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Misericordia University Hosts Commencement

May 12, 2019

Misericordia held its 93rd annual spring commencement ceremonies Saturday with 119 graduate and 298 undergraduate students from 17 states receiving degrees.

Tanya M. Trippett, M.D., a pediatric hematologic oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, was the keynote speaker at the undergraduate ceremony.

Wyoming Valley natives Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College, and Angela Alaimo O’Donnell, PhD., a professor at Fordham University and award-winning writer, addressed the graduate students. O’Donnell is a native of Kingston and Alaimo O’Donnell is a native of West Wyoming.

Misericordia presented the three speakers with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees during the ceremonies.

President emeritus Michael A. MacDowell, Ed.D., and his wife, Tina, will receive the Honorary Alumni Award from the Misericordia University Alumni Association. MacDowell served as Misericordia’s 12th president.

Brianna Spilsbury, a health science and speech-language pathology major from Pittsburgh, was selected as the student speaker.

The following is a list of local graduates:

Arianna Anglovich, Harveys Lake, Nursing, MSN; Michelle Ash, Sweet Valley, Biology, BS; Brian Beauchemin, Tunkhannock, Government, Law and National Security, BA; Sarah Beecham, Hanover Twp., English, BA; Mary Patricia Blaskiewicz, West Pittston, English, BA; Jade Broody, Shavertown, Medical Imaging, BS; Sarah Brown, Shavertown, Nursing, MSN; Gaetano Buonsante, Exeter, Government, Law and National Security, BA; Shelby Burke, Shickshinny, Biochemistry, BS; Kristen Capitano, Pittston, English, BA; Madison Cardinale, Dupont, English, BA; Kassandra Cebula, Bear Creek, Nursing, BSN; Anna Chinikaylo, Dallas, Speech Language Pathology, MS; Margaret Corley, Kingston, Organizational Management, MS; Juliana Denardi, Harding, Health Care Management, BS; Allia Dolan, Drums, Medical Imaging, BS; Nicole Domzalski, Hanover Twp, Nursing, BSN; Paula Eddy, Sweet Valley, Business Administration, BS; Adam Ercolani, Wilkes-Barre, Business Administration, BS & English, BS; Abrielle Garber, Hanover Twp, Biochemistry, BS; Heather Gavin, Plains Twp., Nursing, MSN; RuthAnn Getten, Weatherly, Business Administration, BS; Breanna Gorski, Wilkes-Barre, Information Technology, BS; Holly Green, Swoyersville, Nursing, BSN; Cordell Gresh, Pittston Twp, Early Childhood and Special Education, BS; Vanessa Hannagan, Wilkes-Barre, Nursing, BSN; Jaime Hannis, Dallas, Nursing, BSN; David Havard, Mountain Top, Business Administration, BS; Dannah Hayward, Wilkes-Barre, Master of Business Administration, MBA; Kyleigh Hoover, Shickshinny, Nursing, BSN; Jessyca Horst, Forty Fort, Nursing, BSN; Rachel Jones, Hazleton, Early Childhood and Special Education, BS; Olivia Katulka, West Wyoming, Psychology, BS; Megan Kennedy, Luzerne, Management, BS; Rebecca Krasson, Plymouth, Education, MS; Stefany Krasson, Plymouth, History, BA; Brianna Kubishin, Drums, Occupational Therapy, MS; Kaitlynn Kuchta, Avoca, Occupational Therapy, MS; Zachary Lanunziata, Exeter, Master of Business Administration, MBA; Mistie Laubach, West Wyoming, Business Administration, BS; Kady Luchetti, Plains Twp., Nursing, BSN; Meghan Maccarone, Sweet Valley, Occupational Therapy, MS; Lisa Malcolm, Shavertown, Professional Studies, BS; David Mallarkey, Jr., Dallas, Nursing, BSN; Alexa Malloy, West Wyoming, Health Science, BS; Nicole Mayerski, Plains Twp., Occupational Therapy, MS; Ariel McPeek, Larksville, Medical and Health Humanities, BA & Philosophy, BS; Maria Mejia Cortes, West Hazleton, Medical Imaging, BS; Lisa Miller, Mountain Top, Organizational Management, MS; Marissa Miscavage, Dallas, Psychology, BS; Rachel Moon, Weatherly, Speech Language Pathology, MS; Ashley Morgan, Tunkhannock, Health Science, BS; Alyssa Moules, Wilkes Barre, Nursing, BSN; Nicholas Muldoon, Dallas, Business Administration, BS; Rachel Naylor, Duryea, Medical Imaging, BS; James Nesler, Jr., Hazle Twp, Health Science, BS; Randi Nichols, Tunkhannock, Organizational Management, MS; Katharine Niezgoda, Shavertown, Nursing, MSN; Emma Niznik, Wyoming, Nursing, BSN; Haley Novitski, Sweet Valley, Health Science, BS; Grace Olshefski, Shickshinny, Nursing, MSN; Leanne Para, Pittston, Occupational Therapy, MS; Ashlee Parlante, Wilkes-Barre, Business Administration, BS; Priyanka Patel, Plains Twp., Nursing, MSN; Sherry Pearson, Sweet Valley, Accounting, BS; Andrea Pirtskhalava, Wilkes Barre, Professional Studies, BS; Rachel Polacheck, Exeter, Middle Level Education, BS; Grace Pollock, Mountain Top, Social Work, BSW; Rebecca Price, Mountain Top, Occupational Therapy, MS; Kayla Radle, Exeter, Early Childhood and Special Education, BS; Karen Reilly, Edwardsville, English, BA; Charles Richter, Mehoopany, Mathematics, BA; Lia Ruggerio, Dallas, Health Science, BS; Tammy Schnable, dallas, Early Childhood and Special Education, BS; Stephanie Schultz, Exeter, Health Care Management, BS; Emily Seaberg, Tunkhannock, Early Childhood and Special Education, BS; Catherine Silveri, Plains Twp., Mathematics, BA; Martina Sledziewski, Mountaintop, Health Science, BS; Brianna Smith, Nanticoke, Social Work, BSW; Danielle Spagnuolo, Wyoming, Speech Language Pathology, MS; Brett Stage, Tunkhannock, Government, Law and National Security, BA; Alexandra Stefanides, Forty Fort, Early Childhood and Special Education, BS; Benjamin Steve, Wyoming, Medical Imaging, BS; Danielle Stillarty, Wyoming, Health Science, BS; Corey Storm, nanticoke, Business Administration, BS; Jonathan Stuffick, Harveys Lake, Psychology, BS; Rebecca Sweetra, Shavertown, Master of Business Administration, MBA; Sereya Tereska, Mountain Top, Nursing, BSN; Deanna Thomas, Nanticoke, Health Science, BS; Elizabeth Torres, Hazleton, Chemistry, BS; Kevin Torres, Hazleton, Computer Science, BS; Taylor Urbanski, Swoyersville, Nursing, BSN; Elizabeth Waleski, Avoca, Business Administration, BS; Lucia Walkowiak, Wilkes-Barre, Social Work, BSW; Deanna Warren, Nicholson, Social Work, BSW; Adriana Wesolowski, Shavertown, Psychology, BS; Morgan Wheeler, Kingston, Health Science, BS; Alyson Wilbur, Tunkhannock, Biology, BA; Arlene Williams, Harding, Nursing, BSN; Nina Williams, Larksville, Physical Therapy, DPT; Jillian Williamson, Shickshinny, Nursing, BSN; Frank Wojtash, Plains Twp., Government, Law and National Security, BA; Alexander Zelna, Tunkhannock, Government, Law and National Security, BA.

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