Class of 2024 Tops Largest in History for Brevard College


Brevard College held its Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 11.  A total of 179 Bachelor’s students and 14 Master’s students graduated. It is the largest graduating class in the history of the institution.

“Graduates, you’ve made it. For years you’ve been working with this day in mind — this is the moment where we celebrate all of your determination and hard work. We celebrate your attainment of a noble goal,” said Dr. Bradley J Andrews, President of Brevard College, in his opening address.

The festivities began with a traditional Baccalaureate & Hooding Ceremony held on Friday afternoon, May 10, in the Porter Center for 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 for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty, Dr. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert.

Three students received the Presidential Award for Distinction: Anna Ervin, Grace Dempsey and Lena Hatter. The award recognizes graduates who demonstrate remarkable leadership, service, and academic achievement. 

Graduate Bunny Frost 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. 

Julia Lusk and Sydney Raber 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.  

“We graduated our first class, on this campus, in 1934,” said President Andrews. “One thing they all have in common is a commitment to Brevard’s motto: “Learn in Order to Serve. We know you will take the spirit of service with you to enrich the communities in which you will live and work.”

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 Lena Hatter and Ish Parsons delivered thoughtful and heartfelt commencement speeches, encouraging their fellow graduates to be proud of overcoming obstacles due to Covid-19, which marked the start of their college careers.

“The adversities we have faced as a class are a testament to our strength and determination to make it to this day,” said Hatter. “Let’s embrace the future ahead with the same optimism and enthusiasm as when we took off our masks.”

Following the awards and speeches, the names of 162 Brevard College graduates walked across the stage and receive their diplomas from President Andrews. More than 30 of the newly-minted graduates hail from Western North Carolina, while the rest traveled from 16 states and 5 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 Tamara Kuykendall. Graduates and faculty processed in and out to bagpipe music, a tradition at the College.

“For the Class of 2024, what will the future hold?…We are excited to see how each one of you answers that question for yourself,” said President Andrews. “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.”

The following list includes Fall 2023 graduates, Spring 2024 graduates, and Summer 2024 candidates: 

 *** Summa cum laude, ** Magna cum laude, * Cum laude,  † Honors Program Graduate, 

‡ Institute for Women in Leadership 

Master’s Graduates:

Grequenceo Kentavious Coger, Jr.

Jessica Brooke Garland***†

Destiny Lynn Hall*

Miles Andres Hayes

Dale Devon Antoine Holmes II

Jordan Miles Leathers

KateLynn Abigayle Olive

Mario De Oliveira Pinto Neto

Jahquih Bernard Pledger

Khadijah Shakirof-Terika

Lucy Green Swaffield*

Brady Alexander Tesch ***

Emma Christine White

Alexis Nicole Witt ***

Bachelor’s Graduates:

Aniston Marie Abshire*†

Zachery Keith Allison

Gabriel Balducci Duarte**

Rocco Mattia Barbon

Channing Elizabeth Barker

Estevan Oliveira Berto

Andrew Lee Bishop

Grace Mackenzie Black*

Alexis Nicole Blanchard

Camron D’Angelo Blanding

Elijah Caine Bloom**

Christopher Arnold Board

Mary McDowell Boss

Loren Anthony Boyette

Daniel Austin Brew*

Devon Rene Brodmyer**

John David Brown*

Tae’ondra Ashanti Brown

James Vance Burgess IV

Chantal Edith Camenzind***

Madisen Susan Campbell

Zoe Alyssa Capps

Elijah Baylee Carr

Janet Castro-Sandobal

Carmen Chirino Hulsund*

Logan Mason Clark*

Jacob Davis Cleveland

Branyone Craig Coleman

Isaiah Klottey Collison*

Cameron Patrick Cook

Atticus Taylor Constance Cooper

Isabella Thi Thuy Cordes

Maggie  Brianna Cox

DeShawn Vincent Curtis

Marcos Paes Barreto da Silva

Pedro Olivieri Pires de Campos

Nathan Santana de Lima*

Cesar Alexander Delgado

Grace Elizabeth Dempsey***

Ryan Filizzola Schmi Devay

James Luke Dodson**

Peyton Mackenzie Douglas

Gregory Fitzgerald Drummond

Abigail Nicole Duncan**‡

Benjamin Franklin Ellis

Anna Elisabeth Ervin**

Carson Julian Evans

Elijah Dillon Everhart

Melody Raeanne Ferguson

Robert Campbell Fortner

Brian David Frost***

Deijon Tyrell Gash

Jameel Malik George

Anna Lynne Goode**

Daelan Rashaun Grady

Jacob Andrew Gravely

Emily Ruth Griffith***

Dakota Jarrell Grimsley

Peter Francis Grossheim

Caitlin Rose Hagarty

Baylee Rose Hallas

Warren Christopher Hamrick II

Lena Morgan Hatter

Dalton Cohen Hawley

Taleah Khiara Hayes***‡

Madison Deanne Henson

Jacob Lincoln Hernandez

Noah Sterling Hinton

Alison Michelle Holland**

Devin Matthew Horton*

Rachel Nicole Hughes**†‡

Elijah Virgil Hughes

Aaron Dyson Hunt

Jackson James Inglis

Jordan Tyler Ingram **

Dawson Samuel Jacobs

Mykah William Johnson

Amelie Suzanne Jones***

Otis Kahar**

Justin Alexander King

Katharina Anne Kramer**

Thomas Von Kramer

Tamara Faith Kuykendall***‡

Ryan Seth Lagadi*

Wyatt Mason Lankford

Garrett Davis Lauffer

Jordan Lee Laws*

Chancellor Donovan Anwar Lee-Parker

Jacob Warner Lehr

Logan Michael Leonard

Thiago Cereser Leopardi

Kaitlyn Marie Light†

Benjamin Joel Lofstedt**

Autumn Chandler Lollis***‡

Anna Russell Long***

Julia Brittain Lusk***

Declan James Lusk

Gabrielle Elizabeth Lynch***‡

Nina Machnowski

Cameron Thomas Mader

Nathaniel David Mahoney

Alexis Renee Ann Marshall

Abigail Reece Mayer*

Colin Michael McCabe

Jonas Allen McCanless***

Caleb Victor McCaskill

Andrew Meade McDonald

Kara Marie Mestas

Kayleigh Elizabeth Miller***

Colson Alan Miller

Colin Patrick Miller

Kameron Naikia Moore

Pietro Pimenta Moratelli***

Mikayla Lynn Morgan

Joseph Noel Mullins

Caelyn Shea Murphy**†‡

Devonte Taquan Murray

Isabell Naomi Musser **

Igor Mateus Nogueira da Silva**

Todd Michael Norman

Luke Raymond Norton

Zackary Scott Orr

Ishmeal Travon Parsons***

Brady Luis Penn

Cassie Nicole Plemmons

Elizabeth Garcia Ponce

Chyna Ja’vae Pouncey

Kaitlyn Paige Pressley**

Logan Brooke Priddy

Kenneth Glenn Pridmore, Jr.

Sydney Jane Raber***†

Johanna Ramirez Perez

Charles Mandrell Reed, Jr.

Grace Elizabeth Reynolds‡

Taylor Nicole Richardson†

Anthony Bernard Richardson, Jr.

Thomas Francis Riches, Jr.***

Isaac Caleb Roberts

Tristan Garrett-Reuben Robinson

Devahn Hakeem Robinson

Cesar Anthony Rodriguez***

Adam Jacob Rushing

Sarahi Salazar-Espinoza

Isaac Eli Saul

Kenz A Schinsky***†

William Russell Scoggins III

Emma Lilian Shepard*

Vitor Silva Da Costa Braga

Shawnaizja Saveira Keyonea Simmons

Carter Hughes  Simmons

Riley Mary Nicole Sinclair

Caroline Ann Smallwood***

Garrett Logan Spangler

Taylor James Sparrow

Vincil Hannah Spencer

James Ryan Srsich

EmmaGrace Fuyuci Stevenson**

Nathaniel Walker Stone

Jacob Thomas Stowe**

Cindy Stephanie Suarez-Alarcon***

Facundo Daniel Sunhary Garcia

Andrew Steele Tarleton

Zachary William Taylor

David J’lon Taylor

Marina Rose Thompson

Brandon Edward Unangst

Chancey Javei Watson

George Walton Wells IV

Sylvester Adolphus White III

Linsey Savannah Wike‡

Trey Alexander Williams

Ryan Taylor Willis

Bowden Tate Witcher

Colin Abercrombie Worsencroft*†‡

Autumn Samantha Wright**†‡

Jodi Marie Wyse*

Patrick Leng Yang*

Anna Elizebeth Young**

Matthew Eduardo Zuniga

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