Author: Megan Fisher
Date: December 18, 2017
Categories: Academics

Students, family, and friends gathered at Houghton College recently to celebrate 45 December graduates.

Houghton College President Shirley A. Mullen hosted a reception at her home for the students and their families on Wednesday, December 6. She was joined by Phyllis Gaerte, alumni and community engagement director at the college, as they welcomed the graduates into the family of more than 22,000 Houghton alumni around the world.

This year’s December graduates represented 27 of the college’s 40 majors. Communication was the most commonly studied major, followed by business administration and biology. More than 70 percent of the December graduates hail from New York State, alongside classmates from Indiana, Montana, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the country of South Korea. Two of the students are completing their degree through Houghton College Online, and one student is finishing an Associate of Arts degree at the Houghton College Buffalo extension site.

Alumni connections run deep for some of this year’s December graduates. Eleven students have siblings who are either alumni or currently attending Houghton, while two graduates are children of Houghton alumni.

Gaerte encouraged graduates to continue to draw on the college as both a relational and career resource while they are making the transition from student to post-collegiate life. President Mullen challenged graduates to “be open to surprise,” and reminded them that “many of the things you most hope for come in forms other than what you expect.”

This year’s December graduates are:

Name Major Hometown
Roberta Anderson Human Resource Management Bradford, PA
Jackson Baker Communication Allison Park, PA
Laura Black Biology Houghton, NY
Gabrielle Brewster Biology Oneida, NY
Collen Callahan Inclusive Childhood Education Gerry, NY
Amanda Cano Inclusive Childhood Education Garfield, NJ
Anna Coryell Business Administration Phelps, NY
Rachael Cronk Communication Houghton, NY
Fiona Daloia Biology Webster, NY
Rebecca Dewey Equestrian Studies Dansville, NY
Bridget Dowling Recreation Carmel, NY
Alexis Fisher Business Administration Leicester, NY
Megan Fisher Political Science Westfield, NY
Andrew Foster Studio Art Pittsford, NY
Emily Friesen Studio Art Sellersville, PA
Alexander Fritz Environmental Biology Buffalo, NY
Nicole Garns Theology Chambersburg, PA
Jenna Gillespie Communication Olean, NY
Patrick Gorman Leadership Development Orchard Park, NY
Michael Hardy Biochemistry Osceola Mills, PA
Savannah Harms Psychology Victor, MT
Rachel Harrington Communication Dryden, NY
Hannah Hijleh Music Performance Staten Island, NY
Briana Hollenbeck Inclusive Childhood Education Angelica, NY
Young-Seob Hyun       Adolescent Education  Seoul, South Korea
Laura Johnson Writing Clifton Park, NY
Allison Larter Adolescent Education Rochester, NY
Marc LeGrand Music Performance Foster City, PA
Nicholas Loew Mathematics Center Valley, PA
Edward Mace Studio Art Genesee, PA
Cody McCarty Communication Elmira, NY
Kathryn Moore Business Administration Clifton Park, NY
Jonathan Niles Business Administration Nineveh, NY
Aimee Olson Mathematics Falconer, NY
Kurtis Perry Music Elective Studies Freedom, NY
Jennifer Pond Biochemistry Pittsford, NY
Naomi Prentice Communication Linwood, NY
Sarah Ritson Inclusive Childhood Education Rochester, NY
Lauren Ruppel Management Cheektowaga, NY
Mier Say Liberal Arts Buffalo, NY
Riley Scott Biology Auburn, IN
Khadeeja Smith Biology Valley Stream, NY
Matthew Stanton Music Medina, NY
Daniel Stevens Music Elective Studies Richfield Springs, NY
Rebekah White Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)         Rochester, NY