Brevard College Graduates Largest Class in College History

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Brevard College held itsCommencement Exercises on Saturday, May 6th.  A total of 158 Bachelor’s students  and 7 Master’s students graduated. It was the largest graduating class in the history of the institution.

“Graduates, I commend you. You have worked hard to be here today,” said Dr. Bradley J Andrews, President of Brevard College.  “Your dedication to your studies, your passion for academics, athletics and the liberal arts have led you to this day.”

The festivities began with a traditional Baccalaureate & Hooding Ceremony held on Friday afternoon, May 5th, in the Porter Center for the Performing Arts. The graduation ceremony  on Saturday morning took place on the Ives-Lemel Family Field. Both events were live-streamed, allowing family members and friends to enjoy the events from afar.

President Andrews welcomed everyone and then the campus minister, The Rev. Dr. Sharad H. Creasman, gave an invocation to open the proceedings. Chair of the Board of Trustees, Heath Weldon ‘75, offered greetings from the Board,  followed by the Announcement of Honors & Awards by Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty, Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert.

Three students received Presidential Awards for Distinction: Rosa Eberhardt, Wesley Fletcher and Sarah Hajkowski. The award recognizes graduates who demonstrate remarkable leadership, service, and academic achievement.

Alydia Monahan was honored with the C. Edward and Brona N. Roy Good Citizenship Award for exhibiting a record of moral character, citizenship, leadership, and a positive influence on campus.

Jessica Garland, Christian Humphries and Gabriella Herbertz each earned the Presidential Award for Scholarship which honors the graduating seniors with at least 62 hours of coursework at Brevard College, with the highest academic rank, based on the cumulative grade point average for all coursework completed. 

President Andrews also presented the inaugural Brevard College Lifetime Leadership Award to Ray Henley, who has been an advocate for the College for many years.

Unlike many colleges who invite a well-known guest to speak at the ceremony, Brevard College engages its students in the process and encourages personal growth by choosing two outstanding seniors to speak at Commencement. Graduating seniors Gabriella Galvan and Scott Douglas delivered thoughtful and heartfelt commencement speeches, encouraging their fellow graduates to unapologetically be themselves and to never give up.

“The 2023 graduating class joins a group of esteemed alumni of Brevard College who all have one thing in common, the basis of Brevard College’s motto: learn in order to serve,” said President Andrews. 

Following the awards and speeches, the names of 136 Brevard College graduates were announced to cross the stage and receive their diplomas from President Andrews. More than 40 of the newly-minted graduates hail from Western North Carolina, while the rest traveled from 14 states and 4 foreign countries to make Brevard their home.

To conclude the ceremony, President Andrews offered a charge to the graduating class, followed by the traditional Brevard College hymn “Guarded Well By Mountains” led by Sarah Hajkowski. Graduates and faculty processed in and out to bagpipe music, a tradition at College.

“Keep in touch with your mentors as you navigate your next steps and beyond. We are here to support you and we will always be eager to acknowledge your achievements,” declared Andrews. “Starting with your achievement today: I celebrate each of you as you graduate from Brevard College.”

The following list includes Fall 2022 graduates, Spring 2023 graduates, and Summer 2023 candidates:

 *** Summa cum laude, ** Magna cum laude, * Cum laude,  ‡ Institute for Women in Leadership, † Honors Program Graduate

Master’s Graduates:

Gabriel Christian Covington             

Brittany Alicia Franks**

Destiny Lynn Hall

Holden Michael Turner                      

Emma Christine White                      

Destiny Alexis Williams***  

Sarah Brook Woodbury                     

Bachelor’s Graduates:                                               

Freddie Lee Aiken III                        

Trenten Lee Anderson**       

Caroline Graylin Andrews**

Kendrick McClain Austin***

Zion Matthew Barjolo                        

Jerome Louis Bass                             

Ann Marie Horner Bates***             

Gabriel Albert Bernhard*                  

Savannah Elizabeth Blankenship                               

Elijah Caine Bloom                           

Bryant Joseph Bole                            

Francesco  Bonometti**        

Bryce Eugene Bowers                       

Victoria Dola Brayman                                  

Cedric Charles Brooks                                   

Meredith Beard Brown*        

Bethany Lynn Bryan***†      

Blake Jeffrey Burchett*                     

Brett Thomas Burchett*                    

Lindsey Gail Burgess***                   

John W Burton III                             

Aaron Lee Butts                                

Daquan Jamaal Cain                          

Zion Tyler Cain                                 

Owen Reid Campbell                         

Giuseppe  Capello Real                                 

Brian  Cardona                                  

Hannah Marie Carpenter*‡   

Ashton Elaine Cashwell                                 

Hayden Seth Cassell                          

Iulia  Cerguta*                       

Dalton Avery Cole                             

Savannah Marie Colliver                               

Paris Idris Crawford                          

Carl Stanley Cressman                                   

James Parker Crews*             

Stamati Antonio Damalos                              

Benjamin Douglas Davis                               

Cassandra Nicole Dayton                              

Luis Guilherme Dos Santos                           

Scott Kennedy Douglas*                   

Raleigh Jordan Durham                                 

Alexander McClellan Eaton*                        

Rosa Alicia Eberhardt                       

Jael Rennee Ehman*              

Reginald Maurice Everett, Jr.                        

Michael Allen Fader                          

Kaitlynn Jule Farmer‡           

Reese Morgan Finnie                         

Wesley Bryce Fletcher**

Haley Marie Flippin†            

Reed Michael Forman                        

Mary Margaret Frail                           

Dylan Boyce Freeman                                   

Riley Thomas Freeman                                  

Peter A Fumero                                  

Jacob Riley Funderburgh*†

Adan  Gallardo-Ortiz                         

Gabriella Ariana Galvan                                

Jessica Brooke Garland***†

Alex Christopher Glaze                                 

Emma Grace Gooch*†

Kimberly Morgan Graham                            

Michaela Roseanna Gray***†

Sarah Nicole Hajkowski***†

Jakob Alexander Hamilton                            

Tyler Glenn Harrison                         

Autumn Marie Hegner                                   

Alyssa Lynn Hetherington**                         

Damon Matthew Hewitt                                

Caroline Marie Hoy                           

Christian Cheyenne Humphries***†

Sarah Jane Hutchens*

Tayla Len Hutchings*           

Tammie Elizabeth Hyatt                               

Jarrett Carl Isaac                                

Gwyn Piper Jennings**‡

Casey Durham Jones*           

Taylor Zane Kennedy**                    

Elijah Thomas Kessinger                               

Allison Louise Kogoy                       

Autumn Jay Kraemer                         

Reagan Ashley Lane**          

Yuri Tortoza Leal                              

Ann-Renae Paige Lewis***‡† 

Mary Margaret Lewis                        

Corinne Louise Lipman                                 

Noah Christian Martin                                   

Anthony Joseph Martino, Jr. ***      

Timiah Alazae McGhee                                 

Martin Phillip McMahon***             

Colin Patrick Miller                           

Tyler Patrick Miranda**†

Ashley Marie Mitchell                                   

Joshlyn Nicole Mitchell                                 

Alydia Yvette Monahan**†

Parker Elizabeth Moore**                 

Toby Benjamin Naylor                                  

Samuel Graham Denis O’Callaghan*            

Jaden William O’Leary                                  

KateLynn Abigayle Olive*                

Jesus Antonio Olmedo Martinez                               

Agustin  Onetto Ithurbide                             

Breanna Nichole O’Shields**            

Landon Jason Perlman                                   

Mary Waite Perry                              

Chandler Seth Phillips                                    

Jah’Quih Bernard Pledger                              

Sara Gray Poss***     

Shyvonne Kathryn Potter***†

Alexandria Ann Proksch                                

Grace Alyssa Pukas***†

Breanna Paige Queen                        

Christian Alexander Ramsey*                       

Joshua Alan Rankin                           

William Cody Reep                           

Nicole  Resendiz Trejo                                   

Daniel Raposo Martins Ribeiro                                 

Serena Pearle Rodgers-Luckey                                 

Nisa Fernanda Rosales***                 

Reece Torres Rubio*             

Nathan Eugene Sanders**     

Amber Nicole Saunders**     

Miles William Schafer                                   

Martin Laundy Schroeder**  

Annsley Elizabeth Schwab**†

David Immanuel Sealy                                  

Daniel Jeremiah Shook**      

Hannah Michelle Stepp*       

Jami Rene’ Stewart***                      

Starling Allison Sturm*                     

Aurora Grace Teague                         

Jessica Sierra Tenjhay                        

Kymberlie Nicole Thacker                             

Lindsey Renee Tolle***        

Hannah Elizabeth Treglia                               

Caleb Michael Trent                          

Zachary Denton Trent*

Jamie Kenneth Turner                        

Journey Nichelle Tyler**                   

Brandon Edward Unangst                             

Joel Anthony Vacchiano                                

Elizabeth Marie Vassey***               

Aliyah Alexandria Belle Vaughan                            

Keydy Lizeth Vergara*          **†

JaMarcus Devon Walker                                

Trystan Kohl Wallace**†

Elizabeth Nicole Weathers***‡

Joshua Cole Whetstone                                 

Maverick Shane Whitley                               

Jonte Hazel Wilkes, Jr.                                  

Joseph Daniel Wilkinson, Jr.                         

Samantha Marie Wilson                                

Curtis Reed Windham                       

Zachary Ernest Wolfe                        

Quincy Keshawn Yancey Carter                               

Mitchell Kweku Yoder                                  

William Taylor Young                                  

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