ANcilla Graduation 2019_Jack JordanAncilla College graduated its 52nd class in school history on Saturday, May 4, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel. State Representative Jack Jordan addressed the audience that came to celebrate the 142 graduation candidates, of whom 83 walked in the ceremony.

“You carry within you a thumbprint that is unique and is the core of the mission of Ancilla College,” said Ancilla President, Dr. Michelle Dvorak, PHJC. “It is rooted in values of integrity and service to others. That thumbprint stays in your hearts.”

Vice President of Academic Affairs, Sam Soliman, continued the message of service stating, “In selflessness, self-fulfillment is attained.”

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

Ancilla_graduation2019_crowdAn Honors Convocation was held on Friday, May 3rd, at the Ancilla Domini Chapel, to recognize students for their achievements. Of the 142 candidates, 37 received recognition for graduating Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Cum Laude. Thirty-eight were honored for their affiliation with Ancilla’s Beta Beta Beta chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society in American higher education, making this the largest PTK class to date. There were also an additional three students who were recognized for completing honors-level courses.

Ancilla_Graduation2019_hatsCandidates receiving additional special honors were: Alecia Albanese (Departmental Honor for Education), Rachel Basel (Departmental Honor for Nursing), Haley Cencelewski (Departmental Honor for Culinary), Chiquita Chiestder (Departmental Honor for Nursing), Zach DeBaets (Departmental Honor for Education, Men’s Athletic Scholar), Michael Eads (Departmental Honor for Humanities), Chloe Kane (Departmental Honor for Business), Camryn Kopka (Scholar of Distinction, Women’s Athletic Scholar), Kyle Kunce (Departmental Honor for Communications), Mackenzie Laskey (Departmental Honor for Science), Lamisa Marshall (Departmental Honor for Nursing), Brooklyn Mason (Departmental Honor for Agriculture), Heather Nowatzke (Departmental Honor for Education), Julianna Phelps (Departmental Honor for Humanities) Chance Pineda (Departmental Honor for Professional Health Studies), Riley Price (Departmental Honor for Environmental Technology), Jared Richey (Departmental Honor for Environmental Technology), Richard Sanchez (Departmental Honor for Communications), Jordan Schultz (Departmental Honor for Criminal Justice), Brooklyn Schutz (Departmental Honor for Culinary), Connor Sherwood (Departmental Honor for Business), Blair Standish (Departmental Honor for Agriculture), Emily Winebrenner (Departmental Honor for Humanities), Cassidy Wolff (Departmental Honor for Education).


The following are reported as candidates for graduation for the 2019 class of Ancilla College:

Associate of Arts in Communication Studies

Angela Marie Ellison Plymouth, Indiana


Candidates for Associate of Science in Agriculture

Brooklyn August Mason Argos, Indiana


Associate of Science in Behavioral Science

Jennifer C. Heal Crown Point, Indiana

Jordan Lynn Lewis Rochester, Indiana

Gualdina Estefani Pacheco Tyner, Indiana

Destiny Marie Schoff Plymouth, Indiana

Juanita Marie Niles Peru, Indiana

Adam D. Calhoun Argos, Indiana


Associate of Arts in Mass Media

Kyle Alan Kunce Monterey, Indiana

Richard Lopez Sanchez Leesburg, Indiana


Associate of Science in Business Administration

Connor Kay Sherwood Bourbon, Indiana

Edgar Villa LaPorte, Indiana

Cole Robert Steveken South Bend, Indiana

Kaylee R. Matz Walkerton, Indiana

Alessandro Saputo Middlebury, Indiana

Gaige Kenneth Ivens Fishers, Indiana

Michael Allen Carney Alexandria, Indiana

Mario Hernandez Ramirez Goshen, Indiana


Associate of Applied Science in Animal Science

Blair Michele Standish Rensselaer, Indiana

Kendra Mark Argos, Indiana


Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts

Brooklynn Schutz Elkhart, Indiana

Haley Ann Cencelewski New Carlisle, Indiana



Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

Trenton David Potthoff North Judson, Indiana

Maggie Elizabeth Buza Plymouth, Indiana

Taylor Landes Lafayette, Indiana

Jarret Richard Whitehead Lafayette, Indiana

Alyssa Michelle Cook Knox, Indiana

Jordan Andrew Schultz Knox, Indiana

Taylor Ellison Lafayette, Indiana

Stephen Anthony Biancardi Burns Harbor, Indiana

Jacob Patrick Hardy Logansport, Indiana


Associate of Science in Early Childhood Education

Mackenzie Jean Derifield Plymouth, Indiana


Associate of Science in Elementary Education

Heather M. Nowatzke Knox, Indiana

Alecia Carolyn Albanese Griffith, Indiana

Megan Nicole Heflin Dyer, Indiana

Trisha Lynne Moser Bremen, Indiana

McKenzie Leigh Boehning Francesville, Indiana

Taylor Nycole Hanner Elkhart, Indiana


Associate of Science in Environmental Technology

Jared Daniel Richey Terre Haute, Indiana

Riley J. Price Indianapolis, Indiana



Associate of Science in Exercise Science

Mackenzie Laskey York, South Carolina

Sydney Sullivan Plymouth, Indiana

Kyreece Parker South Bend, Indiana


Associate of Science in Health Sciences

Karlie Hill Colfax, Indiana


Associate of Science in General Studies

Julianna Paige Phelps Wheatfield, Indiana

Britney Hoffman DeMotte, Indiana

Emily May Winebrenner Knox, Indiana

Michael Eads Argos, Indiana

Evan Heirbrandt Westfield, Indiana

LaRae D. Rascoe Indianapolis, Indiana

Jerron Christian Tatum Gary, Indiana

Chalee L. Calhoun Hamlet, Indiana

Tristyn G. Dodson Argos, Indiana

Makayla Weber Osgood, Indiana

Jalen Christopher Alexander Indianapolis, Indiana

Austin J Skyler Byrd Brookston, Indiana

Tysean Daron Sheppard South Bend, Indiana

Dylan J. Perry Winamac, Indiana

Haley B. Abel Fortville, Indiana

Erik Vasquez Plymouth, Indiana





Associate of Science in Professional Health Studies

Chance Chengdu Pineda Valparaiso, Indiana


Associate of Science in Secondary Education

Zachary Tyler DeBaets Bremen, Indiana

Cassidy Wolff Coldwater, Michigan


Associate of Science in Sports Management

Camryn Bailee Kopka Winamac, Indiana

Chloe Kane Morecambe, England

Jacquawon Akins Chicago, Illinois

Robert Joseph McKinney Jr. Syracuse, Indiana


Associate of Science in Nursing

LaMisa R. Marshall Crown Point, Indiana

Rachel Basel Lowell, Indiana

Chiquitta Tanesha Chiestder Richton Park, Illinois

Christi Ann Williams Chicago, Illinois

Fran Conroy Portage, Indiana

NaQuaya J. Encinas Gary, Indiana

Kary Middleton Dyer, Indiana

Chinetha Benton Merrillville, Indiana

Ricketia Keys Hammond, Indiana

Tasha M. Wright Gary, Indiana

Jacqueline G. Childs Chicago, Illinois

Henry D. Felton Gary, Indiana

Patricia Tibbs-Coffey LaPorte, Indiana

Shaun Robinson Granger, Indiana

Ashley Lewiecki South Bend, Indiana

Tamara L. Sweet Richton Park, Illinois

Patricia Lee Back North Judson, Indiana

Ashley Weir Mishawaka, Indiana

Katherine Lorraine Kopp Wheatfield, Indiana

Kelsey Zbell Valparaiso, Indiana

Alisha Clay-Hubbard Gary, Indiana

Catherine Denice Coleman Chicago, Illinois

Sierra Jones Mentone, Indiana

Patricia M. Johnson Walkerton, Indiana

Ceara Monique Watson Gary, Indiana

Lyndsee M. Kreischer Winamac, Indiana

Terika L. Travis Joliet, Illinois

Adeyinka Habeeb Sulaiman South Holland, Illinois

Courtney Black Culver, Indiana

Tenner L. Hardiman Gary, Indiana

Victoria Renee Arnold Wheatfield, Indiana

Allie Nicole Klingerman Tyner, Indiana

Alyssa Ryan Plymouth, Indiana

Miakesha S. Averhart Lansing, Illinois

Tonya Morrow Tillis Lansing, Illinois

Amber Lynn Spaich Plymouth, Indiana

Jenna Leigh Clyde Argos, Indiana

Victoria A. Block San Pierre, Indiana

Chanel B. Watson Chicago, Illinois

Carla A. Dawson Merrillville, Indiana

Trina Macklin Burnham, Illinois

Lauren A. Taylor Crown Point, Indiana

Victoria Jo Clabaugh Lakeville, Indiana

Jessica Tas Plymouth, Indiana

Rachel Lynn Pickett Rolling Prairie, Indiana

Dana Young Chicago, Illinois

Kisha Kienne Young Chicago, Illinois

Raven Simone King Country Club Hills, Illinois

Nakia O’Hara Burks Harvey, Illinois

Sharon D. Rich Matteson, Illinois

Lynette Wynn Chicago, Illinois

Xavier C. Owens Chicago, Illinois

Kendrea M. Miller South Bend, Indiana

Sandra Rene Motton Chicago, Illinois

La Tonya Solama Winfield Chicago, Illinois

April Jenkins Winamac, Indiana

JoAnna Elisabeth Mendez Plymouth, Indiana

Samantha Baughard Highland, Indiana

Kimberly A. Chrisman Osceola, Indiana

Kylie T. Molebash Rochester, Indiana

LaShell Woods-Johnson Lansing, Illinois

Katelyn Berg Plymouth, Indiana

Rhianna Lee Howard Knox, Indiana

Phillis Antoinette Denman Calumet City, Illinois

Maria Mercado Barbosa Plymouth, Indiana

Marc I. Lee Chicago, Illinois

Rita Andrews Frankfort, Illinois

Jacqueline Robinson Merrillville, Indiana

Alexis Reutebuch Winamac, Indiana

Kaylee Kauffman Topeka, Indiana

Alyssa Clyde Plymouth, Indiana

Yolanda A. Hudson Merrillville, Indiana