Ave Maria University Honors Largest Graduating Class Ever

Published on Saturday, 07 May 2011 19:59

Ave Maria University graduated its first class whose members attended all four years at the permanent campus in Florida Saturday, at a ceremony that was the last graduation presided over by retiring AMU president Nick Healy. Above, graduates toss their caps in front of the oratory after the Baccalaureate Mass. Cardinal Levada is at center with Bishop Frank Dewane and pastor Fr. Robert Tatman.

grad1aThe graduates were urged by Cardinal William Levada at the day's opening Baccalaureate Mass to retain and deepen the religious life they have developed experiencing "the vibrant Catholic identity of Ave Maria University."

He told the class of 2011 that as they leave "this oasis of Catholicity and go into the wider world," they will encounter a different environment than they have had for their four years on campus. "If you don't know yet that a lot of people dislike the Catholic Church, you will know very soon," he said. Right, Cardinal Levada delivering his homily.

Inspiration for their future experiences can be found in the biblical book the Acts of the Apostles, Cardinal Levada said. "The Acts of the Apostles is but the first chapter of how the mission of Christ began to unfold. But tomorrow's chapters are ours to write -- yours and mine."

grad4a"Your education at Ave Maria has equipped you well to follow the exortation of St. Peter -- always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope," said the cardinal, who, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is the highest-ranking American cleric at the Vatican. Left, Cardinal Levada greeting graduate Mark Wallace after Mass.

Fr. Robert McTeigue, who delivered an address on behalf of the faculty at the afternoon's commencement ceremony, echoed some of Cardinal Levada's comments telling the graduates, "the Church and the World need you."

Similarly, the class salutatorian, Jamille Seaberg, urged her classmates, "Do not leave the ideas of Ave Maria behind."

"it is our vocation to sanctify society," Miss Seaberg said.

AMU presented honorary degrees to the commencement speaker, Carl Anderson, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and to Catholic philanthropist Patricia Lynch.grad8a

There were 130 Bachelor of Arts degrees conferred, 24 Masters degress and one Ph.D. Left, Fr. Garrity leading the commencement closing prayer. To his right are AMU Chancellor Tom Monaghan, President Nick Healy and Cardinal Levada.

The commencement was the last overseen by retiring AMU President Nick Healy, who said the experience of guiding the university to this point in its history is "a treasured memory I will carry with me."

 A complete list of graduates is below.

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Robert Joseph Allen
Manassas, Virginia

Danielle Anntoinette Irene Armstrong
Rutledge, Georgia

 Teresa Rose Asper
Front Royal, Virginia 

Michael Osei Assibey
Kumasi, Ghana

 Casey Colleen Balok
Gallup, New Mexico

 Allison Elizabeth Baughman
Ridgefield, Connecticut 

Cecilia Boccardo
Daphne, Alabama

 John Boersma
Langley, British Columbia, Canada

 Joseph Thomas Bouchey
Leawood, Kansas

 Nicole M. Bray
Largo, Florida

 Jessica Lynn Rose Brewer
Olive Branch, Mississippi

 John Michael Broadhead
Sandia Park, New Mexico

 Jason Byer
Jacksonville, Florida 

Mairin K. Castricum
Ave Maria, Florida

 Matthew J. Castricum
Ave Maria, Florida

 Arielle J. Chapman
Pompano Beach, Florida

 David Joseph Clark
Madison Township, Pennsylvania 

Rebecca Jean Cole
Bedford, Indiana

 John Paul Joseph Collorafi
Amityville, New York

 Kathleen Marie Antoinette Condit
Cincinnati, Ohio

 Andrea Maria Corona
Clovis, California

 Thomas Amoris Croteau II
Commerce City, Colorado

 Marcellino D'Ambrosio
Flower Mound, Texas

 Lauren Claire-Buguey Dionne
Ave Maria, Florida

 Paula Leann Dodd
Wylie, Texas 

Celena Donato
St. Cloud, Florida

 Maggie K. Donnelly
Barrington, Illinois

 Samantha Donohue
Keller, Texas

 Andrew Emmans
Ave Maria, Florida

 Catherine R. Estis
Andalusia, Alabama

 Cassandra R. Fernandez
Ave Maria, Florida

 Abigail Fleischman
Fort Myers, Florida

 Adriana Florez
Stockbridge, Georgia

 Adam H. Fuselier
Deville, Louisiana

 Robert Matthew Gallagher
St. Augustine, Florida

 Carlos Gamboa
Fayetteville, Georgia

 Maria de los Angeles Garcia Areas
San Pedro Sula, Honduras

 Perla Karen Garcia
Midland, Texas

 Jeremy Gay
Batavia, Illinois

 Emily Rose Goellner
Sauk Centre, Minnesota

 Travis Colt Gonzales
San Angelo, Texas

 Elizabeth Ellen Gowasack
Conyers, Georgia

 Joseph G. Grady
Pleasant Mount, Pennsylvania

 Ashley Ann Gregory
Cumming, Georgia

 Martha Griswold
Hilton Head, South Carolina

 Shannon Christine Hale
Burlington, Ontario

 Deirdre Marie Harkins
St. Louis, Missouri

 Zachary T. Harned
Laurel Hill, Florida

 Catherine Elizabeth Hartney
Augusta, Georgia

 Edward Francis Heffernan
Ave Maria, Florida

 Conor Hennelly
Roland, Arkansas

 Marina Hernandez
Watertown, Connecticut

 Julia S. M. Higgs
Monument, Colorado

 Robert Andrew Michael Horwath
Ave Maria, Florida

 Audrey Margaret Hubbard
Glen Ellyn, Illinois

 John Michael Hudock
Palmdale, California

 Chelsea Elizabeth Hunter
Naples, Florida

 Elijah Jerome Cortez Ibarra
San Angelo, Texas 

Jeremy Bryan Johnston
Lawrenceville, Georgia

 Christopher Bernard Jordan
Jacksonville, Florida

 David Ambrose Kaiser
Ojai, California

 Margaret Ann Kaufman
Bel Air, Maryland

 Kathleen Marie Kirsch
South St. Paul, Minnesota

 Josh Maderengchar Kubarii
Moreno Valley, California

 Andrea Kuhlman
Neptune Beach, Florida

 Alicia Nicole Lalak
Oshawa, Ontario

 Mary Jean Cecilia Lanzilotti
Wantage, New Jersey

 Kristina Deanne Larsen
Rex, Georgia

 Brianna Christine Lawson
Roggen, Colorado

 Sean Patrick Lee
Libertyville, Illinois

 Joseph Bernard Lindgren
Grand Rapids, Michigan

 Katy Lover
Brooklyn, New York

 Joseph Luminiello
Tower Lakes, Illinois

 Adam Lee Markich
Woodstock, Georgia

 Matthew Lee Markich
Woodstock, Georgia

 Melissa Marie Martin
Royse City, Texas

 Katie Christine Maslak
Brownstown, Michigan

 Jennifer Driscoll Mavretich
Oyster Bay, New York

 Johanna Mayorga
Boynton Beach, Florida

 Andrew Jack McGovern
Mableton, Georgia

 George Daniel Meyerson Jr.
, Rio Rancho, New Mexico

 Jackie Mitzel
Fargo, North Dakota

 Maureen Katharine Moran
Naples, Florida

 Bryant Mowry
Cumming, Georgia

 Mthabisi Bongani Moyo
Frisco, Texas

 Matthew Thomas Mullally
Jeddo, Michigan

 Ian Matthew Myers
Arlington, Texas

 Carrie Ann Nolan
Guthrie, Oklahoma

 Chelsea Leigh O'Connor
Holley, New York

 Stephen Ferencz Ori
Roanoke, Texas

 Patricia Mercedes Patiño Vega
Guayaquil, Ecuador

 Alejandra Perez
Fort Myers, Florida

 Ofelia Matilde Perez Perez
Immokalee, Florida

 Victor Michael Rapkoch
Shelby, Montana

 Kathrine Elizabeth Reed
Louisville, Kentucky

 Mary Elizabeth-Anna Karol Remaniak
Cordova, Maryland

 Mateo J. Reynoso
Riverside, California

 Katherine Mary Rosario
New Bedford, Massachusetts

 Jilana Marie Rose-Silverberg
Madison, Wisconsin

 Frances Jane Roxburgh
Harome, York, England

 Marc Rozanski
McKeesport, Pennsylvania

 April Nicole Rutherford
Fairview, North Carolina

 Samantha Rutherford
Fairview, North Carolina

 Nathan Sadasivan
Milford, Michigan

 Adriana Vianna dos Santos
Tampa, Florida

 Christopher Patrick Scanlan
Fort Myers, Florida

 Jonathan Daniel Scharfenberger
Warwick, New York

 Daniel Patrick Schiller
Hannacroix, New York

 Mary Sarah Schmidt
Laurinburg, North Carolina

 Michael Ralph Daniel Schmidt
Laurinburg, North Carolina

 Hilary R. Schoedel
Fort Wayne, Indiana

 William Alex Schrider
Eden, Maryland

 Jamille Marie Seaberg
Gilbert, Arizona

 Daniel Shnaider
Sterling, Massachusetts


Makandiwana Shoniwa

Bulawayo, Zimbabwe


James Edward Sloven Jr.

Clayton, Delaware


Travis Michael Speier

Ave Maria, Florida


Kathleen Marie St. Hilaire

Kennewick, Washington


Benjamin Deken Stolarski

St. Louis, Missouri


Benjamin Stone

Washougal, Washington


Teresa Raquel Suarez

Slingerlands, New York


Michael David Suchomski

Spring Grove, Florida


Joseph M. Thomas

Sherman, Illinois


Rose Helen Marie Tomassi

Camas, Washington


Brian Trymbiski

Doylestown, Pennsylvania


Aime?-Claire Van Rooyen

Marietta, Georgia


Josephine Marie Vowels

Rochelle, Illinois


Mark T. Wallace

Naples, Florida


Ethan King Whitesell

Naples, Florida


Master of Theological Studies Degree

Spring 2011

Christine Muenz Brown

Shawnee, Kansas


Bro. David Bruner, S.M

Uniondale, New York


Ross Dessert

Eudora, Kansas


Frank J. Dinovo, Jr.

Parkville, Missouri


Andrea Cronin Foyle

Lake City, South Carolina


William Shafer Griffith III

Mooresville, North Carolina


Adam James Husing

Menominee, Michigan


Ray S. James

Kansas City, Missouri


Luke Allan Langley

Woodland Park, Colorado


Luke Garrett Mahsman

Palmyra, Missouri


Emily J. McCue

Blue Springs, Missouri


Joan C. Patten, A.O.

Omaha, Nebraska


Angela Morelli Prince

Charleston, South Carolina


Thomas Arthur Provost

Hanahan, South Carolina


Mario Ramos-Reyes

Assumption, Paraguay


Ann Elizabeth Ross

Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Kathleen C. Schmugge

Fort Mill, South Carolina


Cheryl P. Smith

Camden, South Carolina


Mary Colligan Sullivan

Boynton Beach, Florida


Rena Margaret Tulipana

Kansas City, Missouri


Masters of Arts in Theology Degree

Jonathan Paul Bator

Crystal Lake, Illinois


Harrison H. Garlick

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Sean Richard Nolan

Muskegon, Michigan


Sr. Albert Marie Surmanski, O.P.

Ann Arbor, Michigan


Doctor of Philosophy in Theology Degree

Charles David Raith II

Waco, Texas