June 5, 2023

State Superintendent, Ambassador to Speak at UMW Commencement Ceremonies

Virginia’s chief education officer and a distinguished U.S. diplomat will speak at the 2015 commencement ceremonies for the University of Mary Washington Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9.   Steven R. Staples, superintendent of public instruction for the Virginia Department of Education, will give the graduate address on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in George Washington Hall’s Dodd Auditorium. Pamela Bridgewater, a Foreign Service officer who served as U.S. Ambassador in three countries, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle. Steven R. Staples As Virginia’s 24th superintendent, Staples serves as the executive officer of the Virginia Department of Education, the administrative agency for the commonwealth’s public schools. He also serves as secretary of the Board of Education. State Superintendent Steven Staples Previously, Staples served for two years as the executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. He also was a faculty member at the College of William and Mary from 2008-2012 and worked in various capacities in four Virginia school divisions. In 1997, he was selected as Virginia Superintendent of the Year. Staples received his doctorate in education administration and supervision from Virginia Tech, a master’s degree in education administration and supervision, as well as a bachelor’s degree in history and English from the College of William and Mary. Pamela E. Bridgewater Bridgewater retired from active duty in the U.S. Diplomatic Service in 2013 with the rank of Career Ambassador after 34 years of distinguished service. Bridgewater has served as U.S. ambassador in three countries under three different presidents: President Bill Clinton appointed her U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Benin; President GeorgeW. Bush named her U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ghana, and President Obama appointed her as Ambassador to Jamaica. Among her extensive overseas tours, she became the first African-American woman to serve as consul general in Durban, South Africa, during the historic transition from Apartheid to a non-racial government. As the political officer assigned to cover Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress, a former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa said, “Bridgewater established a degree of trust and confidence with Mr. Mandela and the ANC leadership that the U.S. had not previously enjoyed.” Her contributions to international affairs and public policy have resulted in numerous commendations, including two U.S. Presidential Meritorious Service Awards, the Charles Cobb Award for Trade Promotion, Department of State Superior Honor Awards and the Secretary of State’s Career Achievement Award. The Fredericksburg native earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Virginia State University and a master’s degree in political science from the University of Cincinnati. She completed coursework and advanced to candidacy for the PhD degree from the American University School of International Service. She holds honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Virginia State University, and an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Morgan State University. For more information about the commencement ceremonies, visit www.umw.edu/commencement or call the Office of University Events and Conferencing at (540) 654-1065.

A Look Back at Commencement Through Photos, Social Media


The University of Mary Washington captured memories of the 103rd commencement events – including the graduate ceremony on Friday, May 9 and undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 10 – through photos, stories and #UMW2014 on social media:


UMW Awards Top Honors and Honorary Degree at Commencement Ceremonies

The University of Mary Washington presented its top honors during commencement ceremonies Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10.

Daniel W. Lipscomb of Purcellville, Va., and Leah C. Tams of Midlothian, Va., received the Colgate W. Darden Jr. Awards, which are presented to the students with the highest grade-point averages (GPA) in the four-year undergraduate program. Both graduates finished with a 4.0 GPA.

Mara N. Scanlon, professor of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, was presented the Grellet C. Simpson Award, the institution’s most prestigious annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. The recipient is routinely a senior member of the faculty.

Charles M. Murphy, assistant professor of political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, which is presented annually to an exceptional member of the faculty who has served the institution for at least two years but no more than five years.

Lynn Lewis, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the Mary W. Pinschmidt Award. The winner is selected by the graduating class as the faculty member “whom they will most likely remember as the one who had the greatest impact on their lives.”

Beverly D. Epps, associate professor in the Department of Foundations, Leadership and Special Populations in the College of Education, was recognized with the Graduate Faculty Award. The honor recognizes an exceptional full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in graduate teaching and professional leadership in a graduate program. The person selected must have served in a full-time position at the university for at least two years.

Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59 received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. The UMW Board of Visitors may award honorary degrees to recognize and express gratitude to individuals who have provided outstanding service or contributions that are instrumental in helping the University achieve major objectives.


Daniel W. Lipscomb & Leah C. Tams

Lipscomb is a psychology major who received a Bachelor of Science degree. He is a member of Psi Chi, the

Darden winner Daniel Lipscomb

Darden winner Daniel Lipscomb

psychology honor society, and Phi Beta Kappa. He recently presented his research, “Crippling Prejudice: A Study of Disability as Part of Diversity,” at the Virginia Psychological Association conference. Lipscomb also founded UMW’s Video Game Club.

“Some of his professors say that he was the one student who really ‘got it’ when learning the concepts behind statistics,” said Provost Jonathan Levin, who presented the award.

Lipscomb plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical or educational psychology and hopes eventually to work in the school system with a goal of making school environments more welcoming and receptive to all.

Tams is a history major with a minor in mathematics who received a Bachelor of Arts degree. She has held multiple internships, including at the Smithsonian Institution Archives, Kenmore Plantation and Virginia Historical Society. She is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa. She is the recipient of the Almont Lindsey Award for Academic Achievement and Exemplary Service, which recognizes a graduating senior for outstanding academic achievement and service to the Department of History and American Studies.

Darden winner Leah Tams poses with Provost Levin.

Darden winner Leah Tams poses with Provost Levin.

“Her adviser describes her as upbeat, funny and analytical and points out that she will occasionally be seen knitting while she’s thinking,” said Levin.

Tams recently completed research on “Publishing Geographical Information in the Early American Republic” and “The Korean War in the 1960s and 1970s: A Cultural Analysis of the First Six Seasons of M*A*S*H” for her thesis in history for which she received Departmental Honors.

While she contemplates her long-term plans, she will return to work in an internship at the Smithsonian where she will be doing archival work.

Mara N. Scanlon

Mara N. Scanlon, professor of English, has woven together her passion for poetry, women’s literature, Asian American studies, and digital humanities during her decade at UMW.

Mara Scanlon, left, with Provost Levin

Mara Scanlon, left, with Provost Levin

Levin described Scanlon as a leading force in encouraging faculty and students to experiment with innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and commended her for fostering a sense of community in her classes. “She has been known to break out noise makers to accompany her poetry classes,” he said. “One colleague observed that her classes sometimes take on the character of a rock concert. But don’t confuse that for a lack of rigor. As one student put it, ‘If you get an A, you frame that next to your diploma!’”

Scanlon is the co-editor of a forthcoming book called “Poetry and Dialogism: Hearing Over,” for which she also wrote the introductory chapter. Her professional work includes a collaborative, multi-university National Endowment for the Humanities Grant awarded for a project in the digital humanities called “Looking for Whitman: the Poetry of Place in Life and Work of Walt Whitman.” She recently spent a semester on sabbatical for her “Digital Modernism: The Artifact, The Poetess, and The Modernist Journals Project.”

She received her Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Charles M. Murphy

Since Charles Murphy joined the Mary Washington faculty in 2009 as an assistant professor of political science, he has made his name for himself, both at UMW and in the community. He has been widely cited as a news source on U.S. politics, and has published numerous scholarly articles.

Charles Murphy, left, with Provost Levin

Charles Murphy, left, with Provost Levin

The recipient of the Mary W. Pinschmidt Award in 2011, Murphy serves as adviser and assistant coach of the university Mock Trial Team, sponsor of the Redistricting Team and is a manuscript reviewer for “Political Behavior” and “American Politics Research.”

“His most noteworthy achievement is his exuberant commitment to the one-on-one relationship that is the heart and soul of a liberal arts education at Mary Washington,” said Levin. “Consider these numbers: in five years, he has supervised 24 independent studies, 39 internships, and another 20 undergraduate research projects. His students have won national essay contests and have presented papers at regional and state professional meetings. And some of his students have landed positions working in the offices of state senators and delegates, thanks to the classroom and internship experiences they had with him.”

Murphy received a Ph.D. in political science and a master’s degree in mass political behavior from the University of California, Riverside and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Baldwin Wallace College.

Lynn Lewis

In her more than 25 years at UMW, Professor of Biology Lynn O. Lewis has researched and taught microbiology and virology, advised countless student undergraduate research projects, and shared her knowledge with colleagues across the country. A former poultry virologist for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, she serves as the adviser for UMW’s pre-vet program. Her current research involves the analysis of viruses that infect bacteria.

Lynn Lewis, left, with Peyton Kremer '14

Lynn Lewis, left, with Peyton Kremer ’14

“This professor’s enthusiasm for her material is palpable, and her passion is truly infectious,” said Peyton Kremer ’14, who presented the award. “The knowledge I gained in this course on infectious diseases is both fascinating and entirely applicable to my future career in medicine.  But what makes what I have learned in this course truly unique is that I will never forget what she has taught me, and that is entirely due to the tireless efforts of this amazing professor.”

Lewis received a Ph.D. in microbiology and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She is a member of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Honor Society and the American Society for Microbiology. As the treasurer and a member of the Virginia Branch of the ASM, she has led discussions on the teaching of microbiology to undergraduates.

Beverly D. Epps

Beverly Epps, associate professor of foundations, leadership and special populations in the College of Education, specializes in teacher education. Prior to joining the UMW faculty in 2005, she spent more than 25 years as a teacher and administrator in Virginia public schools, including as the director of testing and curriculum for Prince Edward Public Schools.

Dr. Beverly Epps

Beverly Epps

“These experiences have significantly informed her research and the perspectives and approaches she brings to the classroom,” said Levin. “Her research focuses on how to better serve the neediest populations in our schools, including students from low income families, juvenile offenders, students of color, and those with disabilities.”

Levin said students repeatedly comment on how Epps contributes to their professional growth and readiness for their future and colleagues admire her expertise, energy, and positive outlook.

Epps serves on the advisory board of the Center for Honor, Leadership and Service and is a faculty adviser of the Stafford Campus Honor Council. She received a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59

Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59 established a career as an expert in microscopy in a time when women in the sciences faced entrenched professional inequality.

Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59

Irene Piscopo Rodgers ’59

Building on a Mary Washington bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Rodgers accepted a fellowship from the University of Michigan and earned a master’s degree in chemistry in 1961. She was an electron microscopist at Phillips Electronic Instruments before beginning a four-decade career as an independent consultant to FEI, a premier provider of electron and ion-beam microscopes and tools for nanoscale applications.

“Mrs. Rodgers has served her alma mater with devotion and is among UMW’s most generous living donors,” said President Richard V. Hurley. “Her philanthropy has been carefully and thoughtfully structured to benefit UMW students directly.”

Among her significant contributions, Rodgers donated a transmission electron microscope, which put the UMW microscopy laboratory on par with labs of much larger research universities. Afterward, she came to campus to train faculty and students to use the microscope and to recognize student achievements.

Rodgers has endowed two student research fellowships for research in the physical and biological sciences and has established two Alvey Scholarships. An active advocate for Mary Washington, she has enthusiastically participated in 11 reunions of the Class of ’59.

UMW to Award Emeritus Status at Commencement

Six longtime professors will be awarded emeritus status at the University of Mary Washington’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 10.

Six professors will be given emeritus status at the UMW Commencement ceremony on May 10.

Six professors will be given emeritus status at the UMW Commencement ceremony on May 10.

David Cain will be named Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion; James F. Gaines will be named Professor Emeritus of French; David Hunt will be named Professor Emeritus of Theatre; Kathryn E. Loesser-Casey will be named Professor Emerita of Biology; Donald Rallis will be named Professor Emeritus of Geography; and Stephen P. Stageberg will be named Professor Emeritus of Economics.

The title of emeritus is bestowed on faculty members who have served the university for at least 15 years and who have attained the rank of professor or associate professor.

The university’s undergraduate commencement ceremony, which will begin at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle, will feature an address by Rebecca Rubin, founder, president and CEO of Marstel-Day. Kenneth Lopez ’92, the founder and CEO of A2L Consulting, will be the guest speaker for the graduate address on Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center.

David Cain

David Cain has taught religion at UMW since 1970, with a special interest in Kierkegaard, contemporary Christian theology and Dostoevsky studies. He is widely published in the areas of Kierkegaard studies, Elie Wiesel, religion and literature, contemporary Christian theology, and dialogue among religions.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he was awarded the title of Distinguished Professor, UMW’s highest academic rank, in 1994. In 1992, he received the Grellet C. Simpson Award, the university’s most prestigious award for a senior member of the faculty.

A former full-time minister at Clarendon Congregational Church in Clarendon, Vermont, Cain received a bachelor’s, master’s and Ph.D. from Princeton University and a bachelor of divinity degree from Yale University.

James F. Gaines

After teaching for 20 years at Southeastern Louisiana University and serving multiple terms as head of its Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Jim Gaines joined the Mary Washington faculty in 1998 and completed two terms as chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages before returning to full-time teaching.

During his UMW tenure, Gaines completed his two most recent books, “The Molière Encyclopedia” and “Molière and Paradox,” as well as numerous professional articles and a growing number of translations from different centuries of French poetry and prose. He plans to continue his research activities in several scholarly societies and to publish in the near future his volume of poetry, “Downriver Waltz,” and a novel co-written with his son John (UMW Class of 2005), “Life Sentence.”

Gaines received a bachelor’s degree in French from Michigan State University, and master’s and doctoral degrees in French from the University of Pennsylvania.

David E. Hunt

David E. Hunt Jr. first came to UMW in 1982 and became a titled professor in 2001. An expert on scenery design, scenery lighting, scene painting and theatrical makeup, he has designed scenery or lighting for more than 150 theatre and dance productions.

Hunt received an AMOCO Excellence in Scene Design Award for his production of “Much Ado About Nothing.” He is an accomplished artist whose work hangs in local galleries and is widely commissioned by private collectors.

Hunt received a bachelor’s degree in 1973 in drama from the State University of New York at Buffalo and a master of fine arts degree in scene design from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Kathryn E. Loesser-Casey

In the 20 years Kathryn E. Loesser-Casey has been at Mary Washington, she has taught 11 different courses – many of which she developed – in the Department of Biological Sciences. She has mentored more than 42 undergraduate research students, 16 of whom received departmental honors for their work. She also has been active in her field of expertise, cardiovascular disease mechanisms. Since joining the UMW faculty, she has published 10 peer-reviewed research articles and co-authored a book chapter. In addition, Loesser-Casey has received funding for major grants from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation.

She received a bachelor’s in zoology from Drew University in 1976 and a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Rutgers in 1988. She did two postdoctoral fellowships, one in the Department of Biology at University of Pennsylvania and the other in the Internal Medicine Department at the Medical College of Virginia.

Donald Rallis

A native of South Africa, Donald Rallis arrived at UMW in 1990. He created field programs in South Africa, Cambodia, Australia and New Zealand, and is known for integrating web technologies into his classes. He is an expert on apartheid and other current political developments in his homeland, as well as the geography and history of South Africa.

He is writing a book called “Online Around the World: A Geographic Encyclopedia of the Internet, Social Media, and Mobile Apps,” about using technology to further geographic education.

He received a bachelor of arts degree and a bachelor of science with honors degree, both in geography, from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, and a master’s degree in geography from University of Miami. His doctorate is from Pennsylvania State University.

Stephen P. Stageberg

Stephen P. Stageberg has been at Mary Washington for 32 years and has led the faculty procession and carried the official mace at Commencement for three quarters of that time.

Stageberg received his undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from Georgetown University, where he also served for four years as the school’s assistant director of athletics. He also served as an aide to former U.S. Senator William Proxmire.

In addition to his long tenure as faculty marshal at UMW, Stageberg has served as Intervarsity adviser, faculty representative to the NCAA, Class Council adviser and in many other key campus roles.

Entrepreneurs to Deliver Commencement Addresses, May 9-10

Two enterprising entrepreneurs will speak at the 2014 commencement ceremonies for the University of Mary Washington on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10.

Kenneth Lopez, the founder and CEO of A2L Consulting, will give the graduate address on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center. Rebecca R. Rubin, founder, president and CEO of the environmental consulting firm Marstel-Day, LLC, will speak at the undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle.

Kenneth Lopez

Ken Lopez

Ken Lopez

Lopez, a 1992 graduate of Mary Washington and a member of the UMW Board of Visitors, is the founder and CEO of the Alexandria-based A2L Consulting, a leading provider of jury consulting, litigation graphics and courtroom support to all of the nation’s largest law firms. He founded the company in 1995 after receiving a law degree from the Widener University School of Law.

A2L Consulting was recently voted Best Demonstrative Evidence Firm in D.C. by the readers of LegalTimes and, on a national level, a Best Demonstrative Evidence Firm by the National Law Journal. He was recently quoted in The Wall Street Journal.

Lopez serves on the advisory board of UMW’s College of Business and on the Dean’s National Advisory Council at Widener. He was UMW’s Junior Executive-in-Residence in 2008 and is a frequent guest speaker for classes and student organizations.

Rebecca Rubin

Rebecca Rubin

Rebecca Rubin

Rubin founded Marstel-Day in 2002 as an expression of her commitment to the conservation of natural resources, especially habitat and open space, energy and water. Her company serves various public and private clients, including the Department of Defense, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency. Marstel-Day is one of several Fredericksburg-area organizations collaborating with UMW to develop a Climate, Environment Action Readiness (CLEAR) Plan.

In 2013, the White House named Rubin a Champion of Change for Community Resilience, and Virginia Business Magazine listed her in 2011 among the “Top 25 People to Watch.” Marstel-Day has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 and Zweigwhite’s HOTFirm list for the past five consecutive years.

A former director of the U.S. Army’s Environmental Policy Institute, Rubin received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s degree in international security from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Click Here for Video of Commencement Speaker Steve Pemberton’s Address on May 11

Business executive, motivational speaker and noted author Steve Pemberton reminded graduates of their power to change the world during the University of Mary Washington’s 2013 commencement address on May 11, 2013.   Click here to view the embedded video.

Business Executive, Author Steve Pemberton Addresses UMW Graduates, May 11

Business executive, motivational speaker and noted author Steve Pemberton reminded graduates of their power to change the world during the University of Mary Washington’s 2013 commencement address.

Steve Pemberton encouraged graduates to treasure their experiences.

“Every generation has a task. Yours is to remind America what has made her great,” Pemberton said, speaking of the values of innovation, courage and integrity. “You need to remind us of all those things and you are not too young nor inexperienced to do so. You, the Mary Washington Class of 2013, are uniquely qualified to take on this task because those words have been woven into the fabric of your experience at this great institution.”

He encouraged graduates to treasure the experiences that shaped them during their time at Mary Washington.

“What will you remember is that never again will be assembled like this,” he said. “You will remember that faculty member who went the extra step for you. You will remember your mother’s embrace, your father’s chest swelling with pride, a grandparent’s smile. You will remember the way your younger brother or sister gazed up at you. You will remember that each thread of tassel that hangs from the crowns you wear represents the dreams of those who love you. You will look back at those years that bonded you together and you’ll want to do it all over again because time will have taught you that you can’t replicate these years.”

Pemberton has served as divisional vice president and chief diversity officer at Walgreens since 2011, after more than five years in diversity and inclusion at Monster.com and a decade in admissions at Boston College. A ward of the state for much of his childhood, Pemberton has made opportunity, access and equality pillars of his personal and professional life. He has served on the boards of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, the Citi Performing Arts Center, the Home for Little Wanderers and the National TRIO Alumni Association. His memoir, “A Chance in the World: an Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past and How He Found a Place Called Home,” chronicles his difficult path through foster care and determined search for his family.

UMW celebrated its 102nd Commencement on Saturday, May 11.

In his address, Pemberton shared stories of his own family with the thousands of graduates, family members and friends gathered on Ball Circle.

“Don’t ever accept any edict or notion that you are too young or too inexperienced to teach,” he said, explaining that his three young children influenced his remarks. “From [my daughter], I have learned that you should never be satisfied with the first story you are told or the first answer you are given, even if it does come from the greatest daddy in the whole world.”

He urged graduates to share their ideas and talents with those around them and cautioned them not to be satisfied with status quo.

“Remember that you came into the world as an inheritor of something,” he said, “but you will most be measured by that which you dare to build.”

UMW Graduates Class of 2013 in 102nd Commencement

The University of Mary Washington graduated a total of 1,273 students during its 102nd commencement in a graduate ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the William M. Anderson Center and in an undergraduate ceremony on Saturday, May 11 at 9 a.m. in Ball Circle on the university’s Fredericksburg campus.

The university awarded 85 Master of Business Administration degrees, 111 Master of Education degrees, 15 Master of Science in Management Information Systems, 34 Master of Science in Elementary Education Degrees, 418 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 61 Bachelor of Liberal Studies degrees, 63 Bachelor of Professional Studies degrees and 484 Bachelor of Science degrees. Two graduates received both the MBA and the MSMIS in a dual-degree program.

Graduates with a Master of Business Administration degree:

Modupe D. Abbey-Bada, Sheyla B. Allen, Stacy Anderson, Richmond Ansong, Balvant P. Arora, Shirley Gyamfua Asamoah, Joshua H. Baldwin, Adam Frederick Bartsch, Amanda N. Bate, Ashley D. Benson, Joseph E. Berger, Katherine M. Bertolet, Lauren Marie Besser, Joan M. Bienvenue, Jill Victoria Black, Steven M. Blais, Andrei V. Bondarenko, Anthony D. Briscoe, Billy L. Brown, Charles L. Brown, Michelle J. Brown, Christine M. Broyhill, Johnathon R. Byers, Stephanie L. Calaman, Roger B. Carr, Chimere J. Carroll, Sara E. Chiappini, Michael Kevin Cockrell, Jeffrey V. Coppola, Elaine Ann Corey, David G. Craft, Maty Diop, Kevin B. Donahue, Georgina J. Edwards, Jennifer L. Freeland, Quincey A. Garcia, Phimphone  Gilberry, Travis L. Glenn, Paul M. Griggs, Craig S. Hamilton, Joshua R. Hefner, Karisma J. Horne, Stephanie L. Jennings, John A. Johnson, Kelli Elizabeth Kehoe, Sarah Jeannette Kersey, Treneze D. Lacy, Jonathan William Lawson, Angel Luis Luciano Gonzalez, Doreatha J. Major, Brian E. Mask, Daniel F. Masters, Matthew Stephen May, Laura A. McCauley, Carly Raine Medosch, Colleen Anne O’Connor, Godfred A. Opong, Cheryl A. Orr, Abibou Oussantidja, Brittney J. Parker, Donald Sean Patterson, Sheila A. Porter, Cynkita N. Rasberry, Edwin A. Rasberry, Bryan Thomas Reddan, Kelly Katherine Sienkowski, Michael O. Sienkowski, Denise M. Simmons, Chantel M. Simms, Katherine E. Spooner, Quanika M. Thomas, James P. Thompson, Rahiem G. Tracey, Timothy M. Van Drew, GraceAnne G. Veen, April B. Wheeler, Yolanda C. White, Brittany B. Willis, Francis Wilson, Richard T. Zinky.

Graduates with Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Management Information Systems degrees:

 Erin Michelle Brooks and Gabor Kmety.

Graduates with a Master of Education degree:

Samantha N. Albright, Meghen M. Alvarado, Caroline H. Anderson, Christine Lam Apperson, Huda H. Ayub, Frederick William Blackburn, Tally Tracy Alison Botzer, Whitney V. Bowler, Ashley L. Bratchie, Ian E. R. Burke, Heather H. Campbell, Michelle I. Castillo, Laura Ellen Caton, Dana M. Cazan, Jessica B. Conlon, Carol C. Cresson, Joy M. Crist, Alexander M. Culbreth, Harrietta D. Cush, Kristyn A. Dawson, Allison Lynn DiPippa, Sarah S. Duffy, Michelle L. Duke, Lindsay M. Easley, Aubrey J. Elliott, Allison M. Esposito, Jessica Cornwell Evans, Christine L. Fasick, Kelli E. Fern, Amanda G. Flanagan, Tonsolia L. Folson, Carla N. Gerlach, Shelly L. Ghazzaoui, Michelle F. Gonzalez, Margaret C. Guajardo, Audrey L. Hamilton, Jennette C. Hanneman, Justin T. Harding, Tara Weatherholtz Higgins, Carol A. Hostetter, Ana R. Howard, Stacey Wood Joedicke, Carmen M. Johnson, Thomas S. Johnson, Wendie L. Johnston, David C. Johnstone, Michael K. Joos, Jillyne B. Keene, Lindsey L. Kennedy, Zoltan  Kerestely, Phillip K. Kight, Stephanie A. Kinard, Ulrike E. Lamb, Megan E. Lamb, Julia E. Lanzarone, Christopher D. Lembo, Julia A. Lookabill, Brittney S. Lovitt, Charlotte A. Maalouf, Leslie A McKenrick, Jon P. Meister, Ashley L. Meranta, Megan C. Miller, Victoria C. Moody, Alison C. Moss, Lindsay Celine Muyard, Sarah K. Naeger, Emily A. Noordhuizen, Rachel C. Novak, Mary C. Noxon, Kelly A. O’Grady, Heather R. Palma, Nina Michelle Passmore, Anna Penniman, Erin E. Porter, Rosa Maria Pugsley, Patricia Elizabeth Ramirez, Sylvia K. Raniella, Margaret A. Ray, Sarah A. Rose, Nancy B. Samuels, Carol Ann Schuster, Daniel D. Shaw, Sahng G. Shim, Birgit T. Shipman, Sylvia A. Sierra, Mary M. Sisson, Cherie A. Skrinski, Jenna Marie Snider, Amy Todd Snyder, Christopher C. Steenbuck, Jeff C. Stillwell, Shannon M. Strait, Megan A. Struder, Daniel C. Styer, Tiffany M. Suggs, Heather M. Thompson, William L. Timmons, Melissa L. Tirone, Cheryl R. Tolbert, Erin M. Toler, Haley Ann Torrey, Timothy A. Tryon, Sarah R. Watson, Brent W. Weiss, Hilda Isabel Williams, Laramie A. Wilson, Michael S. Wolf, Blake C. Wood, Andrea G. Wright.

Graduates with a Master of Science in Management Information Systems degree:

George R. Amols, Keith J. Brennan, Wallace E. Burrus, Raul J. Delgado, Jon S. Engle, John F. Gresham, Melissa D. Hughes, Ronaldo G. Johnston, Erin R. Loar, Timothy R. Monaghan, Tellers Jerome Pollard, Chanthay Sirikool, Joseph A. Yanci.

UMW graduated a total of 1275 students graduated in ceremonies on May 10-11.

Graduates with a Master of Science in Elementary Education degree:

Lucinda B. Booth, Rebecca K. Brooks, Rebecca A. Campbell, Hannah S. Carloni, Deztinie R. Carter, Andrea M. Castro, Emily A. Duggins, Caitlin M. Gleason, Kelsey A. Hilton, Julianne G. Huyett, Laura A. Johnson, Jamia N. Jordan, Georgia Karellas, Catherine D. Kennedy, Jesse B. Long, Rachel B. Luehrs, Amanda C. Manno, Sarah E. Manuel, Joseph B. Martin, Danielle E. Minter, Kathryn N. O’Keefe, Connor R. Pratt, Shannon M. Riley, Grace H. Rosales, Dorothy M. Sandridge, Michaela D. Sands, Michelle L. Seal, Ashlee N. Sisson, Abbey D. Vinik, Katelynn E. Wheeler, Kelsey L. Williams, Kristin E. Witek, Gloria M. Yi.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree:

Joshua M. Abbott, Aimee M. Abdelrahman, Denise J. Acors, Yasaman Aghaeinejad, Zarar Ahmed, Andrea J. Allen, Alexa R. Andersen, Chad E. Anglin, Josephine A. Appiah, Alexandra  Augustine, Bridget A. Balch, Charlotte E. Ball, Christine R. Barnes, Kaitlin M. Barrell, Mitchell P. Bass, Stephanie J. Battleson, Kylie D. Beard, Shelby T. Beatty, Robert T. Belcourt, Lara K. Belfield, Nancy L. Belle, Christina M. Bendo, Caroline M. Benner, Rory S. Bennett, Ana R. Bice, Cierra L. Biel, Scott R. Birney, Jane C. Bishop, Callie Nicole Bitter, Allison S. Blanck, Kevin P. Boilard, Carly  Boucher, William T. Bowman, Taylor M. Brannan, Catherine A. Brau, Elizabeth N. Brennan, Emily J. Brenton, Andrew T. Bretton, Lillian R. Briedis-Ruiz, Bianca I. Brown, Rebecca E. Brown, Justin M. Broyles, Lori E. Buchanan, Jillian E. Burke, Neil T. Burke, Laura Y. Burton, Emily C. Butler, Elisabeth C. Butler, Haley E. Campbell, Eva B. Campbell, Catherine A. Carbone, Alexander J. Carlson, Rebecca F. Carneal, Arielle S. Carrick, Katherine L. Casey, Gustavo E. Castillo, Lindsey O. Catlett, Elizabeth A. Caufield, Nicole M. Cerniglia, Taylor R. Chadman, William M. Chaloner, Jack S. Charlton, Corinne J. Chatnik, Adriana Christesen, Grace C. Cobbins, Christine E. Cook, Haley C. Cook, Marcella E. Cook, Meghan A. Cooke, Kevin P. Corcoran, Gwendolyn B. Corkill, Karla T. Cornelio, Michael E. Corrigan, Samantha M. Corron, Jessica N. Cox, Kaitlyn N. Crotty, Rachel K. Crow, Alexandra U. Crowder, James B. Cruz, Jennifer A. Crystle, Jessica I. Cuellar, Kenneth C. Cunningham, Anna E. Damewood, Rita E. Daniel, Theresa J. Davidson, Devon L. Davis, Wolana A. Day, Emily E. DelRoss, Mariela E. DeMaio, Brittany E. DeVries, Chelsea J. Dicus, Caroline M. Dixon, Casey L. Dodrill, Kevin F. Donahue, Amy C. Dowd, Lauren E. Dry, Emily A. Duquette, Carol R. Dye, Matthew E. Eby, Linda M. Eckley, Taylor E. Eidt, Ahmed A. Elkheshin, Cheryl J. Elliott, Patricia S. Elliott, Leah A. Embrey, Ronald L. Evans, Hallie D. M. Feingold, Zachary S. Feinstein, Anissa R. Felix, Zachary C. Fichter, Mattson C. Fields, Alyssa N. Fisher, Kelly J. Fitzgibbon, Somer L. Flanagan, Catherine M. Fletcher, Bronwyn A. Flores, Mayra D. Flores-Valverde, Sarah A. Foote, Trey S. B. Foster, Andrew O. Freakley, Kyle M. Freelander, Tracy A. Frelk, Josh R. Furnary, Megan C. Gallagher, Maria K. Galuszka, Ashley A. Gaston, Kathryn K. Generelli, Katherine A. Gerbes, Melissa G. Getz, Paige A. Gibbons, Katherine S. Gibson, Katherine A. Giessel, Chelsea R. Givler, Michaela P. Godfrey, Laura A. Gomez, Jazmine S. Gordon, Heather M. Gorell, Sara E. Grannis, Anne R. Grasselli, Alexandra C. Green, Amy R. Gutmann, Anthony S. Hahn, Anne-Elisabeth C. Halbert, Stephanie A. Hall, Marie E. Hamilton, Rachel S. Hanigan, Noel B. Hardesty, Morgan G. Harding, Benjamin A. Harmon, RaShonda S. Harvey, Juwamer A. Hawrami, Faye D. Haymond, Ashley L. Hess, Evan T. Hicks, Candace J. Hicks, Brittany A. Hill, Erin M. Hill, Jonathan J. Hink, James R. Hitch, Lauren A. Hoban, Katrina C. Hobbs, Meghan M. Hobbs, Molly E. Hodges, Meagan M. Holbrook, Anna K. Holman, Megan C. Honour, Charlotte N. Hoskins, Kevin R. Hughes, Isabel M. Ibrahim, Rachel E. Icard, Ashley R. Jackson, Lauren E. Jaminet, Kim L. Jemaine, Nathan J. Jennings, Charlotte A. Johnson, Jeffrey R. Johnson, Katherine W. Johnson, Kyle P. Johnson, Anna C. Joppich, Brittany C. Kahn, Alicia D. Kallen, Hannah C. Kassebaum, Paige E. Kaufman, Morgan R. Kay, Paul F. Keily, Nancy E. Kelce, Sarah N. Kelly, Katherine E. Kendall, Kendra M. Kern, Michael W. Kessler, Amber D. Koonce, Paulina C. Kosturos, Robin L. Kresge, Gabrielle R. Kuhn, William S. Kyle, Kristen A. Lamb, Rebecca E. Lamm, Devin S. LaMoy, Joseph S. Langenberg-Manson, Kellan G. Latif, Kathryn A. Latimer, Hannah M. Laughlin, Cullen J. Lawlor, Alessendro Lee, Joshua J. Lemmert, Joy K. Lenau, Andrew J. Leonard, Victoria A. Leonard, Gregory E. Lesnewich, Aaron G. Leung, Julia R. Lipe, Jessica D. Lockwood, Marlene T. Logan, Joseph M. LoMonaco, Alexandra E. Long, Kerry D. Longbottom, Elizabeth Lopez, Anna L. Lowery, Eniya K. Lufumpa, Christopher W. Lutz, William E. Lynch, Mary E. Mace, Nicollo S. Madden, Fairuz M. Maggio, Paola A. Maldonado-Torres, Joshua T. Mallow, Marie-Claire L. Mandolia, Colin M. Manning, Devon J. Maresco, Kylie J. Martin, Sierra D. Martin, Cristina Martinez, Kathleen C. Mastropaolo, Erica G. Mathews, Kelsey B. Matthews, Chelsea M. Mays, Alexandra E. McClellan, Patricia C. McCloy, Ryan G. McClure, Carley A. McCready, Madeline M. McDonald, Rebecca R. McGillicuddy, Daniel P. McGuire, Kelly E. McKenna, Christina L. McKitrick, Margaret A. McMillan, Kagan E. McSpadden, Kathleen A. Mead, Jennifer L. Metesh, Matthew L. Meyer, Katherine L. Miceli, Michelle L. Miller, Catherine E. Mohr, Emily T. Montgomery, James R. Montgomery, Mary E. Moody, Katherine M. Moran, Camille E. Morgan, Hannah C. Moser, Anna E. Moulis, Haley A. Muller, Peter L. Mumford, James R. Myers, Kasey A. Nabal, Jessica K. Napier, Chelsea L. Neal, Kathleen D. Nelson, Dahlia M. Nelson, Emily W. Nicolaides, Michael P. Nolan, Christine M. Nolan, Jacqueline H. Nova, Jessica E. O’Connell, Kathleen L. O’Dea, Alexander M. Olah, Whitney L. Oliver, Lauren V. Olsen, Meghan G. Olson, Erin K. O’Neill, John W. Orr, Riham A. Osman, Kathleen A. O’Toole, Julia M. Pannewitz, Elizabeth M. Paredes, Sarah H. Park, Brooke N. Parker, Susanna R. Parmelee, Katherine L. Partenheimer, Paige M. Paterno, Jessica L. Patterson, Rebecca S. Pearlstein, Amanda J. A. Pegeron, Stacey E. Peros, Kristen C. Perry, Whitney B. Peters, Svyatoslav K. Petrov, Kristina Cooper Pistochini, Alexandra Plotnikov, Taylor A. Poindexter, Kristen E. Poland, Rebecca M. Poole, Petia P. Popova, Michael M. Powers, Katherine E. Preseren, Daniel C. Price, Caroline M. Primus, Britnae A. Purdy, Christopher N. Purvis, Rachel S. Raiford, Francisco R. Ramirez Hernandez, Aakash S. Ramsay, Philip M. Revak-Green, Amalia E. Richards, Hannah E. Ridenour, Rebecca A. Riggleman, David A. Ritter, Millicent Ruby Roane, William T. Roark, Isabela D. Roberts, Kristen H. Roberts, Samuel P. Rodgers, Suzanne F. Rodgers, Charlotte A. Rodina, Abigail C. Rogers, Katherine A. Roper, Eric M. Rosenzweig, Katherine H. Rowe, Julia  Ruane, Daniel J. Ryer, Sarah A. Sanders, Cammie J. Satter, Angele L. Saunders, Nyema E. Sayed, Katherine S. Schenck, Brian C. Schippers, Catherine Schlupp, Quincy S. Schmidt, Tiffany C. Sharpe, Margaret E. Shaw, Rachael D. Sheaffer, Daniel A. Shebib, Calvin P. Sherwood, Andrew A. Shipman, Patrick W. Shugrue, Sjrsten K. Siegfried, TyShawnda Gabrielle Silver, Kendall R. Simonpietri, Sean R. Simons, Rachel W. Sipe, Katherine T. Sleyman, Kaitlin C. Smart, Ellen E. Smethurst, Jared M. Smith, Alexander T. Smith, Anna R. Smith, Krysha A. Snyder, Natalie A. Snyder, Catherine R. Somerville, Lonnie A. Southall, Alex P. Spangler, Jonathan G. Spees, Amy L. Stevens, Kathryn L. Stiltz, Emma K. Stotz, Shelby L. Strother, Tayler M. Stuger, Jennifer E. Sustar, Sarah E. Tagg, Kathryn T. Tarr, Hayley S. Taylor, Tekla L. Taylor, Bess B. Ten Eyck, Ashley N. Tensley, Emily K. Thomas, Morgan D. Thompson, Ryan C. Thompson, Jeremy S. Thompson, Rachel H. Tippett, Aissata Traore, Michelle T. Triolo, Caleb J. Trudeau, Chelsea M. Tufarolo, Robert E. Tyszka, Rakmoth A. Ullah, Rachel E. Underwood, Alexander L. Van Beek, Cassidy A. Vanbeek, Christian A. Vega, Thalia G. Veizaga, Mark H. Victorson, Samantha L. Vreeland, Kay M. Washechek, Melinda K. Watanabe, Alice C. Watkins, Robert M. Wease, Sarabeth H. Webb, Hannah E. Weeks, Ashley E. Weiss, Emily C. Werner, Heidi E. Westervelt, Isaac R. Whalen, Derek S. Whitaker, John L. White, Andrew L. Whitfield, Amanda K. Wikle, Kelsey E. Wilson, Matthew I. Winstanley, Jeffrey W. Winter, Kelsey N. Witt, Hunter P. Wootten, Richard C. Wyrough, Wiaam S. Yasin, Leah R. K. Yegneswaran, Ana Z. Yildirim, Clemon Tsai Yueh, Aqsa  Zafar.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree:

 Rediet A. Abate, Daniel C. Abbondanzo, Ragaa H. Abdulmoniem, Brandee L. Adams, Tolani L. Adebanjo, Zaira Ahmad, Ahmed Abdelaziz Ahmed, Minji Ahn, Bethany M. Akers, Samuel P. Alarif, Cinthya K. Alberto, Phillip A. Allison, Amy L. Allshouse, Matthew J. Alter, Lindsay M. Ancellotti, Jeffrey W. Apperson, Kevin M. Aquino, Kara N. Arbogast, Margaret L. Auer, Gina T. Ayers, Elizabeth S. Backman, Meagan L. Bailey, Jose E. Baires, Mark K. Baker, Briana L. Baldino, Ryan T. Baldwin, Mary T. W. Ball, Samantha A. Batchelor, Daniel F. Begg, Eric S. Behringer, Andrew M. Beichler, Victoria E. Bennett, Michael A. Biller, Karly A. Bilotta, Clarke D. Birrell, Marjorie C. Blanton, Kathleen O. Blevins, Lordina A. Boakye, Rhoda A. Boateng, Kate E. Boggs, Vanessa D. Boosahda, Stephanie Boudreau, Cassandra N. Bowman, Amber E. Bowman, Leslie A. Boyette, Ryan N. Brady, Hannah K. Brady, Luke R. Bressan, Kayla E. Bretzin, Kendall M. Britt, Kwadwo B. Brobbey, Colleen S. Brooke, Kelly M. Brown, Ashley M. Bruce, Joseph W. Bryan, Alexander H. Bryant, Morgan P. Bryson, Andrew S. Buckner, Amanda L. Buckner, Angela Bui, Liana C. Burgoyne, Kerry A. Busby, Ashley M. Buske, Rachel A. Byrd, Brittany L. Byrd, Kathryn T. Callaghan, Lauren M. Callison, Desireé M. Caminos, Loriel A. Campbell, Joseph M. Carleton, Michael A. Carlo, Mae A. Carpenter, Raven C. Carroll, Ann M. Carroll, Joyneé T. Carter, Muhammad S. Casim, Rossanna M. M. Catahan, Chelsea M. Chamberlain, Cindy G. Chavez, Ranithra Loshana Chelliah, Kevin M. Cherniawski, Chloe O. Childers, Monica S. Chiu, Erica D. Christian, Stewart A. Chritton, Robert P. Clark, Elyse V. Clark, Leslie P. Clark, Nicole L. Cochran, Meagan E. Cohee, Andrew T. Cole, Lindsey R. Cooper, Kristina B. Cosner, Jared T. Covington, Matthew L. Cronin, Lauren N. Crowl, David T. Crump, Christine M. Cumbia, Sean M. Dacey, Angela C. Damergis, David H. Daube, Sophia A. Dauphin, Kathlean V. Davis, Kianna N. Davis, Sarah E. Davis, Jessica M. Davis-Lee, Kelsey E. DeJarnette, Carly C. Del Buono, Emmalee E. Denkler, Morgan A. dePaulo, Kelsey M. Deppe, Karen S. Devigili, Avery M. Dice, Laura A. Dick, Kathryn E. Dillinger, Kathryn E. Dillon, Teresa P. DiTirro, Shalini Divitotawela, Kelly R. Dolan, Daniel R. Dowdy, Maura E. Downey, Morgan E. Downing, Brittany N. Dray, Valerie T. Drogo, Katherine J. Dubrowski, Andrew P. Duckett, Rachel L. Duffy, Marycella R. Dumlao, Marcey A. Dunlap, Sarah E. Dye, Nicholas K. Eckhoff, Emily M. Edgerton, Rachel C. Eiker, Thomas J. Eldridge, Keri L. Eller, Ashley T. Elliott, Patrick T. Emsley, Waleed Ershad, Malalai M. Ferdawsey, Amalia A. Fernandez, Allison M. Fifer, Paul W. Flather, Michael G. Florence, Jessica L. Foss, Natalie J. Fraize, Chloe W. Fusselman, William B. Gallop, Lauren E. Garay, Andrew J. Garofolo, Keith C. Gatzke, Marissa E. Gaven, Ashlande Gelin, Abigail E. Gellene, Florence R. George, Caitlyn E. George, Danielle M. Gershowitz, Darren M. Getts, Claire E. Gianelle, Shawn M. Gillis, Graham E. Givens, Michael A. Glitzos, Matthew E. Gloudeman, Michelle A. Gnoleba, Emily A. Goldhammer, Krystle A. Goldsworth, Melissa C. B. Gostel, Dylan Gott, Elizabeth A. Graninger, Chelsea A. Gray, Ryan S. Green, Brianna C. Greiner, Kevin M. Groat, Nicholas L. Grove, Claire M. Growney, Danielle M. Guigli, Krysta R. Guiney-Olsen, Osatohanmwen I. Guobadia, Diana I. Gutierrez, Lauren R. Guzinski, Anam Habib, Constance R. Hadady, Sylva M. Hall, Arsela Hameed, Carlie V. Hampton, Mary E. Hannick, Alyssa M. Hara, Jessica A. Harrold, William G. Hastings, Chad E. Hatch, Keelin E. Haw, Kevin P. Hawco, Adele B. Hawley, Matthew D. Healy, Casey M. Heigh, James M. Heim, Chelsea W. Heimann, Megan M. Helwig, Rebecca M. Hendricks, Janine E. Henley, Samuel F. Hensle, Sunny M. Herold, Karissa M. Herrick, Robert B. Herse, Megan L. Hesse, Andrew J. Hickey, Jonah E. Higginbottom, Robert F. Higgins, Ellen R. Higinbotham, Sarah R. Hillenbrand, Ka-Wang V. Ho, Tiffany M. Hobbs, Morgan E. Hodges, Andrew N. Hogan, Felicia A. Holzgrefe, Seamus N. Hooban, Jessica M. Houck, Joseph W. Huang, Sara E. Hulvey, Abir H. Ibrahim, Cecilia M. Imbus, Rachel E. Ingram, Abdul-Azim K. Ismail, Jonathan L. Jablin, Jennifer L. Jackson, Karmel N. N. James, Colin E. Jennings, James A. Jewett, Tanner J. Johnston, Elizabeth M. B. Jones, Eva M. Jones, Arielle N. Jones, Gregory G. Jones, Catherine C. Jones, Robert W. Jones, Tracy Y. Joo, Seth D. Jordan, Matthew P. Kaler, Sarah A. Kaplan, Amy L. Kasper, Joseph E. Keffer, Lauren M. Kellough, Wen J. Kelly, Gray D. Kemmey, Kylie E.C. Kerr, Drema M. Khraibani, Lauren M. Kim, Taeheon Kim, Joseph M. Kim, Abigail A. Kimmitt, Ross T. Kinsman, David A. Klein, Jessica C. Kubovec, Manisha Kumar, Kathleen M. Kutnak, Danielle N. Lambert, Kimberly S. Lane, Jennifer Larson, Kelsie M. LaSalata, Rachel S. Lawless, Shane B. Lawton, Abigail E. Leach, Dylan Lederle-Ensign, Jeehye Lee, Dewitt T. LeFew, Hanna M. Lehnen, Nickolaus L. Lemley, Allison M. Leninger, Jordan K. Leopold, Megan N. Lindsey, Erin C. Linehan, Katherine A. R. Livingston, James W. Lloyd, Eleni M. Loizou, Rebecca E. Long, Amelia M. Lord, Rikki L. Lucas, Courtney A. Lynn, Hillary L. Lyons, David P. Maguire, Clair Y.S. Maher, Yawen L. Maier, Salvatore F. Mancari, Patrick R. Marek, Lindsey M. Marr, Adrian R. Martinez-Blaser, Karrith M. Mason, Kayla R. May, Minerva Mayorga Carlin, Kaylee B. McClung, Lindsey E. McCready, Robert J. McCullough, John T. McHugh, Rebecca J. McKeithen, Allison M. McLaughlin, Sarah T. McMillan, Mercedes L. McWaters, Sohail I. Mehdi, Paul M. Melendres, Alyssa N. Mellman, Lauren E. Melone, Emily A. Meyer, Emma B. Meyer, Natalie E. Might, Haley A. Miles-McLean, Kate M. Miller, Tenisha S. Minor, Maziar Moinian, Marco A. Montero, Katelynn A. Monti, Courtney R. Moore, Shayna G. Moreland, Lucia R. Morey, Samantha K. Morris, April L. Mullane, Jessica E. Murnin, Megan H. Myers, Heerbod Namvari, Brittany N. Nassef, Jacob A. Nedza, Amy L. Newcomb, Joseph T. Nguyen, Julian A. Nienaber,Lawrence S. Norton,Laura D. Nost, Gregory A. O’Brien-Blondino, Robert J. O’Donnell, Anapaula Ojeda, Laura R. Olcheski, Jessica W. Oliver, Stephanie Ospina, Michelle R. Owens, Kwabena N. Owusu, Ellen R. Ozarka, Monica C. Pacious, Virginia M. Page, Audrey A. Parker, Amanda L. Parker, Brittany A. Parsons, David A. Parsons, Pooja B. Patel, Sean S Pek, Christopher F. Petroff, Katelyn A. Phillips, Kelsey R. Pickering, Amanda G. Piwowarski, Melinda R. Plante, Scott W. Plunkett, Erin M. Polk, Hannah R. Pond, Matthew T. Poole, Sarah E. Pressler, Erin K. Price, Caroline H. Psaltis, Joseph S. D. Pugach, Jordan M. Quantock, Casey M. Ragghianti, Katrina I. Ramos, Jaclyn A. Ramsey, Jonathan A. Randall, Lindsay M. Raymond, Samantha L. Reed, Allison R. Reed, Bartholomew X. Reese, Adam C. Regulinski, Matthew A. Reynolds, Jeffrey B. Rezach, Shayda Rezazad, Danielle N. Rickard, Christopher M. Rieve, Kevin P. Rinek, Kelly E. Riordan, Brandon D. Robenson, Kevin T. Robertson, Caitlin M. Robertson, Clare A. Rodenberg, Catherine R. Romeo, Julie M. Rosewarne, Courtney K. Ross, Emily F. Rounds, Caitlin A. Roupas, Paul F. Rowane, Mara A. Rowcliffe, Douglas C. Royals, Regan B. Royster, Bradley A. Ruggiero, Nicholas A. Ryan, Shilpa S. Sadarangani, Nathaniel Saint-Preux, Shelby C. Sanders, Cameron T. Sands, Charlotte W. Sandy, Monica E. Schmidt, Stephen P. Schmith, Brittany M. Schneider, Mark F. Scott, Russell D. C. Scott, Kristi L. Scruggs, Meghan E. Seelye, Kandra V. Selby, Robin K. Semelsberger, Christine M. Sentlinger, Grace Sey, Saad H. Shami, Daniel J. Shapiro, Jeffrey P. Sheats, Christopher Du Shifflett, Blake R. Simpson, Bram C. Sims, Peter H. Slattery, MacKenzie A. Sloan, Kathryn E. Smith, Nicklaus W. Smith, Rebecca L. Smith, Caitlin E. Smylie, Harry A. G. Snyder, Kristina M. Southern, Kristie C. Sov, Jaeger E. Spratt, Peter D. Stallings, April F. Stegemiller, Tyler A. Stewart, Erin E. Stewart, Parker T. Stinson, Romadon M. Stovall, Michael J. Straub, Nathan K. Stringer, Molly A. Sullivan, Michelle S. Sutherland, Juliet A. Taylor, Mary K. Taylor, Daniel P. W. Tees, Malik A. Thomas, Chelsea A. Thomas, Devin M. Thomas, Brooke M. Thompson, Johnathan K. Thompson, Michael P. Tokarz, Bonnie E. Tombarge, Sherilyn S. Torrena, Keller T. Torrey, Ryley J. Trahan, Joeliyn T. Tran, Geneva A. Travis, Evan S. Tucker, Paul A. Tunick, Kevin P. Tyler, James L. Updike, Leslie N. Valenzuela, David Vallins, Ryan M. Vaughn, Jacqueline M. Veccia, Christopher G. Vellucci, Katherine C. Vennergrund, Rafia Virk, Sarah E. Vogt, Margaret F. Walker, Kathleen W. Wallace, Carla S. Waller, Paul T. Waltsak, Kathleen A. Watson, Terrence S. Watson, James M. Wehr, Kirsten P. West, Richard R. Westerman, Ryan D. Wettlaufer, Jessica N. White, Stephen A. Whittaker, Samuel J. Wichlin, Meghan R. Wilmoth, Nathaniel F. Wine, Elliott P. Winstel, Kelsey B. Woehnker, Alexandra M. Wolfson, Julie E. Wood, Rebecca L. Wright, Hannah E. Wyatt, Kevin E. Yarnell, Marissa N. Yoder, Matthew T. Young, Samantha N. Young, Daniel R. Zaatar, William J. Zebian, Haben T. Zigita.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree:

Jason L. Anderson, Scott B. Baca, Ricky Alberto Baker, Pamela L. Barnett, Leslie A. Bird, Matthew L. Blair, Darlene Bright, Remy L. Burris, Aaron J. Caine, William S. Camp, Jeran K. Case, Melissa Hollis Cassetta, Patrick R. Collares, William T. Collins, Melissa S. Cooper, Corey M. Esco, Nicole D. Evans, Della N. Gibson, Christopher Goodnight, Jennifer W. Gorman, Rachel K. Haines, Ryan J. Hayes, Christopher G. Heflin, Elizabeth D. Hickman, Nancy J. Ives, Tracie F. Jackson, Ylbania D. Johnson, Randy R. Jones, Christopher R. Joyner, David P. Karcher, Paul Kim, Cambra L. Kucharski, David S. Lawson, Sean Patrick Leyh, Kenneth W. Link, Sherry Chittum Loehr, Robert W. Longworth, Angela V. Maniece, Anita M. McDowney, Linda S. McKenna, George O. McMillan, Joshua J. Meyer, Kenneth H. Morgan, Felicia L. Ney, Mary A. Ogle, Sarah E. Perrin, Karita K. Redmon, Hector Rivera, Idanies Roney, Brian P. Shepos, Jennifer Chapman Silverman, Robert P. Simpson, Michael D. Sisler, Elana S. Solomon, Jacqueline J. Taylor, Christiny Thick, Asension V. Torres, Mary C. Wheeler, Howard P. Wilson, Susi W. Woofter, Julie M. Zarnowski.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree:

Summer K. Al-Jamal, Beverly G. Barland, Natalie R. Beasley, Clinton Boggs, Shawnta M. Bowles, Walter J. Burgess, Michelle A. Burns, Melissa S. Collins, Wendy R. Collins, Martha A. Corbin, Chanda S. Cowger, Darlene L Cropp, Chloe B. Edwards, Julie Anne Tams Elliott, Ann-Danae Erickson, Lamont A. Eubanks, Janice E. Gardner, Isaac J. Gonzalez, Mitchell E. Goodreau, Daryl M. Hall, Lisa M. Hancock, James A. Houff, Jerahmi A. Howard, Kris M. Inscoe, Carl L. Jenkins, Diane L. Jones, John R. Jones, Nigel K. Knouse, Rebecca C. Lamb, Thomas J. Layou, Richard S. Loynes, Karen B. Mason, Suzanne M. McKissick, Nancy McMurray, Colleen C. Meidt, Joyce B. Metzler, Marilyn J. Morrissett, Michael C. Munnis, Justin M. Myers, Gracita E. Nicolay, Alberta C. Nyampong, AnnMarie Oakes, Carlos R. Rodriguez, Virgina M. Rodriguez, Stanley K. Roop, Patricia M. Sager-Dean, Emmanuel O. Sarfo, Beverly J. Simmons, Elizabeth L. Skewis, Brandy N. Smith, James K. Snyder, Matthew L. Strickland, Hoa Le Truong, Joseph K. Vines, Andrei P. Vlad, Deborah R. Vogel, Kimberly Ward, Jennifer R. Warren, John F. Warren, Alease E. Washington, Sherrie S. Washington, John-Paul Wloshinski, Yvonne A. Yeboah.

UMW Awards Top Honors at Commencement Ceremonies

The University of Mary Washington presented its top honors during commencement ceremonies Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11. Courtney A. Lynn of Virginia Beach received the Colgate W. Darden Jr. Award, which is presented to the student with the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the four-year undergraduate program. She finished with a 3.99 GPA. Joella Killian, professor of biology in the College of Arts and Sciences, was presented the Grellet C. Simpson Award, the institution’s most prestigious annual award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. The recipient is routinely a senior member of the faculty. Melanie D. Szulczewski, assistant professor of environmental science in the College of Arts and Sciences, received the UMW Alumni Association Outstanding Young Faculty Member Award, which is presented annually to an exceptional member of the faculty who has served the institution for at least two years but no more than five years. Daniel J. Hubbard, associate professor in the Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems in the College of Business, received the Mary W. Pinschmidt Award. The winner is selected by the graduating class as the faculty member “whom they will most likely remember as the one who had the greatest impact on their lives.”

Louis A. Martinette, associate professor in the Department of Management and Marketing in the College of Business, was recognized with the Graduate Faculty Award. The honor recognizes an exceptional full-time faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in graduate teaching and professional leadership in a graduate program. The person selected must have served in a full-time position at the university for at least two years.

Courtney Lynn

Lynn is a psychology major who received a Bachelor of Science degree. A statistics tutor for two years, the Department of Psychology named her as the department’s outstanding senior. She has served as co-president of UMW’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international psychology society. Lynn has been named to the President’s List for six semesters and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Mortar Board national honor societies that recognize students for scholarship, leadership and service. Her research on children’s stress culminated in an honors thesis titled, “The Effect of Physical Activity on the Heart Rate Recovery of Children Under Stress.”  This fall, she will enter the Ph.D. program in School Psychology at the University of South Florida.

Joella Killian

Killian has taught at UMW for 29 years, joining the faculty in 1984. Students admire her for the thoughtful and tireless ways she approaches teaching. They view Killian as a role model and mentor. “They freely share their academic and personal challenges with her and actively seek her advice and support,” Interim Provost Ian Newbould said.  “The many long-lasting relationships she maintains with her former students serve as testimony to the positive impact she has had on them.” Killian earned a doctorate in entomology from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in biology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A member of the Entomological Society of America and the scientific research society Sigma Xi, she is an expert in tree fruit entomology.

Melanie Szulczewski

A member of the faculty for the past five years, Szulczewski is recognized for her interactive ways of engaging students and her innovative teaching methods. “She works at helping students understand the complex scientific phenomena involved in the subjects she teaches,” Newbould said.  “Students praise her as energetic, passionate and enthusiastic.” Szulczewski spearheaded groundbreaking programs for the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, including a global inquiry course, the department’s first fully online course; its first field study course to be offered outside of Virginia and its first international course. She also initiated the development of the interdisciplinary environmental sustainability minor, a pioneering program that brings together courses from eight different departments.  In just two years, the minor has more than 35 students from 16 different majors. Szulczewski earned both a doctorate and a master’s degree in soil science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and French literature from Cornell University.  An authoritative source on environmental issues, climate change and solar cooking, Szulczewski has presented her research at conferences such as the American Chemical Society, the Soil Science Society of America and the International Solid Waste Technology and Management Conference.

Louis Martinette

A member of the UMW faculty since 2004, Martinette is an exemplary teacher who is well-respected by his students and colleagues, according to Newbould.  Martinette earned a doctorate in business administration from Nova Southeastern University, a master’s degree from Golden Gate University, and a bachelor’s degree from Old Dominion University. Before coming to UMW, he had an extensive career in the private sector. Martinette founded and served as president for 12 years of a marketing and consulting company that developed strategic business plans for major corporations, including Chesapeake Forest Products Company and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. He also served as vice president of marketing of MicroMagnetic, a major distributor of computer supplies and accessories, and worked as a marketing manager for the 3M Company. His business experience provided him practical insights that he imparts to his students, Newbould said. Under his guidance, his MBA students helped a business leader develop a strategic plan for the next stage of his firm’s growth.       “Students saw firsthand how the task of developing a marketing strategy requires keen awareness of numerous market factors and sound, critical thinking,” Newbould said. Martinette has received professional awards, including the Silver Patrick Henry Medallion for Patriotic Achievement from the Military Order of the World Wars, an Outstanding Service Award from Averett University and the Associate Service Award from the Home Builders Association of Richmond. He is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Global Management Studies, and he is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi professional business fraternity and the American Marketing Association.

Daniel Hubbard

Hubbard is a registered certified public accountant who received a doctorate in accounting from Virginia Tech. He earned an A.B. from Georgia State University, a master’s from Middlebury College and a bachelor’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology. Student Government Association Treasurer Amanda Buckner, who presented the award, described Hubbard as a role model and guiding light to students.  “His door is always open and a warm smile is always waiting,” Buckner said.  “One student said ‘he has helped me immensely through college and the hardships I endured. Without his help I would not have been able to do the things I did in college.’” His popularity also is apparent by his inclusion in the Princeton Review’s 2012 list of “Best 300 Professors.” The publication, which featured seven UMW professors, recognized 300 challenging and inspiring teaching faculty from 122 public and private colleges.

Educator Bill Bosher Addresses Master’s Candidates, May 10

Dr. William “Bill” Cleveland Bosher Jr., public policy expert and former Virginia superintendent of education, urged University of Mary Washington graduates to hold onto their passion and enthusiasm as they continue in their future paths. Bosher spoke at the University of Mary Washington’s graduate commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10.

Public Policy Expert Bill Bosher spoke to master’s degree candidates at the Anderson Center.

“I would say to those of you today with new skills and new knowledge: the day that you cease to be excited about young people, I don’t want you teaching mine,” Bosher said. “The day that you cease to be excited about your business or your company or what you sell or what you provide as a service, I don’t want to buy it. Because part of this is not just being prepared with new skills and knowledge, but part of it is the excitement that you have.”

Bosher addressed more than 1,000, including graduates, family members, friends and faculty, gathered in the William M. Anderson Center. A total of 249 graduate degrees were awarded, including 111 Master of Education degrees, 87 Master of Business Administration degrees, 34 Master of Science in Elementary Education degrees and 15 Master of Science in Management Information Systems degrees. Two graduates received both the MBA and the MSMIS in a dual-degree program.

For Bosher, positive traits like dependability and teamwork hold more weight than a grade point average or academic knowledge alone.

“When people call me for references, they don’t first ask about the GPA,” he said. “First they ask: What is their attendance? Second, they ask: Do they get along with people?”

In his address, he urged graduates to remember the personal sacrifices they made to achieve their goals. He advised them, as they move forward, to create a plan, remain goals-oriented and take time to celebrate their achievements.

Bosher has been a teacher, principal, state director, local superintendent of two districts with more than 35,000 students and the superintendent of public instruction for the commonwealth of Virginia. He currently serves as distinguished professor of public policy and education at Virginia Commonwealth University and executive director of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute, a legislative entity focused on research, training and policy analysis.

Named the arts administrator of the year by the Kennedy Center, Bosher is the only superintendent in Virginia to be named twice as the Superintendent of the Year. He has served as a consultant in more than 35 states and a dozen foreign countries on topics related to educational law and finance, policy analysis, standards development, school evaluations and human relations.

UMW awarded 249 graduate degrees.

The co-author of “Law and Education: Contemporary Issues and Court Decisions” and “The School Law Handbook, What Every Leader Needs to Know,” Bosher is the board chairman of Edvantia, a research and evaluation nonprofit, and is a fellow of SchoolNet and the Urban Health Initiative.

Steve Pemberton, business executive, motivational speaker and noted author, will deliver the undergraduate commencement address on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. on Ball Circle.