The University of Olivet Announces the Class of 2023

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The University of Olivet celebrated its graduates on May 20. The Class of 2023 includes 196 traditional undergraduates, criminal justice degree completion, RN-BSN and Master of Business Administration students.

Destinee Hawkins ’23 represented the Class of 2023 as the class speaker. Destinee is from Kalamazoo and graduated with a degree in psychology with a minor in social work. She has been honored with awards for her academics, multicultural leadership and excellence in inclusion. While at Olivet, Destinee has been a student in the Global Citizen Honors Program, is a President’s Leadership Fellow and is graduating with honors. She has also served as president of the Hiram Archer Student Success Academy (HASSA) and was a member of Black Student Union. She said, “I always thought it was funny that our mascot is a comet because a literal comet is a ball of ice that’s covered in dust that continues orbiting around the sun. Only when the comet is close enough to the sun does it start to speed up. The sun is the source that charges it. As I look out at this crowd, I see Comets that have been charged up, who have found their sun at Olivet, and I encourage you to keep your piece of sunshine for a recharge as you walk in the world. I encourage you to be that sunshine when someone else needs a recharge. Sometimes we need to know we can depend on others.”

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Alexander Francis Charon, Yukon, OK

Anthony Deskins, Columbus, OH

Tabitha Lynn Ferrel, Melissa, TX

Erin Honeycutt, Schertz, TX

Mitch Lee Minge, Ashland, MO

Sean P. Noonan, Plano, TX

Jordan Robert Nurre, Tucson, AZ

Nathan Powell, Dewitt

Janet Edmunds Williams, Phoenix, AZ

MAY 2023

Kristy A. Brubaker, Portage

Kaylene Candela, Okemos

Meredith Dearing, Brookhaven, GA

Brittney E. Finley, Plano, TX

Nicholas Holmberg, Lansing

Gretchen Humphreys, Fenton

Emily Lash, Olivet

Alonzo A. Marshall, Southfield

Tristan Wooden Warmels, Holt


Julia Killian, Normal, IL

Sheryl Ann Mustain, Nashville, TN


MAY 2023

Tekisha McGowan, Lansing

Kindra Smith, Eaton Rapids

Ashley A. Vick, Kalamazoo


MAY 2022

John Morrison, Quincy


Byron Ellis Atwater, Lansing

Savannah Rose Baker, Olivet

Daniel Clarence Ballagh, Munith

Kennedy Loraine Blackburn, Farwell

MaKenzie P. Borg, Grand Blanc

Brittani Lyn Bridgett, Flint

Brandon Burks, Berrien Sprgs

Dominik Alexander Burmeister, Pinckney

Colin Kobae-Herb Carter, Mt Pleasant

Tyler Matthew Chavalia, Lansing

Carter Edward Clements, Jonesville

Amanda Marie Clough, Grayling

Edward Corniel, New York, NY

Logan Ryan Fee, Coldwater

Adrian Mae Geiger, Olivet

Andrea Lynn Herbst, Bentonville, AR

Jack Edward Holman, Charlotte

Brandon David Kreiner, Davison

Sarah Alexis Love-Yager, Lansing

Hannah Grace Mitchell, Portage

Jackson Patrick Murphy, Grand Rapids

Mary K. Murphy, Middleville

Isaac Ishmale Nisse, Olivet

Justin L. Norgan, Sturgis

Denver Timothy Orlando, Byron

Edward Pilch, White Lake

Ashlee Joy Reinstein, Dorr

Kyle D. Robinson, Frankenmuth

Jayson David Rugg, Nashville

Allyson Anne Sears, Dewitt

Andrew Shane Sikkema, Mc Bain

Andrew James Smith, Toledo, OH

Christi Stine, Bridgman

Carter Joseph Thomas, New Baltimore

Samuel Ambrose Vondra, Hillsdale

Valencia J. Walls, Lincoln Park

Dwayne White-Smith, Warren

MAY 2023

Jacob Riley Allen, Marshall

Logan Marie Allen, Athens

Jill C. Arends, Grant

Emma Marie Asaf, East Lansing

Jesse A. Beaver, Battle Creek

Christopher Mark Beck, Milan

Erin Elizabeth Brady, Three Rivers

Jalen Thomas Broussard, Grand Rapids

Parker Andrew Brown, Chesterfield

Aram Edward Brubaker, Portage

Denise Lynne Bryce, Birch Run

Alyssa Jean Campbell, Grand Ledge

Scott Phillip Clarke, Owosso

Jeremy Collier, Toledo, OH

Wesley Wyatt Darrow, Frankenmuth

Maxwell Gerard Daust, East Lansing

Katelynn Lisa DeHaan, Climax

John Charles Downey, Battle Creek

Joshua Ryan DuFore, Fowlerville

McKinzie Kay Earl, Battle Creek

Madison Marie Floria, Swartz Creek

Kylie Ashley Flynn, Portage

Serra Fate Forshee, Owosso

Laura Anne Fox, Dewitt

Mikayla J. Fraley, Charlotte

Dakota C. Galeazzi, Iron Mountain

Macy Carol-Sue Gorrell, Dewitt

Owen Patrick Guilford, Portland

Lauren Marie Gunter, Southfield

Benjamin Ze’ev Gur-Arie, Ann Arbor

Gerald R. Hall, Byron

Jacari Robert Hamilton, Chesterfield

Jackson Aaron Emmanuel Harris, Saginaw

James Ryan Harris, Midland

Destinee Shai’ahhr Hawkins, Kalamazoo

Deonte Trevon Higgins, Troy

Nathan Virgil Hunter Hoffman, Flushing

Kobe Marcus Hogue, Battle Creek

Christopher Lee Hook, Portage

Kaitlyn Nicole Horstdaniel, Las Vegas, NV

Taylor N. Hubbard, Onondaga

Cassidy Lynn Inks, Olivet

Jeffrey Ryan Jerzyk, Galesburg

Daquarious Johnson, Muskegon

Gabrielle Grace Jolliff, Fowlerville

Tina Ntumba Kalanda, Rosedale, MD

Kennedy P. Karns, Ceresco

Lyndsey Anne Katz, Union City

Tracy Katz, Marshall

Garett Scott Kellam, Jonesville

Drew Kopulos, Olivet

Elizabeth Kosier, Olivet

Makayla L. Kurchak, Fenwick

Sarah E. Lafoe, San Marcos, CA

Izabel Elizabeth Lazar, Warren

Jeffrey Scott Leach, Ada

Ellie Naomi Louiselle, Charlevoix

Alexis Rose McDonald, Union

Kiersen Morgan McDonough, Mason

Katherine Maeve McElhone, Mason

Justin David Mcmurren, Saginaw

Kaitlyn R. Meir, White Lake

Julia Claire Mellinger, Portage

Chase William Mendham, Coopersville

Anthony Barnett Merriman III, Detroit

Mary Mitchell, Portage

Russell Eric Mitchell, Portage

Isaiah Moon, Eastpointe

Taylor Kristine Moore, Wyoming

Tashawn Morris, Chicago, IL

Ashley Lynette Moss, Benton Harbor

Rachel Helena Nelson, Portland

Hannah Grace Newsom, Attica

Jenna Nicole Otten, Lennon

Na’Shell Ann Palmer, Battle Creek

Arthur Albert Payne, Montrose

Byron Da’Shawn Pearce, Lansing

Chelsea Andrea Perry, Flint

Zachery Robert Potter, Onondaga

Samuel Reisner, Kalamazoo

Robert Louis Reynolds, Northville

Griffon Anne Rice, Charlotte

Karly C. Rideout, Battle Creek

Jacob Aaron Ritter, Marshall

Kaitlin Ashley Roberts, Howell

Ryan Bradley Robinette, Escanaba

Hiram Robinson III, Lincoln Park

Peter F. Roose, Frankenmuth

Samuel Joseph Roose, Laingsburg

Luke James Ross, East Lansing

Andrew Michael Sadler, Olivet

Ashley Lorraine Santo, Almont

Marley Kay Sherlin, Battle Creek

Brendan Carter Sine, Charlotte

Cody Warren Spaulding, Bellevue

Arlene Jewelette Streed, Eaton Rapids

Rachel Swartz, Battle Creek

John Anthony Thompson, Lathrup Village

Jarrett Lee Thorne, Charlotte

Elizabeth Ann Trice, Detroit

Ryan J. Upton, Lake Orion

Jacob M. Vickery, Ada

Andrew James Waller, Warren

Evan Thomas Warner, Portland

Marcus Washington, Flint

John Charles Wass, Otsego

Karley Marie Wheeler, Kalamazoo

Chloe Ysianna Williams, Lake Orion

Paige Raylin Winberg, Brighton

Noah Jeffrey Wiswary, Lake Odessa

Sylas Frank Woll, Mason

Christopher Neil Wonch, Potterville

Malik A. Woods, Grand Blanc

Bray Wright, Clawson

Joshua Connor Wright, Battle Creek

Jacob Leonard Young, Southfield

Amber Rose-Lynn Zabonick, Battle Creek

Gracen Lanae Zaremba, Marshall

Zachary Michael Zuk, Plainwell


Jessica Louise Barnes, Three Rivers

Tyler James Campbell, Norton Shores

Courtney Ann Conners, Kentwood

Nyassinu L. Crowell, Jr., Detroit

Graci Michelle Dack, Leslie

Brandon A. Dunbar, Ceresco

Dominic C. Ghiardi, Charlotte

Colton Michael Graves, Olivet

Logan J. Guenther, Hubbard Lake

Patrick Kenneth Herson, Lansing

Derrick Lamar Johnson, Jr., Pontiac

Zachary Montgomery Liddle, Kalamazoo

Eric Mack, Jr., Shelby Twp

Tyrese Cortes Mays, Pontiac

Melissa Ann Patton, Paris

Christopher Avery Smith, Selma, TX


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