Spring 2023 Commencement Recap
Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Luciani's Invocation at the Spring 2023 Commencement ceremony, held on Saturday, May 13 in the Click Family Sports Center, noted that the 56 graduating students "transformed from 'Can I do this?' to 'I'm doing this' to 'I'm done'" during their time at Landmark College. And many of the students echoed that sense of accomplishment during their own remarks that the podium.
Among the many special moments that took place was Michael Vittum earning the first Bachelor of Science in Life Science with an Environmental Studies focus.
B.A. in Liberal Studies receipient James Wood's remarks honored the memory of his father, Coach John Wood, after whom the gymnasium was recently named.
Landmark College Trustee Ana Maria Mellado (left) conferred shared a special moment on stage with her graduating daughter, Carolina (right).
Daniel Molster wore the flippers for the "Finn the Shark" costume, revealing that he had been portraying the school's mascot during his time at Landmark College.
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Program (click cover image for PDF)
The Community Service Award is given to the students who have unselfishly given of themselves and to the activities of the Landmark College community.
WINNERS (left to right): Carolina Mellado and Daniel Molster
The Academic Deans’ Award is given to the student who has best demonstrated the qualities that define academic success at Landmark College. These qualities include hard work, seriousness toward learning, intellectual development, and measurable achievement, such as grades.
WINNERS (left to right): Claudia Sherman (Associate) and Andrew Barrows (Bachelor's)
The Undergraduate Research Award is given to students who exhibit active engagement in a research project in any discipline under the supervision of a faculty/staff member for at least one semester or intersession term.
WINNERS (left to right): Claudia Sherman and Michael Vittum
The Charles Drake Award is given to a student who has inspired the community by his or her personal qualities. This student is not a quitter and lives in the tradition of Dr. Charles Drake, whose vision and courage helped found the College. This student gives 100 percent, goes the extra mile, and perseveres in pursuit of his or her goals. This student helps the rest of us realize that we have more resources to draw upon than we think, and helps us keep going when we feel discouraged.
WINNERS (left to right): Will Johnson and James Wood
The President’s Award is given to the student who has best exemplified the principles we believe in here at Landmark College. The student is talented and energetic, meets difficulties head on, works hard, and is dedicated to his or her studies. This student also finds time to contribute to the well-being of other persons and to the life of the Landmark College community as a whole.
WINNER: Yar Deng
The Class of 2023 presented Landmark College President Dr. Peter Eden with a class gift in the amount of $1,522.23, designated for diversity and inclusion programming and dedicated in the memory of Coach John Wood.
Spring 2023 Graduates
|Associate of Arts in General Studies|
|Zach Arzt||Julian Bond||Gregory Despines||Matthew Judge|
|Otto Kauffman||Nina King||Gretchen Ladner||Ethan Leonard*|
|Andrew LePera||Lukas Pelletier||Madison Perkins*||Hudon Pons|
|AC Skarimbas||Gavin Wieland||Yair White|
|Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies|
|Own Baum||Jack Carani||Tamar Cohen||Aidan Colberg|
|Robert Connelly||Bret Crane||Alicia DeCoff||Timothy Dyer|
|Sophie Glew||Charlotte Mazur*||Holly Kasten||Celia Lewis*|
|Claudia Sherman*||Jack Shine||Olivia Visser||Justin Wade*|
|Sidney Waller||Amelia Withington*||Marion Yager|
|Associate of Arts in Business Studies|
|Sarvesh Bubna||Audrey Burch*|
|Associate of Science in Computer Science|
|Luke Hensel||Peter Rushton|
|Associate of Science in Life Science|
|Rebecca Lynch||Dylan Sullivan*⧫||Gabrielle Woolgar||Fernando Zavala*⧫|
Note: Each Baccalaureate student was required to complete a capstone project of their choosing.
|Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Entrepreneurial Leadership|
|Charlie Frost||Breaker Spaces for Stress Relief and Anger Managment|
|Lyla Kelley||Make Women's Sports at LC Equal to Men's Sports|
|Daniel Molster||LC Voices Marketing and Exposure|
|Petar Petrovic||Expanding the Online Presence of Landmark College Athletics|
|Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies|
|Carolina Mellado°||Neurodivergent LatinX College Students and Mental Health|
|Chloe Rogers||The Subculture of Lolita Fashion|
|Zackary Roy||The Ethical Implications of Zoos|
|James Wood||That Third Place: A One Act Play|
|Bachelor of Arts in Psychology|
|Ariana Ruddy||CBT and Trauma Informed Care for Students Who Have Experienced Abuse and/or Neglect|
|Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art|
|Lana Deane°||Symbols & Systems: What We Send Forward|
|Lucas Hendler°||Disabilities in the Dark|
|Will Johnson||Seeing the World Through My Eyes|
|Ethan Meeder||Humanity vs. Inhumanity and the Role of Resilience|
|Bachelor of Science in Computer Science|
|Andrew Barrows⧫°||Manahawk: A Trading Card Collection Management System|
|Maddie Krampitz°||Space Trio: An Arcade Style 2D Game|
|Bachelor of Science in Life Science|
|Yar Deng⧫||Are Owls Raptors?|
|Michael Vittum⧫||A Census of Large Animals in Botswana's Okavango Delta|
|Benjamin Wright||Making Landmark College More Energy Independent|
|Certificate in Learning Differences and Neurodiversity: Specialization in Executive Function|
|Eileen Bosco||Indira Cope||Deborah Hoelper||Mansi Khanna|
|Jennifer LeDuc||Casey McCormack||Stewart Pienaar||Deanna Sanders|
|Mara Scarbrough||Lisa Sookochoff|
°Golden Key Honor Society
* Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
∞ Natural Science
€ Environmental Science
⧫ AIE-STEMPLOS scholars are a group of students at Landmark College that receive scholarship funds from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and participate in cohort activities related to identifying and participating in internship activities. Students are in the A.S. or B.S. Life Science or Computer Science programs.