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Featured Graduates

Where can a Mount education take you? Anywhere! 

The Class of 2021 includes accountants and analysts; Ph.D., M.A. and law school candidates at top universities; customer engineers; business managers and more. Meet our students and see where their Mount education is taking them.

sewa gunn

Sewa Gunn, C'21

Hometown: Germantown, Maryland
Majors: International Studies and Political Science

Where the Mount is taking Sewa

Pursuing a Master of Legal Studies at American University Washington College of Law

“The Mount’s central focus on principles of servant leadership, community and faith have proven critical to my development not only as a student, but as a conscious, contemplative and vocationally oriented Christian young adult.”

julia baer

Julia Baer, C'21

Hometown: Emmitsburg, Maryland
Majors: Biology and Chemistry

Where the Mount is taking Julia

Pursuing a doctorate in Ocean Sciences at University of California Santa Cruz

“The Mount faculty have inspired me to adopt a creative and collaborative mindset when solving problems, which will prepare me for the challenges of graduate research and beyond.”

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Elena Rittie, C'21

Hometown: Reisterstown, Maryland
Majors: Accounting and Theater

Where the Mount is taking Elena

Northrop Grumman, Business Management Pathways Program

“For my honors project, I directed a Shakespearean show and the amount of support from the entire campus was overwhelmingly touching. I had professors emailing me letting me know they watched the recorded show, my friends from all class years came to support me, my coworkers and bosses saw the show and I received many text messages of encouragement. It showed me how much the people on this campus lift each other up—and I’ve never felt more loved than in that moment.”

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Elizabeth Cabral, C'21

Hometown: Irvine, California
Majors: Business and Communication

Where the Mount is taking Elizabeth

Pursuing a Master of Science in Management (Project Management) at the Catholic University of America

“I chose the Mount because I felt at home the first time I walked on campus. I felt like I was already a part of the Mount’s family and I felt that the faculty truly cared about their students and wanted them to succeed. I knew at that moment I belonged at the Mount.”

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Dhane Schmelyun, C'21

Hometown: Hanover, Pennsylvania
Major: Biology

Where the Mount is taking Dhane

Pursuing a doctorate in Chemical Biology Interface at Johns Hopkins University

“The most meaningful experience that I had while at the Mount was conducting biochemical research in Dr. Patrick Lombardi’s laboratory during the summer between my freshman and sophomore year. This experience not only allowed me to develop fundamental research skills, but also greatly influenced my decision to further my education by attending graduate school.”

kerri czekner

Kerri Czekner, C'21

Hometown: Bensalem, Pennsylvania
Major: Biochemistry

Where the Mount is taking Kerri

Pursuing a doctorate at the Skaggs Graduate School of Chemical and Biological Sciences at Scripps Research

“The Mount has given me a wealth of lab experience. I've learned hard lab skills (such as how to use instrumentation) but perhaps more importantly, I've learned how to develop procedures, how to collaborate with other researchers and how to regroup when an experiment fails. I will absolutely take all these lessons with me into graduate school and beyond.”

rachel lyter

Rachel Lyter, C'21

Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
Major: Business with a concentration in Management

Where the Mount is taking Rachel

Category Analyst at Clark Associates in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

“I knew the Mount would give me the skills I needed to work in a variety of analytical industries.”

jocelyn castillo

Jocelyn Castillo, C'21

Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Major: Accounting

Where the Mount is taking Jocelyn

Staff Accountant at Linton, Shafer, Warfield & Garrett

“My most meaningful experience was being part of the Mount's Honors Program because it helped me become a better student with a stronger desire to learn. The Mount has equipped me for post-college with ethical and moral knowledge that will help me become a trusted leader for my community.”

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Nicholas Starvaggi, C'21

Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Majors: Chemistry and Biochemistry

Where the Mount is taking Nicholas

Pursuing a doctorate in chemistry at Texas A&M

“I became involved with Dr. Isaac Mills' research as a freshman, and this opportunity helped me gain hands-on experience with practical, inorganic chemistry. The discipline I've gained through performing on-campus research as an undergraduate student has equipped me to be an active member of my graduate research group.”

alejandra piti-mesa

Alejandra Piti-Mesa, C'21

Hometown: Hyattsville, Maryland
Major: Health Sciences, Pre-Nursing

Where the Mount is taking Alejandra

This year has been a whirlwind having to deal with my cancer treatment and complete my senior year. I plan to take a gap year to focus on recovering and regaining my strength.

“My goal is to continue my education by going to nursing school to become a pediatric nurse. By becoming a nurse, I hope to advocate for improving the quality of healthcare and promoting health and disease prevention.”

nia brown

Nia Brown, C'21

Hometown: Greenbelt, Maryland
Major: Business Management

Where the Mount is taking Nia

Technical Consulting Customer Engineer at Microsoft

“I chose the Mount because I wanted to challenge myself and step outside of my comfort zone. I also liked being surrounded by faith driven people. I felt like I was right where I was supposed to be.”

Keeping the Passion Years Later...

Mount graduates are passionate and dedicated to their areas of study and extracurricular involvement. Many graduates found their dream job right away or had an internship to get their foot in the door and then quickly moved up in their company in the first few years. Meet some of our recent alumni who paved their way from Mount to career.


Veronica Balick, C'20

Hometown: West Friendship, Maryland
Majors: Biochemistry and Biology

Where the Mount is taking Veronica

Fulbright Grant to study for an M.A. in Cancer Immunology and Biotechnology at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

“I was able to intern in a cancer research laboratory at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital the summer after my sophomore year. This was an amazing experience and helped prepare me for future research at the Mount and for graduate school.”

Fabiola Solorzano

Fabiola Solorzano, C'20

Hometown: Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland
Major: Elementary Education

Where the Mount is taking Fabiola

Teacher, Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools

“When I did the Mount's overnight experience my senior year of high school, I felt like I was at home. The small class sizes allowed me to develop one-on-one relationships with my professors. Also, the Mount has so many ways to get involved on campus.”

chandler bankos

Chandler Bankos, C'19

Hometown: York, Pennsylvania
Major: Cybersecurity

Where the Mount is taking Chandler

Information System Security Professional with the U.S. Government

“I will take the core values the Mount instilled upon me, the lessons I’ve learned along the way, and the way the members of the Mount community cared for me when I was going through tough times and use that to change the lives of others to truly make a meaningful difference in society.”

As you follow your vision at the Mount, you can almost feel the sense of achievement and inspiration left behind by the notable Mountaineers who have come before you. They’ve set the bar pretty high, but we will give you all the tools and support you need to add your name to the list of accomplished Mountaineers.

Among the distinguished alumni of the Mount

  • First female African-American resident in the neurosurgery program at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • A nine-term U.S. Congressman.
  • Three-time Emmy award-winning Supervising Producer of Saturday Night Live.
  • The CEOs of Hershey Entertainment Corp. and Michael Kors.
  • The President of the NBA’s Washington Wizards and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.
  • The VP of Marketing for the Baltimore Ravens.
  • Kenya’s ambassador to the United Nations.
  • The Controller of the White House Office of Management & Budget.

Our alumni have also gone on to continue their education as graduate students at Yale, UNC, UPenn, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Chicago, and Catholic University; and they’ve expanded their impact through volunteer opportunities like Teach for America and Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

Wherever you go, you’ll always be a part of the Mount through our alumni network. Today, our chapters allow 23,000 Mountaineers to maintain that lifelong connection in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and more than 30 countries.