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2016 VCU Department of English Commencement

2016 VCU English Graduation Ceremony

Writing well, reading well, in all the ways we read and write our worlds–they are the heart of thinking, understanding, and living and loving well.”
        Professor Elizabeth Hodges,
        2016 English Department Commencement Speaker

The VCU Department of English held its annual spring graduation ceremony at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church on May 14th, 2016.  Dr. Elizabeth Hodges, who is retiring after being a valued member of the VCU community for the past 27 years, gave the commencement speech to the nearly 100 graduates in attendance.   Indeed, Professor’s Hodges splendid “Reflection” was a fitting conclusion to a busy year.

Families and friends joined the VCU English Department to honor its 91 recipients of the Bachelor of Arts, 11 Master of Arts in English, 8 Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and one Doctorate in Media, Art, & Text (see complete list below).

After it was over we mingled in and out of the church with parents and graduates celebrating this fine occasion.

Our congratulations to the graduating class of 2016!


2016 Graduation - FacultyDoctor of Philosophy

Lauren Boasso
BA in English Literature, Augusta State University
MA in Comparative Literature, Binghamton Univ.
Dissertation: “Representations of Criminality in Victorian Visual Culture”
Dissertation Director: Dr. Catherine Roach


2016 Graduation - UndergraduatesMaster of Fine Arts

Patience Armstrong
John-Michael Bloomquist
Sarah Curry
Patricia Dodson
Chelsea Gillenwater
Teresa Hudson
Christie Maurer
Kate Zipse


2016 Graduation ProgramsMaster of Arts

Zachary Acosta-Lewis
Janel Holmes
Franklin Stewart Jester
Harry Alexander Jones IV
Rebecca Jones
Rachel Laney
John Pettis
Aisha Shethwala
Morganne Tinsley
Rachel Watson
Joseph Woods


2016 Graduation - SpeakerBachelor of Arts
Caroline Altizer
Bride-Marie Baker
Sarah Barnes
Sukhleen Bhutta
Erin Bruce
David Brunson
Tatiana Carter
Leilah de Carvalho
James Chen
Ramey Childress
Jennifer Clark
Brittany Cowan
Corey Curtis2016 Graduation Recession
Blake Davis
Hayley Davis
Paige Deans
Truong Do
Madison Doeckel
John Duer
Tyshera Eubanks
Marcus Evins
Kelly Fenwick
Qualim Finley
Ruth Forrest
Max Freshour
Devon Garrett
Erin Geraghty
Frederick German
Sarah Geroux
Seth Gill2016 Graduation - Celebration
Marie Gist
Richard Gonzalez
Rachel Grim
Cassidy Haight
Trey Burnart Hall
Alyssa Hard
Jane Harwell
Andrew Holt
Benjamin Hopkins
Monica Houston
Muktaru Jalloh
Chaundra Jones
Rebecca Jude
Joseph Kellenberger
Cyrus Kingdom
Clare Kwon
Erika La Forest
Joanneta LeBlanc2016 Graduation - Farewell
Shannon Lee
Brian Leppert
Shayli Lesser
Joshua Lockwood
Elizabeth Marano
Saria Maryn
Anne McCrery
Mohamed Mohamedou
Amber Morrow
Rachael Mott
Wyatt Nichols
Lauren Notar
Christopher Okamuro2016 Graduation Scrolls
Selah Packett
Shavontae Patrick
Jarrett Peavy
Hannah Poindexter
Taylor Purcell
John Quarstein
Dylan Reddick
Rebecca Redmon
Caitlin Richardson
Charlotte Russell
Yasmin Saloman
Caroline Savage
John Seay
Kathryn Selden
Evangeline Shaw
Cassidy Sheehan
Nicholas Shipman
Christopher Smith
Rebecca Spriggs
Francesca Sullivan
Rakeb Teshome
Beverly Thomas
Aaron Torok
Alexander Tucker