie Aleman
Julia Dorothy Berner
Karen Marie Brunson
Monica Castello
Hanna Justine Cree
Danielle Louise Drab
Leslie Ann Lock
Emily Grace Millett
Erin Caitlin Murphy
Mary Kathryn Joyce Romero
Mary Margaret Schmidt

Master of Arts

John F. Bott

Master of Arts in Teaching

Margaux Marie Bodet
Leslie L. Carvin
Stephany Alyce Pasquale

Master of Business Administration

Sara Boccardo
Andria K. Deane
Richard A. Geist III
Maggie G. Hudson
Jeanetta Camille Johnson
John Nolan McCain III
Marcus Wayne Stacey
Ryan Parker Thomson

Master of Liberal Arts

Melinda Nicole Baker
Robin C. Delaney
Rethea Jean Graves
Ariel Celeste Leary
Jenifer Amy Martin
Shawn Gloria McNatt
Brian Joseph Murphy

Master of Science in Nursing

Tyrone Cornelle Barnes
Stephanie Dingess DuPree
Toni Michelle Hosea
Linda Kay Martinez
Sherman Ann Sledge
Raquel Lavette Williams

Master of Theological Studies

Margaret L. Anderson
David Wesley Brown
Meredith Quinlan-LaFontaine
Eileen Margaret Rettig
Brian P. Turcott