Spring 2020 Commencement

Commencement 2020

The faculty and staff of the Department of English join you in celebrating an extraordinary achievement, and we also wish to communicate compassion to you, your friends, and families for the losses of the past months. In these difficult times, it is imperative that you, pioneers into an unknown world, understand the meaning and the value of your time with us.

Curiosity and the willingness to take risks and think boldly have brought you here. A degree in English has made you ready for the world, resilient in times of change, and trained in the most relevant skills needed for a rewarding and meaningful career.

As you engage with increasingly complex global problems, you will distinguish yourself by your sensitivity to the diversity of the human condition, ability to adapt to shifting circumstances, and commitment to creative approaches to unforeseen challenges.

We are so proud of you and know that you will use the skills you have learned to make the world a better place for us all.

Amanda Bailey
Chair, Department of English

Join us for a Virtual 2020 UMD Commencement on Friday, May 22 from 1-3 pm.

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English Award Winners
English Honors Graduates
Comparative Literature Ph.D. Graduate
English Ph.D. Graduates

Congratulations to our Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy in Comparative Literature

Chen Mandel-Edrei

Doctor of Philosophy in English

Brian Davis
Emilee Durand
Lewis Samuel Gleich
Nabila Abdullah Hijazi
Gerard Holmes
Daniel J. Kason
Setsuko Yokoyama

Master of Arts

Jenna Nicole Bachman
Tonianne Bellomo
Chelsea Cristene Bock
Matthew John Cascio
Kathy Anne Danielson
Allison Yvonne Gibeily
Robert George Harris
Mallory Nicole Haselberger
Grace Dahye Kwon
Edward Adrian Myers
John Richard Pugh
Laura Ashley Randolph-Ametepeh
Alexa Grace Swick
Sade Asante Roberta Tyndall
Brandy Chanisa Williams

Master of Fine Arts

Kathleen Elizabeth Buckley
Maggie Caroline Gill
Bryan Patrick Head
Megan Heather Howell
Shonté Nicole Murray-Daniels
Jehane Deborah Sharah
Ayesha Ahmad Shibli

Bachelor of Arts

Ida Lauren Abijomaa
Beatrice Jumoke Adenigbagbe CL
Natalie Elaine Alexander MC, HN, ST
Israel Samson Alfaro
Kara Jean Anderson
Maria De Los Angeles Aragon
Tiye Ialiyah Bat Israel Aton
Amanda Margaret Bachman CL, PK
Jasmine Nisha Baten SC, HN, ST, PK
Elizabeth Marie Bauckman CL, PK
Benjamin Ross Beal
Kaya Esperanza Benitez
Kayla Elise Billard PK
Jonathan Elijah Black
Briana Ashley Briscoe
Stephanie Lee Brocato
Allegra Digangi Brown PK
Benjamin Charles Browning ST
Kristen Elaine Bunn
Sofia Cabrera
Heather Angela Cachola
Soumini Chatterjee HN
Sona Chaudhary
Alisa Ying Chin ST
Katherine Cho CL
Adam Jason Cines
Cameryn Leigh Cole HN
Katherine Coleman-Lyon
Sean Michael Corbitt HN
Clarissa Robinette Corey-Bey
James Edward Couch
Magdalene Dawn Cramer
Dionne Nicholle Croons
Dominique Noelle Croons
Collin Robert Danz
Jaclyn Mary Davis ST, PK
Liyanga Attiken De Silva CL, ST
Grace Lee Deluca PK
Rabia R Dhanani
Alioune Quinn Diack
Jade Carrie Draper
Rachel Ashley Chan Duggan
Jasmine Monique Everett
Aislin Willa Fay ST
Jlon Deme Flippens
Preston Henry Foster Jr. ST
Rakshita Ganjoo
Alina Timurovna Gaynutdinova
Katherine Maria Graham
Cristina Patricia Granados
Stephon Anthony Green
Maximillian John Hardman HN
Sophia Joaquin Harrison ST
Amanda Kathleen Hart
Mary Catherine Haselden
Priya Hay-Chatterjee
Elizabeth Marie Herbert CL
Idalia Lee Hodge
Nina Marie Holtz SC, ST
Gabriella Wei Hsieh ST
Allison C. Hughes ST
Joshua D. Ingram HN
Abby Shaun Isaac
Adalia Gianna Jimenez
Zion Martin Joseph
Irfan Kabiruddin CL, ST
Kateri Lynn Kaminski
Yasuo Katagiri
Andrew Jason Katz MC, HN
Abigail Da-Eun Kim ST, PK
Benjamin Franklin Knepp ST
Jessie Kwon HN, ST
Zachary Michael Labonski
Samantha Drew Lala
Matthew John Langsdale
Kathryn Ann Leimenstoll CL, ST, PK
Melika Maghboul CL, ST
Lynn Michael Martin SC, HN
Chase Alexandra Maselka
Caitlin Elle McCann
Samantha Pauline McParland
Kala Jessica Mitchell
Katherine Susan Montella
Mecca Skylar Mustafa
Sara Shahrzad Navi
Gabrielle Lynn Norell
Julia Grace Novick HN
Daniella Adeola Odutola
Amy Catherine O'Neill MC, HN
Nkemdirim Andrea Onokala
Shira Panitch
Nehali Patel HN, ST
Sydney Abigail Peirce ST, PK
Isabella Karis Perez-Lugones ST
Heidi Elise Perhach
Olga Petrovskikh
Nicholas Anthony Provenzano
Gustavo Andres Quintero HN
Sean Thomas Rada
Emily Nicole Ratliff SC, HN
Gabrielle Lynn Redpath
Sarah Roxanne Riback ST
Abbey Elizabeth Rubeling
Laurie Avelino Ruhlmann
Briana Isabella Ruiz
Stephanie Safdie
Wallie Shahnawaz
Lauren Angela Sifford
Marie Josephine Sinnicki PK
Victoria Sasha Sookoo
Hunter Michael Sparks HN
Amanda Paige Spector MC
Alexander Peter Stephanos CL, ST
Marie Genevieve Sterba
Samaira Vania Stewart
Taylor Morgan Stokes
Kevin Richard Stoll HN, ST, PK
Jack Edward Stutz
Ross Jackson Tanenbaum
Ellison John Thompson
Ryan Wing Tom
Annie Rebecca Transport
Alexis Faith Uhrin PK
Luis Andres Varela
Hana Cristina Vicente SC, ST
Alesha Kristina Walker
Maxwell Jeffery Ward
Ethan Charles Welsh HN
Alexandra Elizabeth Werner CL, ST
Courtney Paige Williams
Su Yadana Win
Ayanna Sierra Wright HN
Misael Yanes

Honors Key CL = Cum Laude MC = Magna Cum Laude SC = Summa Cum Laude
HN = English Honors ST = Sigma Tau Delta PK = Phi Beta Kappa

Creative Writing Minor

Amanda Margaret Bachman
Kayla Elise Billard
Griffin Lon Brightbill
Soumini Chatterjee
Jazmin Marie Conner
Sean Michael Corbitt
Michael William Donahue
Arafat Ayobami Fasuyi
Alina Timurovna Gaynutdinova
Haley Gottfried
Katherine Maria Graham
Dagny Victoria Greenawalt
Nina Marie Holtz
Matthew John Langsdale
Gabriel Andres Lavarte
Dyllis Yang Liu
Andrew Felix Loredo
Jason Michael McClellan
Paula Molina Acosta
Katherine Susan Montella
Mecca Skylar Mustafa
Zarek Matthew Peris
Gustavo Andres Quintero
Emily Nicole Ratliff
Stephanie Safdie
Dante Orion Stevens
Annie Rebecca Transport
Maxwell Jeffery Ward
Ethan Charles Welsh
Kelin Visharn West
Su Yadana Win
Jeong-Yoon Wu
Autumn Krystina Young

Professional Writing Minor

Olasimbo Oluwadamilola Akinfeleye
Nancy Alejandra Ayala
Sophia Ann Blake
Sofia Cabrera
Megan Elizabeth Crilly
Haley Marie Dick
Preston Henry Foster Jr.
Elizabeth Marie Herbert
Jeremy Michael Jolles
Natalie Marie Jones
Benjamin Franklin Knepp
Kyle Andrew Koelzer
Alexander Nikolai Martinez
Margaret Mary Menapace
Lucy Jane Moberly
Katherine Susan Montella
Naveen George Pattasseril
Megan Elizabeth Samuels
Kai Devin Stanford
Catherine Jane Watters

Rhetoric Minor

Kristina Vianne Arreza
Lindsay William Askew
Allegra Digangi Brown
Sofia Cabrera
Vivian Carvajal
Naya Elizabeth Cuprill
Grace Lee Deluca
Madison Clare Deregis
Jade Carrie Draper
Madison Kennedy Gestiehr
Frieda Greenthal
Katherine Isabel Hillman
Nancy Celeste Huffman
David Karwa Konteh
Stacy Polyakova
Nathan Christopher Pratt
Amanda Elizabeth Requa
Patrick Jeremiah Saumell
Sydney Francesca Schnitzer
Hunter Michael Sparks
Kevin Richard Stoll
Lucy Julia Taylor