Message to Manchester's 2014 graduates: "We are stronger because you have been here"

Familiarity greeted Manchester University’s 266 newest alumni on Sunday, May 18.

They had received the messages of advice in convocations, speeches, ceremonies and celebrations over the past several years. They listened along the walkways of the campus Mall and, sometimes, in the bleachers of athletic events. Sunday, many smiled and nodded in recognition of the words of wisdom from their President Jo Young Switzer:

      • Always act with integrity.
      • Recognize that all people have gifts – affirm them!
      • Work hard every day.
      • Believe in the basic goodness of people.
      • Be patient.
      • Remember that it’s impossible to please everyone.
      • Stay calm during difficult times.
      • Always keep confidences – the world does not need more gossip.
      • Listen.
      • Be brave.
      • Respect the lessons of history.
      • Say “thank you” often and say it to many people.

“You are on the cusp of your next chapters, and you are well-prepared,” said President Switzer with pride. “You will make a positive impact on the world because you are persons of ability and conviction.”

Bachelor’s degrees dominated the day, including 40 scholars who graduated with honors. Five received master’s degrees in athletic training, a field bounding in popularity at Manchester, which awarded 14 undergraduate degrees in athletic training Sunday. One student received a master’s degree in education.

Student speakers during the sun-kissed day reflected on their academic journeys on the North Manchester campus and abroad with comfortable sincerity. “I doubt any other place will have professors or employers that are so loving and caring,” said Baccalaureate speaker Todd Eastis of Warsaw, who received a bachelor’s degree in sociology and religion. Manchester “knows how to graduate everyone from business leaders, to hockey commentators, to Nobel winners. …. looking back on this sacred space, I think we all see where God has spoken to us, whether through a call to a career, or through the love of others.”

German Katrin Muser, a summa cum laude graduate in sport management, delivered the response from the Class of 2014: “I dare you to step outside that comfort zone and to be the best versions of yourselves that you possibly can be.“ Graduates from three other countries received degrees Sunday.

President Switzer summed it the mutual admiration of the day: “We are stronger because you have been here.”

Class of 2014***summa cum laude  **magna cum laude  *cum laude
MAT = Master of Athletic Training    MED = Master of Education

Graduate Degree Major Hometown
Briley Albertson BS Psychology, Sociology Ridgeville, Ind.
Sari Algharabeh BS Management, Finance Ramallah, West Bank
Jared Allen BA Accounting, Finance Havre de Grace, Md.
Joshua Archer BS Religion South Bend, Ind.
Ramiro Arguijo III BS Communication Studies North Manchester, Ind.
Hillary Armstrong BS Accounting, Management Wheatfield, Ind.
Jenna Barclay BS Accounting Kimmell, Ind.
Joshua Benefiel BS Early,  Elementary Education Shelbyville, Ind.
Abby Berry BA Marketing Huntington, Ind. 
Kaley Bickel** BA Early , Elementary Education Bremen, Ind.
Abigail Birnell BA Art Lucerne, Ind. 
Elena Bohlander BA Peace Studies, Accounting Pleasant Hill, Ohio
Kyle Boone BS Environmental Studies, Biology North Manchester, Ind.
Jillian Bower BS Athletic Training Galveston, Ind.
Kaile Branch BA Social Work Peru, Ind. 
ShaNell Brazo BA History, French Claypool, Ind. 
Kelley Brenneman BA History Fort Wayne, Ind.
Sarah Bross BS Early , Elementary Education Chelsea, Mich.
Shawna Brown BS Social Work Fowler, Ind.
Sara Bush BA Art Westfield, Ind.
Chandra Butler BS Marketing North Manchester, Ind.
Kenneth Butler BS Accounting, Finance South Bend, Ind.
Levi Byers BS Exercise Science & Fitness Walton, Ind.
Jonathon Caffarelli BS Accounting Lansing, Ill.
Adam Cantwell BS Marketing, Management Elkhart, Ind.
Sarah Carman** BA English Liberty, Ind. 
Katelyn Carothers* BA Biology-Chemistry Glendale, Ariz.
Matthew Carver BS K-12 Adapted Physical Education North Manchester, Ind.
Allison Chiles BS Educational Studies Carmel, Ind.
Jacob Clark BS Chemistry Goshen, Ind.
Alicia Cleveland BS Sport Management Lagrange, Ind.
Carly Clock BS Education Hartford City, Ind.
Carrie Clymer BS Marketing Windfall, Ind.
Jordan Collins BS Finance Yorktown, Ind.
Jessica Collyer BA Exercise Science & Fitness Howe, Ind. 
Tonya Colwell BS Biology-Chemistry South Bend, Ind.
Mariah Copeland BS Sociology Avon, Ind. 
Jennifer Corajod BA Marketing Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Eric Courter BS Sport Management Carmel, Ind.
Adam Creighbaum BS Biology Bourbon, Ind.
Brandon Curry BA History South Whitley, Ind. 
Zachariah Dashner BS Sport Management South Bend, Ind. 
Elizabeth Davis BS Biology-Chemistry Argos, Ind.
Kyle Davis BS Management Crown Point, Ind.
Melanie DeGrandchamp MED Education Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Miranda DeHart BA Chemistry Dayton, Ohio
Brian DeMario BS Accounting Lowell, Ind.
Zachary Dold BS Accounting Monticello, Ind.
Kirby Dopkowski BS English/Language Arts Education Waynetown, Ind.
Todd Eastis BS Sociology, Religion Warsaw, Ind.
Emily Ehlerding*** BS Chemistry, Physics Decatur, Ind.
Benjamin Ellam BS Accounting, Management Granger, Ind.
Nicholas Eperjesi BS History Lakeville, Ind.
Oscar Erwin BS Music Plymouth, Ind.
Jasmine Espino-Muniz BA Early, Elementary Education Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Tyler Evans* BA French, English, Lang. Arts Ed. Anderson, Ind. 
Nathan Feitshans BS Early , Elementary Education Arcanum, Ohio
Jeffrey Fenimore BS Biology-Chemistry Elkhart, Ind. 
Samantha Fernandez BS Environmental Studies, Biology Ocklawaha, Fla.
Kelsie Fieler BA Accounting Cincinnati, Ohio
Shannon Finley BS Educational Studies Star City, Ind.
Chelsea Fox BS Early, Elementary Education Rochester, Ind. 
Lindsey Franks* BA Communication Studies Warsaw, Ind. 
Adam Frayer BS Political Science Rensselaer, Ind.
Ryan Geraghty MAT Athletic Training Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Kara Gilley BS Sport Management Plymouth, Ind. 
Laura Gladfelter* BA Marketing Goshen, Ind. 
Kirby Glancy BS Exercise Science &  Fitness Hartford City, Ind.
Cody Goble BA English Saint Marys, Ohio
Emily Goins BS Psychology, Social Work Madison, Ind.
Katie Gonzalez BS Environmental Studies La Porte, Ind.
Christina Gonzalez BA Athletic Training Carmel, Ind. 
Kelsey Gower BA Communication Studies Columbus, Ind.
Andrew Gray BS Health & Physical Education Anderson, Ind.
Kimberly Gray BS Social Work Wabash, Ind.
Matthew Gray BS Communication Studies Anderson, Ind.
Felicia Grossman* BA Management, Marketing Goshen, Ind.
Xunantunich Haley BA English Shoreline, Wash.
Makenna Hamilton** BS Athletic Training Medaryville, Ind. 
Matthew Hammond BA English Dayton, Ohio
Clayton Harlan BS Management Terre Haute, Ind.
Laycee Harmon BS Biology Fort Wayne, Ind.
James Harry BS Economics Decatur, Ind.
Matthew Harter BS Mathematics Huntington, Ind.
Aeli Hartmann BS Biology Fort Wayne, Ind.
Micah Hauschild*** BS Early, Elementary Education Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Patrick Hazelton BS Early, Elementary Education Ligonier, Ind. 
Wesley Heath* BA Sociology, Psychology Anderson, Ind. 
Lawson Heimach BS Sociology Indianapolis, Ind. 
Katherine Herder BA Peace Studies Claremont, Calif.
Robert Heritz BS Exercise Science & Fitness Granger, Ind.
Jessica Hernandez* BA Psychology Monroeville, Ind. 
David Herrmann BS Computer Science Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Haily Hite BS Exercise Science & Fitness Goshen, Ind. 
Britney Hodges MAT Athletic Training Dayton, Ohio
Aimee Hoffbauer BA General Business Fremont, Ind. 
Kristen Hoffman* BA Sociology Hillsboro, Kan.
Jarek Hollingsworth BS Fitness & Sport Management Mill Creek, Ind.
Alexis Holthues MAT Athletic Training Montpelier, Ohio
David House BS Athletic Training Elkhart, Ind. 
Kari Huang BA Accounting Elkhart, Ind. 
Daniel Hunter BS History Monroeville, Ind.
Joseph Hunter BS Psychology Rushville, Ind. 
Kelly Iler BS Music Kouts, Ind.
Devin Jenkins*** BA Accounting, Finance Niles, Mich.
Kaitlin Jines BA History Columbus, Ind. 
Aliyah Johnson BS Sociology Indianapolis, Ind. 
Joscelyne Johnson BA Accounting, Finance Nappanee, Ind. 
Kourtney Johnson* BS Management Andrews, Ind.
Elisabeth Jones BS History Chesterton, Ind.
Max Jones BS Sociology Anderson, Ind. 
Sanjuana Juarez BA Social Work Winona Lake, Ind. 
Taylor Judt BS Sociology, Criminal Justice Avilla, Ind. 
Braden Julian BS Chemistry West Lafayette, Ind.
Angelina Jung BA Music Plymouth, Ind. 
Noah Kasper BS Psychology Valparaiso, Ind. 
Lucas Kauffman BS Communication Studies Goshen, Ind.
Amanda Keating* BA Art Lafayette, Ind. 
Phillip Keim BA Peace Studies Rochester, Ind. 
Lauren Keister BA Early, Elementary Education Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Andrea Keller BA Religion, Spanish Greenville, Ohio
Dylin Kennedy BS Environmental Studies North Manchester, Ind.
Caitlin Kessler** BS Biology-Chemistry Kokomo, Ind. 
Jeries Khayyat BS Accounting Jerusalem, Israel
Kyle Knepp BS Psychology Fairborn, Ohio
Erin Knight BS History, Religion Van Buren, Ind. 
Kelsey Knuth*** BS Biology-Chemistry Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Ashlea Koehl BA Psychology Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Emily Kostoff BS Biology Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Christopher Kowalski BA Finance, Accounting Wanatah, Ind.
Julia Lagenour BS Social Work Argos, Ind.
Tashina Lahr BS Environmental Studies Auburn, Ind.
Ashley Landrum BS Psychology Huntington, Ind. 
Catherine Lange BA English Ferdinand, Ind.
Hayley Leckner BS Early, Elementary Education Cedar Lake, Ind.
Hilary Leeper BS Social Work Fort Wayne, Ind.
Brandy Leeper BA Psychology Bremen, Ind. 
Ryne Lehrman* BS Exercise Science & Fitness Hoagland, Ind. 
Sarah Leininger*** BA Biology-Chemistry, Music, Math Timberville, Va.
Jordan Littlejohn BS Psychology Rochester, Ind. 
David Lloyd BS English Angola, Ind.
Katharine Lowther BA History Wabash, Ind. 
Kayla Lucas BS Exercise Science & Fitness Battle Ground, Ind.
Emily Ludwig BA English/Language Arts Education Rochester, Ind. 
Louise Magiera* BS Psychology Wheatfield, Ind.
Ted Maldonado** BA Psychology Portage, Ind. 
Daniel Maringer** BS Accounting, Finance Fort Wayne, Ind.
Maxwell Mattern BS Environmental Studies, Biology Roann, Ind.
John McCall BA Psychology Nappanee, Ind. 
Trisha McClain BS Environmental Studies Centerville, Ohio
Ashley McClintic* BS Communication Studies Wakarusa, Ind.
Ethan McFaddin BS Biology-Chemistry Williams, Ind.
Caitlyn McGrew BS Exercise Science & Fitness Uniondale, Ind.
Cassondra McGushion BS Psychology Hobart, Ind.
Megan McKeny BS Exercise Science & Fitness Centerville, Ohio
Patrick McNinch BS Management Fostoria, Ohio
Erynn Meiklejohn BS Sport Management Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Kara Mendez BA Marketing Defiance, Ohio
Courtney Mensing Routley BA Psychology Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Erick Mentock BS Accounting, Management, Marketing South Bend, Ind.
Ashton Metzger BS Accounting Kimmell, Ind.
Jacob Meyer BS Athletic Training Highland, Ind.
Colton Mickelini BA Management Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Nicholas Miller BS Management Huntington, Ind. 
Matthew Miller BA Sociology Goshen, Ind. 
Stephanie Miller** BS Mathematics La Porte, Ind.
Kelsey Millikan BS Psychology Lafayette, Ind.
Aubrey Mills BS Biology-Chemistry Richmond, Ind.
Zabrian Mills BA Psychology Alexandria, Ind. 
Matthew Milmine BA Chemistry Highland, Ind. 
Anthony Moore BS Exercise Science & Fitness Avilla, Ind. 
Janelle Moss BA Marketing Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Bryce Murphy BS Accounting Ossian, Ind. 
Katrin Muser*** BA Sport Management Dettenhausen, Germany
Joseph Myers BA English Indianapolis, Ind. 
Felicia Nichols BA Art Hudson, Ind. 
Alissa Niswonger BS Athletic Training Michigan City, Ind. 
Elizabeth Nix BA History Pendleton, Ind. 
Grant Noakes BA Medical Technology La Porte, Ind. 
Curtis Nordmann BS Mathematics Bourbon, Ind. 
Morgan O'Donnell BA Biology-Chemistry West Lafayette, Ind. 
Aaron Olinger BS Adapted Physical Education North Manchester, Ind. 
Michael Paynter BA Communication Studies Huntington, Ind.
Morgan Peas** BA Communication Studies Urbana, Ind.
Jason Pedigo BA Art Zionsville, Ind. 
Robert Perry MAT Athletic Training Valparaiso, Ind. 
Shelby Phillips BS Athletic Training Crawfordsville, Ind.
Alexander Pierce* BS History, Economics Decatur, Ind.
Miranda Piercy BS Early, Elementary Education Walton, Ind. 
Zachary Pitts BS Criminal Justice North Judson, Ind.
Kylie Planck BS Sport Management Valparaiso, Ind. 
Chandler Pogue BS History Marion, Ind. 
Zachary Prater BS Management Tippecanoe, Ind.
Macie Price BS Chemistry Kimmell, Ind. 
Eric Purcell BS Sport Management West Lafayette, Ind. 
John Raderstorf BA Finance Elkhart, Ind. 
Elisia Ray BS Biology-Chemistry Lake Odessa, Mich.
Kevin Reeves BS Psychology Muncie, Ind. 
Seth Reinoehl BS Exercise Science & Fitness Mishawaka, Ind.
Kyle Riege BA Art Wakarusa, Ind. 
Thomas Riggs BS Early, Elementary Education Martinsville, Ind.
Holly Rittenhouse*** BA Early, Elementary Education Portland, Ind. 
Darcy Robins BS Sociology Huntertown, Ind. 
Ryan Roebuck BA Religion Middlebury, Ind.
Rudolph Rolle BS Management Bristol, Ind.
Katelin Rosenbaum BA English/Lang Arts Education La Porte, Ind. 
Brittany Ross BS Environmental Studies, Biology Indianapolis, Ind. 
Sarah Ruff* BS Accounting Angola, Ind. 
Alexandra Salcedo BS English/Language Arts Education Granger, Ind.
Jeremiah Sanders BA Music Marion, Ind. 
Amanda Savell BA Biology-Chemistry Crown Point, Ind. 
Cody Schell BS Management, Marketing Granger, Ind.
Kaitlyn Schmidt* BS Medical Technology Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Abby Schweitzer BS Adapted Phys. Ed., Health & Phys. Ed. Cedar Lake, Ind.
Alison Senesac BS Marketing Logansport, Ind.
Temujin Sery BS Sport Management Fort Wayne, Ind.
Richard Shafer BS Exercise Science & Fitness Ossian, Ind. 
Arthur Shidler BS Exercise Science & Fitness Rochester, Ind. 
Shantel Short BS Biology, Environmental Studies Winchester, Ind.
Brittany Shuler BS Finance Fort Wayne, Ind.
Mallory Sims* BA Biology-Chemistry, Spanish Columbia City, Ind. 
Hunter Snapp BS Communication Studies Battle Ground, Ind. 
Kayla Sollars BS Communication Studies Marion, Ind. 
Trevor Speiser BS Biology-Chemistry Grover Hill, Ohio
Danielle Spiess** BS Early, Elementary Education La Porte, Ind.
Micah Spurgeon* BS Biology-Chemistry Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Meghan Stalbaum BS Early, Elementary Education Wheatfield, Ind.
Janet Stann BS Social Work Bunker Hill, Ind. 
Tyler Stevenson BS Sport Management Valparaiso, Ind.
Michael Stocker BS Chemistry Yorktown, Ind. 
Elizabeth Stull* BA History North Manchester, Ind. 
Matthew Suderman* BA Spanish, History Bluffton, Ohio
Blake Surber BS History Michigantown, Ind. 
Robert Swaby BS Sociology, Criminal Justice Vernon Hills, Ill.
Melinda Sweeten* BS Social Work Denver, Ind. 
Amanda Tassler BS Athletic Training Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Chelsea Teddy BS Social Work Roseburg, Ore.
Janikka Tillotson BS Athletic Training Brownsburg, Ind.
Anthony Tolson BS Management Claypool, Ind. 
Haley Vallie-Laws BA Social Work Bear Lake, Mich.
Alejandro Vargas Solis BS Marketing Noblesville, Ind. 
Betsy Varner* BA Psychology, Spanish, Religion Yorktown, Ind. 
Aubree Wadkins BA English Mentone, Ind. 
Jeremy Walters BS Political Science North Manchester, Ind.
Stephanie Watson BS Educational Studies Elkhart, Ind. 
Emily Webb BA Sociology Noblesville, Ind. 
Thomas Webster BS Sport Management Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Kelli Weeks BS Social Work Terre Haute, Ind. 
Brittney Wetzel BS Biology-Chemistry Hamilton, Ind. 
Eric Wilker BS Accounting, Finance Saint Marys, Ohio
Nicholas Williams BS Criminal Justice Fort Wayne, Ind. 
David Wilson BS Exercise Science & Fitness La Porte, Ind. 
Khin Win BA Management Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Matthew Winger BA Marketing Chicago, Ill.
Gretchen Winkeljohn BA Marketing, Management Fort Wayne, Ind.
Tyler Wolpert BA Accounting, Finance Garrett, Ind. 
Caitlin Wong MAT Athletic Training Carmel, Ind. 
Joshua Wood BS Environmental Studies, Biology Alexandria, Ind. 
Alia Woods BS Political Science Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Molly Wright BS Early, Elementary Education Akron, Ind.
Marcus Wyatt* BA Mathematics, Computer Science College Corner, Ohio
Travis Yoakum BS Sport Management Logansport, Ind. 
Kyle Yoder** BS Exercise Science & Fitness Goshen, Ind.
Brittany Youmans BS Social Work Huntington, Ind.
Miriam Zielinski BS Music South Bend, Ind.
Gabriel Zimmerly BA Peace Studies, Psychology Shipshewana, Ind. 


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