Houghton College is pleased to announce the graduation of 42 students in December. Students celebrated this milestone at a reception held on Wednesday, December 12. Fellow students, graduates, professors, staff, and friends gathered to honor these graduates.
Among the 42 students graduating, eight have double majors. The graduates represent a wide spectrum of majors, including those in the fields of art, business, accounting, communication, education, intercultural studies, history, psychology, religion, biochemistry, and recreation studies. Additionally, these graduates come from nine different states, and two from Canada.
The following students completed requirements for a Houghton College degree in December 2012: Taylor Aikens; Michael Amico; Anna Austin; Jennifer (Hudson) Bowman; Christina Braley; Rebecca Dennee; Oneica Denny; Kathryn Dygert; Rebecca Frutiger; Amara Graham; Chelsea Hafner; Yvonne Hartshaw; Kelsey Howse; Colleen Jennings; Amanda Kisselstein; Hannah Larson; Kara Mastin; Mitchell Matson; Bethany McIlrath; DeWayne Moore; Kelsey Murphy; Hannah Page; Micah Parlett; Emily Perregaux; Destiny Rafter; Stephen Ries; Andrew Roorbach; Monica Sandreczki; Christina Siau; Michaela Siau; Jonathan Smith; Aaron Stary; Gabriel Stegen; Bethany Stobbe; Amie Stuitje; Ashley Sweeney; Carly Trask; Megan Velardo; Randy Wood; Bridget Woolston; Gregory Wright; and Ruth Young.
Dr. Linda Mills Woolsey, dean of the college and vice president of academic affairs, addressed the graduates by saying, “As we celebrate the achievements of our December graduates, we are conscious that they are entering a troubled and competitive world. We are confident that the skills and understanding that they’ve gained during their time at Houghton will stand them in good stead. We are also confident that they will make a contribution to their communities and workplaces, because the world needs people with the sort of education that encourages them to think critically and creatively, see current challenges in their historical and cultural contexts, communicate well with others, and live with courage.”