The Honors College Commencement was held on May 11, 2018 in the Plemmons Student Union, Parkway Ballroom. With that event we celebrated the accomplishments of 66 students graduating from the Honors College.
Dean of the Honors College Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch (pictured below) introduced and highlighted the extraordinary achievements of these Honors graduates. Click here for the transcript of Jeff's introductions.
Each graduate spoke, offering powerful and moving words of appreciation about their Honors experience at Appalachian State. Click here for photos of the ceremony and to see each graduate speaking.
We welcomed as special guest, Appalachian State University’s Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Dr. Darrell Kruger (shown below), who spoke at the ceremony.
Below is a list of our graduates. Click here to see the commencement program listing each graduate's major/s, thesis title, and mentor/s.
|Alice Albl||William Johnson||Samuel Plato|
|Lindsey Bearss||Rachel Jordan||Elizabeth Pope|
|Haley Behm||Zoe Kaplan||Joanna Powers|
|Emily Berdal||Shaina Katz||Emily Rabe|
|Sydney Blume||Jessica Kleean||Nicole Rosenbaum|
|Mackenzie Brown||Emma Labovitz||Carolina Rushing|
|Nicholas Cassidy||Mackenzie Laney||Paige Schurter|
|Emily Cluen||Nile LaTowsky||Tanner Sciara|
|Chamian Cruz||Jacob LeBlanc||Lillian Shaw|
|Kelly Dancy||Emily Lucero||Margaret Smith|
|Amber Daniel||Cole Maita||Andrew Smith|
|Brooklyn Eschenbaugh||Mary Kathleen McCann||Samantha Steyl|
|Jaelyn Felder||Caleb McMahon||Brooke Sweeney|
|Sean Flaherty||Amanda Mericle||Rachel Tapia|
|Kelly Flanders||Caitlyn Murray||Connor James Watts|
|Evangeline Giaconia||Liam Nield||Ashlyn Whitesell|
|Colleen Gillooley||Joseph Nuhfer||Lyndsay Wilcox|
|Ashley Goodman||Tanner Orders||Natalie Willmschen|
|Janet Hammond||Megan Pavelka||James Yoakum|
|Margaret Hancock||Ella Perrin||Emily Yontz|
|Lydia Harris||Margaret Ann Pharr||Silas York|
|Rebecca Howell||Alyssa Phillips||Emily Young|
Story and photos by: Garrett Alexandrea McDowell, Ph.D.