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Highland celebrates graduates at 54th Commencement Ceremony
5/16/2017

FREEPORT-- On Saturday, May 13, Highland Community College celebrated the 54th annual Commencement in the courtyard between the Marvin-Burt Liberal Arts Center and Natural Science Center/Ray and Betty Stamm Health Science Nursing Wing.

A large crowd of guests celebrated the achievements of 157 graduates who participated in the ceremony. More than 320 students completed degrees or certificates this year.

The address to the class of 2017 was given by Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson, Executive Director for the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). Dr. Anderson has been with the ICCB since 1999 and became Executive Director in 2013. During her tenure at ICCB, Dr. Anderson has provided leadership and has served as an administrator for nearly all of the Board's functions in the divisions related to workforce, career and technical education, student services, minority affairs, accountability and assessment, adult education, institutional research, education technology, international education, and academic affairs. 

Dr. Anderson's address focused on the theme of service as the graduates moved on to the next steps in their educational journey and careers.

"As you move forward, I want you to consider how you can serve more people in more ways -- consider how you can serve your community, your family, and your friends -- and how you can serve your college into the future," she said.

Following the ceremony, Dr. Anderson said, "As a speaker, I am reminded of why we do what we do. It's about recognizing accomplishments and telling the graduates that it's all about their future as they step closer to a chosen career."

Student speaker and former Student Trustee, Staci Hammer of Lena, stood at the podium and told her peers, "All of us here represent a vast amount of knowledge and courage. We can now take what we have gained and put it to important practice. The best way to reach your potential is to be yourself. The world needs a variety of talents."

The greeting to the Class of 2017 was presented by alumna Margaret "Peg" Dittmar, Class of 1984, from Elizabeth. A dedicated lifelong learner, Peg received her B.S.N. from Rockford University in 2003 and M.S.N. from Northern Illinois University in 2005. She currently serves as a nurse practitioner at Midwest Health Clinic.

"Highland was the basis for me to be where I am today," said Dittmar. "For you, this is just the beginning. You've just opened the doors to more opportunities. No matter how old you are, those opportunities will persist," said Dittmar. "You will learn something new every day, and you will have a journey that is unlike anyone else's."

Over 300 students completed degrees or certificates this year.

Executive Director of the Illinois Community College Board, Dr. Karen Hunter Anderson gave the commencement address.

Student speaker, Staci Hammer of Lena.

Alumni speaker, Margaret "Peg" Dittmar of Elizabeth.


ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE

Claire Abele, Davis

Rebecca Alexander, Chadwick

Nexhbedije Aliu, Freeport

Ryan Angell, Cedarville

Hannah Badgett, Orangeville

Dawn Berkeley, Shannon

Chloe Blum, Freeport

Hannah Bollon, Orangeville

Keller Burkholder, Lanark

Rachel Carlson, Freeport

+ Aidan Carr, Leaf River

Fallon Chenong, Freeport

Rachel Clay, Dakota

Kadie Cross, Lena

Jamie Curran, Warren

# Kamryn Czysz, Freeport

Kirstin Dach, Freeport

Chelsea Decker, Lena

Mikayla Dirksen, Forreston

Abraham Doak, Leaf River

# Marius Dornhagen-Schradermeier, Freeport

Angela Edler, Lena

Emily Edler, Leaf River

Markus Edler, Forreston

# Rachel Edler, Lena

+ Coleton Eubanks, Lanark

Hannah Fehr, Rock City

Alexander Feiner, Freeport

+ Whitney Felker, Byron

Shannon Fleming, Dakota

Emilee Fransen, Freeport

Emily Freiburger, Pecatonica

Jack Gaulrapp, Freeport

Abigail Gill, La Plata, MD

Angelique Goswick, Stockton

Hiede Graves, Apple River

Haley Greene, Pecatonica

Amanda Gusloff, Winnebago

Cortney Haight, Dubuque, IA

Staci Hammer, Lena

Zachary Harwick, Warren

Brooke Haug, Stockton

+ Bailey Heckman, Shannon

Jason Heller, Stockton

Kelsey Hobson, Freeport

Michael Hoeft, Freeport

Tiffani Hoops, Freeport

Tyler Hoops, Freeport

Tiffany Horbaczewski, Lanark

Amber Houghton, Durand

D'Angelo Jackson, Freeport

Tylor Jacobson, Dakota

#Celena Josephitis, Forreston

Zachary Kauffman, Ridott

Brooke King, Freeport

Caidin Kloepping, Baileyville

Taylor Koehn, Davis

Derek Kortemeier, Freeport,

Mara Kuberski, Pickneyville,

+Christopher Lafferty, Freeport

+ Ryan Lee, Forreston,

Ziyi Liang, Freeport

Trent Maher, Freeport

# Kaitlyn Marquardt, Durand

# Robert Meiners, Davis

Brooke Mellen, Freeport

Trevor Miller, Mt, Carroll

# Samuel Morgan, Freeport

+ Abigail Mulholland, Elizabeth

Brooke Olberding, Lena

Adam Ortman, Warren,

Melissa Owen, Orangeville

Allison Palmer, Pearl City

Grant Petran, Freeport

+ Glenn Petran, Freeport

Kirsten Piehn, Freeport

Kristen Rogers, Warren

Brandon Rowe, Freeport

Auston Rushing, Coloma, MI

Hannah Sandstrom, Freeport

Aspen Sandy, Lena

Katey Shelly, Freeport

Robert Shumaker, Orangeville

Nicholas Simpson, Lanark

Heidi Smith, Sycamore

Mollie Steele, Elizabeth

Blake Steen, Lanark

Nathaniel Stukenberg, Forreston

Mariah Thompson, Stockton

Kyle Trumpy, McConnell

Reese Vanderheyden, Stockton

Ryan Walton, Freeport

Lindsey Wardlow, Forreston

Gunner Wenger, Warren

John Werkheiser, Pearl City

Michaela White, Pecatonica

# Jennifer Wiegert, Pecatonica

Jessica Willis, Freeport


ASSOCIATE OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE

Joseph Kohn, Monroe, WI


ASSOCIATE OF ARTS

Branden Aeling, Freeport

Mevludije Aliu, Forreston

Kristina Antonenko, Moscow, Russia

Michael Arndt, Stockton

Isaac Asche, Freeport

Elizabeth Ascher, Forreston

Aleah Bauer, Stockton

Whitney Becker, Lena,

Nathan Bethel, Nassau, Bahamas

Jaclyn Boomgarden, Freeport

# Emily Bullock, Pecatonica

James Burnidge, Lena

Skipper Bushey, Freeport

Grace Cifonie, Freeport

Josie Cobb, Freeport

Nicole Dahm, Freeport

Marshell Davis, Freeport

+ Allie Dawson, Freeport

Timothy Dayton, Jr., Stockton

Alexandria Donaldson, Freeport

Grant Draper, Muscatine, IA

Cara DuBois, Polo

Heidi Duitsman, Forreston

Lucinda Eastlick, Freeport

Shannon Fleming, Dakota

Halle Fransen, Freeport

# Emily Freiburger, Pecatonica

Abigail Gill, Lena

Michaela Gilliam, Freeport

+ Amanda Gusloff, Winnebago

Hannah Harshbarger, Davis

Sierra Harwick, Warren

Leah Hauser, Freeport

Tanner Heppner, Clinton, IA

Danielle Hinshaw, Byron

Patrick Holland, Apple River

Michael Horbaczewski, Lanark

+ Amy Huenefeld, Freeport

Hannah Hunziker, Ridott

Lauren Jacobs, Forreston

+ Alexander Jansen, Freeport

Jennifer Janssen, Freeport

Kori Kalkbrenner, Lena

+ Kolton Kramer, Freeport

Victoria Kronenberg, Milledgeville

Diamondnique Lacy, Freeport

Ryan Lee, Forreston

Ellie Lenkaitis, Winnebago

# Kaitlyn Marquardt, Durand

+ Donna Massey, Freeport

Joshua Meador, Lanark

Ryan Nadig, Stockton

Joseph Nagel, Freeport

Giovonni Offard, Freeport

Allison Palmer, Pearl City

Alexa Patterson, Lanark

Heaven Paul, South Wayne, WI

Deven Raymond, Freeport

Elizabeth Reeser, Pearl City

+ Tatum Regez, Freeport

Andrew Reid, Lena

+ Stacy Sammul, Freeport

Brett Santiago, Freeport

Adam Schubert, Freeport

Kaitlyn Shaw, Winnebago

Bryant Smargiassi, Pearl City

Jon Smith, Apple River

Kyle Smith, Warren

Kaitlynn Smith, Freeport

Farrah Stubbe, Lanark

+ Anicka Stultz, Pearl City

Darren Tippett, Lexington, KY

Nichole Tobler, Davis

Madeleine VanHamme, Freeport

Lindsey Wardlow, Forreston

John Werkheiser, Pearl City

Katie Wingert, Kent

Kelsey Zettle, Dakota

Riley Zettle, Rock City

Makenzie Zueger, Freeport


ASSOCIATE OF GENERAL STUDIES

Lisa Bauer, Stockton

Nathan Bethel, Nassau, Bahamas

Brenda Boland, Freeport

Sharlene Calvin, Freeport

Frederick Clark, Mt, Carroll

Josie Cobb, Freeport

Alexandria Donaldson, Freeport

Cody Drake, Freeport

Angela Edler, Lena

Kimberly Euler, Warren

Kevin Hill, Freeport

Danielle Hinshaw, Byron

Jada Ivy, Detroit, MI

D'Angelo Jackson, Racine, WI

Angela Johnston, Freeport

Deonte Jones, San Diego, CA

Maurice McDonald, McAllen, TX

Brenda Miller, Stockton

Maurina Montoya, Warren

Sonya Oefelein, Freeport

Kelci Patterson, German Valley

Megan Sheffey, Pearl City

Daniel Skoumal, Juda, WI

Taylor Slothower, Forreston

Jacob Smith, Winnebago

Sarah Vorwald, Freeport

Elizabeth Walker, Lena

John Werkheiser, Pearl City


ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE

ACCOUNTING

+ Ashley DeMeester, Freeport

Melissa Duvall, Freeport

Heather Kempel, Freeport

Tamra Kurth, Apple River

Heather Schiess, Lena

AGRICULTURAL MANAGEMENT

John Donaldson, Oregon

Anna Folgate, Pearl City

Christine Krumm, Oregon

Kolton Myrvold, Monroe Center

Taylor Slothower, Forreston

Zachary Stephan, Pearl City

Blake Wetzel, Lindenwood

AUTOMOTIVE MECHANICS

Spencer Cruthis, Forreston

Anthony Jackson, Freeport

Jeff Pingel, German Valley

Jonathon Schneider, Freeport

Dillon Schoeny, Shannon

Benjamin Schubert, Lena

Brett Seffrood, Monroe, WI

Faith Swartz, Dixon

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

Wendy Reusch, Stockton

Pamela Wool, Freeport

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN

Shelby Logemann, Stockton

EQUINE SCIENCE

Kathleen Fox, Freeport

Autumn Quinn, Janesville, WI

Courtney Wilcox, Monroe, WI

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Karen Gempeler, Monticello, WI

Larissa Klemm, Monroe, WI

Jessica North, Pecatonica

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HEALTHCARE

Catherine Cruthis, Forreston

+ Shana Pritchard, Forreston

+ Gwen Ramage, Freeport

+ Erin Welch, Forreston

+ Stephanie Wilken, Forreston

INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Linda Book, Freeport

Breanne Field, Mt, Carroll

Jennifer Holcomb, Hanover

Michael Miller, Savanna

Christopher Wolter, Cedarville

MEDICAL ASSISTANT

+ Amanda Erbsen, Pearl City

+ Erin Foster, Savanna

+ Brianna Green, Freeport

+ Danielle Jones, Stockton

+ Rhonda Miller, Davis

+ Mandi Milliken, Freeport

+ Rebekha O’Rourke, Leaf River

+ Paige Rainwater, Davis

+ Melissa Steien, Stockton

NURSING

Melissa Bradbury, Freeport

Josie Cobb, Freeport

Tiffany Cole-Endress, Pearl City

Jennifer Conderman, Dixon

Madison Eshleman, Freeport

Brittani Head, Forreston

Desiree Holz, Freeport

Jackie Johnson, Argyle, WI

Margherita Johnson, Forreston

Jennifer Lane, Davis

Lance Merrill, Mt, Morris

Rebecca Molander, Leaf River

Whitney Near, Mt, Morris

Tracy Pizzolato, Freeport

Latasha Sellers, Freeport

Katey Shelly, Freeport

Sara Sleeman, Elizabeth

Brandi Smith, Hanover

Lindsay Swalve, Freeport

Allison Taylor, Davis

Susanna Thompson, Warren

Jillane Toelke, Dakota

Kelly Tunney, Ridott

Shayna Vanderheyden, Stockton

Morgan Zimmerman, Rock City

WIND TURBINE TECHNOLOGY

Christopher Aspinwall, Pearl City

Frank Baley, Rockford

Michael Donegan, Freeport


CERTIFICATES

ACCOUNTS CLERK

Ashley DeMeester, Monroe, WI

Melissa Duvall, Freeport

Heather Kempel, Freeport

Tamra Kurth, Apple River

Heather Schiess, Lena

Thomas Wittbecker, Freeport

ACCOUNTING

Ashley DeMeester, Monroe, WI

Melissa Duvall, Freeport

Heather Kempel, Freeport

Tamra Kurth, Apple River

Heather Schiess, Lena

Thomas Wittbecker, Freeport

AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION

John Donaldson, Oregon

Anna Folgate, Pearl City

Kolton Myrvold, Monroe Center

Zachary Stephan, Pearl City

Blake Wetzel, Lindenwood

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE - LEVEL I

Spencer Cruthis, Forreston

Anthony Jackson, Freeport

Jeff Pingel, German Valley

Jonathon Schneider, Freeport

Dillon Schoeny, Shannon

Benjamin Schubert, Lena

Brett Seffrood, Monroe, WI

Faith Swartz, Dixon

AUTOMOTIVE SERVICE - LEVEL II

Spencer Cruthis, Forreston

Anthony Jackson, Freeport

Jeff Pingel, German Valley

Jonathon Schneider, Freeport

Dillon Schoeny, Shannon

Benjamin Schubert, Lena

Brett Seffrood, Monroe, WI

Faith Swartz, Dixon

CAD - MECHANICAL

Kevin Hill, Freeport

CLERICAL BUSINESS

Linda Book, Freeport

Breanne Field, Mt, Carroll

+ Shana Pritchard, Forreston

+ Stephanie Wilken, Forreston

CLERK/TYPIST

Linda Book, Freeport

Breanne Field, Mt, Carroll

COMPUTER TECHNICIAN

Christopher Arand, Freeport

Rick Burrington, Freeport

Troy Lieb, Freeport

Jordan Vrazsity, Dakota

Christopher Wolter, Cedarville

COSMETOLOGY

Jennika Alber, Cedarville

Alexandria Ankney, Dixon

Susanna Bayer, Lena

Larissa Gruendler, Forreston

+ Deziray Haight, Freeport

Christina Myers, Elizabeth

Shavonna Reed, Freeport

Brenda Reynoso, Pecatonica

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Linda Piper-Ra, Freeport

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION -

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION INFANT/TODDLER

Pamela Wool, Freeport

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION -

INFANT/TODDLER - LEVEL 3

Pamela Wool, Freeport

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION - LEVEL 2

Pamela Wool, Freeport

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION - LEVEL 3

Pamela Wool, Freeport

EQUINE STABLE MANAGER

Kathleen Fox, Freeport

Cortney Huber, Freeport

Autumn Quinn, Janesville, WI

Courtney Wilcox, Monroe, WI

Gretchen Wojtas-Johnson, Forreston

EQUINE MASSAGE THERAPIST

Cortney Huber, Freeport

Gretchen Wojtas-Johnson, Forreston

EQUINE RIDING INSTRUCTOR

Kathleen Fox, Freeport

Cortney Huber, Freeport

Autumn Quinn, Janesville, WI

Courtney Wilcox, Monroe, WI

EQUINE SCIENCE - GENERAL

Kathleen Fox, Freeport

Cortney Huber, Freeport

Autumn Quinn, Janesville, WI

Courtney Wilcox, Monroe, WI

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Karen Gempeler, Monticello, WI

Larissa Klemm, Monroe, WI

Victoria Kronenberg, Milledgeville

Jessica North, Pecatonica

INDUSTRIAL ELECTRONICS/CONTROLS

William Baker, Rock City

Darren Dennis, Rock City

Cody Drake, Freeport

INDUSTRIAL MAINTENANCE

Darren Dennis, Rock City

Cody Drake, Freeport

MACHINE PROCESSES

Cody Drake, Freeport

MEDICAL CODING

Catherine Cruthis, Forreston

+ Shana Pritchard, Forreston

+ Gwen Ramage, Freeport

+ Laura Walls, Rockford

+ Erin Welch, Forreston

+ Stephanie Wilken, Forreston

NAIL TECHNOLOGY

Brandi Rucker, Lena

Crystal Scwartz, Stillman Valley

Tiaira Walker, Freeport

PROFESSIONAL TAX PREPARER

Ashley DeMeester, Monroe, Wi

Melissa Duvall, Freeport

Heather Kempel, Freeport

Tamra Kurth, Apple River

Heather Schiess, Lena

QUICKBOOKS PROFESSIONAL

Ashley DeMeester, Monroe, WI

Brenda Boland, Freeport

Melissa Duvall, Freeport

Kortney Hull, South Wayne

Heather Kempel, Freeport

Tamra Kurth, Apple River

Heather Schiess, Lena

WELDING - BASIC

Wendell Allen, Lanark

Ethan Connors, Freeport

John Donaldson, Oregon

Quintin Heidenreich, Freeport

Shannon McFadden, Lena

Chevy Ottenhausen, Pearl City

Brett Seffrood, Monroe, WI

Kyle Trumpy, McConnell

Jared Wiegmann, Freeport

WELDING AND FABRICATION

Wendell Allen, Lanark

Ethan Connors, Freeport

John Donaldson, Oregon

Quintin Heidenreich, Freeport

Shannon McFadden, Lena

Brett Seffrood, Monroe, WI

WIND TURBINE TECHNOLOGY - ADVANCED

Christopher Aspinwall, Pearl City

Frank Baley, Rockford

Michael Donegan, Freeport



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