Ancilla College 2017 Graduation“While the education was great, it was the memories we made along the way that will last us a lifetime.” – Macey Blosser, President, Ancilla College Class of 2017

Ancilla College graduated its 50th class in school history on Saturday, May 6, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel. The college had 115 graduation candidates.

“It is exciting to have such a large graduating class,” said Ancilla College President Dr. Ken Zirkle.  “The increasing number of graduates reassures me that the college is headed in a positive direction.”

A reception organized by the Ancilla Alumni Association followed, as Ancilla faculty, staff, students, and their families gathered in Cana Hall for fellowship and refreshments.

“Commencement at Ancilla College is a little bittersweet,” said Sam Soliman, Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs.  “While we are excited for our students to move forward, because of the smaller student base, we have a close relationship with them. They are like family, so it is also sad to see them go.”

Ancilla College was founded in 1937 by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, a group of Catholic sisters. Ancilla was opened to the public, both men and women, in 1966.

An Honors Convocation was also held on Friday, May 5, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel, as outstanding students were honored for their achievements. Of the 115 candidates, 19 received recognition for graduating Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude.
Another 23 were honored for their affiliation with Ancilla’s Beta Beta Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the American higher education honor society.

Twelve Ancilla graduates were honored with being named among Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.

Graduates receiving additional special honors were: Macey Blosser, Bremen, IN  (Departmental Honor for Business); John Fuson, Brownsburg, IN (Departmental Honor for Communications); Kaeley Geschke, Middlebury, IN (Departmental Honor for Communications); Jordan Girard, Bremen, IN (Departmental Honor for History); Alexandra Grant, Denver, IN (Departmental Honor for Criminal Justice); Calvin Hopple, Plymouth, IN (Departmental Honor for Business); Courtney Keller, Plymouth, IN (Departmental Honor for Behavioral Science); Jade Farley, Matteson, Ill. (Departmental Honor for Nursing); Alexandria Maloney, Valparaiso, IN (Athletic Scholar); Brandon Pettit,Knox, IN  (Departmental Honor for Behavioral Science); Dylan Phair, Franklin, IN (Athletic Scholar); Emily Rogers, Westville, IN (Scholar of Distinction); Miranda Shepherd, Knox, IN (Departmental Honor for SMIT); Austin Traxler, New Carlisle, IN (Departmental Honor for Business); Natalee Walters, Gas City, IN (Departmental Honor for Education); Kelsey West, Peru, IN (Departmental Honor for Behavioral Science).

The following are reported as candidates for graduation for the 2017 graduating class of Ancilla College:

Candidates for Associate of Arts

Rachel Felton                                                          Bremen, Indiana
John Fuson                                                              Brownsburg, Indiana
Kaeley M. Geschke                                                Middlebury, Indiana
Hagin Hiatt                                                             Winamac, Indiana
Linh Huynh Hoai Le, ICM                                 Lam Dong, Vietnam
Nathaniel Joseph Spangle                                  Bourbon, Indiana
Bich Thi Ngoc Vu                                                  Dong Nai, Vietnam
Don’Tayon Young                                                Gary, Indiana

Candidates for Associate of Science

Brandon Arnett                                                       North Judson, Indiana
Jessica Nicole Bachman                                       Rochester, Indiana
Christopher Lee Banks Jr.                                     Plymouth, Indiana
Megan Michelle Benoit                                         Drummonds, Tennessee
Macey Lynn Blosser                                               Bremen, Indiana
Daitriona Renell Bonds                                        Elkhart, Indiana
Samantha Jo Brenneman                                     Rossville, Indiana
Jillian Brown                                                            Elkhart, Indiana
Taryn Brown                                                            Knox, Indiana
Blake Matthew Bullock                                         Muncie, Indiana
Victoria Michele Bush                                           Granger, Indiana
Bryce Alexander Bustamante                             Plymouth, Indiana
Manuel Alejandro Castellon                               Brockton, Massachusetts
Emily Mae Cavalier                                               Plymouth, Indiana
Bryant Clevenger                                                    Plymouth, Indiana
Kassandra Crum                                                    Culver, Indiana
Lorie Ann Dennie-Metheny                                 Bourbon, Indiana
Jade B. Doyle                                                            Greenwood, Indiana
Kristen N. Duff                                                        Topeka, Indiana
Bayli N. Fearnow                                                    Rochester, Indiana
Joshua Jordan Forth                                               Manchester, England
Leslee M. France                                                      Rochester, Indiana
Magali Garcia Gonzalez                                      Bremen, Indiana
Leah Gibson                                                             Elkhart, Indiana
Jordan Girard                                                           Bremen, Indiana
Kathryn M. Gorr                                                      Bourbon, Indiana
Alexandra Grant                                                     Denver, Indiana
Jelayne Kay Griswold                                            Bremen, Indiana
Kayla Elizabeth Grossman                                  Plymouth, Indiana
Moustapha Gueye                                                  Indianapolis, Indiana
Kaira K. Hackworth                                               Warsaw, Indiana
Haley Hempel                                                         Knox, Indiana
Fredis Herrera-Bonilla                                          Houston, Texas
Calvin J. Hopple                                                      Plymouth, Indiana
Megan L. James                                                       Oak Lawn, Illinois
Emmanuel Johnson                                               Indianapolis, Indiana
Jalen Johnson                                                           Indianapolis, Indiana
Andrew Jones                                                          Jeffersonville, Indiana
Leah A. Kaser                                                           Walkerton, Indiana
Courteney Keller                                                     Plymouth, Indiana
Ms. Michael Ann Kuss                                          Decatur, Indiana
Rachel Nicole Larson                                            Knox, Indiana
Michael Leonard                                                     Rochester, Indiana
Tekodah Lobsiger                                                   Chesterton, Indiana
Joshua Logan                                                           Manchester, England
Brian Macias                                                            Ligonier, Indiana
Alexandria Maloney                                              Valparaiso, Indiana
Megan McCarty                                                       Knox, Indiana
Anderson McCoy                                                    Greenwood, Indiana
Patricia McNally                                                     Michigan City, Indiana
Kevin Mendoza                                                       Manuel Doblado, GTO, MX
Carl Midkiff                                                              Roselawn, Indiana
Alexsis Deveronn Miller                                       Elkhart, Indiana
Cristian I. Morar                                                      Knox, Indiana
Lee Nicholson                                                          Toronto, Ontario
William E. Nixon                                                    Plymouth, Indiana
Zachery W. Norman                                              Indianapolis, Indiana
Erik Emmanuel Patino                                         Calumet City, Illinois
Brandon Matthew Pettit                                       Knox, Indiana
Dylan Allen Phair                                                  Franklin, Indiana
Romario Antonio Piggott Rivera                       Panama City, Panama
Lauren Prohl                                                            Indianapolis, Indiana
Patrick Reese                                                            Plymouth, Indiana
Daniel Reynoso Barrios                                        Bremen, Indiana
Randi Renae Rhodes                                             Walkerton, Indiana
Jacob Scott Roberson                                              Whiteland, Indiana
Jeremy Rodecap                                                      Michigan City, Indiana
Emily Rogers                                                            Westville, Indiana
Austin Salazar                                                         Gary, Indiana
Nathanial Ryan Schoff                                         LaPorte, Indiana
Zachary Schultz                                                      Knox, Indiana
Justin J. Segers                                                          Marion, Indiana
Hèlder E. Semedo                                                   Brockton, Massachusetts
Miranda Skylar Shepherd                                    Knox, Indiana
Evan Justin Damiel Smith                                   Monterey, Indiana
Austin Nicholas Traxler                                       New Carlisle, Indiana
Shadow Dawn Trent                                             Bourbon, Indiana
Janele Leann VanDePutte                                    Culver, Indiana
Alfredo R. Vasquez                                                Goshen, Indiana
Pamela Fay Barenie                                               Argos, Indiana
Natalee N. Walters                                                 Gas City, Indiana
Kelsie West                                                               Peru, Indiana
Juan Jose Zambrano H                                          Bahia de Caraquez, Manabi
Kailee Marie Zimmerman                                   Brighton, Indiana
Karen Iveth Zùñiga Máquez                               Fort Wayne, Indiana

Candidates for Associate of Science in Nursing

Nellie M. Alexander                                 Knox, Indiana
Betsy Rae Anders                                      Bourbon, Indiana
Cortney Ann Bedard                                Wheatfield, Indiana
Douglas S. Bingaman                              South Bend, Indiana
Jenna Leigh Clyde                                     Argos, Indiana
Amanda Elizabeth Cook                         Logansport, Indiana
Kandi DeLee                                               Plymouth, Indiana
Bridget Ebeling                                           Crown Point, Indiana
Amanda Esparza                                      Bremen, Indiana
Roxann V. Fredel                                       LaPorte, Indiana
Felicia Lynn Goodsesll                            Knox, Indiana
Monica Henry                                            Harvey, Illinois
Rachel Isom                                                Winamac, Indiana
Elizabeth Karas                                          Argos, Indiana
Jade Elaina Farley                                     Matteson, Illinois
Shasta Lunsford                                        Walkerton, Indiana
Christina Ann Miller                                Plymouth, Indiana
Jason Benjamin Price                               Bourbon, Indiana
Noelia Rodriguez-Valdez                       South Bend, Indiana
Nicole V. Shasteen                                    Valparaiso, Indiana
Tiffany Nicole Turner                              Chesterton, Indiana
Deanna R. Wicker                                     Rochester, Indiana