2020 Commencement Celebration

Department of Political Science 

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Congratulations to Our Graduates!

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

 
Jorge Estefan Abogabir 
Bridget Brianna Fitzgerald, Cum Laude
Caleb William Gore, Magna Cum Laude
Harleen Kaur, Cum Laude
Caitlin Paige Lambert, Summa Cum Laude
Monique Phuong-vy Marshall 
Soha Souheil Mikdachi, Cum Laude
Emily Victoria Millar 
Armaghan Mosavian, Magna Cum Laude
Katherine Jean Simko 
 
Karmen Christine Alexander 
Sophia Celeste Cooper, Cum Laude
Danielle Elyse Faust, Magna Cum Laude
Natalie Grace Hartzell, Summa Cum Laude
Lauren Michelle Hodkey, Cum Laude
Meena Ibrahim, Cum Laude
Haein Kim, Cum Laude
Montana Marie Koslowski, Cum Laude
Desiree Brianna Laureano 
Suryahah Mehjabin 
Emily Victoria Millar 
Sanskriti Neupane, Summa Cum Laude
Elisa Mariann Nicolini, Magna Cum Laude
Mary Rose Supernaw, Cum Laude
Darya Temeemi, Cum Laude
Abby Catherine Thompson, Summa Cum Laude
 
Gabriel Augusto Aguilar
Morgan Simone Alston
Sebastian Andrade Tello
Eszter Bajnok
Robert William Beauchamp, Jr., Magna Cum Laude
Caroline Brooks Beaulac, Magna Cum Laude
Kalie DePrete Benjamin
Andrew William Calandra
Christopher Robert Ciullo
Justin Sjon Clipson, Cum Laude
Sylvia Clare Conner
Maria Isabel Davis
Elaine Rose DiFrancesco
Jessica Ann Dobrowolski
Christine Louis Doherty
Chloe Marie Drew, Summa Cum Laude, Honors Global Scholar
Justin Willis Ecker
Caroline C. English, Cum Laude
Lars Christopher Erceg-Warner, Magna Cum Laude
Gregory Lewis Falls, Jr.
Brennan Joseph Gaddis
Cameron Anton Galeano
Darby Samantha Garner, Cum Laude
Mirae Vannesa Heo, Magna Cum Laude
Jasmine Petra Hornik
Nicholas Clarke Hudson
Jenna Elisabeth Humphrey, Magna Cum Laude, Honors Scholar
Haley Simone Jessup, Summa Cum Laude
Michael Zein Johnson
Judy Hajin Kim
Bryce Steven Landon
John Steven Marin
Aubrey Castillo Medina
Sidonie Alexandra Medlin
Tess J. Megret, Magna Cum Laude
Noelle Patricia Muldowney
Doreen Ndizeye, Summa Cum Laude
Tristen Han Nguyen
Heather Crane Nisbet, Summa Cum Laude
Sandra Nolasco-Infante
Meredith Anne Oakes, Cum Laude
Lucas Penovi Orjales
Daniel James Owens
Joanne Shely Owens
Kenyon Diane Page, Summa Cum Laude
Kelly Park
Riley Stephen Parsons
Isaac James Patterson, Magna Cum Laude
Trent Houston Patterson
Joseph Dominic Provenzano, Magna Cum Laude
Taylor Shea Quinlan, Summa Cum Laude
Isabel Christina Regehr, Magna Cum Laude
Kelsey Alicia Reyes
Charlotte Anne Rich
Nicole MacLean Richardson, Cum Laude
Hassan Riaz Siddiqui, Summa Cum Laude
Aidan Christopher Smith
Dennis Alexander Trujillo
Nathan Andrew Tubman
Daniel Dane Vickers
Veronica Therese Vogler, Cum Laude
Olivia Ann Warner, Magna Cum Laude
Blake Criswell White
Hayden O'Brien Whitley
Taren Mckenzie Woelk, Cum Laude
Edward Wu
Alexandra Janet Yau
Jared Michael Yee
Sung Bin Yoon
 
Ryan Thomas Bass
Meaghan Elizabeth Chesley
Christopher Joseph Chiechi
Devin Christenson, Cum Laude
Lila Boak Dubishar
Alexander Hunter Earley, Summa Cum Laude
Miguel Andres Escudero, Cum Laude
Emily Anastasia Ferren, Cum Laude
Chase Andrew Fletcher, Summa Cum Laude
Sadie Cyrille Fuller, Magna Cum Laude
Kyran Danielle Goodison, Summa Cum Laude
Ian Nicholas Greear
Riley Christopher Harriss, Magna Cum Laude
Jared Taylor Kutrieb, Magna Cum Laude
Joseph John LaBianca
Jaeku Lee, Magna Cum Laude
Rouselle A. Ligon
Gabriel Elias Lopez, Magna Cum Laude
Lindsey Michela Lozoskie, Magna Cum Laude
Kiersten E. Margulies, Magna Cum Laude
Wyatt Kellen McCranie
Emily Victoria McGarey, Cum Laude
Oliver Ian McKellips, Magna Cum Laude
Erica Jean McLain, Magna Cum Laude
Madeline Grace McQuade
Suryahah Mehjabin
Adam Milosz Olszewski, Summa Cum Laude
Nicholas Andrew Racine, Cum Laude
Shannon Picard Reilly, Magna Cum Laude
Claire Louise Reznicek
Luis Alberto Rodriguez, Jr., Magna Cum Laude, Honors Scholar
Lauren Ashley Scarry, Summa Cum Laude
Jennifer Michelle Schumacher
Bobby Lance Sherrill, Magna Cum Laude
Sam John Soltis
Ethan Jarrett Stone
Abby Catherine Thompson, Summa Cum Laude
Nastassia Christine Tiangco
Sydney Whitman Tinker, Cum Laude
Nicholas Robert Uliano, Magna Cum Laude
Donald Gaston Van Hook, Summa Cum Laude, Honors Laureate
Mark Jason Yanez Wage
Samantha Addison Williams, Cum Laude
Catherine Garrett Woodward, Summa Cum Laude
Andrew Michael Young, Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

 
Julia Owsua Addison, Magna Cum Laude
Alejandro Conrado Aguilar
Lynet Alemayehu, Magna Cum Laude
Jordan Samuel Allen
Alyssa Faye Alley
Heather Elisabeth Andrews
Siria Del Pilar Aparicio
Melanie Judith Baca, Cum Laude
Andrew Charles Bacso, Magna Cum Laude
Ryan Joseph Balluck, Summa Cum Laude
Thomas Martin Beirne
Maddison Brooke Berlinghoff, Magna Cum Laude
Caleb James Blair
Garrett Michael Blom
Julia Isabel Bolte
Parker Wallace Bott
Rachel M. Boxwell, Cum Laude
Kari Elizabeth Boyd
Alexis McKenzie Braswell, Cum Laude
Anna Sophie Britt
Mallory Mae Britt, Magna Cum Laude
Elysia Adjoa Budu
Haley Macallan Burnell, Magna Cum Laude
Brock Allen Burnette
Kaelyn Geneice-Caballero Burton
Kathryn Marie Calderone, Cum Laude
Giuseppe Calo, Magna Cum Laude
Benjamin David Calvert, Cum Laude
Sophia Wenying Campos, Summa Cum Laude, Honors Scholar
Karl Frederik Canby, Magna Cum Laude
Bridgett Marie Cantrell
Kathleen Evelyn Chesnutt, Cum Laude
Zan Alanis Chin, Magna Cum Laude
Reagan Elizabeth Coe
Timothy Michael Cognata, Jr.
Kathryne Joyce Copp
Joseph Andrew Cottone
Andrew Franklin Craig
Cheyenne Autumn Crigger, Summa Cum Laude
Conor Charles Crotty, Magna Cum Laude
Henry Thomas Crowell, Cum Laude
Caleb Brooks Curfman
Shannon Leigh Dart, Magna Cum Laude
William Sterling Deatherage
Jacob Alexander Decker
Matthew Stephen Del Guercio
Sara Christian Derby, Summa Cum Laude
Jude Patrick Despian, Cum Laude
Sarah Countryman Dickinson, Summa Cum Laude
Christopher Dobyns
Denashia Elizabeth Dunnaville, Magna Cum Laude
Brett Maxwell Ellis
James Matthew Erdely
Kyle Thomas Ericson, Magna Cum Laude
Spencer John Faber, Magna Cum Laude
Lily-Ana Fairweather
Samuel Joseph Felber, Cum Laude
Ben Rudge Ferren
Andrew Tyler Field
Rebecca Elizabeth Forrest, Cum Laude
Sean M. Foutz
Carson Elizabeth Gann
Michael Colin Getman, Cum Laude
Michael Allan Gish III
Joseph Leader Gordon
Mary G. Gould, Cum Laude
Peyton Joseph Green, Cum Laude
Daniel William David Hammel
Eamon Michael Heaney
Margaret Anne Helein, Magna Cum Laude
Amy Lynn Hensler, Magna Cum Laude
Helen Noble Hickman, Cum Laude
Garrett Sean Higgins
Alexandra Grace Holland
Benjamin Foster Hopkins, Magna Cum Laude
Brianna Marie Hughes, Magna Cum Laude
Michael Maurice Hukill
Maria Eleni Ioakimidis
Joseph Chase Jackson
Harper Brown Jensen
Christopher Isaac Jones
Austin Thomas Kassman, Magna Cum Laude
Caroline Marie Kelly, Cum Laude
Hannah Grace Kelly, Magna Cum Laude
James DeWitt Kelly, Cum Laude
Brett Allyn Kershaw, Cum Laude
Grace Uhnheh Kim, Magna Cum Laude
Laurel Alexandra Kirby, Cum Laude
Genevieve Margaret Kluck, Magna Cum Laude
Matthew David Koehler
Thomas Michael Kosar
Aidan McDaniel Kuester, Magna Cum Laude
Rebecca Elizabeth LaBelle
Ryan Chaisson Lacey, Summa Cum Laude
Angela Louise Langdon
Benjamin Thomas Levitt, Cum Laude
Kathryn Taylor Livelli, Cum Laude
Zachary David Lovelace
Brittany Nicole Mack
Michael Joseph Malherek, Magna Cum Laude
Kyle Phillip Manuel, Summa Cum Laude
Jaclyn Bueno Marmol
Alyssa McKenzie Marshall, Summa Cum Laude, Honors Laureate
William Keith Matney, Magna Cum Laude
Jyssica Laferne McCormick
Angela Marie McGlathery
Kyle Ronald McIntyre
Darrel Awuley Mensah, Cum Laude
Olivia Grace Meyer, Magna Cum Laude
Emma Braxton Miller
Brandon A. Moses, Magna Cum Laude
Matthew John Mullin
Rachel Nicole Muscher
Laura Elizabeth Naccarato, Summa Cum Laude
Bruce Eric Naylor, Cum Laude
Joshua Michael Oliver
Eric Thomas Ottman, Cum Laude
Eleanor Grace Kelly Patrick, Summa Cum Laude
Paul Michael Pechie
William Anthony Pecora
Dane Randahl Pedersen
Francisca Yohana Perez, Cum Laude
Zachary Nicholas Peters 
Joy Kathryn Pierce, Summa Cum Laude
Matthew Robert Powell, Cum Laude
Xavier Crescenzi Prevoznik, Summa Cum Laude
Justin Allen Price, Magna Cum Laude
Matthew Franklin Prillaman
Charles Dickerson Pruett
Nydia Cameron Pulley
Prachi Prakash Punit
Zachary Tyler Radel
Sarafina Beatrice Ramalho
Rebecca Lynn Ramos-Bush
Ethan James Richie, Summa Cum Laude
Jacob Elijah Robinson, Cum Laude
Jermany Daquan Robinson
Nicole Kimberly Rocha Aguilar
Davis Patrick Rosser
Emma Rose Ruby
Sean F. Russell, Cum Laude
Brady Michael Ryan, Cum Laude
Benjamin Clay Sanders
Ashley Marie Sannicolas, Cum Laude
Matthew Joseph Schmidheiser, Magna Cum Laude
Braxton Tyler Scholz
Sydney Michelle Shaffer, Magna Cum Laude
Samantha Nasreen Shamim, Cum Laude
Lara Siebrecht, Magna Cum Laude
Connor John Skelly, Magna Cum Laude
Joseph Edward Slattery
Lindsey Elizabeth Slusher, Magna Cum Laude
Cameron Spencer Smith
Kymberly D. Stallard
Emma Clark Stein, Magna Cum Laude
Eden Hill Stewart
Noah James Streett, Magna Cum Laude
Heath Alan Sullivan
Allison Noelle Swecker, Summa Cum Laude
William Joseph Swiacki
Adam Kiernan Thomas
Tristan John Thomas, Magna Cum Laude
William David Thomas IV, Summa Cum Laude
Benjamin Caleb Thompson, Magna Cum Laude
Brendan Patrick Thompson
Thomas James Thorgersen
Ashley Thornton, Cum Laude
Xi Tie, Summa Cum Laude
Sabrina June Tolbert, Cum Laude
Rebecca Michelle Trinh
Molly Ann Ullrich
Vincent Joseph Vitiello III
Jennings Patrick Waddell, Cum Laude
John Riordan Walsh, Cum Laude
Reagan Elizabeth Wampler, Magna Cum Laude
Stephen Albert Webber
Seth Christopher Weston, Jr.
Emily May White, Magna Cum Laude
Hannah Lauren Whiteman
Katherine Grace Wiggins, Summa Cum Laude
Dylan Edward Wigley
Alexa Bryn Williams, Cum Laude
Isabelle Morgan Wyerman, Summa Cum Laude
Bryce McKinley Yancey
Kevin Yang
David Mou Yu
Lauren Elizabeth Zuchowski

Master of Arts in Political Science

 
Spencer Edward Blankenship
Reed Lauren Byg
Jason Nathaniel Chavez
Rayhan Daudani
Jessica Frances Dorsch
Kelly Tsiptsis Gee
Jacob Anthony Kansco
Andres Penovi Orjales
Patrick James Riebsame
Patrick Thomas Santoro
Kyle Michael Schoonover
Christopher Davis Seiler
David Robert Wolfe

Awards and Honors

The Bernd Award is in memory of the first chair of the Department of Political Science, and it recognizes excellence in undergraduate research and writing. 

Alexis McKenzie Braswell and Sara Christian Derby 

The Harris Award is in memory of a founding member of the Department of Political Science. It recognizes distinguished scholarly achievement and an outstanding ability to conceive and execute original research in the discipline. 

Joshua Michael Oliver

Madeline Grace McQuade

Lila Boak Dubishar

Congratulations from our faculty and staff!

Courtney Irene
Jennifer Hanratty

University Ceremony

Virtual Ceremony
Watch HokieBird reveals, tassel turns, and inspirational messages from Hoda Kotb and Nikki Giovanni.

Reading of Undergraduate Names
The names of undergraduates can be heard in the Department of Political Science video.

Reading of Graduate Student Names
The names of all master’s degree recipients can be heard on the Graduate School page.

A Note on Dual Majors
Students with more than one major may hear their names read in the video of their primary major’s department.

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