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College of Arts and Sciences

Honoring Our 2021 Graduates

It is a special honor to congratulate the class of 2021 on the completion of their studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at UD. Faculty members and fellow students have challenged these men and women academically, and they have met those challenges. Such accomplishment deserves recognition as a major milestone in their lives.

Our 675 graduating undergraduates include:

57

Summa Cum Laude

110

Magna Cum Laude

107

Cum Laude

Awards

The Dean Leonard A. Mann, S.M., Award of Excellence is presented to the senior with an outstanding record of scholarship, leadership and service. Students nominated for the 2021 award are:

  • Patrick Ehrman
  • Jennifer Malashevitz
  • Megan Passon
  • Dawson Vandervort

The recipient of the Dean Leonard A. Mann, S.M., Award of Excellence for 2021 is Megan Passon. Megan graduates with a double major in sociology and criminal justice studies, and a minor in political science. She was nominated for this award by Jeanne Holcomb.

Megan has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement, as evidenced by her 4.0 GPA in the sociology major, as well as her 3.942 overall GPA. She has always been, as her academic record shows, an excellent student at the top of her classes.

Beyond those metrics, Megan is a very astute student who clearly strives for excellence inside and outside of the classroom. She has demonstrated a passion for both the technical aspects of qualitative and quantitative analysis coursework and the application of social research. She has made good use of these skills with her interests in the areas of criminal justice and human rights. Megan has often connected class assignments to her interests in reducing inequality related to incarceration and the death penalty. Her research focuses heavily on criminal justice and racial disparities in Ohio.

Megan’s extracurricular activities on campus include paid employment and volunteer positions. She has taken on leadership roles in student organizations, student employee positions and service within the Criminal Justice Studies Program, where she has coordinated several service events. She has shown a high level of responsibility, organization and interpersonal skills.

Megan’s campus roles have included serving as treasurer and vice president of the criminal justice studies’ student organization, mentoring incoming first-year students for the Callings Program and directing a retreat for first-year students. She served as a Cross Cultural Connections Resident Assistant through her work with Housing and Residence Life.

She has taken her passion outside of the classroom, serving as a University of Dayton representative for the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington, D.C., where she advocated for legislation promoting gun control reform. She has facilitated film screenings and discussions for the Dayton community related to criminal justice reform and the development of a program to strengthen relationships between police officers and refugee communities in Dayton.

After graduation, Megan plans to continue her education in a Master of Public Policy program. She has been accepted into programs at Georgetown, the University of Maryland and the University of Virginia.

For Megan, service is not something that she does on the side. Rather, it is woven into and provides a framework for everything she does. Throughout her time at the University, her stellar academic record and her passion for community service embody the characteristics of Learn, Lead and Serve.


  • The Mary Ann Dunsky Award is presented to the outstanding senior in studio Art. This year's recipient is Shannon Stanforth.

  • The John E. Dlugos Jr. Memorial Award of Excellence goes to an outstanding senior majoring in biology. This year’s recipient is Leah O'Malley Allen.
  • The Brother Russell A. Joly, S.M., Award of Excellence to the student who best combines excellence in biology and genuine appreciation of nature is presented to Emily L. Ott.
  • The Environmental Biology Award of Excellence goes to the outstanding environmental biology major who excels in all areas of academic scholarship and overall service. This year’s recipient is Abby Elizabeth Hay.
  • The Environmental Biology Internship Achievement Award of Excellence goes to the outstanding environmental biology student who has demonstrated significant achievement in the internship program. This year’s recipient is Emma M. Eichenauer.
  • The John J. Comer Ecological Undergraduate Research Award to the undergraduate student who best demonstrates research excellence in ecology as a Biology Major. This year’s recipient is Amy C. Feltz.
  • The Gerald L. Willis Award of Excellence to a Teaching Assistant for the Outstanding Teaching of Introductory Biology Laboratory Classes is awarded to Stephanie Gunter and Ryan Reihart.
  • Graduate Teaching Award of Excellence to a Teaching Assistant for the Outstanding Teaching of Advanced Biology Laboratory Classes is awarded to Jessica Geyer and Laura McFarland.

  • The Brother George J. Geisler, S.M., Award of Excellence is selected by the Department of Chemistry faculty and given to an outstanding senior majoring in chemistry who has shown excellence in chemistry or biochemistry. This year’s recipient is Abigail Kelly.
  • The American Institute of Chemists Award is selected by the Department of Chemistry faculty and given to a top-ranking senior majoring in chemistry or biochemistry in recognition of the student’s demonstrated record of ability, indication of leadership and professional promise. This year’s recipient is Stefanie Johnson.
  • The American Chemical Society Award, Patterson College Chemistry Award is awarded to Ryan McGuire.

  • The Omar Williams Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Student in Broadcasting is presented this year to is Kaitlyn Baxendale.
  • The Mary Elizabeth Jones Memorial Award of Excellence in Debating is awarded to Gurkanal Pannu.
  • The Ritter Collett Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Journalism is awarded annually to the student who best demonstrates in his/her person and writings in qualities of Mr. Collett that the university hopes will serve as an inspiration to the journalism students. This year's recipient is Shayleigh Frank.
  • The Brother George F. Kohles, S.M., Award of Excellence in Journalism honors the memory of Brother Kohles, who assisted many journalism graduates in finding their first job. This year’s recipient is Julia Pucci.
  • The Ellen M. Murphy Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Communication Management is awarded to Kate Toomb.
  • The Si Burick Award of Excellence for Outstanding Academic and Cocurricular Achievement in Mass Media Arts is awarded to Griffin Quinn.
  • The PRSA Maureen M. Pater Award of Distinction goes to the outstanding senior in public relations. This year's award is presented to Alexis Barella.
  • The Rev. Vincent R. Vasey, S.M., Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Speech Arts was established by Father Vasey over 20 years ago. This year’s recipient is Michael Perdoma.
  • The Bette Rogge Morse Award is named for a true pioneer in the field of women in communication and is awarded to an outstanding senior woman in communication. This year’s recipient is Jennifer O'Malley.
  • The Faculty Award for Academic Excellence is presented to the senior with the highest cumulative and major grade point averages. This year’s recipient is Natalie Schulte.
  • The Joan M. Broskey Memorial Award for Outstanding Academic and Professional Achievements in Public Relations is presented to Sarah Bertrand.

  • The Award for Outstanding Service to the Department of Computer Science is presented to Stephen A. Pressley and Sankarshan Dasgupta.
  • The Chair’s Award for Excellence in Computer Science is awarded to Elizabeth J. Hosek.
  • The recipient of the Lawrence A. Jehn Alumni Award for Excellence in the Senior Class is selected by the computer science department faculty. The award is given to the outstanding senior majoring in computer science. This is the highest award offered by the department. This year’s recipient is Zachary S. Rowland.
  • Father Thomas Schoen Award for Innovative Programming is presented to Liam H. Randall.

  • The Brother Thomas P. Price, S.M., Award of Excellence is given to the senior majoring in english who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average in his or her academic career at UD. This year’s recipients are Margaret M. Cahill, Emily C. Schmitz and Mary C. Crutchfield.

  • The George H. Springer Scholarship is awarded to outstanding seniors in the Department of Geology. The scholarship was established through donations from alumni and friends of the department in memory of Professor Emeritus and Chair George H. Springer. Awards are for academic performance, undergraduate research and service. This year’s recipient is Patrick M. Holmes.

  • The Brother John R. Perz, S.M., Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Modern Languages is given annually to the outstanding graduating senior chosen from French, German and Spanish majors. In addition to academic excellence, consideration is given to involvement in and service to the Department of Global Languages and Cultures. The Joseph Poelking Sr. Family sought to honor the memory of Brother Perz through the establishment of this award. This year’s recipient is Martin B. McKew.
  • The Brother George J. McKenzie, S.M., Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Written French is given to Martin B. McKew.
  • The Dr. James M. Ferrigno Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Spanish is presented to Magdalena M. Hampton and Anna K. Sitz.


  • The Dr. Samuel E. Flook Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior Majoring in History is awarded to Erika K. Maas and Martin B. McKew.
  • The Steiner-Beauregard Phi Alpha Theta Service Award for Significant Service, promoting the activities of the Delta Eta chapter is awarded to Sebastian M.  Quinones.
  • The Dr. George Ruppel, S.M. Award of Excellence in Historical Research is awarded to Seth DeWitt.

  • The Linda C. Majka Outstanding Community Engagement and Leadership Award is presented to Jennifer Sobnosky.
  • The Outstanding Human Rights Studies Senior in Academic Excellence is presented to Yulianna Otero-Asmar.

  • The Dr. Margaret P. Karns Award for Academic Excellence and Service in Global and Local Issues is given to a graduating senior whose work combines academic excellence and service in a way that draws out the connections between international and local issues. This year’s recipient is Maya Smith-Custer.
  • The Outstanding Senior Award for International Studies is given to an international studies major who has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and consistently high engagement with the campus and Dayton communities. This year’s recipient is Sophia Giles.
  • The International Studies Peer Mentorship Award is given to Sage Beardseley.

  • The Senior Award of Excellence in Mathematics is given to Dylan M. Flaute and Julia M. Weber. 

  • The Brian J. Bentz Memorial Scholarship Award is presented to the outstanding ROTC cadet who exemplifies the dedication and commitment for further study in military science. This year's recipient is Anna Blumberg.
  • The Major John A. Petric Memorial Scholarship Award keeps the memory of John A. Petric within the University of Dayton community and gives support each year to a selected ROTC cadet pursuing a commission in the United States Army. This year's recipient is Anthony Karns.
  • The Lieutenant Robert M. Wallace ’65 Memorial Award of Excellence in ROTC is presented to Rachel Burton.
  • Department of the Army's Superior Cadet Award is presented to the outstanding senior cadet each academic year. This year's recipient is Jennifer Malashevitz



  • The Brother Joseph J. Mervar, S.M., Award of Excellence to the outstanding student majoring in music is awarded to Ronnie Hammond and Michaela Miller.
  • The Brother Todd Ridder, S.M., Award of Excellence is awarded for outstanding service by a student majoring in music. This year's recipient is Christine O'Keefe.
  • Department of Music Senior Award for Outstanding Collaborative Pianist is awarded to Hayley Phillips.
  • The Department of Music Senior Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University Orchestra is awarded to Margaret Feder.
  • The Department of Music Senior Award for Outstanding Contribution to University Athletic Bands is awarded to Emily Kramer and Bradley Cordonnier.
  • The Department of Music Senior Award for Outstanding Contribution to University Jazz Bands is awarded to Bradley Cordonnier and Nathan Rhodes.
  • The Department of Music Senior Award for Outstanding Contribution to University Concert Bands is awarded to Emily Kramer and Graham Hardert.
  • The Department of Music Senior Award for Outstanding Contribution to the University Vocal Ensembles is awarded to Michaela Miller.
  • The Phi Mu Alpha College Honor Award is presented for musicianship, scholarship and general contributions to the college chapter. This year's recipient is Mark Havlicek.
  • The Phi Mu Alpha Professional Music Fraternity Scholastic Award goes to the chapter’s graduating senior who has attained the highest scholastic rating. This year it is presented to Graham Hardert.
  • The Sigma Alpha Iota College Honor Award is presented for musicianship, scholarship and general contributions to the college chapter. This year's recipient is Emily Kramer.
  • The Sigma Alpha Iota Professional Music Fraternity Scholastic Award is given to the chapter’s graduating senior who has attained the highest scholastic rating. It is awarded to Margaret Feder.

  • The Reverend Charles Polichek First Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Philosophy is awarded to Dawson Vandervort.
  • The Reverend Charles Polichek Second Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Philosophy is awarded to Teresa Labello and Brian Cook.
  • The Richard R. Baker Award of Excellence in Philosophy is given to a graduating student who has earned distinction in the study of philosophy through commitment to philosophical inquiry and assisting other undergraduate students in their pursuit of philosophical studies. It is awarded this year to John Schaller.

  • The Sigma Pi Sigma Award of Merit goes to a senior in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and involvement in physics. It is donated by the department and Sigma Pi Sigma, the national honor society of the Society of Physics Students. This year's recipient is Zayne M. Parsons.

  • The Brother Francis J. Molz, S.M., Memorial Award to the Outstanding Senior in Premedicine is awarded annually to the student who best demonstrates the qualities of unselfishness, community service and academic achievement  is awarded to Samuel A. Ripley.
  • The Montgomery County Medical Society Award to the Outstanding Senior in a Premedical Curriculum is awarded to Chelsie M. Baylor.
  • The Joseph E. Scherger, M.D., MPH Leadership in Medicine Award is presented to a graduating premedical student who has demonstrated leadership toward improving the health of the public through better health care is awarded to Charles J. Botti.
  • The Miami Valley Academy of Family Physicians Award is presented to the graduating senior who's activities exemplify the philosophy of family medicine is awarded to Jacob W. Wagnor.

  • The Reverend Raymond A. Roesch, S.M. Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Student in Psychology is awarded to Olivia M. LeBlanc and Patrick C. Ehrman.
  • The Kenneth J. Kuntz Award for Outstanding Service is given by department faculty. This year's recipient is Jacob S. Avendano.
  • The Charles E. Kimble Research Award is given to the graduating senior who best demonstrates research excellence in psychology. This year's recipients are Patrick C. Ehrman and Abigail T. Flower.

  • The Brother Albert H. Rose, S.M., Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Senior in Political Science is donated by Joseph Zusman ’65. This year's recipient is Dawson Vandervort.

  • The William Joseph Chaminade Award of Excellence, in memory of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Dickson, is awarded to the outstanding senior in religious studies. This year the award goes to Connor A. Curts.

  • The Margaret Mary Emonds Huth Memorial Award of Excellence is presented to the outstanding senior in anthropology and is donated by the family of Dr. Edward A. Huth. This year's recipient is Yulianna Otero.
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Award in Human Relations is presented for excellence in scholarship, christian leadership and the advancement of brotherhood and sisterhood. Donated by the family of Dr. Edward A. Huth, this year's recipient is Natalie Eilerman.
  • The Reverend Andrew L. Seebold Award of Excellence is presented to the outstanding senior in sociology. This year's recipients are Megan Passon and Anna Mumma.
  • The Joseph Zusman '65 Award of Excellence is presented to the outstanding senior in social work studies. Donated by Joseph Zusman '65, this year's recipient is Sarah Presley.
  • The Dr. Edward A. Huth Silver Anniversary Award of Excellence to the Outstanding Student in Sociology is donated by Joseph Zusman '65. This year's recipients are Rachel Veneman and Abby Herrmann.

  • The Dr. “G” Award for Outstanding Commitment to Mainstage Theatre recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated a willingness to be involved in the wide spectrum of theatrical productions in the theatre mainstage season. This year's recipients are Willie Lindsey, Sarah Newman and Elizabeth Musco.

  • The Susan R. Hermes Award for Excellence in Women's and Gender Studies is presented to Yulianna Otero Asmar.

Latin Honors

  • Kaitlyn Baxendale
  • Chelsie Baylor
  • Charles Botti
  • Lauryn Brasch
  • Matthew Bugada
  • Margaret Cahill
  • Sarah Collins
  • Jonathan Colwell
  • Brian Cook
  • Mary Crutchfield
  • Patrick Ehrman
  • Meghan Ellis
  • Maria Fada
  • Margaret Feder
  • Renee Finan
  • Patrick Flaherty
  • Abigail Flower
  • Sophia Giles
  • Natalie Graf
  • Reiley Harrington
  • Lauren Hassett
  • Abby Hay
  • Brooke Henry
  • Elizabeth Hosek
  • Sara Hubbell
  • William Jevnikar
  • Stephanie Johnson
  • Abigail Kelly
  • Alexis Koeberle
  • Sarah Kuhns
  • Teresa LaBello
  • Olivia LeBlanc
  • Ethan Letsch
  • Erika Maas
  • Rachel Maus
  • Juliana Mitchell
  • Logan Moews
  • Nicholas Mueller
  • David Needham
  • McKenna O'Connor
  • Jennifer O'Malley
  • Susanne Ordonez
  • Anna Orzali
  • Yulianna Otero
  • Eric Pappas
  • Megan Passon
  • Kelly Pleiman
  • David Puzder
  • Griffin Quinn
  • Liam Randall
  • Annemarie Rizzo
  • Zachary Rowland
  • Kennedy Sana
  • Grace Scharf
  • Emily Schmitz
  • Jenna Sizemore
  • Cecelia Smelko
  • Madeline Spicer
  • Shannon Stanforth
  • Kelly Stewart
  • Katherine Toomb
  • Dawson Vandervort
  • Jacob Wagner
  • Danielle Welsch
  • Caitlin Williams
  • Sophie Wilson

  • Elizabeth Albertini
  • Kaitlyn Alleman
  • Leah Allen
  • Britney Amin
  • Jack Armentrout
  • Jacob Avendano
  • Lexi Babovac
  • Carleigh Baum
  • Julian Benavides
  • Nicole Berardi
  • Samantha Berkley
  • Mariah Berryman
  • Desirae Buccigrossi
  • Molly Buchanan
  • Camryn Buskey
  • Treven Cade
  • Katherine Castellano
  • Alexandra Christian
  • Tyler Clogg
  • Emma Conger
  • Emma Coning
  • Emily Cordonnier
  • Scarlett Crabson
  • Connor Curts
  • Rachel Daley
  • Margaret Deneen
  • John Dickson
  • Chelsea Elokobi
  • Madeline Filiatraut
  • Hudson Foy
  • Sarah Froehlich
  • Anna Gagliardino
  • Emma Geckle
  • Louis George
  • Emily Georgopoulos
  • Adelina Geraghty
  • Allison Gerberick
  • Katheryn Gerling
  • Grace Godard
  • Ronald Hammond
  • Graham Hardert
  • Annabelle Harsch
  • Rachael Haselhuhn
  • Olivia Hendershott
  • John Herzog
  • Connor Hesseling
  • Lauren Higgins
  • Margaret Hodge
  • Laura Hughes
  • Sarah Ivins
  • Claudia Jackert
  • Kayte Jackson
  • Emily Johnson
  • Samantha Johnson
  • Malana Johnson
  • Rachel Johnson
  • Ashley Junkunc
  • Jessica Kayden
  • Hannah Keating
  • Jenna Kilian
  • Marshall Kiplinger
  • Isabella Klotz
  • Emily Kramer
  • Aidan Krevis
  • Colin Lamb
  • Emma Landenwich
  • Tyler Law
  • Erin Leyden
  • Peyton Liebhardt
  • Gabriella Lindley
  • Gretchen Lozowski
  • Catherine Martini
  • Nicole McGervey
  • Brent Mcginty
  • Sarah Mcgonigle
  • Martin McKew
  • Sonia Melton
  • Kathleen Miller
  • Savannah Minardi
  • Brennan Mooney
  • Emilie Moses
  • Anna Mumma
  • Abigail Neal
  • Sara Neiheisel
  • Caroline Nevius
  • Kirah Noble
  • Zayne Parsons
  • Dakota Pease
  • Katherine Perry
  • Sarah Pierce
  • Marie Poinsatte
  • Devin Porter
  • Katlyn Poulsen
  • Allison Powell
  • Eric Prayson
  • Sarah Presley
  • Shayna Rauch
  • Jasmine Riechmann
  • Samuel Ripley
  • Meghann Roessler
  • Rachel Rogowski
  • Emily Ruebelman
  • Liam Schiller
  • Kathleen Schweninger
  • Grace Scott
  • Jennifer Sobnosky
  • Hunter Soumar
  • Cailyn Spedding
  • Claire Sullivan
  • L. Symons
  • Kathryn Thomas
  • Rebecca Trumbull
  • Seth Warren
  • Nina Wendel
  • Lucy White
  • Brandon Wong
  • Hannah Yurich
  • Hayden Zimmerer

  • Seth Adams
  • Ali Khamis Juma Al Farsi
  • Bridget Allen
  • Shaza Khalid B Alotaibi
  • Eman Alshafai
  • Heather Ashley
  • Amber Back
  • Logan Baker
  • Alexandra Bedner
  • Erin Beesley
  • Sarah Bertrand
  • Natalie Beyer
  • Lana Bonfante
  • Krista Borchers
  • Katlyn Bowsher
  • Thomas Broschart
  • Morgan Brusca
  • Diego Buxeda
  • Clare Carey
  • Joseph Cherullo
  • Morgan Cline
  • Coleen Coffey
  • Brandon Collins
  • Molly Cook
  • Bradley Cordonnier
  • Kaycee Curtis
  • Alyssa Dabrowski
  • Cara Daley
  • Gianna Day
  • Aaron Day
  • Alexa Denney
  • Allison Dudek
  • Allison Edwards
  • Camille Eichenberger
  • Carly Evatz
  • Kassidy Falduto
  • Amy Feltz
  • Mark Franchak
  • Matthew Frazier
  • Claire Frego
  • Grace Furlong
  • Ashley Glanville
  • Braham Glasgow
  • Katie Goliwas
  • Hannah Gordon
  • Joseph Goslee
  • Kathleen Gross
  • Abigail Gulley
  • Claire Gutsmiedl
  • Mark Havlicek
  • Hannah Heil
  • Genevieve Herman
  • Beth Hock
  • Patrick Holmes
  • Emily Horvath
  • Caleb Hoskins
  • Bernadette Hughbanks
  • Nicholas Huth
  • Cassandra Hyers
  • Sydney Jenkins
  • Jayman Jhattu
  • Maggie Jones
  • Emma Kain
  • Jonathan Katz
  • Hannah Kelly
  • Mitchell Kennedy
  • Michaela Kenney
  • Grace Klepacz
  • Anthony Kornokovich
  • Kaleigh Koski
  • Grace Kozurek
  • Colleen Krasowski
  • Dorothy Latek
  • Megan Lewis
  • Samantha Lonsinger
  • Brandy Lynch
  • Lydia Mann
  • Ryan Mar
  • Morgan Mateja
  • Aubrey Mathews
  • Remy McAllister
  • Jai'Shawn McClendon
  • Anne Meadowcroft
  • Mary Miller
  • Jessica Minichillo
  • Ashley Montagnese
  • Lauren Moore
  • Sophia Murray
  • Thomas Napoli
  • Isabel Neal
  • Kathryn Niekamp
  • Sarah Noffert
  • Megan O'Gara
  • Christopher Peck
  • Abagail Petit
  • Nicholas Piazza
  • Kara Posniewski
  • Elizabeth Pritchard
  • Julia Pucci
  • Cathleen Puodziunas
  • Melissa Rabil
  • Darian Ramirez
  • Mary Rose Raque
  • Garrett Reese
  • Diego Rafael Rive Lockwood
  • Tomaiya Robinson
  • Alyssa Rodriguez
  • Brenna Russell
  • Marjorie Sayers
  • Julia Scanlon
  • Mckenna Sibold
  • Samantha Smith
  • Maya Smith-Custer
  • Justen Stall
  • Blaise Stephens
  • Cristina Taglienti
  • Meaghan Thomas
  • William Thompson
  • Timothy Tracy
  • Alexandra Trykoff
  • Olivia Vallone
  • Kyle Vernot
  • Margaret Weaver
  • Carter West
  • Luke Williams
  • Samantha Woodrich
  • Binglin Wu
  • Erin Yancey
  • Emilee Zoog