Glennis Nagel – Director, Media Communications, 308.865.8454

A record number of graduate students received their degrees in ceremonies Friday, May 4, at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Health and Sports Center.

In all, 167 graduate students were awarded degrees. The next largest group of graduate students to earn degrees was in the summer of 1991 when 163 were graduated. The  total number of students receiving degrees were 647, which is within one of matching the 1992 all-time record of 648, according to Robyn Schoenebeck of the UNK Office of the Registrar.

Delivering the commencement address was Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood of Norfolk. He holds a bachelor’s degree in arts and letters from the University of Notre Dame and a law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law. In 2000, he started US 92 Radio in Norfolk, and today he owns two radio stations.

He was elected to represent District 19 in the Nebraska Legislature in 2004. In 2007, he was elected Speaker of the Legislature and then re-elected by his colleagues in 2009 and 2011, serving an unprecedented six years as speaker. His committee service in the legislature has included the Committee on Committees, the Executive Board, Intergovernmental Cooperation, Legislative Performance Audit and the Rules Committee. Among his accomplishments as a legislator was the passage of LB 37 in 2009, which facilitated the establishment of the College of Nursing Northern Division on the Northeast Community College campus. In 2010, “Time Magazine” on-line named him to their “40 Under 40” list of rising stars in American politics.

In addition to his work in the Unicameral, he is a board member for Lavitsef Inc., Norfolk Rotary Club, Nebraska Broadcasters Association, Norfolk Community Healthcare Clinic, Madison Community Club and the Nebraska/Madison County Bar Association. He is the founder, and past sponsor, of the Norfolk Youth Leadership Council.

The University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Duane Bierman, opened and closed the ceremonies as well as performed special music. Performing the National Anthem was a quartet of seniors, all of whom graduated with honors. The four included Brooke Brown of Scottsbluff on clarinet, Chris Gugel of Amherst on flute, Paloma Mena-Werth of Kearney on oboe and Robert Roth of Comstock on French horn. Roth wrote the arrangement for the group.

UNK Chancellor Doug Kristensen gave the welcome, and Robert Phares of the Board of Regents, and a member of the 2012 Golden Anniversary Class, gave greetings on behalf of the board. Senior Class Reflections were presented by Christopher Deans of Hemingford, an honors graduate in biology. Andrea Walton Miller, president of the UNK Alumni Association Board of Directors, presented members of the Golden Anniversary Class. UNK Chancellor Kristensen presented the prestigious Ron and Carol Cope Cornerstone of Excellence Award.

Out-of-state graduates are listed below in alphabetical order by state.


NOTE: Abbreviations that appear in the listings, and what they represent,
are as follows:

Undergraduate Degrees:
BA – Bachelor of Arts
BAE – Bachelor of Arts in Education
BS – Bachelor of Science
BSE – Bachelor of Science in Education
BFA – Bachelor of Fine Arts
BGS – Bachelor of General Studies
BM – Bachelor of Music

Graduate Degrees:
EDS – Education Specialist
MA – Master of Arts
MAE – Master of Arts in Education
MS – Master of Science
MSE – Master of Science in Education
MBA – Master of Business Administration

NOTE: Subject abbreviations in listings include:

ADMIN, Administration; BIOL, Biology; BUS, Business; CHEM, Chemistry; COMM,

Communication; COMP, Comprehensive; CONST, Construction; DEVEL,
Development; DIST, Distribution; ECON, Economics; EDU, Education; ELEM,
Elementary; EMPH, Emphasis; END, Endorsement; ENVIR, Environmental; GEO,
Geography; INDUS, Industrial; INFO, Information; INTERP, Interpretation;
Marketing; MATH, Mathematics; MGMT, Management; MOD, Moderate; MUS, Music
PHYS, Physical; PROD, Production; SCI, Science; SECOND, Secondary; SCHL,
SOC, Social; STU, Students; SP ED, Special Education; SYS, Systems; TECH,
Technology; THEA, Theatre; TRANS, Translation; VOC, Vocational.

NOTE: HONORS. Students graduating with honors have the honors and
selected honors organizations noted after their names. Honors, along with
grade point averages necessary to earn those honors, include: summa cum
3.90-4.00; magna cum laude, 3.80-3.89; cum laude, 3.70-3.79; and honorable
3.50-3.69. Honors organizations and the designations listed after students’
include: Honors Program (H), Mortar Board (MB) and Phi Kappa Phi (PKP).



Maumelle – Jeremy Starzec     MSEd    Community Counseling

Phoenix –     Roy    Metter    BS    Industrial Distribution Comp

Half Moon Bay -Joseph    Wilson    BS    Organizational
Communication Comp    Honorable Mention
Irvine –    Erin    Rice    MSEd    Speech Language Pathology

Arvada    Brian    Chritz    BS    Industrial Distribution Comp
Magna Cum Laude
Arvada    Ryan    Pearse    MAEd    Curriculum & Instruction
Aurora    Brian    Cochran    MAEd    Curriculum & Instruction
Aurora    Anna    Tellinger    MS    Biology
Burlington    Kali    Anderson    BSE    Mathematics 7-12    Cum Laude
Colorado Springs    Kristen    Brunelle    MSEd    Instructional
Colorado Springs    Elias    Hammond    BAE    Health & PE K-12
Conifer     Kasey    McBride    BS    Family Studies
Evergreen    Joshua    Gesell    BS    Industrial Distribution
Glenwood Springs    Wayland    Weatherred    MS    Biology
Littleton    Courtney    Hemmert    MS    Biology
Morrison    John    Newcomer    BAE    Business Education 7-12
Parker    Michael    Baker    BS    Criminal Justice Comp
Sterling    Aimee    Lozier    EdS    School Psychology
Stratton    Peter    Younger    BS    Telecommunications Management
Westminster    Alex    Paicurich    BS    Business Administration Comp
Yuma    Mary    Baker    MAEd    School Principalship PK-8

Clermont    Gina    Maitland    MAEd    School Principalship 7-12
Tallahassee    Mark    Root    MS    Biology

Acworth    Brian    Chmielewski    MA    History
Atlanta    Kristi    Fonrouge    MS    Biology

Ankeny    John    Stratton    MA    History
Centerville    Katelyn    Stamp    BSE    Physical Science 7-12    Cum Laude
Council Bluffs    Colleen    Schneider    MAEd    Physical Education
Exercise Science
Hawarden    Kirsten    Stotts    MAEd    Art Education
Inwood    Joni    Veldkamp    BSE    Communication Disorders    Cum Laude
Missouri Valley    Dalton    Jensen    BS    Business
Administration Comp
Oakland    Austin    Taylor    BS    Criminal Justice Comp
Magna Cum Laude
Treynor    Leslie    Van Winkle    BSE    Communication Disorders
Summa Cum Laude
Winterset    Annette    Purdy    MS    Biology
Woodbine    Tracy    Dubas    BFA    Visual Communication & Design Comp

Wheaton    Michael    Warren    MS    Biology

Guilford- Peter    Brown    MS    Biology

Hesston     Steven    Stutzman    BAE    Health & PE K-12
Kansas City    Kristen    Mikulan    BS    Family Studies
Oakley    Taylor    Rath    BS    Recreation, Park & Tourism
Management Comp
Oxford     Casi    Hamilton    MAEd    Art Education
Phillipsburg    Kady    Malmberg    BAE    Elementary Education
Summa Cum Laude    H, MB

Madisonville    Melanie    Hofmann    MAEd    Art Education

Baton Rouge    Anthony    Ward    BGS    General Studies        H

Kingsville    Alan    Freeman    EdS    School Superintendent

Dryden    Amber    Samuel    MS    Biology
Gladstone    Rachel    Coyne    EdS    School Psychology

Monticello    Abigail    Jones    BS    Organizational Communication Comp

New Munich    Christopher    Uphoff    MS    Biology

Roy    George    Maruska    MSEd    Instructional Technology

Asheville    Autumn    McCarver    MS    Biology
Fort Bragg    Jessica    Edmiston    MAEd    Curriculum & Instruction

Bismarck    Mandy    Guinn    MS    Biology

Bath    Chrissandra    Palermo    MS    Biology

Canton    Andrew    Pacconi    MAEd    Special Education

Richburg    Jessica    Kuchler    MSEd    Science Math Education

Pierre    Nathaniel    White    BA    Theatre
Rapid City    Suzanne    Hardaswick    MS    Biology
White    Paul    Nepodal    MAEd    School Principalship 7-12

Lexington    Tony    Neisler    BS    Psychology
Nashville    Travis    Claybrooks    BS    Molecular Biology Comp

Cypress    Timothy    Cifelli    MS    Biology
Katy    Claire    Bryan    MSEd    School Counseling Student Affairs
Katy     Katie    Wilson    BS    Journalism: Advertising
Lubbock    Latisha    Dominguez    BS    Social Work Comp

Drakes Branch    Anthony    Pasciuta, Jr.    MS    Biology
King George    Kaila    Soltez    MAEd    Curriculum & Instruction
Springfield    Christine    Kadin    BS    Criminal Justice Comp

Kirkland    Sarah    Maley    MA    History

Cottage Grove    Timothy    Feit    MS    Biology

Cheyenne    Casey    Colbert    BA    Spanish Translation &
Interpretation    Honorable Mention