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Celebrating the Class of 2020

Congratulations to the Class of 2020

Message from President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D.


Dear Graduates:

On behalf of our Board of Trustees, faculty, administration and staff, congratulations to the Class of 2020! We are saddened that we cannot gather on May 16 for a joyous celebration of your accomplishments, but our pride in what you have achieved remains genuine and heartfelt even though we are apart.

This webpage is devoted to celebrating you. Please join us for the livestreamed Mass on Friday and for the premiere of a short commemorative video on Saturday in which I confer your degree. The video will be sent to you at 11 a.m. Saturday and will also be available on university social media channels and on this page. We remain committed to an in-person commencement once it is safe to have large gatherings.

To the undergraduate seniors, we arrived at the Mount at about the same time, and your class holds a special place in my heart. You have worked in my office, served on advisory councils and represented the university superbly on the playing fields, in volunteer capacities and at academic conventions and competitions. Well done!

To adult undergraduate students, you inspired the Mount community with your tenacity and determination in pursuing your degree while working, often full time, and while fulfilling family commitments. Well done!

To graduate students and certificate seekers, I commend you for furthering your career and enriching your life by furthering your education. You too pursued your degree while working and fulfilling family commitments, and you make it look easy even though we know that you likely encountered challenges. Well done!

All of you finished the work on your degrees under challenging circumstances due to a pandemic that has altered our lives. You did so with confidence and skill, and you persisted. Well done!

Until I congratulate you in person on the commencement stage, stay safe, stay healthy, stay hopeful and Mount Strong.

Go Mount!

Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D.

Message from Commencement Speaker Heath Tarbert, C'98


Dear Mount Class of 2020:

I want to express my heartfelt congratulations as you graduate from the Mount and begin the next step of your journey through life. You deserve to be filled with pride at this achievement.

No one can graduate from the Mount without some sense of our university’s formidable history and religious identity. The Mount’s motto, spes nostra, which means “our hope,” has for over 200 years epitomized the school’s mission of developing graduates “empowered for leadership in the Church, the professions, and the world.” We can count among our founders, faculty, residents, and former students many leaders—including CEOs, legislators, generals, and admirals, as well as over 50 bishops and archbishops, a Chief Justice of the United States, and the first American Saint, Elizabeth Ann Seton. As a graduate of the Class of 1998, I was truly honored when asked to be your commencement speaker.

For the last 211 years, we’ve celebrated our annual commencement together as a community. We’ve done so through good times and bad— even through the darkest days of the Civil War, the Great Depression, and World War II. But this year at the Mount is different. Across the globe, we’re facing the most challenging health and economic crisis in modern times. That crisis prevents us from being together to give you a proper send-off.

The necessary effort to save lives through social distancing hasn’t been without sacrifice. With all the challenges the pandemic presents, the impact on college students is often overlooked. Yet I know this crisis has been tough on you. Apart from any direct impact COVID-19 has had on loved ones and friends, nearly all of you lost the chance to live on campus for your final semester. You missed out on the campus events that traditionally bring closure to the close-knit community you’ve been a part of for four years. You likely left campus abruptly—without saying goodbye to the roommates, classmates, professors, and good friends who’ve meant so much to you. Many of you are looking for a job at a time when the unemployment rate is the highest it has been since the Great Depression. To say that none of this has been easy would be a gross understatement.

Some of this uncertainty is familiar to me from 22 years ago, when I graduated from the Mount. To be sure, there was no global pandemic back then. But there were plenty of fears, insecurities, and other feelings that all graduating seniors face: What was I going to do with the rest of my life? Was I making the right decision to pursue graduate school? I would later learn—only in the years and decades after I graduated—that my Mount education, like yours, equipped me well for tackling the puzzle of how to live.

As the head of a federal agency, a husband, and a father, I’m continuing to learn new lessons with every passing day. That said, I thought I’d share with you three lessons I took from the Mount. These lessons came as much from the dorm room as the classroom, and they’ve been with me ever since. They’re fundamentally about power, passion, and purpose.

1. You’ll always have the power to decide—use it.

Most of us at some point feel powerless with respect to the world around us. I certainly did when I arrived on campus as a freshman, and some of you may be feeling the same way now. Back in the 1990s, our freshman seminar book was entitled Choices, and it underscored that the power to choose is at the very heart of what it means to be an adult. During the seminar, we also read excerpts of Dr. Victor Frankel’s Man’s Search for Meaning. A survivor of the Holocaust, Dr. Frankel emphasized what he saw as the fundamental truth of our human existence:

“[E]verything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way . . . . Every day, every hour, offered the opportunity to make a decision, a decision which determined whether you would or would not submit to those powers which threatened to rob you of your very self, your inner freedom, which determined whether or not you would become the plaything of circumstance . . . .”

Dr. Frankel was reiterating a truth recognized long ago by the Stoics and early Christians: we can’t always change the world around us, but we can always choose our response to whatever we face.

Life is hard and sometimes downright unfair. You may lose your job, get passed up for promotions, have friends let you down, or see loved ones pass away too young. But you can choose to find meaning in these events or even use them to make you stronger. This is often easier said than done. Yet even in the midst of life’s difficulties and uncertainties, I urge you to remember that you always have a choice in how to deal with whatever you face. You’re never powerless.

2. Listen to your head, but follow your heart—pursue your passion.

Now that you’re graduating, you’re probably getting well-meaning advice on how to live your life from all quarters. (I realize I’m doing a bit of that myself right now!) My suggestion is that you should consider all advice, but don’t you dare take it just because it comes with good intentions. You’re the only one walking down the path of your life, and your destination is ultimately your responsibility.

In my senior year, I had a tough decision to make. Growing up in a Baltimore rowhouse, I was the first in my family to attend a four-year residential college. I’d be leaving the Mount with an accounting degree and the prospect of an excellent salary as an auditor with a Big Four accounting firm. But I had a problem. I knew my true passion wasn’t auditing, but law and public policy.

My heart-felt vocation dictated law school as the next step, but that would involve a great deal of student debt and questionable employment prospects. My well-meaning family wasn’t sold on that risk, nor were my friends, who’d be getting apartments and new cars while I’d be spending three more years in the library. The next several years were indeed difficult ones, but it made the next twenty better because I was following my heart.

Each of you is unique. And I believe God has a plan for all of us. The Mount does too: it stresses in all its academic programs—from accounting to education to theology—the importance of discerning one’s vocation as opposed to simply a “career.” Perhaps the French novelist Honoré de Balzac put it best when he warned: “An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a person’s entire existence.”

Reason must play a role in how you live your life, of course, but your vocation comes more from your heart than your head. You’ll know it when you find it. If you haven’t yet, don’t stop looking. Most importantly, you have to be willing to walk away from the crowd and so-called conventional wisdom when it would lead you off course. In the end, you’ll be glad you did.

3. A life of true significance must serve a larger purpose—look beyond yourself.

Every year on Ash Wednesday, we remind ourselves that “we come from dust and to dust we shall return.” Human life on this earth is finite. That’s both humbling and motivating. To make our lives truly meaningful, we must focus on something greater than ourselves.

One of the more profound spiritual experiences I had as a student at the Mount was when Mother Teresa visited campus. More than anyone else, she—now Saint Teresa of Calcutta—lived a life dedicated to a purpose beyond herself. Very few can aspire to a life like Mother Teresa’s. Yet she had something very thoughtful to say on this point:

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love . . . . If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.”

You don’t have to change the world to be influential. Some of you may take on global leadership roles, while for others your purpose may be based on your role as a parent, spouse, son, daughter, or supportive friend. Most of us will probably find our significance somewhere in between—from our professions as well as from our personal experiences. What makes a fulfilling life isn’t how big, but how meaningful, your impact is.

It will come as no surprise to you that life is full of challenges, both on personal and societal levels. The COVID-19 pandemic arguably makes your challenges more acute as you start your careers during a period of intense uncertainty. The good news is that your time at the Mount has instilled in you a bedrock of values that provide the tools you’ll need to face and overcome adversity.

You shouldn’t forget what Saint John Henry Newman said about adversity: “If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.” A life without hardship may be comfortable, but it won’t focus you on the power to decide, the importance of following your passions, and the need to pursue something bigger than yourself. In rising to meet our misfortunes, we often learn life’s lessons quicker and find the right path sooner.

For the first time in recent decades, the senior class at the Mount has been forced to do less partying and more pondering in its final semester. It may not seem like it today, but I think ultimately that’s a good thing. I’m willing to bet that when you’re in my shoes 22 years from now, members of the class of 2020 will stand out for leading lives filled not only with success, but also with true significance. Because I’m receiving an honorary degree this week, I’ll consider myself an honorary member of your class, and will strive to live these ideals in my own life.

Once again, it’s truly an honor to address the Class of 2020, even if it must be in writing at this time. Congratulations on earning your degree! May God bless you and Mary Our Mother pray for you always.


Heath P. Tarbert
Mount Class of ‘98 & ‘20

Class of 2020 – Graduate

College of Liberal Arts

Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies
Michael Best*
Courtney Christine Twigg

*Mount St. Mary’s University awards master’s degrees with honors to graduates who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business

Master of Business Administration
Diane Dzifa Agbenyo
Lisa Elizabeth Alban*
Ryan Alexander
John W. Anzinger
Charlotte Kathryn Barry
Brian Belskey
Jesse Brassart
Benjamin William Bush Brenneman
Virginia Lee Brickey
Gareth B. Buckland
Travis Burnisky
John Bradley Bush III
Chloe Cain
James Lawrence Carlin
Baboucarr Cham
Julie Clémentine Jeanne Crochet
James Michael Denton
Marciano Allan V. Diaz
Adam Michael Dietrich
Kamaria Alese Dingle
James E. Dudley III
Michael Lee Falzone Jr.
Laura Brooke Fields
Jordan Dale Fine
Miguel A. Fortuno Pompa
Christopher Gabor
Jeffrey David George
Lilian George Thomas
Patrick A. Gill
Craig Goerling
Daniel Carter Grimes
Richard Brennan Hammett
Zachary Kieran Harrigan
Marley Elizabeth Heller
Niquera Toree Jackson
Erin Kelly Jaskot
Keisha Diane Johnson
Stephen Robert Kaemmerlen
Alexandra S. Kelly
Daniel Kerns
Anthony John King
Jennifer Praesel Kline*
Lyle Joseph Kolnik
Stavroula Eleni Koutris
Sara M. Laird
Nicole Alexandra Lantuh
Tiffany Renee Lantz
Andrew J. Lapreziosa
Lydia Meredith Lehnert
Siyi Lu
Christopher David Lucas
Travis J. Marcionette
Kyle Maxey
Matthew Skiles McAllister
Terence P. McGorty
Justin R. Mellott
David Matthew Miller
William Milline
Ryan Richard Miner
Michael J. Moynihan
June Njeri Mugo
Melina Jane Oberlander
Afroditi Vasilios Papadopoulos
Joshua Poole
Jenilyn Powers
Justin Price
Emily Elizabeth Reedy
Brian Timothy Reilly
Abigail Mary Risley
Liz Tatyana Rivadeneira
Darrell Martin Russ
Cara Schaffer
Noah Merrick Smith
Kacie M. Sneeringer
Jorge Tadder Solis
Toni Ann Spangler
Molly Stocker
Cally Elizabeth Stone
Julia Miranda Tritapoe
RJ Jamaal Tucker
Tara Danielle Whipp
Dawn Sue White Holt
Bradley Lorne Willock
Darryl Anthony Workcuff Jr.
Brandon Wortkotter
Master of Science in Health Administration
Amna Ahmed
Hussian M. Alasmari
Mohammad Hassan Ali
John William Colliver
Ryan Coulter
Chloe Nicole Delaney
Daniel Hoff
Kevin Hurst
Hapsatu Isha Jalloh
Elena Joos
Ana Marie Lucian
Katherine Louise Philipps
Craig Alan Rodgers
Vu Duc Nam
Master of Science in Sport Management
Holly R. Deckert
Emily Lenora Dees
Brian Christopher DeRoner
Max Hrip*
Genamarie McCant
George Chase Miller
John Patrick N. Njiomouo
Kyle Michael Powers
Hector M. Raya
Konnor Roberson
Zachary Roskowinski
Samantha Santeramo

*Mount St. Mary’s University awards master’s degrees with honors to graduates who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching
Alexandra Elizabeth Albright
Maria-Giulia Bruni
Lucy Opal Bryant
Francisco Ike DeRose
Michael Fairley
Michelle D. Fowler
Shannon Rae Hall*
Tyler MT Hildebrand
Erika Aline Hollander
Mervat Hussain
Haley Keppel
Gilbert Jong Hwun Kim
Evan G. Moser
Karson Tuck Muir
Erica Mullikin
Crystal A. Newmeyer*
Vincent A. Rapposelli
Erin Ruff*
Amanda Salamon
Sienna Suzanne Schmid*
Douglas Reagan Streeks
Ann M.G. Walker
Kyle Erik Windahl
Master of Education
Meghan Kathelene Holtz
Lauren Elizabeth Kountz
Joanna Mirell Nicklas
Lindsey Elizabeth Norris
Katelyn Rose Phelan*
Natalie Renee Theis
Rodney Calvin Wade II
Master of Education in Instructional Leadership
Paige Marie Chang*
Cherryll Lashay Clacks
Tiara Nicole Colbert
Kurt William Cunningham*
Tracy Michelle Dunn*
Kaitlin Marie Fox*
Jamie Lee Gass*
Amy T. Goodman*
Kelli Lynne Hayman
Brenda Christine Heim
Georgia Kay Chaney Ladd
Kerri L. Messer
Lakisha Traci Mitchell*
April Pierman*
Stefanie Denise Powell
Todd Rasher*
Katherine Anne Schultz
Stacy Sprufera*

*Mount St. Mary’s University awards master’s degrees with honors to graduates who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management
Catherine Raylene Brands*
Nataly Cisneros Huacacolqui
Jan Alberto Kaczmarczyk
Kayla Marie Kline
Genc Sopa
Emily Kathrine Stewart
Trent A.B. Sullivan
Tyler Wayne Treadway*
Jasmine N. Woolard

*Mount St. Mary’s University awards master’s degrees with honors to graduates who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.

Class of 2020 – Undergraduate

College of Liberal Arts

Bachelor of Arts
Kikelomo Kosemani Ayorinde
Travis James Barbe
Hannah Elizabeth Barber (H)
Cum Laude
Gueh Gelamtee Barchue
Amanuel Bayeh
Nathaniel Lee Rush Bentz (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Natalie Cebill Berry
Cum Laude
Alec D. Bonvetti
Quinlan Rhys Boyle
Kendall Bresee
Brittany Nicole Brier
Brenda Hugueth Lara Brodbeck
Brianna Domonique Brown
Kathleen Genevieve Burke
Hannah Elizabeth Burns
Summa Cum Laude
Libia Cepeda-Balcazar
Haley Marie Chainay
Robin Macantsaoir Clarke
Cum Laude
Keva Suzanne Cole
Chloe Grace Corwin
Magna Cum Laude
Maria Ann Costantino (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Zackary J. Costello
Grace Anne Crane
Magna Cum Laude
Rachel Lauren Delatte
Thomas Henry DeRosa (H)
Summa Cum Laude
Breanna L. DeSimone
Carlos Alberto Díaz Flórez
Marie Grace Dickson (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Oscar L. Duarte
Cum Laude
Isabelle M. Durkin
David Keith Fisher Jr.
Noah David Fraser
Giovannie Gaston
Maria Rose Giamanco Mauceri
Jonathan M. Gilbert
Susanna Christine Goergen
Christopher Gooden
Sabrina Grauel
Rio Greenshields
John Hargreaves
Killian Hayes
Cum Laude
Stephen Thomas Hill Jr
Matthew John Hinkle
Eric Logan Hipkins
Magna Cum Laude
Conor Joseph Hoffman (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Margaret Kathleen Hoover
Sean Ross Jefferson
Rachalyn Blaire Hudson
Tenia LaNae Jordan
Rachel Josephson
Konner Killsback
Natalya Lilia Kirk
Mark H. Klinger
Cum Laude
Samantha Mary Krueger
Magna Cum Laude
Emma Krusz (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Matthew John Leary
Cum Laude
Marc Daniel Linehan
Magna Cum Laude
Francis Joseph Soliman Lukban
Daniel Martin Majerowicz (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Melissa Marin
Kelly Marjarum
Leah Marie May
Magna Cum Laude
Richard Joseph McAlister
Shannon Marie McCloskey
Morgan McCrea
Cum Laude
Rebecca McDermott
Augusta Mensah-Coffie
Joshua Moreno
Michael Morningstar
Julia Grace Myron (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Trisha Jaye Nee
Cum Laude
Hanna Nilles
Cum Laude
Kelley Therese Northam (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Miltiadis Papadopoulos (H)
Magna Cum Laude
Bryana Marie Peña
Cum Laude
Haley Elizabeth Phelps
Ileanna Gabrielle Ramos
Cole Reeder
Thomas Reilly
Jurate Marija Reventas
Collin James Riviello (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Brianna Marie Rizzo (H)
Cum Laude
Frank Roberts III
Deana Rode
India Cheyenne Roebuck
Rachel E. Rollins
Morgan Brantzeg Rooney
Timothy Charles Ruflin
Magna Cum Laude
Brian Anthony Sagendorf
Ellen Elizabeth Salvatore
Lyndsey M. Saunders
Heather A. Sawyers
Cum Laude
Andrew A. Schupp
Matthew Ryan Selba
Michael Selton
Katie E. Shugars
Magna Cum Laude
Madeline Q. Smith
Joseph A. Staub (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Cameron Jon Stiles (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Katherine Diette Stohlman (H)
Magna Cum Laude
Samuel A. Tavares
Cum Laude
Taylor Brooke Tennyson
Camila Alejandra Vaca-Pereira Salas
Anthony M. Venzin
Aaron Weisel (H)
Summa Cum Laude
Eric John Weissert
Cum Laude
Marguerite Butler Weldon
Mitchel J. Wileczek
Austin Maxwell Wilson
Joseph Richard Bernard Wolfensberger (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Owen Nicholas Wosleger
James Timothy Yachera
Jaquelyn Costa Yiatrou
Bachelor of Science
Ryan Dworski (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Magdalene Fitzpatrick Smist
Sabrina Alejandra Valenzuela
Matthew Charles Wehmeyer

Summa Cum Laude, GPA 3.85 or higher | Magna Cum Laude, GPA of 3.65-3.84 | Cum Laude, GPA of 3.40-3.64 | (H) designates University Honors Program | | (ΔΕΣ) designates Delta Epsilon Sigma | designates donation to senior class gift

Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business

Bachelor of Science
Jean Manuel Armstrong Lezcano
Jake Askin
Cum Laude
Caitlin May Besche
Cum Laude
Joseph Bethke
Barbara Bitjad
Cum Laude
Richard Brown
Magna Cum Laude
Adam Frank Buck
Gabriel Bussiki Figueiredo Santos
Miranda Elyse Butzlaff
Summa Cum Laude
Kerry B. Callahan
Cum Laude
Lily Hailey Chandler
Cum Laude
Anthony Joseph Chmelik
Magna Cum Laude
Carolyn Blair Ciccocioppo (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Justin B. Clark
Cum Laude
Travis Cline
Reid Richard Clingerman
Michael Conlan
Ashlynn Victoria Cook
Thomas Aniel Costello
James Patrick Courtney IV (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Brock Joseph Cudahy
Archibald James Cullen
Andrew Thayer Dameron
Michael Stephen Daves
Hannah Marie Davis (H)
Cum Laude
Paul J. Degroot
Nicholas Dellavalle
Alexander D. Devine
Jose Diaz
Alexis Marie Donovan
Summa Cum Laude
Megan Brooke Edwards
Thomas Joseph Esposito
Mekhiya Simone Evans
Bradley Scott Fasnacht
William A. Fletcher
Cum Laude
Sean Patrick Flynn
Alex A. Fonseca
Emily Mikayla Fox (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Ignacio Gómez Osuna
Cum Laude
Nia Grant-Hamblin
Devon Chase Grimes
Jasmine Guerrero Granato
Cum Laude
Matthew Reed Haggerty
Kevin Matthew Hall
Sean J. Harris (H)
Cum Laude
Matthew Brian Hart
Bilal Hassane Souley
Thomas Hoffmeister
Michaela Wray Hollister
Hanna Marie Houck
Cum Laude
Kristen Paige Isoldi (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Matthew Tanner Jaouni
Cum Laude
Jena Leigh Johnson (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Kiah Aleyha Johnson
Katelynn Delaney Kinsella
Justin Knill
Cum Laude
Kyle Christopher Kohnke
Andrew M LaMantia
Alexander M. Langan
Summa Cum Laude
Luke Joseph Lebherz
Brandon Leftwich
Jessica Lynn Leser
Matthew Luchetski
Jack Patrick Lynch
Samuel A. MacDonald
Cum Laude
Viviana Madronero
Summa Cum Laude
Owen Ikechi Madunta
Andrew Kristofer Maggipinto
Cum Laude
Jason D. May
Caleb Mbeng
Brenden Francis McCarthy
Malik Amadu Samuel McDonald
Zavier A. McDuffie
Erin Meagher
Carter Merrigan (H)
Cum Laude
Steven J. Meyer
Cum Laude
Hannah Noelle Miller
Olivia Mireles
William Alexander Moir
Tyler N. Moore
Summa Cum Laude
Brian M. Moran (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Giselle Y. Moreno
Boris Nana Tonzi
Andrew Narcise
Oluwatobi Osifeso
Benjamin Louis Pape
Cum Laude
Rachel Virginia Perry
Chase Anthony Pirozzi
Magna Cum Laude
Samuel J. Portillo
Christian Quijano
Cum Laude
Alexa Nicole Quintanilla Leigh
Shawn Raum
Vincent Eugene Reaver Jr.
Magna Cum Laude
Oneka Sherrie Robertson
Andrea Isabel Rodriguez
John Emil Rokos III
Magna Cum Laude
Keyla Suarez Santoyo
Summa Cum Laude
Amber Nicole Sawyer
Magna Cum Laude
Levi Joseph Schindel (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Nicole Schlichting
Summa Cum Laude
Andrew James Sequeira
Samuel Shinn
Cum Laude
Mia Bella Smallwood
Jonah L. Smith
Timothy Jacob Staley
Kristi D. Stevenson
Magna Cum Laude
Jomar Stoddard
Kaylee Renee Stoner
Magna Cum Laude
Logan Benjamin Tackett
Carly Elizabeth Tatarek
Christopher R. Tate
Cum Laude
Rashaun Thomas
Jessica L. Trance
Summa Cum Laude
Rebecca Lynn Puppa Ubert
Magna Cum Laude
Jared Timothy Urban
Brandon James Valentine
Robert Anthony Vionet
Cum Laude
Sherry Lynn Vosburgh
Magna Cum Laude
John Samuel Vukelich (H)
Magna Cum Laude
Kate Wade
Summa Cum Laude
Jordan Nicole Weaver
James West IV
Kelly Ann Wilkes
Cum Laude
Christine Putney Woodward
Summa Cum Laude
Angelina Niccola Zenti

Summa Cum Laude, GPA 3.85 or higher | Magna Cum Laude, GPA of 3.65-3.84 | Cum Laude, GPA of 3.40-3.64 | (H) designates University Honors Program | | (ΔΕΣ) designates Delta Epsilon Sigma | designates donation to senior class gift

School of Education

Bachelor of Science
Margaret Augusta Louise Barron
Cum Laude
Hannah Elyse Beck
Jaylyn Chandler
Amanda Nicole Clark
Magna Cum Laude
Rhonda Lynn Cunningham
William Anthony Endres III (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Matthew Wade Gartrell
Cum Laude
Matthew Daniel Gary
Magna Cum Laude
Makenna Gilsdorf
Cum Laude
Esperanza Gomez
Michele Graupner
Melissa Ann Green
Summa Cum Laude
Kaitlin Grimes
Morganne Genevieve Holtzman
Cum Laude
Jonathon Tyler Johnson
Brianne Keim
James Scott Thomas Kemp
Madeline Kole
Cum Laude
Anastasia Kontos
Molly Maureen Larkin
Cum Laude
Jesslyn Teresa Manni (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Carlee Renee Meadows
Ana Leticia Mejia
Summa Cum Laude
Victoria Morris
Magna Cum Laude
Kimberly Daria Nelson
Summa Cum Laude
Yesenia S. Ponce
Cum Laude
Kaitlyn Elisabeth Ridenour
Cum Laude
Neil Roche
June Anne Saccardi
Magna Cum Laude
Fabiola Prescilla Solorzano
Cum Laude
Megan Elizabeth Spencer
Jordan Tuck
Courtney Therese Varley (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Alexis Wooden
Julian Woodridge

Summa Cum Laude, GPA 3.85 or higher | Magna Cum Laude, GPA of 3.65-3.84 | Cum Laude, GPA of 3.40-3.64 | (H) designates University Honors Program | | (ΔΕΣ) designates Delta Epsilon Sigma | designates donation to senior class gift

School of Natural Science and Mathematics

Bachelor of Science
Will Almozard
Olivia Lorraine Massa Atsu
Victoria Muyhuong Aung
Veronica Marie Balick (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Thomas Batson
Emily Rose Biesecker (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Joel Bowman
Shanda Braxton
Rebecca Christine Breiner
Magna Cum Laude
Jameela Constanae Buchanan
Elizabeth Lucille Bullard (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Ana Maria Camacho Tibaquira
Sean Patrick Campbell
Magna Cum Laude
David W. Carter
Mariano Joseph Vito Cassara
Timothy Paul Castillo
Madison Leigh Collins
Magna Cum Laude
Joseph Contreras
Julia Cool
Cum Laude
Emely Elizabeth Cruz
Magna Cum Laude
John Czapski
Kelly Ngoc Dang
William M. DeArcangelis III
Nicholas De Leon
Cum Laude
Magdalena deTar
Cum Laude
Vu Xuan Do
Gianna Duca
Nicholas Paul Einolf
Cum Laude
Charlotte Suzanne Elrod
Summa Cum Laude
Evan J. Falkowski
Rachel Finn
Peyton Fuller
Cum Laude
Cara Elizabeth Gose (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
MaryAnn Patricia Grace
Cum Laude
Michael Robert Hargenrader
Michael J. Hochstein (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Shelbee B. Holcomb
Summa Cum Laude
Jordan Mckenzie Hunt
Ali Husain
Cum Laude
Johnathon Johnson
Cum Laude
Andrew C. Jones
Malik Kadir
Joshua T. Kaufman
Sean Matthew Kazmierski
Rachel Elizabeth Keifer (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Matthew Kennedy
Cum Laude
Emmanuel Kesse
Justin Dion Kimble
Elizabeth Rohrer King
Summa Cum Laude
Grace Elizabeth King (H)
Cum Laude
Laura W. Kingham (H)
Cum Laude
Allison Carter Koontz (H)
Cum Laude
Scott Lawrence Korte (H)
Cum Laude
Kiara Anastasia Laurenzano
Zachary Ryan Lawson (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Krischell Lewis
Mason Charles Lipford
Chardane Logan
Sierra Lookabill
Magna Cum Laude
Sophia Ashley Lookingbill
Marcos Lucero
Miguel A. Lucero
Maria Alexandra Mack
Magna Cum Laude
Alexis Ann Manning (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Lynda Kate McCann-Reddy
Megan Theresa McCaskey
Cum Laude
Maureen N. McClellan
Cum Laude
Ivy Raye McGlaughlin
John Anthony Mellor
Cum Laude
Jose Mercado
Ian Riley Meyers
Cum Laude
Carly Miller
Shaun Miller
Zenabu Mohammed
Cheyenne Virginia Norwood (H)
Summa Cum Laude
Erick Viray O'Brien (H)
Cum Laude
Gemma Nicole O'Keefe
Magna Cum Laude
Sandra Melissa Ortega
John Owens (H) (ΔΕΣ)
Summa Cum Laude
Miles Ernest Patrick
Ramon Emilio Pazmino
Austin Michael Petry
Magna Cum Laude
Rene Plascencia
Magna Cum Laude
Bailey Patricia Raymond
Thomas Albert Richardson
Colette O. Robinson
Gary G. Rojewski III (H)
Cum Laude
Elizabeth O. Shodiya
Aaron Lee Slifer (H)
Casey O'Connor Smial
Joshua M. Snavely
Summa Cum Laude
Abigail F. Spencer (ΔΕΣ)
Magna Cum Laude
Eric Daniel Stanley Jr.
Taylor Strahan
Sydni Marie Surowiec
Giselle Maria Tolentino
William Thomas Keith Twizell
Grace Catherine Valcicak
Samantha Marie Vanderlipp
Madison Welsh-Huber
Emily Marie Alohilani Wood
Chelsea Wright
Cum Laude
Megan Marie Zuvich
Magna Cum Laude

Summa Cum Laude, GPA 3.85 or higher | Magna Cum Laude, GPA of 3.65-3.84 | Cum Laude, GPA of 3.40-3.64 | (H) designates University Honors Program | | (ΔΕΣ) designates Delta Epsilon Sigma | designates donation to senior class gift

Class of 2020 – Seminary


The deacons and Msgr. Frontiero from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary visit with the apostolic administrator of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa, while on their pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Ordination Formation Program
Rev. Mr. Clifford Chance Billmeyer
Diocese of Colorado Springs
Master of Divinity
Rev. Mr. Michael Patrick Bovino
Diocese of Norwich
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts (theology) w/ conc. in sacred scripture
Rev. Mr. Stephen Felicichia
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Archdiocese for Military Services
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts (theology) w/conc. in moral theology
Rev. Mr. Brendan Thomas Fitzgerald
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts (theology) w/conc. in systematic theology
Rev. Mr. Robert John Froeschl
Diocese of Lincoln
Master of Divinity
Bachelor of Sacred Theology (through D.H.S.)
Rev. Mr. Jered Arthur Grossman
Diocese of Fargo
Master of Divinity
Rev. Mr. Robert William Johnson
Diocese of Lincoln
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts (theology) w/conc. in moral theology
Rev. Mr. Daniel Patrick Koehl
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Master of Divinity
Rev. Mr. Timothy James O’Connell
Diocese of Colorado Springs
Master of Divinity
Rev. Mr. Joemin Kharlo Chong Pariñas
Diocese of Paterson
Master of Divinity
Rev. Mr. Charles Christopher Pavlick
Diocese of Arlington
Master of Divinity
Rev. Mr. R. Nico Dela Cruz Quintos
Diocese of Paterson
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts (theology) w/conc. in moral theology
Rev. Mr. Juan Eduardo Rodriguez
Diocese of Allentown
Master of Divinity
Rev. Mr. Jeremy Jason Smith
Archdiocese of Baltimore
Master of Divinity
Rev. Mr. Armando Diaz Vizcara Jr.
Diocese of Paterson
Master of Divinity
Rev. Mr. Brian Robert Wirth
Diocese of Lincoln
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts (theology) w/ conc. in moral theology
Rev. Mr. Stefan Laurent Yap
Archdiocese of Washington
Master of Divinity
Master of Arts (theology) w/ conc. in systematic theology
M.A. (Theology) degree candidates (non-M.Div. candidates)
Rev. Mr. Guillermo José Gonzalez
Diocese of Arlington
Ordination Formation Program Completion Certificate
Master of Arts (theology) w/conc. in moral theology
Mr. Andrew McLearen Murray
Master of Arts (theology) w/conc. in systematic theology
Pre-Theology Formation Program Completion Certificate
Mr. Michael Louis Aiello
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Michael Jaeger Best
Diocese of Peoria
Pre-Theology Completion + MAPS degree
Mr. Nicholas Michael Conner
Diocese of Peoria
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Julian Felipe Cuervo-Lozada
Diocese of Norwich
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Marko Kresimir Culjak
Diocese of Peoria
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Erin Michael Donlon
Diocese of Portland
Archdiocese for Military Services
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Oscar Leonardo Duarte-Saavedra
Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend
Pre-Theology Completion + BA degree (phil major)
Mr. Stephen Thomas Hill
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Pre-Theology Completion + BA degree (phil major)
Mr. Eric Carl Hosmer
Diocese of Norwich
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Matthew Ryan Kelly
Diocese of Richmond
Pre-Theology Completion + MAPS degree
Mr. Wynne Banning Kerridge
Diocese of Trenton
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Jacob Andrew Martini
Diocese of Peoria
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Richard Joseph McAlister
Diocese of Harrisburg
Pre-Theology Completion + BA degree (phil major)
Mr. Francis Xavier Hoa Nguyen
Diocese of Portland
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Sean-Michael Vincent Nypaver
Diocese of Arlington
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Sean Patrick O’Connor
Diocese of Colorado Springs
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Alexander James Pandolfe
Diocese of Norwich
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Thanh Duc Pham
Diocese of Portland
Mr. Michael Patrick Pray
Diocese of Harrisburg
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. John David Soplinski
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Pre-Theology Completion
Mr. Italo Tomas Villacis
Diocese of Trenton
Pre-Theology Completion
Additional MAPS degree candidates
Daniel John Andrades
Archdiocese of Baltimore
MAPS degree
Christopher Charles Rodgers
Archdiocese of Baltimore
MAPS degree

Seminary Commencement

Tribute to the Deacon Class of 2020

Academic Awards

Senior Honors Presentations


On behalf of the University Honors Program and her students, we invite you to celebrate the work of our Honors Seniors. These projects serve as the capstone of the Honors experience at the Mount. They are the result of many months of intense research and the enthusiastic support of faculty mentors, all of whom hold the highest degrees in their subject areas.

As passionate teachers and scholars who call students to engage in meaningful and challenging questions, we share in the successes of our students. Their virtues are our privilege.

Students, we know that the journey was demanding and we have been honored witnesses to your outstanding endeavors to this end. To be sure, the completion of your work marks an important transitional period in your lives. You have successfully taken on a large project that has required you to engage in many constantly evolving fields of study. Now, the fruits of your labor have made these disciplines different from what they were. You have shaped what is to come.

Honors Seniors of the Class of 2020, your success is how we recognize ours. You are our future, and we are Mount proud! CONGRATULATIONS!

Sarah K. Scott, Ph.D.
Director, University Honors Program
Associate Professor, Department of English

Watch the Presentations

Senior Student-Athlete Tributes


As the end of a very different semester nears, the Mount St. Mary's athletic department is recognizing this year's senior class on its various social media platforms.

Mount athletics would like to honor and celebrate all of our senior student-athletes, many of whom had their seasons cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beginning May 4, the Mount will post graphics to highlight their athletic careers at the Mount. Learn more about these student-athletes and help us celebrate their success.

Message from the National Alumni Association

ROTC Commissioning

You are cordially invited to the Green Terror Battalion Reserve Officers' Training Corps 2020 Commissioning Ceremony

Date and Time

Friday, May 15, 2020 | 1 p.m.

Guest Speaker

Eduardo Rodriguez
Lieutenant Colonel, Field Artillery
Professor of Military Science

On this day we will honor the ROTC Graduates of Mount St. Mary’s University and welcome them as they accept a Commission into the United States Army as Second Lieutenants.

This live virtual event with McDaniel College, Hood College and Mount St. Mary's University will be live streamed on Facebook.

Watch the Livestream

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Message from Vice President for Student Life Bernard Franklin, Ph.D.

Senior Celebration Kick-Off Mass
May 15, 2020, 6 p.m.
Chapel of the Immaculate Conception

Our Dear Class of 2020!

You came after President Trainor arrived as interim president. You have a love of learning. Many of you are going on to graduate school. Some of you feel called toserve as missionaries and at least one entering seminary. You have shown great initiative. For example, several of you went on a study abroad trip, proposed a university travel blog. The blog has now documented 5 study abroad trips, and members of the senior class have shared their stories as bloggers. And you have created organizations and trainings to share your VOICE with the Mount community.

We are all very proud of you for persevering through these difficult circumstances. You are not alone in your suffering and in our losses. We deeply mourn the loss of our commencement and the joys of your final gatherings. All of us--faculty, staff and administration--will miss you! The crew that cleaned your residence halls will miss you. The dining crew in Patriot will miss you. We have watched you perform and run and sing and listened to your story and dreams.

And to think, last night would have been your Senior Formal. Disappointment! Sadness!

Death, pain and fear is tearing through our communities. This pain will be felt by just about everyone in the United States and all over the world, in one way or another. After this crisis has run its course, no one will be wholly untouched. Some will emerge from this crisis disrupted and shaken, but ultimately stable. Others will come out of it with much deeper wounds that may linger for the rest of their lives.

God has called us to do more than simply sit, meditate and absorb His Truth. God wants us to live His Truth, share His Truth, and shine hope in dark places.

Pain, disappointment, fear, anxiety, and broken heartedness may abound in all our lives for a period of time. We may even feel at times crushed in our spirit, with periods of unemployment, health problems, not being able to take the vacations we’d like to, and not being accepted into the graduate program we have set our hearts on. It may seem like every way we turn, every way we thought God was leading us, is a dead end.

Disappointment can be a bitter pill to swallow. You have done all of this work, and dreamed about a day to celebrate your graduation with friends and family, and poof, it’s gone! How will you walk through this disappointment? And how will you be there for your friends and your peers when they go through tough times? You are going to face challenges that you don’t expec , anticipate, dream of or want.

Life isn’t about what’s happened to us; it’s about how we react to those things that have happened to us. A Protestant Pastor, [Charles Swindoll], once said, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

You must remember the importance of your attitudes, the virtues you choose to shape you. Your attitudes shape your feelings, beliefs, and very often your behavior. You should practice certain virtues that allow you to develop a positive outlook in response to those things that are happening around you.

Although you may not be able to prevent the worst from happening, you are responsible for your attitude toward the misfortunes that may come my way. Hard things do happen; but how you respond to them defines your character and the quality of your life. You can choose to sit in perpetual sadness, immobilized by the gravity of your loss, or you can choose to rise from pain, and treasure the most precious gift you have—life itself.

Through the examples of the Saints, and many others, the best thing I’ve found to do in the face of disappointment is to mourn the loss, and sometimes I have had to push through the loss, offer it to God, and then move on. Disappointments are not God’s way of forsaking us, but rather God’s way of drawing us closer to Himself.

Psalm 34:19, David said, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted, saves those whose spirit is crushed.” He sees and knows your disappointments, heartaches, and broken dreams. But He doesn’t stop at the simple knowledge of your pain. No, He saves the crushed in spirit. He saves them! Only He can mend the crushed. Only He can mend the hurt. God is with you!

Today, the faculty, staff, and administration of Mount St. Mary’s University cheer at your accomplishments. We join our Blessed Mother, and the hosts of Angels & Saints celebrating this milestone. We have watched you learn what it is to live lives of significance, now we encourage you to put on courage, work through disappointments, and go out to a world that desperately needs your Light.

St. Teresa of Avila wrote a beautiful poem that I have come to treasure and use as a prayer. It is simple in its format, yet powerful in its content. When you feel afraid or anxious, consider praying this prayer. Simply open your heart to God and adding your own words, invoke God’s help in your hour of need.

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

Now go. Turn the world upside down. And set the world on fire!

And remember, you are always welcome home!

Message from the Center for Student Engagement and Success