Union recognizes 10,000th graduate during commencement ceremony

Dr. John Wagner, college president, presents Jamison Howard, class president, with his diploma. 

Find more photos of the weekend activities on Union College's Facebook page.

In the school year marking 120 years since Union College held classes for the first time, the school celebrated another significant milestone during the 2012 commencement ceremony on May 6. When Christopher Mercill crossed the stage to receive his diploma, he became the ten thousandth graduate from the Lincoln campus of Union College.

“It’s an honor to be part of this historic event,” said the international rescue and relief graduate. “I came to Union for the IRR program and because my mother is a graduate. It feels great to be the ten thousandth.”

Mercill, who hopes to get a job with the National Park Service and work at Glacier National Park, joined 155 other graduates in receiving 170 diplomas including 25 students graduating with a master’s in physician assistant studies.  Of the 36 different majors earned, the most popular are nursing with 31 graduates, physician assistant with 25 and business with 18.

The senior class unveiled the class gift during the ceremony—a four-by-five-foot painting to be hung in the lobby of the new science and mathematics complex. The seniors commissioned Colorado artist Randal May, a Union College alumnus and the father of two Union students, to create the piece to represent the mission of Union College.

“Even though I didn’t graduate from Union, I’m still very fond of it and consider it my school,” said May. “It’s an honor for me to have a piece in the new complex.”

Union celebrated a similar graduate milestone in 2008, when Raven Underwood became the ten thousandth graduate to join the Union College Alumni Association. The Alumni Association includes a number students who received degrees from Union College, but trained at Boulder Sanitarium or in programs in Costa Rica and at Canadian Union College.

December 2011 Graduates

*indicates Union Scholar

Associate of Science

Alexis Asher—Highlands Ranch, CO
Stephanie Martin—Longmont, CO
Janie Robles—Brampton, ON

Bachelor of Arts
Andrew Binder—Loveland, CO
Mariela Cosentino—Bluffton, SC
Steven Hutchison, Farmington, MO
Liza Ngenye—Nairobi, Kenya
Amanda Parsons—Marion, IA

Bachelor of Arts in Music
Steven Hutchison—Farmington, MO

Bachelor of Science
Angela Acosta—Longwood, FL
Tyler Anderson—Star, ID
Daniel Austin—Lodi, CA
Brittany Bartter—Hudson, CO
Brenda Beenken—Lincoln, NE
Christopher Block—Mount Dora, FL
Heather Bohlender—Loveland, CO
Angela Brawner—Lincoln, NE
Chad Dupper—Fort Collins, CO
Courtney Dupper, Loveland, CO
Ryan Erickson—Centerville, OH
Sheng-Fu Lai—Taipei, Taiwan
Heather Lang—Columbus, WI
John Luckiesh—Waterloo, IA
Daniel Martinez—Davenport, IA
Emily McFadyen—Lincoln, NE
Connie Spader—Lincoln, NE
Denton Underwood—Harwood, MO
Jeremy Wagner—Crown Point, IN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Traci Beckwith—Lincoln, NE
Katie Booton*—Lincoln, NE
Kristin Brady—Burleson, TX
Danielle Dam—Kearney, NE
Tara Engelhart—Gettysburg, PA
Melinda Ferguson—Cedaredge, CO
Joseph Galan—Lee’s Summit, MO
Athens Gwin—Dodge Center, MN
Rita Hill—Lincoln, NE
Crystal Micheff—Ithaca, MI
Carlie Munroe—Chehalis, WA
Ana Taylor—Lincoln, NE
Nathanael Wahl—Abbotsford, BC
Kimberley Waters—Lincoln, NE

May 2012 Graduates

*indicates Union Scholar

Associate of Science
Alex Acton—Loveland, CO
Jacob Allen—Medford, OR
Benjamin Barnett—Clark, MO
Miriam Centon—Lincoln, NE
Tiffany Glass—Red Lake Falls, MN
Chastity Grant—Lincoln, NE
Helena Howard—Pahrump, NV
Suzanne Manes—Steinauer, NE
Courtney McLachlan—Pensacola, FL
Justin Strom—Lincoln, NE
Sarah Todd—Shawnee, KS

Associates of Arts
Heather Shurtliff—Roy, UT

Bachelor of Arts
Michael Adams—Lincoln, NE
Savannah Bowers—Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Bryan Hardin—Lincoln, NE
Jamison Howard—Pahrump, NV
Gary Lin—Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China
Ellen Norton—Lincoln, NE
Ingrid Oberholster—Silang Cavite, Philippines
Kate Reeves—Williston, ND
Leonor Rodriguez—Gardner, KS
Sean Smith—New Market, VA
Joyelle Worley—Johnstown, CO

Bachelor of Science
Alex Acton—Loveland, CO
Alexandria Adams—Shawnee, KS
Kelli Akioka—Honokaa, HI
Jacob Allen—Medford, OR
Drake Ashton—Corcoran, MN
Nina Astleford—Courtice, ON
Jonathan Babb—Thompsonville, IL
Benjamin Barnett—Clark, MO
Miriam Centon—Lincoln, NE
Christopher Daum—Lancaster, MA
Aaron Flores—Lincoln, NE
Chastity Grant—Lincoln, NE
Erome Daniel Hankore—Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Jeremy Hansen—Nampa, ID
Bryan Hardin—Lincoln, NE
Rosanna Hardin—Caldwell, ID
Joshua Harsany—Fredericktown, OH
Helena Howard—Pahrump, NV
Lauren Kelley—Lincoln, NE
Tana Kenley—Beatrice, NE
Ryan Kerbs—Hilo, HI
Alexandra Kohler—Lincoln, NE
Jenny Lesli—Overland Park, KS
Suzanne Manes—Steinauer, NE
Antonio Martinez-Sanchez,—Minnetonka, MN,
Mark McLachlan—Broomfield, CO
Courtney McLachlan—Pensacola, FL
Nicholas Mohr—Newburgh, IN
Kaitlyn Mole’—Lincoln, NE
Rachel O’Hare—Pierre, SD
Albert Oetman—Cole Camp, MO
Kristina Pastor—Omaha, NE
RaeLea Rebarchek—Shawnee, KS
Andrew Saunders—Coquille, OR
Ashley Schebo—Hollister, CA
Justin Strom—Lincoln, NE
Sarah Todd—Shawnee, KS
Mindy Wenberg—Arlington, WA
Grace Williams—Little Rock AR

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Kayla Baker—Wilkeson, WA
Amy Baragona—Edmonton, AB
Lauren Dickerson—Lincoln, NE
Kayla Frishman—Kansas City, KS
Tiffany Glass—Red Lake Falls, MN
Natalie Kulm—Longmont, CO
Ashley Nelson—Apopka, FL
Betsy Norton—Rio Rancho, NM
Renata Richardson—Lincoln, NE
Lauren Simons—Lincoln, NE
Allison Strom—Forsyth, MO
Luciana Sufficool—Pohnpei, FM
Trisha Yow—Bowman, ND

Bachelor of Social Work
Janelle Churchill—Auburn, WA
Molly Clark—Lincoln, NE
Tana Klump—Alamogordo, NM
Kylie Lowe*—Powell, OH

Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Terumi DeGraw—Lincoln, NE
Adam Depue—Lincoln, NE
Joshua Enevoldson—Mohrsville, PA
Seth Evert—Lincoln, NE
Abby Hansen—Lincoln, NE
Tina Heinrich—Tolstoy, SD
Jason Howe—Lincoln, NE
Tiffany Keller Lam—Lincoln, NE
Michael Knutsen—Oakland, IA
Melissa Kudlacek—Lincoln, NE
Oscar Lucar—Lincoln, NE
Tanya Martin—Lincoln, NE
Kaitlin Matthes—Cambridge, NE
Doline Omirera Kebasso—Maple Grove, MN
Heather Opseth—Lincoln, NE
Kimberly Salber—Albion, NE
Matthew Simpson—Lincoln, NE
Eric Sprague—Lincoln, NE
Jesse Tyndall—Lincoln, NE
Laura Wegehaupt—Aberdeen, SD
Fredrick Wittleder—Omaha, NE
Katie Wood—Pierce, NE

August 2012 Graduates

*indicates Union Scholar

Associate of Science
Gina Brandenburger—Lincoln, NE

Bachelor of Arts
Seth Clark—Helena, MT
Cassi Fitzpatrick—Bedford, IA
Christopher McNeally—Douglas, NE
Kelly Phipps—Burnsville, MN
Anna Romuald*—Glencoe, MN

Bachelor of Science
Rhea Joy Abalorio—Potomac, MD
Jessica Allen—Udall, KS
Brittani Bissell—Annville, PA
Victoria Burrington—Derry, NH
Cori Cress—Little Suamico, WI
Thandani Dube—Lusaka, Zambia
Morgan Frasure*—Bourbon, MO
Christopher Mercill—Captain Cook, HI
Joshua Minty—New Market, VA
Elena Moral*—Kansas City, MO
Jeffrey Peterson—College Place, WA
Brian Summerton—Estacada, OR
Laura Ventura—Spring Lake Park, MN

Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Angela Chan—Eden Prairie, MN
Lydia Empfield—Lincoln, NE
Gabriel Hansen—Grand Island, NE
Elizabeth Smith—Lincoln, NE

Master of Physician Assistant Studies
Jennifer Krupicka—Lincoln, NE
Anthony Mann—Omaha, NE
Samantha Senanayaka—Omaha, NE