Class of 2020 Virtual Recognition

Welcome to virtual commencement! Thank you for joining us.

Virtual commencement ceremonies are organized by college below. Each college's video contains the full ceremony. To view the video in full screen, click the play button, then click on the box in the lower right corner of the video.

See below for a downloadable copy of the commencement program book for a list of May and August 2020 graduates.

To all the graduates, congratulations! We celebrate you on this momentous achievement.

Eberly College of Business and Information Technology

College of Education and Communications

College of Fine Arts

College of Health and Human Services

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Kopchick College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement Program

View or download the Commencement Ceremony program book for a list of all graduates.

Student Speakers

Learn more about student speakers Brittany Hull, Madison Hornstein, and Andrew Junttonen and more ceremony details.

Class of 2020, against all odds you have risen above challenges to come to this moment in time. This moment where you transition from students to alumni. We are proud of you, class of 2020, and we celebrate you and your accomplishments. Please take time to do the same as you watch and read through these messages from your professors, staff mentors, family, and peers. You have made your mark on IUP, now go out and make your mark on the world.

Faculty and Staff

Parents and Family

Students

Faculty and Staff

Dan Greenstein
Chancellor, Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education
The College of Education and Communications Dean's Office
Political Science Department
Political Science Department
Chinese Language Program
Chinese Language Program
IUP Library
This is an important milestone in your lives, made even more significant as you completed the last elements in this funky online environment. We hope that we have been able to help you throughout your time at IUP and that you'll continue to benefit from libraries and information resources as you move along in your life's journey! Well done!
Faculty and Staff
IUP Libraries
Stephanie and Jim Jozefowicz - Economics
Dr. Kelly Heider and Nordberg
Dr. Kelly Heider and Nordberg
Deanne Snavely
Deanne Snavely
Class of 2020, I admire your resilience and fortitude during these trying times. I am so proud of each and everyone of you. You exude the IUP spirit and pride. There may not be a huge graduation ceremony, but I want to recognize your accomplishments. Congratulations, and press on to great things.
Dr. Joann Migyanka
Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services
As you venture into your Marketing careers, consider two words to live by - Good Grit. Courage and Resolve to pursue what is Righteous for you, your family, your employer and your community. That way, you demonstrate your Integrity and live out your Character in turbulent times.
Dr. Parimal Bhagat
Department of Marketing
Wishing you all the best as you tackle the next chapter. Soar high!
Tonya Patterson
Office of Alumni and Friends
The staff of the School of Graduate Studies and Research offers its heartfelt congratulations to the 2020 graduates. The journey to degree completion can be arduous and stressful, even in the best of times. You have successfully made this journey in a time filled with unprecedented challenges. Your original research and scholarship have added to the global body of knowledge, changed lives, inspired others, and opened new avenues of inquiry. You and your loved ones should be very proud of your perseverance, grit, and triumph; we most assuredly are! Good health and good luck!
The School of Graduate Studies and Research
To: Becky Shellenbarger
When we think about the last few years, we will remember how much you have grown, how much you have assisted, how much you have contributed, and how much brighter each day was because you were part of the team. We're proud of your accomplishments and the person you've become. BRAVO!
Jenn, Brendan, Mary, Melissa and Deb
Office of Engagement and University Events
The time was unexpectedly shortened without a chance to say a proper farewell. Just know that you made a difference during the time you were here. When you look back on this pandemic, be sure to take heart in knowing your resilience is what got you through and will continue to get you through life's trials. Always remember, no matter what "you've got this!"
Joyce Piper
IUP Libraries
Best wishes to the IUP Class of 2020!
Dr. Lori Lombard
Department of Communication Disorders, Special Education, and Disability Services
In the words of IUP English Professor Jane Leonard (1840-1925), "Go forth! Be brave! Be proud! Be true!"
Gian Pagnucci
Department of English
We are so proud of your achievements, hard work and dedication, especially under this difficult and challenging circumstance. We wish you the best as you pursue another chapter of your professional career, as well as you stand ready to care of your patients, family and community. You always give your patients hope, humanity, and passionate caring.
Dr. Nashat Zuraikat
Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
You didn't come this far to only come this far. Be kind, be humble, be courageous. Become your best and step into the future confident that you can make it better than the past. Congratulations!
Dr. Kelli Jo Kerry-Moran
Department of Professional Studies in Education
Congratulations 2020 IUP graduates! I appreciate your perseverance and your dedication to earning your degree at IUP and getting it done under these difficult circumstances.
All the best, Dr. Benhart
Department of Geography and Regional Planning
Kelli Paquette
Kelli Paquette
Michele Papakie
Michele Papakie
Susan Sibert
Susan Sibert
Although this is not the graduation celebration you imagined, it is important to celebrate. You have worked hard and accomplished much. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "go forward and make your dreams come true." You've earned it!
Dr. Julie Ankrum
Department of Professional Studies in Education
Dear Class of 2020,
You have experienced so much during your time at IUP. Although the spring semester was challenging, you have weathered the storm, managed the change, and stood resilient through this time. Continue to display those Crimson Hawk traits in all that you do after graduation. Wishing you the very best!
Dr. Kristy Chunta
Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions
To my wonderful graduating seniors: big virtual hugs and congratulations and my very best wishes for the exciting journey you're embarking on! Go set the world on fire (well, maybe after we come out of quarantine...) with your brilliance and energy!
My very best, Jean Nienkamp
Department of English
As a result of COVID-19, many events have been cancelled. But one thing is for certain...your future has not been cancelled! You are ready for the new future that awaits us all! Every employer will be experiencing a new way of doing business and now, having gone through a partial semester of remote education, you will thrive in a virtual work environment, which is quickly becoming the new norm! Don't look back, look forward! Be strong and courageous and go and do great things! You can do it! See you in September at your commencement ceremony! What a great day that will be! Until then, congratulations, Class of 2020!
Tracy VanHorn-Juart
Student Retention and Success
Warmest congratulations on your graduation. May you never be afraid to dream too big, take the risks, endure the failures, take more risks and enjoy sweet success.
Sincerely, Pauline Wells '94
Office of International Education
I wish all the graduating seniors the best of luck with a fruitful future. To those of you who have worked hard in chemistry or biochemistry toward medical school, graduate school, or other professional scientific endeavor, I commend you on your commitment to a field of rigor, wonder and lifelong learning!
Dr. Jana L. Villemain
Department of Chemistry
Students, you kept moving forward and didn't even let a pandemic prevent you from achieving your goals. I hope the success you found at IUP catapults you to great accomplishments in your life. Congratulations and stay safe!
Bev Mastalski
Health and Human Services Dean's Office
May 2020 Graduates (especially those in chemistry, biochemistry and natural sciences: IUP and IUP Chemistry are so proud of you! Celebrate yourselves! Be proud of yourselves! All my best to you in your future!
Dr. E
To: Hanna Hudec
Congratulations, Hanna. You did it! Wishing you all the best the world has to offer! Hugs from your CHSS Dean's Office family!"
CHSS Dean's Office
Congratulations to each and every one of younow it is time to celebrate! You have worked hard and demonstrated dedication to your discipline. It has been a privilege to have you at IUP, and now we welcome you to the IUP alumni family. Keep in touch and we look forward to seeing each of you on September 12 for an in-person celebration!
Sylvia Gaiko
Dean, Health and Human Services

Parents and Family

To: Mohammed Ali
Congratulations on your well deserved success! With lots of love and pride today and always,
Mom, Dad and fam.
To: Miranda Andrejchak
We are so proud of your accomplishments! Love you so much!
Paula and Rick Andrejchak
To: Elizabeth Ansel
Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and graduating with honors. I am so proud of you.
Love, Grandma (Carol) Ansel
To: Elizabeth Ansel
Congratulations to our daughter Elizabeth and all of the Spring 2020 IUP graduates. We are so proud of not only your academic achievements, but also the person you've become. Can't wait to see what you can accomplish and contribute in graduate school and beyond.
Michael and Mary Jo Ansel
To: Jason Ash
Congratulations on your graduation! We're proud of your accomplishments and the person you've become. We wish you all the best in what lies ahead.
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Alaina Backer
Congratulations Alaina! Follow your dreams and remember the best is yet to come! We are so proud of you and love you.
Dad and Mom
To: Gina Claire Baldoni
Congratulations, Gina, on realizing your lifelong dream of becoming a teacher! We're so proud of all your hard work and dedication to reach your goalin summa cum laude style, no less! You're an amazing young woman whose smile, compassion, creativity, sense of humor, musical abilities, and great faith will richly bless your future students, as you already have your family and many friends.
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Veronica Baroni
We are very proud of you. You will make a great nurse.
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Lauren Barrett
Happy Graduation! We are so proud of you! You persevered and made it through, and we are excited for what lies ahead for you and your nursing career. We wish you all the best that life can bring. We love you and from the bottom of our hearts we say CONGRATULATIONS!!
Love, Dad and Nicki
To: India C. Bey
Congratulations, India Bey. Keep learning, keep venturing through your journey, and remember that you were made for great things. We love you and are so, so proud of you. Congratulations and may God continue to bless you.
Wanda Gary
To: Deanna Bibbus
Four years ago, we moved you into your first dorm at IUP and in these past four years, we have watched you grow as a person and excel academically. You truly followed the path you set out for yourself and found you, coming into your own. We are so very proud of all you accomplished and can't wait to see what the next chapter brings. You did it, kiddo!
Mother and Father
To: Ryan Binkley
We are so proud of all you have accomplished these past few years! You have exceeded our expectations and have shown there are no limits to the heights you can reach. Congratulations to you for all your successes and for more to come. We love you more than words can say!
Love, Dad and Robin
To: Ryan Binkley
As a brother you are the best, as a student you were the best, and as a graduate I know you will be the best! Your passion and dedication is obvious in everything you do, and it will take you wherever you want to go.
Love ya, Ry!, Kristen Benyo
To: Ryan Binkley
Take a minute and be proud of all that you've lived through, learned and accomplished over the last 22 years! Graduation is just the first step you take toward making your dreams a realityyou are now ready to grow and become a success by recognizing and taking advantage of every opportunity your education has made available. I am so extremely proud of you and how hard you worked to achieve your goals, congratulations!
Kelly Binkley
To: Nathan Blankenbicker
Congratulations, Nate. We are so proud of you! We're very excited to see what the future holds for you, Good luck!
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Jacob Breslawski
We love you and are proud of the man you have become. In the words of Roald Dahl, "Life is a series of thousands of tiny miracles. Notice them."
Dolores and Terry Breslawski
To: Ashley Borger
Ashley, we are so proud of you and all your achievements in your 4 years at IUP. God has blessed us with a beautiful, smart, strong, kind and fun-loving daughter/sister and we love you very much!! Congratulations Ash on your Degree in Fashion Merchandising and your Minor in Marketing!!!
Mom, Dad, and Zach
Darby Boyles
To: Abby Brown
We are proud of you and love you! Good luck teaching in these new and different times!
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Zach Brucher
Congratulations on your graduation, Zach! All your hard work and determination has paid off. Best wishes to you as you start your new career!
Allyson Leskowsky
To: Jessica Buchna
Congratulations to our daughter Jessica Buchna and her fellow Crimson Hawk classmates on their graduation from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. So proud of you, Jess, and wish you and your classmates all the best in your careers and a successful future. You have achieved a milestone aspired by others and we want you to know your family is proud of you. Awesome job!
We love you! Mom, Dad, and Mitch.
To: Kelvin Buggey
The family of Kelvin Buggey extends our excitement! We commend our son for his hardworking nature and give praise to God. We want to send our deepest appreciation to IUP, every dedicated teacher and staff member. This will be our third son to graduate from this wonderful university!
Maria E. Coll
To: Maria E. Coll
Sweet Maria: Congratulations on your college graduation. We are so very proud of all of your achievements! We love you more than words can say! You are smart, kind, and beautiful, and you will always be our baby girl.
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Jake Curti
I am So proud to call you my son. I know you will do great at anything you do.
Love, Kathy Curti (mom)
To: Sarah E. Dawsey
We love you, Miss Sarah. Congrats!
Dad, Mom, Jordan, Rachel, and your 103 Chestnut St. students: Mr. Spider, Silky Sanchez, and Spike.
To: Matthew DeCesare
MattAs you leave IUP, remember those who have always supported you: Mom, Dad, Mark, and your grandparents. Our love, pride, and encouragement will never end! Congratulations!
Jim and Amy DeCesare
Gabrielle DeSousa
To: Gabrielle DeSousa
Congratulations, Gabby DeSousa. We are so proud of you!
Love, Mom, Dad, and Julianna
To: Derrin Dietz
You have worked hard for this moment and these changing times will shape your outlook as you move forward. This is not what you expected when you completed your college journey, but your dedication, commitment, and positive attitude will lead to innovation and new work processes in the careers you have chosen. Congratulations.
Jeff and Judi Dietz
Rebecca Downs
To: Rebecca Downs
Congratulations Rebecca Kate, we are so proud of you and the direction you have chosen for your future. Your drive to care for others is unmatched and you are a light in so many lives. "We do not need magic to change the world, we can carry all the power we need inside ourselves already." -JK Rowling
Love Always, Mark Thea, Emily, Shawn, and Sam
To: Rebecca Downs
Congratulations, Becky. We are so proud of you and the direction you have chosen for your future. You are warm and caring person and are loved by many.
Jack and Pat Ryan
To: Elizabeth Laura Foreman
To our sweet girlwe couldn't be more proud of you. Your achievements amaze us. Wherever you go .... go with your heart. Love You.
Elaine and Bob Ward
To: Drew Furman
We are so proud of you. Your hard work has paid off. Best wishes for your future. You will be great! Keep the Lord in your life!
We Love You, Mom and Dad
To: Allison Gardner
Congratulations to our grad! You've had an amazing four years at IUP, filled with hard work and wonderful memories. We're so proud to see you begin the exciting future you've created for yourself!
With love and pride today and always, Mom and Dad
To: J'Quay Gibbs
What you have accomplished, the man you have grown into, the existence you secured in this world, cannot be defined in words. I am so honored to be your mother and part of your journey! We are so very proud of you! Don't forget to live life, there is no Take 2!
We love you! Mom, T'Rell, O'Mari, and E'Lija
To: Hailey Gibson
Hailey, we are so proud of you! We love you! Congratulations!
Love, Mom, Dad, and Jordan
To: Allison and Ashley Goodlin
Your hard work and dedication will help you achieve your goals. We are so proud of you and all you have accomplished! We love you and congratulations on a job well done!
Mom and Dad
To: Mitchell Gordish
Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need! Congratulations, Mitchell!
Scott and Tracy Gordish
To: Rebecca Grundy
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and especially Rebecca Grundy. You have accomplished so much and had many successes, both in your hospitality management major and in the Sigma Kappa sorority. Best of luck to you and your class and God bless all of your endeavors.
The Grundy Family
Emily Helm
To: Emily Helm
Congratulations Emily! We are so proud of you! XOXO
Sue, Scott and Melissa Helm
To: Annie Hennessey
Hey Annie Hennessey! So proud of you. Congratulations, Class is 2020! You will remember this time forever! It will impact your lives in so many positive ways you will recognize later.
Patricia Hennessey
To: Tyler Hensler
We are all so proud of you! You are driven and are so full of life. You have earned an MBA. Tyler you are kind and nice and those are great attributes. Go make the world a better place and enjoy doing it.
We Love you, Mom and Dad
To: Olivia Hine
Congratulations to all the seniors, especially Olivia Hine. I'm very proud of your accomplishments and proud to be your dad. You and your 2020 classmates will go in the history books as the first IUP class to survive a pandemic. Good luck to all in future endeavors.
Sincerely, Doug Hine
To: Taylor Karan
Congratulations to our daughter Taylor and to all the 2020 graduates! We love you and are so proud of you!
The Karan family
To: Kennedy Kengor
Congratulations, Kennedy! You made it and we are so proud of you! We love you!
Dad, Mom, Jordan, Rian and Daisy
To: Madison Kerr
Congratulations to our beautiful granddaughter, the Nursing Department's valedictorian, which speaks to how hard you worked throughout your college career. We are very proud of you and wish you a lifetime of career and personal success.
Love you always, Pop and Gaga
To: Devin Jeffries
Congrats on your IUP safety and ROTC graduations! We salute you and are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Your adventure awaits!
Amy, Erich, Luke, and Eden Jeffries
To: Ezabella Jioio
Congratulations, Bella on your college graduation. We are so proud of you, with your special charm and accomplishments. You will achieve all your coming success.
Mom, Dad, Augie and Angelo
To: Melissa John
I wish you all the happiness and success the world has to offer. Congratulations, wee1, you did it. I am so proud of you!
Arlene John
Kendall Johnson
To: Kendall Johnson
We are so proud of our daughter, Kendall Johnson, as she graduates with a degree in criminology! Go be great!
Love you! Jeremiah 29:11
To: Cassondra Jordan
Remember that you can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Congratulations on your graduation, Baby Doll. We couldn't be more proud. Good luck with what the future holds.
Sonya and Perry Taylor
To: Mitchell Jubas
Hey Mitch, congratulations, buddy! I'm proud of your perseverance and all the adversity you've battled through. I'm so proud that you're the next graduate from the family to be an IUP alumni. You'll always have three things: you'll always be an IUP alumnus, your dad will always stand behind you, and you'll never run out of IUP hoodies. I love you and I'm proud of you. Congratulations!
Dad
Ashlin Lacomba
To: Rachel Leskowsky
Congratulations on your great achievement, Rach! Your determination and drive have helped you to succeed. We are so proud of you and wish you the best wherever life takes you! xoxo
Allyson Leskowsky
To: Holly Lightner
Congratulations on your graduation. Mom and Dad are proud of you. It's been an eventful four years.
To: Victoria Louder
We are so very proud of you. You are well on your way to making an awesome career for yourself. Your work ethic and passion for helping others, along with your sincere commitment to being the best version of yourself, is the reason your future will be filled with joy.
Tom and Lisa Louder
To: Issac Lowe
Words can't explain how extremely proud I am of the young man you have become. Your determination determines your destiny.
Laura Washington
To: Simran Mangat
Simran, chase your dreams, never stop trying, never stop learning, live life to the fullest and give it nothing but your best. Proud of you!
Love, Mom
To: Morgan Markloff
Wishing you great success in your nursing career. You have the knowledge, talent, and compassion for this life-long career. We are all extremely proud of you and your accomplishments. Congratulations!!
Love, Mom, Dad, and Danny
To: Andrea Marshall
We are so very proud of our IUP master of science in food and nutrition ~ Miss Andrea Marshall. Congratulations! We love you! Tremendous Accomplishment!
David, Lynne and Monica Marshall, along with Chris, Lyla and Grandma and Pap
Megan Marron
To: Megan Marron
We are so very proud of your accomplishments! Look out world, here she comes!!!
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Larissa Martin
Larissa, you set your goals and worked hard to make them come true, we are beyond proud of you! As a nurse, you know that every day you will touch a life or a life will touch yours. And so the adventure begins
With Love and Joy, Mom, Dad, Josh, and Michie
To: Jan Carlos Matos
Know without a doubt that you were meant for great things! Congratulations, Jan!!!
We Love you greatly, always, Angel, Anda, Coral, Lares Jr. Lares Sr., Elise, and Joanne
To: Abbey McCool
We're so happy and proud that you've achieved this great milestone. Congrats, you did it!
Love, Dad, Mom, Ainsley, Keigan, and Gizmo
To: Paige Nicole McLaughlin
Paige, we are so proud of everything you have accomplished. We love watching you dance on stage and look forward to what you will do as a speech pathologist or audiologist. We love you!!
Tim and Tris McLaughlin
To: Marissa McMechen
I am so very proud of all you have accomplished at IUP and proving what hard work and determination can truly do. There were times that were difficult, but I knew you would get through them and be just fine, which is exactly what you did each and every time. You have a job waiting for you and I know you're going to continue to strive to do your best. I love you so very much and will miss you so very much!
Love, Mom
To: Nyla D. Meade
Nyla, I know this journey has not been easy for you! But anything worth having is worth fighting for! You fought and gained the reward! I am so proud of you! Love you and Keep God First!!
Love, Mommy
To: Kathleen Mest
We are so proud of everything you have accomplished in the last four years at IUP. With your hard work and perseverance, not only have you achieved excellence in your academics, but you have also become a well-rounded and respected individual. It's true that the current situation challenges all of us, but you have a bright future ahead of you, no matter what direction you should choose. We are looking forward to seeing what the next few years will bring for you!
We love you! Mom and Dad
Mitchell Murray
To: Mitchell Murray
Congratulations Mitchell! Though this is not the way you wanted your senior year to end, we are very proud of you and your hard work. We hope you are as proud of yourself as we are. Success is determined by who you are, how you treat others and lead your life. We wish you the best and will support you forever. Love you to the moon and back!
Mom and Dad
Olivia R. Nupp
To: Margaret Olin
Congratulations Maggie! You've done an outstanding job and I am so very proud of you! Love you!
Aunt Beth :)
To: Jordyn Oliver
"Live life when you have it. Life is a splendid giftthere is nothing small about it." - Florence Nightingale
Congratulations! We are so proud of you and love you!
Dad, Jess, Olivia, Savannah, Benji, and Frankie Mae
To: Joshua Kenneth Over
So proud of your accomplishmentsyou made it! You faced the challenge with an open heart and mind! We love you.
Dad, Mom, Mel, Josh, Matt, Kate, Zach, Danny, Hayden, Kayci, and Charlotte
To: Shane Parker
Congratulations Shane! We are so proud of you and all your achievements!
Love, Mom and Dad
Mark Parry
To: Sarah Patrick
I am so proud of you! You are so creative! You will make a FANTASTIC Art Teacher!
Love, Mom
Megan Perz
To: Dafni Pratt
As you pursue your dreams, continue to trailblaze and raise the bar higher as you succeed. In you we have the BEST example of a first born, older sister and first grand. So proud!
Olivia Collier
To: Kaylie Prementine
Congratulations Kaylie on your Graduation! We can't wait to watch you shine as you enter the next exciting chapter of your life! Keep making us proud!
Mom and Herb
To: Bo Putt
Congratulations on earning both a finance degree and a biology degree! We are so proud of you! May God protect and guide you as you achieve all that you set out to do.
Love, Dad, Mom and Ryan
To: Cody Rathke
We love and support you as always and couldn't be prouder to be your parents. Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure at Widener University in the fall. Love you!!
To: Samantha Rihn
Seeing you graduate overwhelms me with joy and pride and brings tears to my eyes. You have worked so hard and done so well. We are so very proud of you and you will be an amazing school teacher. Congratulations!
We love you, Mom and Tom
To: Morgan Rihn
We want to wish all of the 2020 IUP graduates best wishes and a bright future! Especially our daughter Morgan Rihn who was a Marketing major. Lots of hard work and late nights have been made to get ready for this day. You are amazing and once you put your mind to it, will go far! We love you very much and are so proud!
Love, Mom, Dad, and Sean
To: Brittany Robinson
Congratulations and I couldn't be more proud! I love you to the moon and back.
Love, Mom
To: Devon Robinson
Congratulations Class of 2020! Go out and change the world!
Terri Robinson
To: Jonathan Rorabaugh
We are so proud of you Jonathan! Congratulations on your accounting degree! We love you!
Roger and Tisha Rorabaugh
To: Lakin Rotz
At a very young age, we saw your determined and independent spirit. God has placed many people, events, and appointments along the way that helped shape you into the beautiful young lady you are today. We are so very proud to celebrate your accomplishment of being an IUP dean's list graduate and look forward to many more celebrations and milestones in the years ahead.
We love you so much, Dad and Mom
To: Kirsten Rush
We could not be any more proud of your accomplishments. The impact you will have on so many young minds cannot be measured. You did it, kid!!!
Love you more, Mom and Dad
To: Jared Sabo
Congratulations on receiving your master's degree Jared. We are so proud of you!
Love, Mom, Dad, Sadie, Jonathan & Ngoc
To: Emily Sagwitz
We are so incredibly proud of you!
Love, Mom, Dad, and Panda
To: Robert Sickles
Congratulations son. We are so proud. You are entering a field that is at war with a virus. Nurses are called heroes. You are our hero today and every day! We love you.
Mom, Dad and Steven
Joshua J. Sidary
To: Joshua J. Sidary
We are extremely proud of you!
Love, Your Family
To: Wyatt Shank
Behind you, all your memories. Before you, all your dreams. Around you, all who love you. Within you, all you need. We couldn't be more proud of all your accomplishments! You are going to be an awesome teacher!
Love, Mom, Dad, Austin, and Gavin
To: Caitlyn Sheehan
Love-Pride-Honor-Courage-Dedication. These are just a few words that describe how we feel about you, Caitlyn. Our feelings really can't be put into words of how blessed we are to have you as our daughter, sister, friend, and fellow human being. Thanks for being true to yourself and being the best you can be!
Love, Mom and Dad
Blaine Shindel
To: Elizabeth JoHanna Shiring
We are so very proud of your academic and professional success in earning the doctor of education in curriculum and instruction this May 2020 from IUP! Your dedicated and focused effort in accomplishing your goal is to be commended. We look forward to celebrating your future with you!
Love, Mom and Dad
Toni Smay
To: Toni Smay
We are so proud of you for finishing your bachelor's degree in speech language pathology in three years. Way to go!
We Love You, Mom, Dad, and Brooke
To: Jaleh Smith
We are very proud of you, Jaleh. Good luck in everything you do. We love you and congratulations. You made your mama proud.
Sonya Nagle
To: Nathan Smith
He is my grandson and I am very proud of him. So sorry he can't have a real graduation with all his hard work for four years and his expertise playing hockey. Congratulations to all the graduates. Best of luck to them.
Nate's Mamaw, Lareene Fischer
Nathan Smith
Congratulations, Nathan! Time to celebrate all your hard work. This is just the beginning of a lifetime for you!
Love, Uncle George and Aunt Sherri
To: Nathan Smith
Congratulations Nathan Smith!
Love, the Dillons
To: Nathan Smith
You are such a special young man. The world is at your feet...go for it! Work hard and continue to make us proud! Congratulations Here's to you!
Tom and Charlene
To: Nate Smith
So sorry you won't have a graduation, but I want to wish you congratulations on a job well done during the past four years. Best wishes in your future endeavors.
Love You, Mamaw
To: Kevin Richard Smith
Congratulations, Kev on your graduation. We are so extremely proud of you. Keep working hard, learning every day, and know how much we love you.
Richard and Karen Smith
To: Benjamin C. Snyder
Ben, Chase your dreams. Never stop trying. Never stop learning. Live life to the fullest and give it nothing but your best. We couldn't be more proud of your accomplishments!
Love, Mom, Dad and Matt.
To: Kevin Soffera
We are so incredibly proud of you and all your achievements. So many more to come! Rock on.
Mom and Dad
Tasneem Soliman
To: Tasneem Soliman
Education is everything. Education is your power. Education is your way in life for whatever you want to do. Education is one thing no one can take away from you.
Elin Nodegren and Ciara
To: Andrew Somogyi
Andrew, we are so proud of you and all your achievements. The dedication and heart you put into all you do will certainly reward you! On to the next phase! Congratulations!
Love you always, Mom, Dad, and Elaina too!
To: Ashley Speare
Congratulations on graduating! We are so proud of you!
Love, Mom, Dad, Ryan, and Troy
To: Cassidy Stitely
Your college graduation being postponed is just another hurdle in life that you have accomplished. We thank you for always believing in yourself and NEVER giving up when you thought life was too much! Now take what you've learned and go follow your dreams with the passion and path that you have made.
Love you always! Mom and Dad
To: Tori Stromberg
Dad and I are beyond proud of you, achieving your dream and completing your master's this year. Even though the ceremony is postponed temporarily, you will be able to walk to accept that master's and we will be there cheering for you loud and proud. We love you sweet girl!
Kevin and Amy Stromberg
To: Bailey Taylor
We are above and beyond proud of you! Thank you IUP campus employees, professors, Hospitality Department, and Scooters rugby team for providing our daughter with an amazing college experience!
From her parents, Bryan and Tracey Taylor
To: Ryan Taylor
Just a short note from your mom and I letting you know how proud of you we are. We know you have worked hard these past four years, and look forward to the brightness of your future. We love you.
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Hannah Tibbott
Congratulations Hannah! We are so proud of you! We can't wait to see where life takes you! Love you!
Joy, Brian, and Sarah Tibbott
To: Autumn Toki
Congratulations, Autumn Toki, on your graduation as a biochemistry major at IUP. We are extremely proud of all of your accomplishments. We know the future will hold great things for you!
Love, Mom, Dad, Jaclynn, and Samantha
To: Courtney Toney
We would like to congratulate Courtney for her achievement of receiving a bachelor's degree in early childhood education. We are extremely proud of her for maintaining a consistent high GPA and being designated as a Provost's Scholar her junior year and also being named to the dean's list each semester during her four years at IUP. Courtney has worked so hard for what she has received thus far and will be continuing her education to earn her master's degree in literacy. Congratulations, Courtney. Great Job. We all Love You So Much!
Love, Your Parents, Lori and Mike; brother, Michael; and entire family XOXO.
To: Jenna Trybus
You are proof that hard work and dedication pay off and we are so proud! As you start your next phase toward your master's degree, we wish you nothing but success! You will always have our love and supportthe sky's the limit!
Love, Dad, Mom and Amanda
To: Jenna Trybus
Congratulations on your graduation! We are so very proud! Wishing you many blessings for a bright future. We love you!
Tricia and Alyssa Grimm
To: Miranda Uhrig
Congratulations on your amazing achievements Miranda! We could not be more proud of you!
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Kyle Varone
Congratulations on reaching this milestone as you get ready to start the next chapter of your life. You have achieved and accomplished so much in your time at IUP and we are extremely proud of you. We love you and wish you continued success wherever life takes you.
Bart and Mia Varone
To: Genesis Victoria
Congratulations! We want you to know how proud we are of you for this major accomplishment of graduating college. As your parents, we envisioned you early in life that you would be a successful young woman that meets the goals you have set for yourself. We wish you all the success in your professional life going forward, and you're a true role model for your sister. Thank you so much for that and may all your dreams come true.
We love you! Mom, Mike and Jenny
To: Lea Wehnau
Lea, you have worked so hard these past four years and it has certainly paid off. It helps when you love what you do and it's your passion for music that drives you. I could not be more proud of you and I love you very much!
Lori Skibjak
To: Jason Wendel
Congratulations on your superior achievements the past four years. May you always find success, happiness and love, not only as a professional, but also socially and with family. Life is always a balance, and we wish for you to always have that.
Love, Dad and Mom
To: Gregory Wharton
Congratulations on your graduation! We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments at IUP. As you start your next phase towards your Master's degree, we wish you nothing but success! You will always have our love and support.
Mom, Dad, Eric and Andrew
To: Marlon Wilkerson Jr.
It was a long road, but hopefully you enjoyed the ride! We are so proud of you! Well done, Marlon!
Love, Mom and Dad
To: Chamari Willis
To: Chamari Willis
Love, Mom
Andrea Zagorski
To: Andrea Zagorski
These last 4 years have shown just how much you can accomplish if you set your goals high. We are so proud of you and we know that you will continue to shine in the years to come!
Love, Mom & Dad, and the whole family
To: Lindsay Wynn
We want you to know how proud of you we are for your outstanding accomplishments and honors at IUP. You are special to our family and we are thinking of you as you begin to celebrate your graduation. We know you will be a success in all you doand the academy is waiting for you!
Judy and Bob

Students

Kaela Cardarella
I would like to thank IUP for every opportunity it gave me for success, self-growth, inspiration, and friendships that I will cherish always. Indiana is a home to me, and those who I've met along the way have turned into family. I can't put into words how much I'll treasure the memories and bonds I've formed here. I couldn't be prouder to be an alumni of IUP.
Kaela Cardarella
Sociology
Rachel Coyne
This isn't the way I wanted to say goodbye to IUP, but I'm forever grateful for the lessons, memories, and people that IUP brought into my life. Congratulations to the class of 2020. I'm IUProud of the strong community I've been a part of for the last three years and I'm looking forward to what the future holds.
Rachel Coyne
Nutrition/Dietetics
Elise Crider
Thank you for the best four years, IUP! Exercise Science truly became my family. Best of luck to you all!
XO, Elise Crider
Kinesiology Health & Sport Science
My time at IUP was extraordinary. The Sociology Department was beyond amazing and each professor in that department will forever have an impact on me that I will carry for the rest of my life. Thank you IUP, for providing me with an amazing college experience. While I will miss it, I am ready for the next chapter.
Paige DeCasper
Sociology
Natalie L. Deck
To the professors and staff who have guided me to excel and become a better version of myself every day, thank you. Thank you for pushing me to do the best I can. Everyone at IUP has not only taught me content, but has taught beyond the book, beyond the "normal." Also, a huge shout out to my student teaching placements and all the staff at these schools. You are each a part of my journey that I will never forget and will forever cherish. To all my peers, and incoming freshman, you will continue to do amazing things. Congratulations to the Class of 2020! When I graduate on May 8, I will be honored and proud to say that I am an IUP Alumni!
Natalie L. Deck
Early Childhood Education, PreK-4
Rebecca Downs
Rebecca Downs
Sociology
Kayla Ford
Four years fly by, enjoy every minute of it. I know I did.
Kayla Ford
Criminology
Cassidy Francisco
Cassidy Francisco
Sociology
I am so grateful to the fine faculty in the Literature and Criticism program. Their expertise and professionalism are greatly appreciated. I have grown as a scholar and an educator. I am especially thankful to Drs. Veronica Watson, Lingyan Yang, and Kenneth Sherwood. You all are amazing. My time at IUP has been well worth it.
Amy L. George, PhD
Literature and Criticism
I want to thank my chair, Dr. Alman, and committee members Dr. Blair and Dr. Hsiao for their guidance throughout my thesis journey. Dr. Hsiao and Dr. Petrucci, who made sure that I was the first graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science to complete this unique graduate program between IUP and the University of Taipei. Attending this special program will always be one of my greatest accomplishments.
Charles Horsley
Sport Management/Exercise Science
Thank you Mom, Dad, family, and Kevin for being my biggest fans and supporters the past six years! I love you all.
Melissa John
Amardeep Kaur
Thank you IUP and my professors in the ELR department. I learned a lot and will cherish the memories, as I bid goodbye.
Amardeep Kaur
Professors, thank you for giving me the chance when no one else would.
Elizabeth Leard
Sports Administration
Matthew Marinchek
Matthew Marinchek
Hospitality Management
Ekaterina Minchenkova
As an international student, I always felt it was difficult being so far away from home at IUP. Now being away from IUP is harder than I ever could have expected.
Ekaterina Minchenkova
International Business and Marketing
Lacey Mock
Lacey Mock
Anita Morrison
Thank you IUP for the last four years. I will never forget all the people I have met, memories I have made, and knowledge I have gained. IUP prepared me to become the best teacher I know I will be and I feel ready to take on the real world! Thank you to the wonderful faculty in the College of Education for creating a wonderful learning experience for future teachers. I will miss every single one of you!
Anita Morrison
Olivea Norris
To the seniors: We've made it! Whether it took three years or six, we've finally made it. IUP has given us new families, new opportunities, and free T-shirts galore. Now it's time for us to go out and do the work that needs to be done. I wish the best of luck to you all and thank you.
Olivea Norris
Amber Pferdekamper
This is it! We spent countless nights studying, questioning our paths, and maybe even crying. But we also spend many nights eating too many Insomnia Cookies, laughing until we couldn't breathe, and meeting lifelong friends. Whatever your plans are, wherever you're going to end up, you will always remember the time you spent at IUP. I'm so proud of all of us for pushing through and finishing this semester strong. Congratulations, Class of 2020, and good luck in the next chapter of your lives!"
Amber Pferdekamper
Brianna Phillips
I want to thank my friends, family, classmates, and my nursing professors for making these four years some of the best. I could not have imagined my college experience anywhere else. I will miss everything IUP has to offer. On to the next chapter!
Brianna Phillips
Nursing
Carmen Riggle and Hannah Schrecengost
Carmen Riggle and Hannah Schrecengost
Jonathan Rorabaugh
Jonathan Rorabaugh
Caitlyn Sheehan, Gina Roncher, and Courtney Buchler
Thank you to the IUP Nursing Department for the endless opportunities and success. Thank you to our families for the endless amount of support. And thank you to our friends for the unforgettable, lifelong memories.
Caitlyn Sheehan, Gina Roncher, and Courtney Buchler
Nursing
At IUP, I've lost, won, loved, hated and just about everything in between. Indiana has matured me, made me present, allowed me to find my passion and introduced me to some incredible friendsand believe it or not, amazing professors! IUP shaped me into the person I'm proud to say I am, and to work hard in order to become an even better person every day. I am so thankful and so beyond blessed to be a part of the class of 2020.
Always and always~4 LYFE, Margaret Siegert
While it wasn't the ending we expected to our college careers, we have made the best of it. Never stop dreaming and chase your dreams.
Malena Smith
Education
I want to thank the advisors, professors, and office workers who took a special interest in me and continued to cultivate my love of science, especially Drs. Fair, Hinrichsen, Major, Lake, and Bi. Also, I want to share some advice with fellow classmates. Never stop working to achieve what you want. You are capable of more than you ever thought possible! I will miss IUP and its community immensely.
Clayton Vasey
Biology/Pre-Med