Photo feature: Commencement is a family affair

Among the more than 1,000 students who participated in Spring Commencement Exercises were three faculty or staff members as well as many relatives and friends.

Faculty and staff who earned degrees include:

  • Alejandro Dejesus, assistant director, University Center. Dejesus earned a master’s degree in education.
  • Nereida “Nery” Macias, admissions counselor, Admissions Services. Macias earned a master’s degree in education.
  • Katrina “Katy” Cathcart, senior instructor, School of Public Affairs. Cathcart earned a Ph.D. in education.

There were others who had family members who graduated. Among them were:

  • Tom Christensen, provost-elect, whose daughter, Emily, earned a master’s degree in education
  • Suzanne Scott, budget director, Resource Management Division, whose daughter, Britany, earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice
  • Steve Linhart, assistant vice chancellor, Dean of Students Office, whose daughter, Hannah, earned a Bachelor of Innovation degree
  • Jacqueline Gatlin, associate director, Student Financial Services, whose sister, Nichole Ridenour, earned a Master of Arts in Leadership in Education
Alejandro Dejesus, assistant director, University Center, wearing the orange regalia, prepares to celebrate his master’s degree in education.
Katy Cathcart, senior instructor, School of Public Affairs, is hooded after earning a Ph.D. in education.
Provost-elect Tom Christensen celebrates with his daughter, Emily, who earned a master’s degree in education.
Suzanne Scott, right, budget director, congratulates daughter, Britany, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Hannah Linhart, daughter of Steve Linhart, dean of students, celebrates her degree.
Nichole Ridenour, sister of Jacqueline Gatlin, earned a Master of Arts in Leadership in Education

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— Photos by Tom Kimmell

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