The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts

Congratulations to Our Spring 2015 Graduating Class!

SP15 graduation photo - courtesy of Stephanie Swindle

Stepping into the spring sunshine, robed in blue and white edges, a touch of tassle with flashes of color, and bouncing along with banners and upbeat sound, an unruly band of SoVA graduates and faculty joined a celebratory college mob in wending its way through the arts district to the undergraduate commencement ceremony in Eisenhower Auditorium on Saturday, May 9. It was a treat being part of a moving exhibition of talent, flanked by many proud parents and friends. The sense of achievement and the promise of the future overflowed in a packed Eisenhower Auditorium as the graduates were honored in the spirit of the Penn State way. Led by SoVa’s school marshal, Giulia Livi, and her faculty marshal, Brian Alfred, the more than fifty graduates from SoVa’s four undergraduate programs gave us every reason to be proud of their outstanding achievements.

On Sunday, May 9, families and friends turned out in abundance at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center in the early evening for the Graduate School commencement. The upbeat mood of the weekend was in play as we all joined in to celebrate the life changing experience of graduate school. SoVA’s spirit that one can change the world was felt in abundance among our studio and art education grads.

Congratulations to our Spring 2015 graduating class. Welcome to our alumni family!

Sincerely,
Graeme Sullivan, SoVA Director

SoVA’s Spring 2015 graduating students include (categorized by degree level and program):

 

Graduate Degrees Conferred:
DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY      
(IN ART EDUCATION)
MASTER OF SCIENCE      
(IN ART EDUCATION)
MASTER OF FINE ARTS      
(IN ART)

Ann Holt (Thesis supervisors, Professor Karen Keifer-Boyd and Patricia Amburgy)

Alison Coombs

Apolinar Concepcion

David Cuatlacuatl

Charles Cunningham

Bech Evans

Jenna Ferraraccio

Bessie FloresGomez

Alex Iosub

Matthew Kenney

Anna Margush

Xiaojiao Shao

Nara Strete

Eric Thornton

Evan West

Tianxiao Yang


Undergraduate Degrees Conferred:
BACHELOR OF DESIGN       
(IN INTERDISCIPLINARY
DIGITAL STUDIO)
BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS       
(IN ART)
BACHELOR OF SCIENCE       
(IN ART EDUCATION)
BACHELOR OF ART       
(IN ART)

Kristopher Bryan

Nicole Burkhardt

Kaitlyn Harris (With Distinction)

Samantha Lavan (With Distinction)

Matthew Mahoney

David Palumbo (With Distinction)

Andrew Reiff

Caitlin Schaeppi

Christine Wilkinson

Samuel Yeaton

David Zygmunt

Katharine Bailey

Michael Brode

Zackery Brown

Christine Bruening

Jordan Haines

Rosemary Hyp

Jessica Lagreca

Giulia Livi (With High Distinction)

Meaghan Mark

Orly Mayer

Lauren Menzies

Ashley Milillo

Taylor Nyman

Mackenzie Slater (With Distinction)

Beata Szekeres (With Distinction)

Quennina Wright

Richard Bardy (With Distinction)

Laurel Kissinger (With High Distinction)

Morgan Miller

Cynthia Sherry

Beata Szekeres

Emily Baumer

Nia Berry

Mary Bullock

Audrey Cillo

Monika Danis

Keely Downey

Victoria Fisher

Nerei Flores Ayllon

Kristine Garcia

Cori Howarth

Sophia Hubler

Paige Kozeniewski

Megan Leddy

Jennifer Massenat

Kerry McIntyre

Veronica Richter

Troy Smith

Katherine Stein

Lucy Subler

Brittany Trappe

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Swindle