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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

DONALDSON  –  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

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Ancilla College graduates lining up in the library before taking part in the graduation march.


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Natalie Walters, Gas City, IN – Mississinewa H.S., preparing to walk in the 2017 Ancilla graduation ceremony.


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They may be serious students but for a few minutes before graduation they can be a little goofy.


Ancilla College is a liberal arts institution of higher learning sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ and is part of The Center at Donaldson. The college’s religious tradition is Roman Catholic; its climate, ecumenical. In a caring environment, Ancilla serves a diverse population, as we transform and empower students to achieve high academic goals, lifelong learning, successful careers and values-centered lives.


Ancilla College, founded in 1937, is a private, Catholic, not-for-profit, two-year college offering over two dozen associate degree programs. Students from 12 states and 15 countries live and learn at Ancilla.

Mail: P.O. Box 1, Donaldson, IN, 46513.

Location: 9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN, 46563.

Call toll-free: 1.866.ANCILLA (866) 262-4552 or (574) 936-8898.


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