Congratulations To The Class of 2023!

Congratulations To The Class of 2023!

Posted on May 2, 2023

Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2023! We are extremely proud of our English students, and their dedication to their education. Graduates, you did it!

(From left to right: Dr. Amy Vines, Dr. Tony Cuda, Dr. Jen Feather, Dean John Kiss, Creative Writing Director Terry Kennedy, Elizabeth Hudson, Dr. Karen Weyler)

Dean Kiss delivers opening remarks to the graduates.

Dr. Jen Feather recognizing the honors and awards of the graudates.

Elizabeth Hudson, Editor-In-Chief of Our State Magazine, delivers the address to the graduates.

Elizabeth Hudson is a native of North Carolina who grew up in the small community of Farmer, near Asheboro. She holds a B.A. degree in English from the UNCG and began her publishing career in 1997 at Our State magazine. She held various editorial titles for 10 years before becoming Editor in Chief of the 88-year-old publication in 2009. For her work with the magazine, Hudson is also the 2014 recipient of the Ethel Fortner Writer and Community Award, an award that celebrates contributions to the literary arts of North Carolina.

Terry Kennedy awarding the MFA graduates.

Dr. Karen Weyler awards the BA graduates.

Dr. Heather Adams and Dr. Amy Vines enjoying the reception.

Elizabeth Hudson with Paul Cloninger (English Department) and Beth Carlin (Alumni Engagement).

Doctor of Philosophy


Reba Katherine Beeman†

Beth Katherine Miller Ball†

Leah Justine Sink Haynes^

Cynthia Damm McPeters

Kristie L. Ellison

Maggie Shields Kelly

Luciana Dionne Lilley

Kristin Jean Yates

Master of Arts


Leia Faith Eller

Celia Legband Hawley^

Rene Marzuk

Nicholas Harris Smurthwaite

Master of Fine Arts


Madeleine Simone Poole 

Aaron Christopher Bergman Jackson

 Jean-Luc Harrison Bouchard 

Madison Makena Porter 

Lisa Marie Compo 

Emily Alexandra Mathis 

Jordan Lorease Simone Williams 

Mary Catherine Sims 

Kiana Rakara Govoni

 Bachelor’s Degree


Haley Renee Anders

Candace Ann Auger

Briyana Storm Baker

Mitchell Baker

Andrew Michael Barley

Skylar Blackman

Annalyse Marie Brandenburg

Anna Katherine Brennan

Zia C Bunch

Connor Joseph Chiang

Mikayla Grace Clapp

Michael Thomas Cormack

Tyshaé Frabriyōn Cousar

Rachel Alexandra Craddock

Amari Makayla Dickerson

Ryan Fletcher

Ava Clair Foust ^

Maria Consuelo Garcia ^

Ramon A Gonzalez

Jovita Ived Gonzalez-Parral

Danysia Michelle Harris ^

Daniel Philip Holloway

Mercedes Lynn Huff ^

Jessica Lauren West Huffman†

Neil Sean Michael Hughes

Jessica Ann Jenkins

Jordan S Jobe

Thomas E Johnson

Kayla Lorraine Kattner

Alexandria Marie Little ^

Noemi Lopez ^

Cameron Paul Martin

Noah David Minafo

Emery Claire Moore ^

Jake James Moore

Abigail K Ostbye†

Ann Foy Parker

Nicole S Parkes

Quentin Pryce Redman

Pamela Padrick Richards ^

Hannah Marie Schaefer

Lindsay G Shook

Kevin Andrew Six

Adelina Nicole Solis†

John Phillips Stevens

Mary Abigail Streble ^

Alyssa Jacqueline Taylor

Jonathan David Terhune

Wesley Coleman Thomas

Bailey Anne Thompson^

Mary Kathleen Truitt

Rachel Lilly Williams†

Jessica Danielle Willis

Racheal Elizabeth Winger

*** Summa cum laude

** Magna cum laude

* Cum laude

† August 


Click the link below to see the program from our recognition ceremony.