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103rd Commencement Complete

May 18, 2013

Categories: General News, Adult & Graduate

The largest graduating class in Tabor College history marched through Joel H. Wiens Stadium on Saturday, May 18, 2013 as the Tabor College Commencement ceremonies were held. In all, 127 Bachelors of Arts, 11 Master of Business Administration, 13 Bachelor of Science, 42 Bachelor of Science in Nursing and 1 Associate of Arts degrees were presented to the 103rd graduating class.

The band, under the direction of Mr. Daniel Baldwin, opened the event with a concert and the traditional Pomp and Circumstance processional. Representing the school of Adult and Graduate studies, Anna Reid provided the invocation. Michael Klaassen was the speaker representing the Tabor College Hillsboro class, while Leilani Schenkel spoke on behalf of the class from Tabor College Wichita. Tynan Honn, president of the senior class presented the Graduating class response.

President Dr. Jules Glanzer presented the Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Award. It was given to Becky Steketee and Michael Klaassen, both of Hillsboro. They each received a cash award of $1,000 and plaque in honor of their leadership skills demonstrated not only during their time as Tabor College students, but for their potential leadership capabilities.

The commencement address was given by Dr. Richard Kyle, long time history professor who is retiring at the close of the school year. His address was titled “It’s the beginning, not the end.” Kyle, a professor of History and Religion at Tabor College, is retiring after teaching for 41 years. A prolific author and scholar, he is a favorite with students. He shared, in typical Dr. Kyle style, wit and wisdom for the graduating class.

“In a few minutes you will be college graduates and whether you realize it or not you will have had a leg up on such famous college dropouts as Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Larry Ellison. You will have an advantage over many people in the work force, so take advantage of it. Yes, the tassel will be worth the hassle,” Kyle advised.

“Tabor College’s mission is to prepare people for a life of learning, work and service for Christ and his kingdom. Commence means to begin, not to end. Thus this commencement marks the beginning of many aspects of your life. And given Tabor’s mission statement I want to point out three areas that hopefully you have been introduced to during your years at Tabor College. It is my hope and prayer that you will build on this foundation. There are many aspects of your years at Tabor College and I could have selected other areas to mention. A short list would include athletics, social events, and cultural activities such as music and drama. But that would take too long. So I have selected three points. Keep on Learning. Keep Growing Spiritually and Keep Thinking Globally.”

He closed with the words of Arie Pencovici: ‘Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you’ll make a difference.’

The graduating class was presented their diplomas by Dr. Jules Glanzer and the Tabor College Alumni Association, represented by Dr. Allen Hiebert, member of the class of 1963 and Marlene Fast, Director of Alumni and Parent Relations presented each graduate with a bible as they exited the stage.

The graduating class is as follows:

Master of Business Administration

Jason Thomas Aubrey, Bartlesville, OK

Erin Ann Barocio, Newton, KS

Dustin Matthew Dick, Buhler, KS

Matthew E. Fuqua, McPherson, KS

Jacqueline Ann Hromada, Novelty, OH

Elizabeth D. Maury, Hesston, KS

Jareau T Montgomery, Wichita, KS

Grant True Myers, Bakersfield, CA

Loren Severs, Macomb, IL

Erica Ann Woods, Smith Center, KS

John Hugh Wright III, Wichita, KS

Bachelor of Arts

Rachel Marie Alberti, Henrico, VA

Kady Dyan Albrecht, Herington, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Aaron Jeffrey Annis, Mapleton, MN

Jon-Michael Guy Bergeron, Houston, TX

Zachary L. Bissell, Fort Collins, CO

Andrea DelCarmen Bray, Bonham, TX

Aaron Edward Deming Brooks, Udall, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Jakob Paul Brucks, Wichita, KS

Samuel David Brucks, Wichita, KS

Ethan Wayne Burgess, Lindon, CO

Derick James Burkhard, Dodge City, KS

Abigael C. Burns, Leon, KS

Matthew George Cardona, LaGrange, CA

Michael D. Cater Jr., New Caney, TX

Ryan August Chippeaux, Wichita, KS

Benjamin Ryan Clark, Andover, KS

Destinee R. Cogburn, Walsh, CO

Kyleen Elizabeth Condon, Mulvane, KS

Molly Elizabeth Coppadge, Matthews, NC Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Andrew Richard Curtis, Wichita, KS

Julia Anna Dalavai, Bedford, TX

James C. Davidson Jr., Columbus, MS

Nolan I. Dirks, Hillsboro, KS

Brenda Kay Drake, White City, KS

Abigail Elissa Epp, Newton, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Sally Epp, Giltner, NE

Loren M. Erway, Wichta, KS

Kamron K. Ewald, Fairview, OK

David Robert Ewert, Bingham Lake, MN Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Rebecca Marie Friesen, Aurora, NE Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Max George Frise, Castroville, CA

Whitney Kyla Frise, Clovis, NM

Abigail Rosemary Funk, Siloam Springs, AR Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Isain Garcia, Houston, TX

Jason Giffin, Sedgwick, KS

Sean Michael Giroir, Lakewood, CO

Rachel Amelia Goering, Newton, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Brandon Jermeal Gooden, Bakersfield, CA

Brittany Ann Habiger, Spearville, KS

Nathaniel Harrison Jr., Suisun City, CA

Jacob Andrew Heil, Wichita, KS

Erin Jaye Heizelman, Buhler, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Tessa Leigh Hoduski, Kansas City, KS

Tynan Marie Honn, Hutchinson, KS

Gina Dawn Hullet, Indianola, NE

Dylan Ryan Janzen, Aurora, NE

Michael Wayne Janzen, Hesston, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Thaddeus Joesph Jarosz III, Colorado Springs, CO

Phillip D. Jimenez, Shafter, CA

Rae’shon Evette Johnson, Fontana, CA

Tricia Kaethler, Surrey, BC, Canada Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Jacob Kerschenske, Stafford, KS

Cortnie Renee Killen, Derby, KS

Annie King, Basehor, KS

Tracie Elizabeth Kithcart, Boulder, CO

Michael Wayne Klaassen, Hillsboro, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Keaton D. Kleiner, Liberal, KS

Shelby Elaine Koons, Hillsboro, KS

Cassie Lynn Kroeker, Hillsboro, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Matthew Robbins Lambert, Ponca City, OK

Jake R. Landers, Kansas City, KS

Stephanie Kay Lappin, Maize, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Jeremiah T. Lauts, Atchison, KS

Bryant Michael Leinen, Wichita, KS

Bret Thomas Lentz, Andover, KS

Korie A. Lewis, Marietta, GA

Tamara Lee Lio, Phoeniz, AZ

Aaron Lawrence Magee, Vallejo, CA

Moustapha Mbaye, Bronx, NY

Derek Thomas McBride, Westminster, CO

Darien Patrice McCollins, Richmond, CA

Adam C. McCormick, Pittsburg, KS

Derek Robert Mendenhall, Derby, KS

Wesley Moody, Broken Arrow, OK

Ishmael M. Morris, Hillsboro, KS

Melissa Danielle Mueller, Ferndale, WA Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Juan J. Oceguera, Newton, KS

Andrea N. Pankratz, Buhler, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Nathan Keith Panttaja, Reedley, CA

Yverdon Joe Penn, College Park, MD

Andrew Daniel Perez, Corpus Christi, TX

Jordan R. Perez, Grand Prairie, TX

Caleb Paul Phillips, Hillsboro, KS

Kristen Marie Pitschmann, Wichita, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Michael Thomas Polley, Shafter, CA

Emily Nicole Post, Wray, CO

McKenzie Logan Potter, Wichita, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Bradley C. Prescott, Lakewood, CA

Spencer Putman, Wichita, KS

Lindsey Marie Radic, Parker, CO

Logan Alan Reimer, Wichita, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Jeremy P. Reiswig, Wichita, KS

Anna Marie Richert, Jefferson City, MO

Zachary Allen Richert, Medicine Lodge, KS

Tim Alan Roesch, Quinter, KS

Timothy D. Rozzell, Andover, KS

Christopher David Sanborn Jr., Pinellas Park, FL

Kruze Sanders, Wichita, KS

Nikol Marie Sandoval, Wichita, KS

Alisha Ann Schale, Newton, KS

Michael Phillip Scheele, Hillsboro, KS

Caleb John Schmitz, Westmoreland, KS

Cody Eugene Schroeder, Goddard, KS

Paul Edward Sciacca, Fairfield, CA

Clayton John Shewey, Hillsboro, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Mallory Brooke Shewey, Weatherford, OK

David Simmet, Mainz, Germany

Aziz J. Spellman-Smith, Aliso Viejo, CA

Rebecca Dawn Steketee, Hillsboro, KS

Koby Scott Temple, Mesa, AZ

Colby D. Tessendorf, Newton, KS

Joshua Edwin Trieglaff, Wheaton, IL

Kelsey Leigh Unruh, Hillsboro, KS

Andre Tavares Vestfahl, Pelotas, Brazil

Kaitlyn Nicole Vogts, Moundridge, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Meredith Leslie Voran, Kingman, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Kyle Jacob Wallace, Anaheim, CA

Lendon Ron Warkentin, Corn, OK Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Rachel Lynne Weaver, Inola, OK Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Matthew Burr Weger, Sebastopol, CA

Aaron James Wiens, Topeka, KS

Alexa Joy Wilker, Reedley, CA Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Trevor A. Wimer, Phoenix, AZ

Jessica Lynne Wollenberg, Byron, NE Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Logan Scott Zielke, Wichita, KS

Bachelor of Science

Zachary M. Blake, Denver, CO

Chris Costello, Syracuse, NY

Charity J. Dennison, Haysville, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Jacqueline D. Floyd, Boley, OK

Lisa Ann Hargadine-Clary, Wichita, KS

Matthew Joseph Gervaise Moore, Arlington, WA Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Jack Norris, Clinton, OK Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Robert F. Ritter, Wichita, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

J. Javier Segoviano, Wichita, KS

Chelsi Dawn Smades, Andover, KS

Aubrey Smith, Wichita, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Maegan A. Thornton, Eureka, KS

Stevie Mae Warren, El Dorado, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Peggy P. Arnold, Wichita, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Sierra Lanae Barr, Valley Center, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Shannon Barus, Emporia, KS

Krista Anna Briar, Newton, KS

Nancy Cervantes-Salas, Newton, KS

Elveanna Gay Crabtree, Americus, KS

Jennifer M. Dawson, Leon, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Charlotte Deaton, Hutchinson, KS

Heidi Rochelle Demuth, Clearwater, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Kimberly Ann Folck, Galva, KS

Martha A. Garcia, Newton, KS

Debra C. Gould, Lebo, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Dera J. Harvey, Wichita, KS Summa Cum Laude, 3.85-4.00

Kimberly Dawn Jones, Wichita, KS

Melicia Gay Jordan-Yette, Derby, KS

Christopher M. Keen, Hutchinson, KS

Elizabeth A. Kelley, Phillipsburg, KS

Dorothy J. Kisslinger, Ransom, KS

Stacy L. Koschney, Valley Center, KS

Maria G. Lopez, Wichita, KS

Janell Maust, Hesston, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Barbara L. Miller, Wichita, KS

Brigid D. Monnin, Wichita, KS

Jessica Celeste Navarro, Newton, KS

Holli Dawn Newman, Lyons, KS

Kelly Jean Otott, Washington, KS

Kary Ann Przymus, Hutchinson, KS

Robin A. Reed, McPherson, KS

Anna Marie Reid, Kingman, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Leilani Leah Schenkel, Great Bend, KS

Jennifer Ann Scheuber, Augusta, KS

Dana R. Sommers, El Dorado, KS

Dawn Stasser, Goodland, KS

Brandelein Marie Stefonek, Wichita, KS

Glenda J. Steinert, Wichita, KS

Melissa Lyn Sullivan, Kennesaw, GA

Christy Marie Tennissen, Valley Center, KS

Jessica Turner, Augusta, KS

Melany D. Webster, Marquette, KS

Elizabeth Asheley Wiener, Sedgwick, KS

Deena Woodall, Gove, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Maria J Zimmerman, Grinnell, KS Magna Cum Laude, 3.70-3.849

Associate of Arts

Tyler James Entz, Yukon, OK