Journey is a great word for the path that 2016's 1,893 graduates walked to arrive at their degrees. Life threw all kinds of things at them along the way: challenges and opportunities, doubts and tragedies, millstones and milestones.
But despite it all, they made it through. With the help of friends, family, faculty, and staff, they reached their goal of a college degree. While most of them come from right here in Northeast Indiana, 75 are from out of state and 53 are international students from 21 countries including Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Mexico, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Vietnam.
Also included in this years graduating class are a wide variety of age ranges, ranging from a 19-year-old graduate to one that recently turned 67.
Please join us in celebrating just a few of the amazing stories behind this year's graduates. May their stories inspire you to accomplish new things and persevere through rough times.
Taylor earned a very special distinction with The Big Event: She was a student leader for four years. She’s also a first-generation student, graduating today in Psychology. Through this year’s The Big Event, our students contributed more than 1,800 hours of volunteer service to about 50 agencies in the Fort Wayne community and beyond.
Chapman Scholar graduating in biology
Begins her Master’s degree this fall in the Biomedical, Chemical, and Environmental engineering program at the University of Cincinnati. She received a full-tuition scholarship in the program, along with the opportunity to perform research with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Chapman Scholar graduating in mechanical engineering
Will be an engineer with Signature 4, a design firm headquartered in Coldwater, Ohio. But they know her very well already, because she spent two years interning there.
IPFW’s first Doermer Distinguished Scholar graduate, accounting and finance
Brenna is studying for the CPA exam, which she will take this summer. In the fall, she starts as a staff tax accountant at Crowe Horwath in Indianapolis.
Master’s in public policy
Carly co-wrote an article on eating disorder treatment with Sinyoung Park, one of her assistant professors. She has been accepted to the health education Ph.D. program at the University of Toledo and will being her studies in the fall.
B.A in Spanish and a B.S. in Sociology
She spent the spring 2015 semester studying Spanish in Puerto Rico. After graduation, she will return there to work on construction projects and help conduct a children’s day camp. She’ll start a graduate degree in social work at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the fall. She plans to use her education to serve the needs of Spanish-speaking populations.
*B.S. in Biology *
A student-athlete on the men’s volleyball team, Andy worked with Associate Professor of Biology Elliott Blumenthal to perform melanoma cancer research with a holistic approach. His research led to presentations at several universities and conferences internationally, including Belgium, The Netherlands and France. After graduation, he will continue his research for a year as he prepares for medical school.
Master of Liberal Studies
Regina’s road to higher education had many twists and turns. She grew up in a family of six, facing both poverty and Sarcoidosis, a challenging inflammatory disease that affects the lungs and lymph glands. After many starts and stops across a 13 year period, she finished her Bachelor’s degree in 2013. Today, she graduates with a Master of Liberal Studies. As part of her studies, she launched the first Sarcoidosis support group in Fort Wayne.
B.S. in Chemistry
A member of the men's cross country team, Ryan will be pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry at Purdue where he received a graduate teaching assistanceship.
B.S. in Biology
Monica is currently a candidate for a research job in the biology labs at the University of South Carolina, as well as a (now former) member of the Women's Volleyball team.
B.A. in Psychology
A member of the IPFW softball team, Sarah will soon start a graduate program in psychology at Simon Fraser University in Bernaby, British Columbia.
As a cadet in IPFW's Army ROTC program, Nicholas has demonstrated superior potential and exceptional success in all three pillars of Cadet development: academics, fitness, and army leadership. Academically, Nicholas is graduating with distinction, an honor which requires a GPA higher than 3.8. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate, graduating in the top 20% of ROTC commissionees nationwide, and has been selected to undergo training as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot.