2017 Graduation Celebration
Author: Suzanne Gray, College of the Arts
Posted: June 16, 2017

June 16, 2017 – A hundred undergraduates and almost 30 master’s candidates walked across the stage of Lincoln Performance Hall today, cheered by friends, family and faculty at the 2017 College of the Arts Graduation Celebration.

The ceremony showcased the work of many talented students. Six graduates were featured in video profiles created by students in Courtney Hermann’s Film Production class:

  • Anntwannette McKenzie (Theater Arts) by Emma Josephson
  • Nimi Einstein (Graphic Design) by Luke Scheuermann
  • Lulwa Al-Bakri (Master of Architecture) by Lauren Van Blargen
  • Tyler St. Pierre (Film) by Lucero Cortez 
  • Cory Limuaco (Music) by Katelyn Lambert 
  • Roz Crews (MFA Art Practice) by Sage Krening

The celebration featured musical performances by graduating seniors Saori Erickson (voice), who sang an aria by Mozart, and Max Kolpin (percussion) who performed an energetic piece on the marimba. The Brass Ensemble and Park Avenue Jazz Combo also performed. 

Two students were honored with awards. McKenzie Blake, a junior in the Film program, received the Kamelia Massih Outstanding Student Prize. Megan Hanley, who earned an MFA in Art Practice, was awarded the Andries Deinum Prize for Visionaries and Provocateurs. 

Work by Ashley Schahfer, who graduated with a Master of Architecture degree, was featured on the event program, which was designed by Sage McElroy, graduating graphic design student. 

Congratulations to the class of 2017! 

Ethan Sperry and McKenzie Blake, winners of the 2017 Kamelia Massih Outstanding Faculty and Student Prizes, pose for a photo before the ceremony begins.

2017 Andries Deinum Prize for Visionaries and Provocateurs winner, Megan Hanley (second from left) poses with Deinum Prize donors, prize committee members and PSU faculty.

College of the Arts bachelor's candidates prepare for the processional.

School of Music Director Bonnie Miksch delivers the 2017 College of the Arts graduation address.

Master's candidates receive their hoods during the 2017 Graduation Celebration.

Bachelor's candidate Saori Erickson and music faculty Chuck Dillard perform an aria for graduates and their family and friends.

Following the ceremony, graduates enjoy a reception with faculty, friends and family.