Commencement 2021

Welcome to Saint Mary's College for the 174th Commencement. Congratulations to all of our graduates. A recording of the ceremony is now available, and can be found below.

Senior Award Honorees

Order of Ceremony

Cover of Commencement Program 2021

The program for the 174th Commencement ceremony is available in a scrollable format below. A pdf version is available to download by clicking here.

Academic Procession

National Anthem

Invocation

Gretchen Flicker ’93
Chair, Board of Trustees

Welcome

Katie Conboy, Ph.D.
President

Saint Catherine Medal

Presented by
Katie Conboy, Ph.D.
President

Lumen Christi Award

Presented by
Margaret M. Gower, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President for Mission

Madeleva Award

Presented by
Colleen M. Hoover, Ph.D.
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies

Valedictories

Kelly Harris
Katie Jackson
Stefanie Winnicki

President’s Medal

Presented by
Katie Conboy, Ph.D.
President

Citations for Honorary Degrees

Presented by
Titilayo Ufomata, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

To read more about today’s honorees, click here.

Commencement Address

Presented by
Nancy P. Nekvasil, Ph.D.
Former Interim President

To read more about Nancy Nekvasil, click here.

Citations for Graduate and Undergraduate Degrees in Course

Presented by
Titilayo Ufomata
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Presentation of Graduates

Tracy P. White
Senior Academic Advisor

Conferral of Degrees and Charge to the Class

Katie Conboy, Ph.D.
President

The Bells of Saint Mary’s

Recession


Class of 2021

The Degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice

Jacquelyn D. Adams
Richland, OR
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director: Sue Anderson

Megan Bontrager
Shipshewana, IN
Adult Gerontology Acute Care
Director: Trish Keresztes

Jannet Carol Everson
Great Falls, MT
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director: Linda Paskiewicz

Oluwatoyin Alaba Fadeyi
Lewisville, NC
Adult Gerontology Acute Care
Director: Trish Keresztes

Luci Colleen Gouin
Minneapolis, MN
Adult Gerontology Acute Care
Director: Trish Keresztes

Noris Edith Larkin
South San Francisco, CA
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director: Linda Paskiewicz

Kelly Anne Leard
Fishers, IN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director: Sue Anderson

Molly Elizabeth Matthews
Indianapolis, IN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director: Sue Anderson

Dorcas Muiru
Mishawaka, IN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director: Linda Paskiewicz

Cassandra Marie Raymond
Chicago, IL
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director: Sue Anderson

Kaitlyn Elizabeth Williams
Concord, NC
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director: Sue Anderson

Megan Lorraine Wright
Cumberland, MD
Family Nurse Practitioner
Director: Linda Paskiewicz


The Degree of Master of Autism Studies

Emily Bednar
Shelby Township, MI
Autism Studies

Austin Brooks
Hudsonville, MI
Autism Studies

Alyssa Ann Marie Gutierrez
South Bend, IN
Autism Studies

Madyson Reed Moyer
Munster, IN
Autism Studies


The Degree of Master of Science

Alicia Marie Arnold
Washington, MI
Speech Language Pathology

Sarah Joy Banasiak
Dyer, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Kasey Lynn Bounds
Mishawaka, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Rachael Nicole Brots
Loudon, TN
Speech Language Pathology

Hannah Elizabeth Choutka
Timnath, CO
Speech Language Pathology

Miranda Cofer
Crown Point, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Chelsea Faith Copley
Bidwell, OH
Speech Language Pathology

Delilah Coronado
Wyoming, MI
Speech Language Pathology

Katherine Brogan DePorter
Valparaiso, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Isabelle Ann Dombrowski
Random Lake, WI
Speech Language Pathology

Sabrina Anne Hollis
Fort Wayne, IN
Data Science

Elizabeth Paige Howard
Knox, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Iyana Dorothy Hughes
Manteca, CA
Speech Language Pathology

Kelly Ann Inman
Indianapolis, IN
Data Science

Alyssa Nicole Kamide
Macedon, NY
Speech Language Pathology

Alexa Karbin
Arlington Heights, IL
Speech Language Pathology

Kerry Mae Kenley
Mesa, AZ
Speech Language Pathology

Lauren Kusbel
Valparaiso, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Jodie Lynn LaFollette
Warsaw, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Sara Kaytlin Metcalf
Russiaville, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Abigail Peppin
Schererville, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Jessica Lynne Purvis
Shorewood, IL
Speech Language Pathology

Sabryna Marie Roman
Norridge, IL
Speech Language Pathology

Alexandra Jo Smock
Brownsburg, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Kaitlyn Mary Soderstrom
Darien, IL
Speech Language Pathology

Kathryn Paige Stallion
Minooka, IL
Speech Language Pathology

Sydney Nicole Susaraba
Warsaw, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Audrey Anna Szabo
Elkhart, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Mackenzie Lee Tussey
Fayetteville, OH
Speech Language Pathology

Isabel Wood
New Palestine, IN
Speech Language Pathology


The Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Kylee Kageha Abwavo
Grand Rapids, MI
Speech Language Pathology

Raigan Alyse Althouse
Noblesville, IN
Art

Alexis Marie Andrie
San Pedro, CA
Political Science
Cum Laude

Danielle Mariah Armenta
San Diego, CA
Psychology

Emma Valeria Ault
Valparaiso, IN
Speech Language Pathology
Magna Cum Laude

Marissa Danielle Baldonado
Phoenix, AZ
Gender and Women's Studies

Megan Elizabeth Lauren Baumann
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Speech Language Pathology

LeeAnn Kaylen Beaty
Westfield, IN
Speech Language Pathology
Magna Cum Laude

Brittany Blagburn
Fishers, IN
English Literature/Humanistic Studies
Summa Cum Laude

Theresa Hoa Grace Bridge
Indianapolis, IN
Sociology

Madison Rae Brooks
Cassopolis, MI
Physics

Hannah R. Bueno
South Bend, IN
Environmental Studies

Jill Ann Buettner
Belleville, IL
Elementary Education
Magna Cum Laude

Eleanor Frost Burling
Alexandria, VA
Political Science

Gwendolyn Sipos Butler
South Bend, IN
Philosophy
Magna Cum Laude

Sarah Catherine Caldwell
Bay Minette, AL
Communication Studies/Humanistic Studies

Alexandra Adriana Elisa Calleros
Notre Dame, IN
Creative Writing

Emma Rose Cassidy
Pittsburgh, PA
Elementary Education

Vanessa Cervera
South Bend, IN
Psychology/Sociology
Cum Laude

Gracie Clucas
Galva, IL
Political Science/History
Magna Cum Laude

Tia Lauren Cross
Richmond, CA
Creative Writing

Bea Carmelle Durban Cuasay
Gurnee, IL
Philosophy

Molly Elizabeth Cutter
Dowagiac, MI
Communication Studies
Magna Cum Laude

Emma Nicole Daggy
Osceola, IN
Art
Magna Cum Laude

Isabella D'Aquila
Saint Paul, MN
Humanistic Studies/Communication Studies
Magna Cum Laude

Tyler A. Davis
Chicago, IL
Art

Elizabeth Lauren Day
Peoria, IL
Communication Studies/History
Magna Cum Laude

Eden Descoteaux
Rochester, IN
English Literature and Creative Writing/Gender and Women's Studies
Cum Laude

Bridget Donnelly
Winchester, CA
Music

Deirdre Lee Drinkall
Lake Mary, FL
Philosophy/Economics
Magna Cum Laude

Ellen Elizabeth Duda
New Lenox, IL
Speech Language Pathology/Spanish
Cum Laude

Fiona Anne Eggen
Chesterton, IN
Global Studies/History
Cum Laude

Alyssa Christine Esposito
Chicago, IL
Elementary Education

Amy Colleen Fatora
Countryside, IL
Statistical and Actuarial Mathematics
Magna Cum Laude

Alexandra Nicole Fegan
Orland Park, IL
Speech Language Pathology
Magna Cum Laude

Maeve Kathleen Filbin
La Grange Park, IL
Political Science/Economics
Magna Cum Laude

Colleen Rose Fischer
Milwaukee, WI
Political Science/History
Cum Laude

Hannah Elise Fisher
Mishawaka, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Sarah Marguerite Fletcher
Indianapolis, IN
Speech Language Pathology

Julia Angeline Fonder
Middleton, WI
Creative Writing

Meghan Dolan Fors
Jackson, MI
Psychology/Communication Studies

Elizabeth Anne Forton
Petoskey, MI
Psychology

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Fourman
South Bend, IN
Psychology
Cum Laude

Ivol Rose Frasier
Quincy, MI
Psychology/Gender and Women's Studies
Summa Cum Laude

Moira K. Fulton
Roxbury, NJ
Communication Studies
Magna Cum Laude

Maria Elisa Gallegos
Lafayette, IN
Psychology/Sociology

Alejandra G. Gamboa Valenzuela
Mishawaka, IN
Psychology/Sociology

Gabriella Garcia
Taos, NM
Sociology

Ashley Garren
Mishawaka, IN
Creative Writing/Communication Studies
Magna Cum Laude

Carina Garza
Detroit, MI
History/Humanistic Studies

Zoe Gatzimos
Osceola, IN
Psychology
Magna Cum Laude

Erin Grimes
Chesterton, IN
Sociology/Humanistic Studies
Summa Cum Laude

Grace Eileen Grueninger
Mequon, WI
History/Communication Studies
Cum Laude

Susana Maria Guerrero
Sanford, FL
Sociology/Spanish
Summa Cum Laude

Nicole Hartsburg
La Porte, IN
Sociology/Psychology

Katherine Quinn Haseley
Mount Prospect, IL
Speech Language Pathology
Magna Cum Laude

Alexis Nicole Hernandez
Granger, IN
Political Science

Ashley Hernandez
West Covina, CA
Psychology

Jordyn Jacqueline Hertzing
Waite Hill Village, OH
Psychology

Sydney Hnat
Pittsburgh, PA
Computing and Applied Mathematics

Katherine Elizabeth Hollman
Fort Wayne, IN
Art
Magna Cum Laude

Katie Elizabeth Jackson
Tucson, AZ
Speech Language Pathology
Summa Cum Laude
Co-Valedictorian

Sara Katherine Jackson
Akron, OH
Global Studies

Carin Elizabeth Kaminski
Valparaiso, IN
Elementary Education
Cum Laude

Madison Jewel Kaple
Shelby, OH
Psychology

Healy Keenan
Drummonds, TN
History

Grace Marie Kelly
Wichita, KS
Psychology

Bridget Lillian Kenney
Livonia, MI
History

Mackenzie Morgan Kersten
Bettendorf, IA
Speech Language Pathology

Lillyanne Daisy King
LaCrosse, IN
Environmental Studies

Brianna Shiru Kinyanjui
Culver, IN
Music

Kaitlyn Ann Kittinger
Albion, MI
Political Science/History

Sophie Koeppl
Edina, MN
History
Magna Cum Laude

Kelsey Kroning
New Lenox, IL
Speech Language Pathology
Cum Laude

Mary Margaret O'Connor Kunz
Carmel, IN
Spanish
Cum Laude

Danielle Lamb
Dowagiac, MI
Theatre/History
Cum Laude

Abigail R. LaPlace
South Bend, IN
Music

Ashanti Latifah Leach
Chicago, IL
Communication Studies/Humanistic Studies

Alexandria Marie Leonardo
Frankfort, IL
Speech Language Pathology

Maria Katerina Leontaras
Crown Point, IN
*SDM - Interactive Journalism
Magna Cum Laude

Ana Marie Liu
Algonquin, IL
Psychology

Daisy Marie Loza
Lake Station, IN
Psychology

Grace Angela Maher
South Bend, IN
Gender and Women's Studies/Humanistic Studies
Magna Cum Laude

Mia Marroquin
Holland, MI
Communication Studies
Cum Laude

Karly Ann Marth
Mokena, IL
Elementary Education
Magna Cum Laude

Elizabeth Martinez
Goshen, IN
Sociology

Mackenzie Colleen Mas
West Bend, WI
Religious Studies/History
Summa Cum Laude

Rebecca Caroline Mason
Monroe, MI
Psychology/Spanish
Cum Laude

Kelsey Patricia Matyi
Avon, OH
Elementary Education

Reyna Elizabeth McComish
Elkhart, IN
Psychology/Communication Studies

Emma Cate McGahan
Atlanta, GA
Psychology

Julianna M. McKenna
Morristown, NJ
Creative Writing/Psychology
Summa Cum Laude

Caitlyn Elizabeth McKevitt
Orland Park, IL
Speech Language Pathology
Cum Laude

Meghan Marie McNamara
Harrison Township, MI
Speech Language Pathology/Psychology

Cassidy Jean Miller
Bloomington, IL
Psychology

Greta Catherine Minnema
East Grand Rapids, MI
English Literature and Creative Writing

Francesca Juliana Monsisvais
New Braunfels, TX
Art/Communication Studies

Anne Elizabeth Mundy
Mooresville, NC
Sociology

MaryCatherine Elizabeth Muzzy
Trabuco Canyon, CA
Elementary Education
Cum Laude

Grace Louise Nolan
Noblesville, IN
Communication Studies/Political Science
Magna Cum Laude

Mary Grace Noteman
Glenview, IL
Elementary Education

Regina Novy
Garrett, IN
Statistical and Actuarial Mathematics

Kelsey Grace O'Connor
New Lenox, IL
Communication Studies

Shayla O'Connor
Charlotte, NC
English Literature and Creative Writing
Magna Cum Laude

Carly Elizabeth O'Loughlin
Dayton, OH
Neuroscience
Magna Cum Laude

Riley Ann O'Mearns
Lakeland, TN
Creative Writing

Megan Frances Orzolek
Burnsville, MN
Music
Magna Cum Laude

Giavanna Carmella Paradiso
Columbus, OH
Sociology/Political Science
Summa Cum Laude

Lindsey Michelle Pelletier
Mishawaka, IN
Speech Language Pathology
Summa Cum Laude

Rachel Victoria Perez
Oswego, IL
Psychology

Kayleen Pinkham
Walkerton, IN
Creative Writing

Elizabeth Polstra
Plymouth, IN
History

Jessica Lynn Potter
Chicago, IL
Speech Language Pathology
Cum Laude

Miranda Teresa Proto
Old Tappan, NJ
Communication Studies
Cum Laude

Natalie Elaine Ramirez
Chicago, IL
Global Studies

Maria Reyes
Chicago, IL
Psychology/Spanish

Katherine Richerson
Atlanta, GA
Psychology

Zoe Kathryn-Miller Ricker
South Bend, IN
Art

Frida Paola Rodriguez
Chicago, IL
Speech Language Pathology/Psychology

Katelynn Cecilia Rogers
Crown Point, IN
Psychology/Political Science

Jaqueline Lizbeth Rojas
El Paso, TX
Religious Studies
Cum Laude

Jane Marie Rudloff
Washington, MO
Art

Monica Theresa Rzepka
Walled Lake, MI
Global Studies/Spanish
Magna Cum Laude

Anna E. Sartori
Royal Oak, MI
Elementary Education
Cum Laude

Alison May Schibi
Hays, KS
Psychology
Summa Cum Laude

Sara Jane Schlecht
Ninnekah, OK
History/Creative Writing
Magna Cum Laude

Emily Anne Scott
Gurnee, IL
Elementary Education
Cum Laude

Corrinne Nickole Shaw
Three Rivers, MI
Elementary Education
Cum Laude

Margaret Rose Shereck
Riverside, IL
History/Secondary Education
Magna Cum Laude

Jordan Lynn Smallwood
Fort Wayne, IN
Political Science/Psychology

Brianna Louise Smith
Sussex, NJ
Speech Language Pathology

Caroline Aislinn Smith
Boca Raton, FL
Communication Studies

Kacie Marie Snyder
South Bend, IN
Psychology

Joan Kathleen Stephens
Indianapolis, IN
Elementary Education

Molly Catherine Stickell
Olney, MD
Speech Language Pathology
Cum Laude

Sydney Marie Swartz
South Bend, IN
Psychology/Sociology
Cum Laude

Brittney Kay Tarkanyi
Lake Orion, MI
Political Science/History
Cum Laude

Hannah Norma Thomas
South Bend, IN
Communication Studies
Summa Cum Laude

Annastacia Thompson
Middletown, CT
Political Science/Gender and Women's Studies

Olivia A. Thorson
Edina, MN
Speech Language Pathology

Mary Isabela Tibbits
Napa, CA
Environmental Studies
Magna Cum Laude

Victoria Marie Tippmann
Fort Wayne, IN
Psychology
Magna Cum Laude

Isabella Velazquez
Chicago, IL
Psychology

Brynne Elise Volpe
Louisville, KY
Humanistic Studies/English Literature
Magna Cum Laude

Johannah Delphine Ward
Cincinnati, OH
Creative Writing/Humanistic Studies

Emily Wasoski
South Bend, IN
Creative Writing

Tori Elizabeth Weston
Houston, TX
Political Science
Cum Laude

Kathleen Maura Williams
Traverse City, MI
Religious Studies/Political Science

Stefanie Marie Winnicki
New Carlisle, IN
Global Studies
Summa Cum Laude
Co-Valedictorian

Xinrui Yu
Wuhan, Hubei, China
Psychology

Grace Margaret Zablocki
Naperville, IL
Gender and Women's Studies
Cum Laude

Alexis Nichole Zachary
South Bend, IN
Art


The Degree of Bachelor of Business Administration

Sara Jane Aubry
Toledo, OH
Accounting
Summa Cum Laude

Addie Magdalene Bobosky
Batavia, IL
Business Administration
Magna Cum Laude

Lizbeth Celis
Elkhart, IN
Accounting
Cum Laude

Rebecca Anne Cesario
Petoskey, MI
Business Administration

Lillian Antoinette Chamberlin
Harbor Springs, MI
Business Administration

Elle Christian
Duluth, MN
Business Administration

Rebecca Helen Corn
Lakewood, IL
Accounting

Claire Marie Doyle
Livonia, MI
Business Administration
Cum Laude

Allison Rose Driscoll
East Grand Rapids, MI
Business Administration/Economics
Summa Cum Laude

Hailey Nichole Figert
Mishawaka, IN
Business Administration

Madelaine Gelesko
Bridgman, MI
Business Administration/Statistical and Actuarial Mathematics
Magna Cum Laude

Alexandra Nicole Gumz
Portage, WI
Business Administration

Jessica Anne Hardig
South Bend, IN
Business Administration
Cum Laude

Kelly Elizabeth Harris
Bloomington, IL
Business Administration
Summa Cum Laude
Co-Valedictorian

Margaret Mary Hemmert
Dayton, OH
Business Administration/Economics
Summa Cum Laude

Olivia Hope Heppeler
Frankfort, IL
Business Administration

Madelyn Hopek
North Riverside, IL
Accounting
Cum Laude

Kennedy T.J. Hunt
South Bend, IN
Business Administration

Claire Elizabeth Kavanaugh
Portage, MI
Business Administration/Spanish
Magna Cum Laude

Laura Keating
Naperville, IL
Accounting
Magna Cum Laude

Hunter Caitlin Kehoe
Traverse City, MI
Business Administration

JoAnna L. Keilman
South Bend, IN
Business Administration

Gabriella Kimes
Valparaiso, IN
Accounting

Katherine Lee Krecek
LaGrange, IL
Accounting
Summa Cum Laude

Jazzlyn Kwapong
Norfolk, VA
Business Administration
Cum Laude

Meghan Elizabeth Lang
Phoenix, AZ
Business Administration
Magna Cum Laude

Claire Kathryn Linginfelter
Richmond, IN
Business Administration
Magna Cum Laude

Melainey Lowe
Cape Coral, FL
Business Administration

Audrina Nicole Massey
East Peoria, IL
Business Administration

Alexis Nicole Mattea
Joliet, IL
Business Administration

Natalie McKee
Naperville, IL
Business Administration

Devyn Miller
South Bend, IN
Business Administration
Magna Cum Laude

Mary E. Murphy
Hinsdale, IL
Business Administration
Cum Laude

Katherine Susan Nash
Kenilworth, IL
Accounting
Magna Cum Laude

Allison Marie Okeley
Crown Point, IN
Business Administration/Communication Studies
Cum Laude

Aurora Citlalli Picon
South Bend, IN
Business Administration

Natalie Kristine Platon
Lancaster, PA
Accounting

Lillian Rumley
Hartford, MI
Accounting
Summa Cum Laude

Emma Schramko
Hinsdale, IL
Business Administration

Elizabeth Lauren Schulte
Okeana, OH
Business Administration
Summa Cum Laude

Hannah Louise Skrypkun
Chicago, IL
Business Administration
Cum Laude

Summer Stillson
Nappanee, IN
Business Administration
Magna Cum Laude

Makayla Ann Sullivan
Saint John, IN
Accounting
Cum Laude

Molly Rose Walkowski
Palos Park, IL
Business Administration

Emily Renee' Wenglarz
San Pierre, IN
Business Administration

Anna Joy Wessel
Berkeley Heights, NJ
Business Administration
Cum Laude

Julia K. Wilson
Milford, MI
Business Administration/Economics
Magna Cum Laude


The Degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts

Emma Louise Panowicz
Granger, IN
Art
Cum Laude


The Degree of Bachelor of Music

Emily Claire Pantelleria
Fennville, MI
Music Education


The Degree of Bachelor of Science

Vianney Acosta
Chicago, IL
Statistical and Actuarial Mathematics

Sarah Elisabeth Austin
Riverside, IL
Biology

Valeria Badilla
Edwardsburg, MI
Biology

Emma Baldwin
Indianapolis, IN
Biology
Cum Laude

Nicole Alane Becker
Tupelo, MS
Mathematics
Cum Laude

Savannah Rose Bedford
Portland, OR
Mathematics

Kaelyn Bender
Albion, IN
Biology

Mary Elizabeth Blake
Plymouth, IN
Statistical and Actuarial Mathematics
Summa Cum Laude

Katelyn Mariann Boyer
Edwardsburg, MI
Biology

Alyssa Chong
San Diego, CA
Physics and Applied Mathematics

Riley Ann Clarey
Frankfort, IL
Physics

Catelyn Clark
Corvallis, OR
Biology
Cum Laude

Taylor Colgan
Arlington Heights, IL
Biology

Alexis Grace Crandall
Sackets Harbor, NY
Biology
Cum Laude

Erin Elizabeth Doyle
Niskayuna, NY
Mathematics
Cum Laude

Emily Emerson
Batavia, IL
Biology
Magna Cum Laude

Micaela Enright
Portage, IN
Biology
Cum Laude

Paige Patricia Finley
Cincinnati, OH
Physics

Joy Angelica Fullerton
Lake Orion, MI
Biology

Morgan Elizabeth Greene
Orland Park, IL
Mathematics

Megan Marie Grush
Grabill, IN
Biology
Magna Cum Laude

Alexandra Guevara Stevens
San Antonio, TX
Computing and Applied Mathematics

Sarah Catherine Harouse
Pittsburgh, PA
Biology

Natilyn Danielle Hasty
Brandon, MS
Biology
Magna Cum Laude

Olivia Ryanne-Alene Hershberger
South Bend, IN
Biology

Katherine Mary Elizabeth Hill
Fort Wayne, IN
Biology

Olivia Lorri Hoff
Tampa, FL
Biology

Aubrey Houser
North Liberty, IN
Physics/Spanish
Cum Laude

Tatum Lujan Johnson
Spring Lake, MI
Biology

Rhiannon Maria Jones
Indianapolis, IN
Biology
Magna Cum Laude

Claire Marie Kearns
Juno Beach, FL
Chemistry

Madalyn Anne King
South Bend, IN
Mathematics

Cecelia Klimek
South Bend, IN
Chemistry
Cum Laude

Chloe Jane Klosinski
Osceola, IN
Biology

Kerrie A. Koller
Bethlehem, PA
Physics
Summa Cum Laude

Grace Katherine Kulin
Shelby Township, MI
Physics and Applied Mathematics
Magna Cum Laude

Mary Margaret O'Connor Kunz
Carmel, IN
Biology
Cum Laude

Christina Lombardi
Coto de Caza, CA
Biology

Katelynn Rose Lyons
Oviedo, FL
Physics and Applied Mathematics
Cum Laude

Ana Elizabeth Martinez
Elkhart, IN
Chemistry
Magna Cum Laude

Shannon M. May
Catoosa, OK
Physics and Applied Mathematics

Mila Annais Zaderej Medich
South Bend, IN
Chemistry

Kaytlyn Michelle Metz
Niles, MI
Biology

Chido Dorothy Moyo
Traverse City, MI
Biology

Caroline Thomas Nist
Boise, ID
Physics

Kailey M. Novack
Aurora, IL
Chemistry

Emily Ann Oppman
Niles, MI
Biology
Summa Cum Laude

McKenna O'Shea
Clarklake, MI
Biology
Magna Cum Laude

Sarah Jessica Palmer
Larwill, IN
Physics

Dora Anne Riddick
Fayetteville, NC
Physics and Applied Mathematics
Cum Laude

Natasha Robinson
Chicago, IL
Chemistry
Magna Cum Laude

Jaqueline Lizbeth Rojas
El Paso, TX
Chemistry
Cum Laude

Marisabel M. Sanchez
Fort Wayne, IN
Biology/Spanish
Magna Cum Laude

Megan Saunders
Jackson, MI
Biology
Magna Cum Laude

Chloe Schmalz
Indianapolis, IN
Biology
Magna Cum Laude

Kailey Ann Schramm
South Bend, IN
Biology
Magna Cum Laude

Bridget Nicole Slandzicki
Franklin, TN
Biology/Psychology

Shaylee Kaye Smith
New Carlisle, IN
Biology
Summa Cum Laude

Samantha Tijerina
South Bend, IN
Biology

Angel True-McGinnis
Milwaukee, WI
Biology

Veronica Renae Vanoverbeke
Girard, OH
Biology
Summa Cum Laude

Marisa Jane Ventura
Spring Lake, NJ
Neuroscience

Emily Ann Wieczorek
New Carlisle, IN
Biology
Summa Cum Laude


The Degree of Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Anna Marie Abel
Mokena, IL
Nursing

Taylor Barnard
Osceola, IN
Nursing
Cum Laude

Marybeth Barnes
Scottsdale, AZ
Nursing

Shannon Bhullar
La Porte, IN
Nursing
Magna Cum Laude

Karley Bounds
Mishawaka, IN
Nursing
Magna Cum Laude

Kaelyn Marie Brecevic
Colorado Springs, CO
Nursing
Magna Cum Laude

Cedella Rose Breitenstein
Columbus, OH
Nursing
Cum Laude

Emma Catherine Brownsberger
Saline, MI
Nursing

Maria Grace Bruno
Saint Paul, MN
Nursing
Cum Laude

Morgan Marie Burnett
Rolling Prairie, IN
Nursing

Hannah Marie Chenoweth
Hobe Sound, FL
Nursing

Karis Nicole Cochrane
Elkhart, IN
Nursing

Pamela Elizabeth Condly
Notre Dame, IN
Nursing
Cum Laude

Megan Marie Davy
Morris, IL
Nursing

Mary Kaitlin Connelly Devine
Lisle, IL
Nursing

Katelyn June Edwards
Brownsburg, IN
Nursing

Kayla Renee Ericksen
Crown Point, IN
Nursing

Elise Nicole Gerken
Western Springs, IL
Nursing

Jordan Marie Gilchrist
Ellwood City, PA
Nursing

Delaney Rose Goggins
Flushing, MI
Nursing

Angela Hagen
Saint Paul, MN
Nursing

Clare Marie Harding
Granger, IN
Nursing
Cum Laude

Kylee Brigid Hillmann
Kalamazoo, MI
Nursing

Madelynne Nicole Keller
Three Oaks, MI
Nursing

Kirstin Marie Kinniry
Fort Wayne, IN
Nursing

Lauren Brianne Kinniry
Fort Wayne, IN
Nursing

Emily Patricia Kraker
Westerville, OH
Nursing
Magna Cum Laude

Colleen Mary Lynch
Livonia, MI
Nursing
Magna Cum Laude

Maria Theresa Marcopoli
Macomb Township, MI
Nursing
Cum Laude

Kennedy Grace Minko
Valparaiso, IN
Nursing

Alex Marin Nemer
Fenton, MI
Nursing

Bridget Ann Puetz
Traverse City, MI
Nursing
Magna Cum Laude

Megan Marie Riba
South Bend, IN
Nursing

Taylor Diane Roach
Nashville, TN
Nursing

Haley Christine Roecker
Monroe, MI
Nursing

Gianna Nicole Rumoro
North Riverside, IL
Nursing

Patricia Lorraine Scheltens
Clarendon Hills, IL
Nursing

Holland Rose Sebastian
New Lenox, IL
Nursing

Meredith Anne Solari
Mount Prospect, IL
Nursing

Elizabeth K. Speybroeck
South Bend, IN
Nursing
Magna Cum Laude

Jenna Bartley Stengle
Toledo, OH
Nursing
Cum Laude

Abigail Vandemark
Woodstock, GA
Nursing

Morgan VanderWey
Tinley Park, IL
Nursing
Summa Cum Laude

Allison Nicole VanTornhout
South Bend, IN
Nursing

Lexis Mackensi White
South Bend, IN
Nursing

Megan Elizabeth Will
Aurora, IL
Nursing
Magna Cum Laude

Grace Margaret Zablocki
Naperville, IL
Nursing
Cum Laude


The Degree of Bachelor of Social Work

Katerina Gonzales Esguerra
Zion, IL
Social Work/Psychology

Kaitlyn Heiss
Grand Rapids, MI
Social Work/Sociology
Summa Cum Laude

Rebecca Elizabeth Klaybor
South Bend, IN
Social Work
Cum Laude

Jane Frances Korson
Fort Wayne, IN
Social Work

Cailey Rose Muldoon
La Grange, IL
Social Work/Psychology

Rita May Sushmitha Pillai
South Bend, IN
Social Work

Mia Williams
Elmwood Park, IL
Social Work
Cum Laude

Lauren Ellen Wood
Naperville, IL
Social Work

Faith Simmone' Young
South Bend, IN
Social Work

*SDM- Student-Designed Major


Honors

Department Awards

Art

Saint Luke’s Medal – Alexis Zachary

Sister Edna Service Award – KatieBeth Hollman and Emma Panowicz

Biology

Mother M. Rose Elizabeth, CSC Award – Veronica Vanoverbeke

Sister M. Rosaleen Dunleavy, CSC Award – McKenna O’Shea and Megan Saunders

George and Juanda Bick Nature Award – Shaylee Smith

Business Administration and Economics

Frank A. Yeandel Service Award – Sara Aubry

Jerome L. McElroy Outstanding Achievement Award – Kelly Harris

Academic Achievement Award – Kelly Harris

Achievement Award (Accounting) – Lillian Rumley

Achievement Award (Economics) – Julia Wilson

Achievement Award (Finance) – Kelly Harris

Achievement Award (Management) – Addie Bobosky

Academic Achievement Award (Marketing) – Allison Driscoll

Ernst & Young Award – Katherine Krecek

Deloitte Award – Sara Aubry

Crowe Horwath Award– Lillian Rumley

PricewaterhouseCoopers Award – Madelyn Hopek

Chemistry and Physics

Mother M. Rose Elizabeth, CSC Award – Natasha Robinson

American Institute of Chemists Award – Ana Martinez

Richard Tarara Academic Excellence in Physics Award – Kerrie Koller

The F. Lee Benton Exceptional Service and Research in Physics Award – Aubrey Houser

Communication Studies, Dance, and Theatre

Ann Plamondon Award for Excellence in Communication Studies – Hannah Thomas

Communication Studies Service Award – Elizabeth Day

Terpsichorean Award for Excellence in Dance – Elisabeth Lasecki (ND) and Emily Wenglarz

Education

Mary A. McDermott Award – Karly Marth

Mimi Doherty Junior Elementary Education Award – MaryKatherine Dempsey

IACTE Outstanding Future Educators Award – Andrew Liftka (ND), Mary Muzzy, and Anna Sartori

Schmuhl Early Education Award – Alicia Ready and Brianna Smith

Grace Sullivan McGuire Award – Emma Daggy and KatieBeth Hollman

English

Elisabeth A. Noel English Prize – Brittany Blagburn

Laurie A. Lesniewski Creative Writing Award – Alexandra Calleros and Riley O’Mearns 

Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Award – Isabela Tibbits

Gender and Women’s Studies

Mary Frances Eder Halpin Award in Gender and Women’s Studies – Amory Descoteaux and Grace Maher

Global Studies

Outstanding Achievement in Global Studies – Stefanie Winnicki

Outstanding Senior Comprehensive Award in Global Studies – Monica Rzepka

History

Martha Montgomery Schurz Memorial Award for Excellence in History – Elizabeth Day and Mackenzie Mas

Martha Montgomery Schurz Memorial Award for Excellence in the Senior Seminar Research Paper – Sophie Koeppl

Martha Montgomery Schurz Memorial Award for Excellence in Writing in the Women’s History Program – Grace Grueninger and Sara Schlecht

Humanistic Studies

Thomas More Award – Erin Grimes and Grace Maher

Mathematics

Milko Jeglic Award – Mary Blake

Elizabeth Lin Lo Award – Sarah Bub and Emily Tobias

Donald E. Miller Award – Nicole Becker

Modern Languages

Leonilda Francesca Acerra and Dominico Enrico Christofaro Award in Italian – Jaqueline Rojas

Anne Cashore Borjas Award in Spanish – Susana Guerrero, Mary Margaret Kunz, and Marisabel Sanchez

Spanish Service Award – Susana Guerrero and Marisabel Sanchez

Music

Emma Krost Eder Award for Musical Excellence – Megan Orzolek

Nursing Science

Evelyn McGuiness Award for Excellence in Nursing – Grace Zablocki

Humanitarian in Nursing Award – Kaelyn Brecevic

Political Science

Juliette Noone Lester Award – Maeve Filbin

Psychology

Animating Spirit Award – Ivol Frasier and Zoe Gatzimos

Joseph Miller Outstanding Scholarship Award – Julianna McKenna and Alison Schibi

Religious Studies

Helen Carroll Award – Mackenzie Mas  

David J. Murphy Carmelite Award – Molly Soper

Social Work and Gerontology

Academic Excellence Award – Kaitlyn Heiss

Leadership Award – Rebecca Klaybor and Cailey Muldoon

Josephine Murphy Kuhl Research Award – Katerina Esguerra, Kaitlyn Heiss, Lauren Wood, and Faith Young

Kristi A. Morris Award – Faith Young

Sociology

Donald N. M. Horning Award – Susana Guerrero

Speech Language Pathology

Ancora Imparo Award – Lindsey Pelletier  

Carolyn S. Langley Award (Graduate Program) – Sydney Susaraba

College Awards

Mary Ellen Smith Academic and Athletic Achievement Award

Morgan VanderWey

Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association

2021 Outstanding Senior Award

Addie Bobosky

Sigma Xi Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

Biology – Veronica Vanoverbeke

Chemistry – Ana Martinez

Mathematics – Erin Doyle 

Physics – Kerrie Koller

Maryjeanne R. Burke and Daughters Pre-tenure Faculty SISTAR (Student Independent Study and Research) Awards

Libbey Detcher '23 and Assistant Professor Susan Mancino

Transgenerational Impacts of Children's Media: The Fred Rogers Company

Kappa Gamma Pi

National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society

Emma Baldwin

Nicole Becker

Mary Blake

Maria Bruno

Lizbeth Celis

Deirdre Drinkall

Alexandra Fegan

Susana Guerrero

Kelly Harris

Katherine Haseley

Margaret Hemmert

Katie Jackson

Rhiannon Jones

Claire Kavanaugh

Sophie Koeppl

Katherine Krecek

Meghan Lang

Colleen Lynch

Shayla O’Connor

Emma Panowicz

Giavanna Paradiso

Lindsey Pelletier

Jaqueline Rojas

Alison Schibi

Jenna Stengle

Morgan VanderWey

Tori Weston

Formal Academic Regalia

The formal academic regalia worn by today’s graduates and faculty have their origin in the clerical costumes of medieval Europe and have evolved into a great variety of patterns and styles. Late in the last century, American colleges and universities agreed to standardize their regalia; however, there is now a movement to return to individual designs for each institution.

The gown worn by those holding or receiving the bachelor’s degree is plain black with pointed sleeves. The master’s gown is characterized by a uniquely long, closed sleeve with a slit at the elbow, through which the arm protruded; this peculiarity is now being replaced by a sleeve more like that of a bachelor’s. The doctoral gown has very full bell sleeves and is trimmed with velvet in panels down the front and stripes across the sleeves.

The familiar mortarboard cap bears only a faint resemblance to its close relative, the clerical biretta. Some institutions now specify that a soft cap somewhat like a tam o’shanter is worn. The cap worn by those with a bachelor’s degree is decorated with a black tassel or a color indicative of the area of study. Those earning a master’s degree wear black tassels. Those earning a doctorate wear either black or metallic gold.

Most symbolic and informative of the regalia is the hood, which is no longer raised over the head but is hung down the back just as a cleric wore it when baring the head in church. The bachelor’s hood is three feet long, the master’s is three-and-one-half feet, and the doctoral’s is four feet long with a rectangular panel which once served as a shoulder cape when the hood was raised. All of the hoods have a velvet border in the color of the degree according to the same system used for the trim of the doctoral gown (see below).

Degree colors (tassels and hood trim)

*Arts and Humanities  White
*Science  Yellow
*Fine Arts  Brown
*Music  Pink
*Business  Drab Light Brown
*Social Work  Citron
*Nursing  Apricot
Philosophy  Dark Blue
Education  Light Blue
Theology  Scarlet
Library Science  Lemon
Engineering  Orange
Law  Purple

*Saint Mary’s College degrees

Other colors may be found on faculty hoods, although most hold a PhD or doctorate of philosophy, so their hoods will have dark blue trim.

The colors and patterns of the satin lining of the hood identify the college or university conferring the degree; most prominent in the procession today is the light blue background and white chevron of Saint Mary’s College.

Richard C. Pilger Jr.
Marshal Emeritus

Sister Madeleva Walking Stick

The walking stick of Sister Madeleva Wolff, CSC serves as a reminder of College’s founders and sponsors, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. As one of the College’s longest serving presidents, Sister Madeleva guided Saint Mary’s to its status as the country’s premiere Catholic liberal arts college for women, and it is appropriate that an artifact from her life serves as a link to the College’s history.    

Sister Madeleva associated walking sticks with the pilgrim’s staff used to traverse the Camino de Santiago in Spain.  So this walking stick also serves as a symbol of both the path our students will tread as they leave the College as pilgrims in life and the support they will need on the way.  

Each new President chooses which, of the many walking sticks that Sister Madeleva collected over her life, is to be used during that President’s tenure. The selected symbol leads the processions at academic ceremonies, much as a ceremonial mace does at other colleges. The one used in the procession today is a brightly colored cane attributed to southern Mexico. It contains images of a flying eagle with a snake in its mouth in the upper area near the shepherd’s crook shaped handle.  

Board of Trustees

Gretchen A. Flicker ’93
Chair

Maureen Karnatz Smith ’85
Vice Chair

Angela M. McDonald-Fisher ’91
Secretary

Michael J. Mathile
Treasurer

Sister Alma Mary Anderson ’65, CSC

Thomas E. Black, Jr.

Mary L. Burke ’85*

Katie Conboy Ph.D.

Ann Kearns Davoren ’98

Deirdre L. Drinkall '21

Sister Veronica A. Fajardo, CSC

Sister Vanessa Cruz Ferreira, CSC

Donald R. Fischer

Sister Mary Louise Full ’65, CSC

Gregoire Gallant

Delia Garcia ’93

Sister Taposi Gomes, CSC

Sister Judith Hallock ’65, CSC

Mary McEnery Harding ’84

Father Stephen Katsouros, SJ

Reverend Paul V. Kollman, CSC

Susan Olney Latham ’91

Theresa Sullivan Norton ’92

Mary Ann Pajakowski ’69, CSC

Jennifer Mathile Prikkel ’95

Colleen Flynn Roohan ’85

Michael Schmitt

William J. Schmuhl, Jr.**

Renee R. Schultz ’92

Jill Tiefenthaler ’87

Monsignor Kenneth Velo

Sister Veronique Wiedower ’70, CSC

*Chair Emerita

**Trustee Emeritus

Officers of the College

Katie Conboy, PhD
President

Titilayo Ufomata, PhD
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dana Strait, PhD
Vice President for Strategy and Finance

Mona C. Bowe
Vice President for Enrollment Management

Margaret M. Gower, PhD
Interim Vice President for Mission

Gloria Roldan Jenkins
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs

Marty McCampbell, JD
General Counsel

Elizabeth Gray Koultourides
Interim Vice President for College Relations

Commencement Committee

Michelle P. Egan ’93
Chair

Christopher Dunlap
Marshal

James “Phil” Bambenek

Phillip Batalis

Richard Baxter

Dawn Bell

Donna Botka DeFrees

Ben Bowman

Kathleen Carlson

Nadia Ewing

Pat Gibson

Morgan Greene ’21

Lexi Grady Haitsma ’17

Sandy Harmacinski

Meg Hemmert ’21

Nicole Hundt

Susan Kletka

Mark Kubacki

Susan Olney Latham ’91

Ariel Leary

Dan Patterson

Lisa Peppers ’87

Adriana Petty ’01

Mark Polkinkowski

Art Wager

Tracy P. White

Regina Wilson

In Memoriam

Cheryl Stillson

Cheryl Stillson was a familiar face during Saint Mary’s Commencement weekend, providing sign language services for more than 25 years at both Baccalaureate Mass and the Commencement ceremony. She also taught American Sign Language as a part time faculty member in the Speech Language Pathology Department from 1992–2019. Cheryl was the ultimate professional and took great pride in her work. Students loved her passion and how she actively engaged them in class. Her kind and loving presence will be missed this weekend. Cheryl passed away on November 10, 2020.

The Belles of Saint Mary's

The Belles of Saint Mary's

Mission Statement

Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, Saint Mary’s College promotes a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility, and social responsibility. Saint Mary’s is a Catholic, residential, women’s, liberal arts college offering undergraduate degrees and co-educational graduate programs.

A pioneer in the education of women, the College fosters an inclusive, academic community where students discover and develop their talents as they prepare to make a difference in the world. All members of the College contribute to this mission in their response to the complex needs and challenges of contemporary life.

Statement of Philosophy and Purpose

As a center of higher education, Saint Mary’s fosters an academic climate of scholarship and learning for faculty and students alike. Through excellence in teaching and the example of its own active scholarship, the faculty challenge students to expand their horizons and support them in their intellectual pursuits. A broad-based course of study invites students to think critically and creatively about the natural world and human culture. Acknowledging the need to prepare women for an array of careers, the College provides a liberal arts foundation for all students. Through their years at Saint Mary’s, students acquire depth and breadth of knowledge, competence in quantitative skills and modern languages, the ability to think clearly about complex problems, and the capacity to communicate with precision and style.

As a Catholic college, Saint Mary’s cultivates a community of intellectual inquiry, liturgical prayer, and social action. The College creates an open forum in which students freely and critically study the rich heritage of the Catholic tradition, raising the questions necessary to develop a mature religious life. The celebration of liturgy encourages students to explore the fullness of life and its mysteries. The College nurtures awareness and compassion for a troubled world and challenges students to promote human dignity throughout their lives. In preparing women for roles of leadership and action, Saint Mary’s pays particular attention to the rights and responsibilities of women in the worlds of work, church, community, and family.

Dedicated to the personal and social growth of its students, Saint Mary’s cultivates a community of students, faculty, and staff, which responds to the needs of women. In order to offer the richest educational experience possible, the College strives to bring together women of different nations, cultures, and races. It provides a residential environment where women grow in their appreciation of the strengths and needs of others. Through a host of co-curricular programs on campus and in the local community, Saint Mary’s initiates students in the habits of civic responsibility. Engaging in all aspects of the college experience, students acquire the hallmarks of a liberally educated woman: keen self-knowledge, lively imagination, lifelong intellectual and cultural interests, and the ability to make socially responsible choices about the future.


The Class of 2021

  • Anna	Abel The thing I love most about Saint Mary's is that it has become a home away from home. I have met lifelong friends here and I will be forever grateful for the memories we have created! Anna Abel ’21 Nursing
  • Jacquelyn Denise Adams "You are a product of your environment. So choose the environment that will best develop you toward your objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment. Are the things around you helping you toward success - or are they holding you back?" – W. Clement Stone Jacquelyn Denise Adams ’21 DNP Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Danielle Mariah Armenta My overall favorite memory is easily my second semester sophomore year late-night breakfast. My older sister, Meagan, was a senior and we somehow got two tables right next to each other so we combined them to make one mega-table with our two friend groups. It was a blast to be with the "big kids" for one last dance party! Danielle Mariah Armenta ’21 Psychology
  • Emma Ault After graduation, I will be attending Saint Mary's College to complete my master's of science in speech language pathology. Emma Ault ’21 Speech Language Pathology
  • Sarah Austin I sincerely love the community at our school. More than once I’ve been out in South Bend and another Belle has recognized my ring and invited me to share rides back to campus. I’ve driven girls from school back to Chicago with me, just because she was a Belle and I guarantee she’d do the same for me. I will always treasure those first two semesters in McCandless because that’s where I made my truest lifelong friends.
    Sarah Austin ’21 Biology
  • Dani Baldonado My advice for others is to not be afraid to be yourself and get out of your comfort zone. Take that class that you are unsure about; it could lead to your major or minor! Dani Baldonado ’21 Gender and Women's Studies
  • Emma Baldwin I love how much the faculty at Saint Mary's genuinely wants you to succeed. It is so obvious that everyone here wants you to do well and gives you all the resources to do so. I felt so taken care of these last four years and confident in the fact that everyone who instructed me was cheering me on along my journey. Emma Baldwin ’21 Biology
  • Marybeth Barnes After graduation, I plan on pursuing an MSN FNP degree and working as an RN at Banner Health in Phoenix, Arizona. Marybeth Barnes ’21 Nursing
  • Megan Baumann SMC has given me the college experience of a lifetime. It has been my home away from home for four years and a place that will be so hard to leave. The friends I’ve made, professors I’ve had, & traditions I’ve experienced are ones that I will forever cherish forever. Belle yeah! Thank you for everything, Saint Mary’s College! Megan Baumann ’21 Speech Language Pathology
  • LeeAnn Beaty Next, I’m headed to Purdue to get my MS in Speech Language Pathology! LeeAnn Beaty ’21 Speech Language Pathology
  • Nicole Becker This summer, I will be interning with KSA Engineers in Austin, TX, then I will return to South Bend to complete my B.S. in Civil Engineering at the University of Notre Dame. Post graduation from Notre Dame, I hope to attend graduate school in construction management in hopes of becoming a project manager at a construction company. Nicole Becker ’21 Mathematics
  • Savannah Bedford Saint Mary’s has allowed me to pursue a career that I would have thought unlikely at another school. Learning alongside my fellow sisters has shown me that I not only belong in STEM, but that I can make significant contributions in a lab setting and even change lives through research. Savannah Bedford ’21 Mathematics