Posted on May 5, 2017 | No Comments “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 2017DONALDSON – 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 ArtsRachel Felton Bremen, IndianaJohn Fuson Brownsburg, IndianaKaeley M. Geschke Middlebury, IndianaHagin Hiatt Winamac, IndianaLinh Huynh Hoai Le, ICM Lam Dong, VietnamNathaniel Joseph Spangle Bourbon, IndianaBich Thi Ngoc Vu Dong Nai, VietnamDon’Tayon Young Gary, Indiana Candidates for Associate of ScienceBrandon Arnett North Judson, IndianaJessica Nicole Bachman Rochester, IndianaChristopher Lee Banks Jr. Plymouth, IndianaMegan Michelle Benoit Drummonds, TennesseeMacey Lynn Blosser Bremen, IndianaDaitriona Renell Bonds Elkhart, IndianaSamantha Jo Brenneman Rossville, IndianaJillian Brown Elkhart, IndianaTaryn Brown Knox, IndianaBlake Matthew Bullock Muncie, IndianaVictoria Michele Bush Granger, IndianaBryce Alexander Bustamante Plymouth, IndianaManuel Alejandro Castellon Brockton, MassachusettsEmily Mae Cavalier Plymouth, IndianaBryant Clevenger Plymouth, IndianaKassandra Crum Culver, IndianaLorie Ann Dennie-Metheny Bourbon, IndianaJade B. Doyle Greenwood, IndianaKristen N. Duff Topeka, IndianaBayli N. Fearnow Rochester, IndianaJoshua Jordan Forth Manchester, EnglandLeslee M. France Rochester, IndianaMagali Garcia Gonzalez Bremen, IndianaLeah Gibson Elkhart, IndianaJordan Girard Bremen, IndianaKathryn M. Gorr Bourbon, IndianaAlexandra Grant Denver, IndianaJelayne Kay Griswold Bremen, IndianaKayla Elizabeth Grossman Plymouth, IndianaMoustapha Gueye Indianapolis, IndianaKaira K. Hackworth Warsaw, IndianaHaley Hempel Knox, IndianaFredis Herrera-Bonilla Houston, TexasCalvin J. Hopple Plymouth, IndianaMegan L. James Oak Lawn, IllinoisEmmanuel Johnson Indianapolis, IndianaJalen Johnson Indianapolis, IndianaAndrew Jones Jeffersonville, IndianaLeah A. Kaser Walkerton, IndianaCourteney Keller Plymouth, IndianaMs. Michael Ann Kuss Decatur, IndianaRachel Nicole Larson Knox, IndianaMichael Leonard Rochester, IndianaTekodah Lobsiger Chesterton, IndianaJoshua Logan Manchester, EnglandBrian Macias Ligonier, IndianaAlexandria Maloney Valparaiso, IndianaMegan McCarty Knox, IndianaAnderson McCoy Greenwood, IndianaPatricia McNally Michigan City, IndianaKevin Mendoza Manuel Doblado, GTO, MXCarl Midkiff Roselawn, IndianaAlexsis Deveronn Miller Elkhart, IndianaCristian I. Morar Knox, IndianaLee Nicholson Toronto, OntarioWilliam E. Nixon Plymouth, IndianaZachery W. Norman Indianapolis, IndianaErik Emmanuel Patino Calumet City, IllinoisBrandon Matthew Pettit Knox, IndianaDylan Allen Phair Franklin, IndianaRomario Antonio Piggott Rivera Panama City, PanamaLauren Prohl Indianapolis, IndianaPatrick Reese Plymouth, IndianaDaniel Reynoso Barrios Bremen, IndianaRandi Renae Rhodes Walkerton, IndianaJacob Scott Roberson Whiteland, IndianaJeremy Rodecap Michigan City, IndianaEmily Rogers Westville, IndianaAustin Salazar Gary, IndianaNathanial Ryan Schoff LaPorte, IndianaZachary Schultz Knox, IndianaJustin J. Segers Marion, IndianaHèlder E. Semedo Brockton, MassachusettsMiranda Skylar Shepherd Knox, IndianaEvan Justin Damiel Smith Monterey, IndianaAustin Nicholas Traxler New Carlisle, IndianaShadow Dawn Trent Bourbon, IndianaJanele Leann VanDePutte Culver, IndianaAlfredo R. Vasquez Goshen, IndianaPamela Fay Barenie Argos, IndianaNatalee N. Walters Gas City, IndianaKelsie West Peru, IndianaJuan Jose Zambrano H Bahia de Caraquez, ManabiKailee Marie Zimmerman Brighton, IndianaKaren Iveth Zùñiga Máquez Fort Wayne, Indiana Candidates for Associate of Science in NursingNellie M. Alexander Knox, IndianaBetsy Rae Anders Bourbon, IndianaCortney Ann Bedard Wheatfield, IndianaDouglas S. Bingaman South Bend, IndianaJenna Leigh Clyde Argos, IndianaAmanda Elizabeth Cook Logansport, IndianaKandi DeLee Plymouth, IndianaBridget Ebeling Crown Point, IndianaAmanda Esparza Bremen, IndianaRoxann V. Fredel LaPorte, IndianaFelicia Lynn Goodsesll Knox, IndianaMonica Henry Harvey, IllinoisRachel Isom Winamac, IndianaElizabeth Karas Argos, IndianaJade Elaina Farley Matteson, IllinoisShasta Lunsford Walkerton, IndianaChristina Ann Miller Plymouth, IndianaJason Benjamin Price Bourbon, IndianaNoelia Rodriguez-Valdez South Bend, IndianaNicole V. Shasteen Valparaiso, IndianaTiffany Nicole Turner Chesterton, IndianaDeanna R. Wicker Rochester, IndianaAncilla College graduates lining up in the library before taking part in the graduation march. Natalie Walters, Gas City, IN – Mississinewa H.S., preparing to walk in the 2017 Ancilla graduation ceremony. They may be serious students but for a few minutes before graduation they can be a little goofy.