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CONGRATULATE

‘ your graduate 14 Staff graduates:

FROM TOP LEFT: Lindsey Woods, Emily Ornberg, Sylvia Leak, Alexandra Kukulka, Kayla Koch ROW 2: Femi Awesu, Donald Wu, Angela Conners, Vanessa Morton, Anthony Soave ROW 3: Keenan Browe, Carolina Sanchez, Grace Wiley, Aly Dodds, Michael Fischer ROW 4: Nader Ihmoud, Sean Mcentee, Rena Naltsas, Ahmed Hamad, Will Hager, ROW 5: Brandon Smith, Mark Minton, Kyle Rich, Aiden Weber

Each and every one of you are talented, creative and unique and we thank you for your hard work and total dedication to the paper. Enjoy your rewards and don't forget about us.

Jeff, Chris, Stephanie & Erik


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Emad Ahmed Khan We are so proud of you! You did it. We wish you all the best in many more years to come after Columbia. We will always be here for you. Love, Mama, Hira, Mina & Ebad

Michelle Marie Pavlack Congratulations Michelle! We are so proud of your hard work and all your accomplishments at the collegiate level. Our hope and prayers continue for you to find joy, peace and happiness as you begin another phase of your life. May God bless you today and always! We love you so much! Mom, Dad and Nolan

Marisa Elena Fotieo You have worked so hard and have accomplished so much. We could not be prouder. Now we will watch with amazement as you go forth and conquer and realize all you have worked for. We love you. Love, Mom, Dad, Cristina and Steven

Ashley Elizabeth Cota We are so proud of you. May God richly bless your life with happiness and success. Our love and prayers follow you wherever you go. Love, Dad + Mom

Jovan Leslie Monique

Johnathan E. Wallace

Dear Jovan, Congratulations! We are all so proud of you. Reach for the sky. Hope all your dreams come true.

Johnathan Wallace, it has given us great joy in watching you accomplish everything you put your hands to do. We celebrate in the next big chapter of what God has in store for you. Congratulations on your big day! Love, Mama, Granny, Sis & Auntie.

Love, Your Family

Brian Beckwith The future awaits you now. Embrace it, and unleash your talent. Love, Dad, Mom, Grandpa


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Annie Dorothy Sullivan We are so proud of you and what you have accomplished. You are an amazing young woman. Congratulations Annie! Love, all of your family and your 2 babies

Kelly A. Sims You are and will always be our crazy diamond. With much love, Mom, Dad & Lauren

Kaitlin Olivero

Madaline Marie Barwegen

We are so proud of you! You have always brought such joy to our lives. Keep following your dreams!

Dear Madaline, We are very proud of you. Congratulations on earning your diploma.

Love, Mom & Dad

Love, Mom + Dad

Megan Eileen Faherty

Michelle C. Burke

Congratulations Megan!! We are very proud of you and love you very much!! You are going to be an amazing teacher!!

O the places you’ll go & the things still to learn It’s not just about the money you’ll earn Live life: follow your passion & art Forever to follow your dreams & your heart

Love, Mom and Dad

Jade Dominique Griffin “Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children.” -Proverbs 17:8. Jade, we are so proud of you for earning your degree. As you celebrate today, may this be the beginning of a lifetime of accomplishments that propel you toward your dreams! May God continue to bless you. All our love, Daddy & Mama

Jane Elizabeth Erickson Jane!! As you seek new challenges and make your dreams come true, may this graduation be a reminder of all that you can do! Our love to you! Dad, Mom, John, Anna, Aunt Jane and Uncle Matt


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Lisa M. Pluchrat We are very proud of you, Lisa! Congratulations! Love, Mom, Dad, Lori + Nikki

Kellie Kurt

Kenneth Raymond Deheve

Samuel M. Shapiro

Congratulations, Kellie! So proud of you! Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and “never settle.”

Doors, pumpkin heads, f*** you, TV skits, trumpet, and tennis, we’ve been through it all. It’s been an amazing journey.

Congratulations on your graduation — all the best for a bright future.

Love, Mama xoxo

Einxel Reyes

Love, Doggie and the rest of your family.

Christine Renee Weathers

This is our proudest moment, not only that you are living your DREAM… you made ours come true. Take the road less traveled, be an inspiration to others and always give back. DO IT YOUR WAY!!

Dear Chrissy, We are so proud of you. The sky is the limit, keep reaching as you always have! Love, Dad, Mom, Grandma and Grandpa

We love you, Papa, Mama & Alexis

Malorie Erin McGee Malorie McGee, Your achievements and accolades have been numerous before graduate school. As expected, you have certainly continued to prove your desire to succeed at Columbia. Now you are ready to show the world your excellence! We love you so much, Mom, Dad, Kelsie and Bailie

Abigail Mary Angelina Downs Abby, You met the challenges of academic life! The resilience and persistence you’ve shown in overcoming any obstacles makes me so proud to be your brother. -Chris You are everything I hoped for in a daughter. Always know that you have whatever it takes to accomplish your goals. -Mom


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Domenic James Caruso Domenic, You were never a follower. Your independent spirit and creative thinking have taken you to where you are and will continue to take you to great things. Your family is proud!

Adam Maltz Adam, Congratulations on a job well done. And now, on with the show! From, Your loving family

Ryan Clarence Hake

Emily Rose Dahlquist

Ryan, you have made your whole family so proud of your talents and accomplishments. Keep believing in yourself, work hard and persevere and your dreams will come true!

Emily, We are so proud of you. Congratulations to you on this wonderful accomplishment. Momma K. and Dad

Love, Your family

Catherine Nicole Pagone

Jayci Michele Jones

Cath, We are so proud of all your accomplishments. Follow your dreams, find your niche that makes you happy. The world awaits...

JJ, Look out world – here comes Jayci! You will always be my shining star princess.

Love, Mom, Dad & David

Love, Mom

John Kenneth Bishop Make art, make waves, make it all write, be happy. Love, Mom and Dad

Sara Margaret Holton Congratulations, Sara! We are so proud of you. We love you! Mom, Laura + Emma


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Tyke Riggs Your formal education has been anything but normal, from international to three-room schools, from charter to home schools. Now you are graduating from college! We can’t wait to see what your next chapter brings. May your light always guide you safely home. We love you Mom and Dad

Vanessa Whitney Morton Never underestimate all the wonderful things you're capable of, the impact of your dreams, ideas and all that you have to offer the world. Never underestimate the special person you are now. And the one you have the power to BECOME! You have made US proud!! Congratulations! love you, Mom, Dad, Oscar & Bombon

Michael T. Walker

Nikolay Zadkovic

The tassel was worth the hassle. We are all so proud of you and your achievements! Congrats on your graduation. Your journey is just the beginning, the best is still to come. May your knowledge carry you far.

Congratulations, Nik! Best wishes for your future. Keep snapping those photos. Love always, Mom, Dad, Maria & Joe

We love you, Your whole family

Madeline DePetto Congratulations! You’ve always made us so proud. Follow your dreams. Love, Mom and Dad xoxo

Ryan McVicker Congratulations, Ryan! You did it! We are so proud of you. Love, Mom and Phil

Cassondra Kyleen Fitzsimmons Congratulations, Cassondra! You did it! Your Mom, Dad & Grandpa are smiling down on you. We are so proud of you. Love, Grandma & Micayla

Kiara Imani - Annette Sanders Congratulations, Kiara! I have watched an amazing girl turn into an awesome woman. I'm proud of you. Love, Mom


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Nicole Bitonti Congratulations, Nicole! May you be happy and successful in all that you do. We are so proud of you! Love - Mom, Dad & Joey

Alberta M. Wilmer After years of hard work, dedication, your determination to learn has paid off. Congratulations, mom!

Glenn Rychard Thompson

Freddie Menendez

Glenn - While parting is “such sweet sorrow,” know that we love you and are proud of you. God bless.

Dear Freddie Menendez, You dont know how proud I am that you accomplish your dreams. Keep going and never stop dreaming big!

Dad, Mom, Ashley & Amanda

Your proud Mom, Lidia.

Love, your daughters

Bobby Michael Weglarz

J. C. Widman

Bobby, You being responsible, courteous and respectable are just a few ways that will make you successful in life. I am proud, and grateful to have you as my son.

Keep following your bliss, JC! We are so proud of you. We love you always. Until the butter flies, Mom and JD

Love, Dad

Lukas Christopher Brasher - Fons “No profit grows where is no pleasure ta’en. In brief, sir, study what you most affect.” -William Shakespeare “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Seuss Lukas, you inspire us and make us crazy proud. Love, Mom and Dad

John Emile Imburgia Dear John, You did it… and on the honor roll, too. Congrats! We couldn’t be prouder of you. Never underestimate your talents and abilities. Dream big, but don’t forget us when you’re famous. Rock on! Love, Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Tiffany & Ryan


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Justin Lain Dear Justin, Congratulations on your college graduation. We are so very proud of you and your achievements. God made you unique and there is no limit to what you can do. As you complete your journey always be cognizant of what got you to where you are. With all of our love, Dad, Mom & Kelsey

Tara Joy Sabol Congratulations on earning your degree, Tara. Today is a day for celebration! Take the time to reflect on what you have done and relish in your accomplishments. We are both very proud of you and love you very much! “Dream on; dream until your dreams come true.” Love, Mom & Dad

Emily Elizabeth Lemons

Kristina Nicole Smith

Dear Emily,

We are so proud of you, Kristina! The sky is the limit. Always follow your dreams, that will make you happy and successful.

We are so proud of you! What a huge accomplishment. As you celebrate today, may this be the beginning of a lifetime of successes.

We love you always, Mom & Dad

We love you, Momma, Anthony and Family

Marcus DeSean Jackson Congratulations on your graduation. You have worked so hard to achieve your goal and I am so very proud of you. Many years of late nights and papers to complete are finally over. You still remember that BMW you owe me, lol.

Love, Mom

Logan Elizabeth Janik

Victoria Virginia Jones

We’re fairly certain that, given a cape and a nice tiara, you could save the world. Log, we love you most. Where you lead, we will follow.

We are so happy and proud of you! We are praying for a God-filled life and much success in your future careers and endeavors. Love, The Family

Eric W. Cimino Congratulations, Eric! Your hard work has gotten you here. We know you will continue to succeed! Love, Mom & Dad


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Monica L. Chapman At the age of 2, instead of playing with toys, you held a book. At the age of 6, you became a storyteller. Your written words always brought smiles. May 18th, you will hold a degree in Fiction Writing. August 25th, you will begin studies at Loyola. Best Seller is next! Love you, Mommy & Daddy

Jolie E. Greenstone You have accomplished so much in the past four years at Columbia. We are incredibly proud of your work ethic, dedication, quest for excellence and passion for photography. You will no doubt be successful as you continue to pursue your career in the art you so love. Love, Mom, Dad and Katie

Avery Rochelle Rodney

Timothy Caldwell Muñoz

Avery, Words cannot express how proud we are of you. Going to college and earning your degree is a great accomplishment. This is just the beginning. Life has so much more in store for you! Aim high and always follow your heart.

Congratulations, Tim! Love, Mom, Kate, Joe, and Renji “Teach your parents well; their children’s hell will slowly go by.”

Love, Mom (Paulette), Dad (Garfield), Sister (Wendy), Brother-inlaw (Craig), Niece (Elaina)

Ashia Sabbath Congratulations, Ashia! You did it! Time is money, money is time and you’ve utilized both with a focus and a drive that was UNSTOPPABLE! You’ve earned the title of Graphic Designer and we could not be prouder. Continue this momentum and you will succeed and accomplish whatever you set your mind to. Always remember… You’re Smart and You’re Beautiful! With much love, Mom, Dad & Talia

– Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Paul Philip Thomas

Matthew John Malone

Congratulations, Paul! Devote your life's goals to what you love doing, and in surrounding yourself with good people.

Congratulations! We are so proud of you! Do what you love & you will never work a day in your life!

Our love, Mom & Dad

Love, Dad & Mom

Shelby Rae Norman Congratulations, Shelby! You are awesome! We are extremely proud of you. Dream Big! Love, Mom, Pooh, Samantha, G-ma, Biko, Max & Tori


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Britney Deniece Chamble You’ve worked hard, accomplished much and excelled. Wherever the future takes you may all your dreams come true. All your families are proud of you. The Carters, Harrell’s and the Chambles

Elisa Marie Harding Congratulations, Elisa. We are so proud of you. We are looking forward to seeing all your future creative endeavors. Love you, Mum, Dad and Tanya

Mark David BiBrito

David Ray Sizemore

Mark, Congratulations on your wonderful achievement! Now you can go out and live your dream and love what you do! We are very proud!

Just like you completed the goal of riding your bike around Lake Michigan, now you are a college graduate! Keep dreaming! Keep making goals! Keep living!

Dad & Peggy

Ashley Nickell Congratulations, Ashley! You did it! We are very proud of you. Love, Dad + Mom

Jessica Lesh Hip hip hooray! You have worked hard for this day. We are so proud of you. Keep following your dreams. Love, Mom & Jim

Love you a Size More! Dad & Mom

Zaigham Arshad Khan Congratulations, Zaigham! Who was to say time would fly by so fast? We are all so very proud of you for reaching such a crucial milestone in your life that you’ve worked diligently towards. May Allah grant you all the success in life that you deserve and may you make the most of what you’ve learned in these four years. You’ve always had it in you to make a name for yourself, now is the time to prove it to the world. We may not be there but our best wishes and support was, is and always will be with you. We love you Jaggu Baba. <3 Your loving family, Puppa, Mamma, Naina, Maanu and Duii <3

Kathryn Vogel Congratulations on your graduation day! We are so proud of you! Love, Mom and Dad


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Leticia M. Trujillo Congratulations! To all of your accomplishments. We are very proud of you. Best wishes for a great future. Love, Ma, Dad and Mimi

Robert J. Anderson Rob, Your creative mind has blown us away since you were little! Congratulations, we love you! Love, Mom and Jenna

Colin Douglas Keefe Colin, We are so proud of you! Congratulations! Love, Mom, Dad, Evan, Izzy and Seamus

David Walter Bremer Congratulations, David; on your BA Degree in Art + Design! We are so proud of you! Way to go! Love, Mom, Dad, Ben and Becca

Rachel Nicole Johnson

Alison Sarah Bauer

Great job, Rachel! All of your hard work has paid off. We are so proud of you.

Nine schools, eight cities, four countries, three continents, and one incredible student! Congratulations!

Love, Mom & Dad

Love, Dad

Jamesa Denise Martin We congratulate Jamesa on her achievements. Earning a masters degree took persistence and determination. Go â&#x20AC;&#x153;Messieâ&#x20AC;?! We love you! From, Grandma Beverly, Great Grandma Jones, Auntie Muriel and Daughter Zyla

Zara Ilana Wallis Zara, You are a truly amazing individual, full of hope and creativity, humor and compassion. You have completed this part of your education wiser and more determined, more forgiving and generous. May your college graduation be a stepping stone on your way to a lifetime of satisfying achievements. May you be happy, healthy, safe, at ease with yourself and the world as you wander, visualizing the universe through the lens of your camera and the lens of your life experience. May you continue your efforts to be content, fulfilled and free. Yeah Zazu! We love you, Mom and Dad


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Christopher Owsiany

Racquel A. Cable

Natalie Elena Nesteruk

Congratulations on your graduation, Chris! Let today be the beginning of a lifetime of accomplishments that make you happy!

You are amazing. We’re excited for whatever you choose next, and we believe in you. Love you to the moon and back.

Columbia College Chicago graduate with B.A. in Radio Broadcasting as of May 2014.

Love, your family

Mom and Dad

Nicholas Jon Quiles Wishing you the very best on your graduation day and beyond. Congratulations! We’re very proud of you. Love you, Mom, Dad and Jay

Alexandra Noelle Compton

Nicholas Bernard Samuel

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’” -Jeremiah 29:11

Congratulations, Nick! Reach for the stars and always keep God first. After all those times of late night studies, lack of sleep and sacrifice, you’ve made it! We are so proud of you!

We could not be more proud of you.

Love, Mom, Dad, Nicole and Lou

We love you, Mom, Dad, and Christopher

Hannah Bourne We are so proud of you, Hannah. The most important thing is to enjoy your life, to be happy. It's all that matters. All our love, Mom and Dad

Pauline A. Partyka Dear Paulina, it must be a very proud moment for you. Chasing a dream requires your efforts and passion. Hard work isn’t over when you graduated. It’s just a break as you enter the new battlefields of life. We are very proud of you. Good luck and congratulations! Your parents and sister


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Joseph Charles Doran “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” -Romans 8:31 You are loved and we are blessed to have you as our son. We are proud of your accomplishment and respect the man you have become. Love, Mom and Dad

Katie Lynn Barker We are all so very proud of you today. You have worked very hard for this accomplishment and we all look forward to even greater success. Keep believing in yourself and your abilities, remember anything is possible in life! With all our love, Mom, Dad & Pat

Melanie E. Brown

Lynnea K. Malley Congratulations, Lynnea!

Life is an adventure and you embrace it! You inspire us and always make us proud.

You’re a talented, adventurous and beautiful young woman! We are so proud of you! Wishing you success and happiness!

Love, Mom, Brad, Dad & Nancy

Love, Mom and Dad

Megan Ciara Carreon Congratulations, Megan! We couldn’t be more proud of you. Wishing you a picture-perfect future. Believe in yourself. Love, Mom, Dad & Matt

Dustin Howard Pellegrini Valedictorian - Summa Cum Laude Thirteen years of hard work, focus and perseverance led you to be your High School Valedictorian.And now, 4 years later you have achieved the pinnacle again! You are a model student, but more importantly, a model human being. We are all beaming with pride at this latest achievement. With love, your family

Heather Pelham Rozelle You have come a long way, miracle baby! Congratulations! Love, Mom, Dad, Megan & Ray

Taylor J. Kendrick As you celebrate today, may this be the beginning of a lifetime of accomplishments. We are very proud of you! Love, Dad Love, Mom


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Sean Michael Funk Dear Sean, We are so proud of you! You have accomplished so much in your life so far, but we think you are just getting started! You are a kind, focused and creative young man who we know will keep reaching for the stars and one day will be one! Love you, Dad, Mom, Ryan & Connor

Harley Gingras We are so very proud of you and excited to see where your dreams will lead you. Believe in yourself, anything is possible. Stay true to your heart and know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always be there with you.

Natalie Denise Weldon Dear Natalie, We are so proud of you as you graduate with your college degree! May this day be a stepping stone to many successes as you embark upon your dreams.

Kathryn Mary Evelyn Kelly To our Katie Kelly, You have worked so hard and done so well. Once again our dear BKOB has come through. We know you have a bright future ahead. Much love from all your family.

Love, Mom, Dad, Marissa & Daniel

Ali Garten Stone Congratulations, Ali! Proud, proud, proud we are!

Hilary Helen Marie Reagan Dear Hilary, Three years. Wow! What an accomplishment. We are so proud of you. Love, Mom and Dad

Zachary Englund Congratulations, Zach! I am so proud of you. And this is just the beginning. Continue to work hard and you can make all your dreams come true. Love, Mom

Love, Mom, Dad, Evan, Taz, Wiley & Obi


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Dylan Craig Luloff

Annie Delaney

Gonzalo Jose Guzman

The rewards of the journey far outweigh the risk. We are all extremely proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations! Love, Mom, Shawn & Lindsay

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

We are so proud of all you have accomplished and wish you everything good for your future journey.

Katelynn, We are so proud of all your accomplishments. You now have all the proper tools to build a future of your dreams.

Love, Mom and Dad

Love, Mom and Dad

—Mahatma Gandhi

Justin Louis Chaney

Katelynn Kelly Ludwig

Nina Stockman Dear Nina, We’re so proud of you! Your work ethic will serve you will in your career. We wish you all the best in life. “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

Our wish for you… Make this life all that you want it to be. Never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you’re meant to do. Know you have people who love and are proud of you.

Love, Mom, Dad, Derek & Family

Natasha Reid Hemley Natasha, I am so very proud of you. I am sure your Mom is looking down from heaven full of pride also. Remember to keep your nose clean, your chin up and have a dream. Love you, Dad

Nicole Marie Aeschliman Congratulations on your graduation. We are proud of you and all of your accomplishments. May this be the beginning of a lifetime of success and fulfillment of your dreams. Enjoy every minute! We love you! Love, Mom and Dad


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Eric Charles Lauryn World traveler, scholar, author, statesman, Renaissance man and never a disappointment to his parents! Congratulations, Eric, well done! Much love, Mom and Dad

Sophie Edith Klippstein Dear Sophie, An exciting journey has to come to an end. The graduation is a major accomplishment and a new road of opportunities opens up in front of you. We wish you good luck.

Emily Schikora Congratulations! P.F. L.L.T.B. BZZT!

All our love, Mom and Dad

Erica Jean Herbert We are so VERY PROUD of the person that you are and for all that you have accomplished! You are truly a special person â&#x20AC;&#x201D; you are kind, compassionate, talented and wise beyond your years! Continue to follow your heart! We are glad that you are a part of our lives! Congratulations! All our love, Mom and Dad xxooxxooxxoo

Veronica Idoate Dear Veronica, You did it! We knew it! Congratulations on this special day. The dreams come true. Always keep the magic words: be honest, responsible, compromise, hard working, God in our heart and always be you. You always make us happy. We are so proud of you. Hugs, Mom, Dad, Gustavo & Yayi


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Joseph W. Moore III We all have supported you, Joseph, and are proud of you through this journey. To see you achieve this goal is a blessing. Your best is yet to come. Keep God 1st in all you do. With all our love, Your Family, Church Family & Friends

Terrence G. Harris Congratulations and many blessings. “Delight thyself also in the Lord and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” -Psalm 37:4 “Education is the most powerful weapon which YOU can use to change the WORLD.” I am so proud of the YOU. Love, Your Grandma, Lena Robinson

Christine Joy Delgado

Alexandra Kukulka

Congratulations, Christine, all your hard work has paid off. We are so proud of what you have accomplished and we wish you happiness and many more successes in the future.

Dear Ola, Thank you for making us proud parents. May this be a beginning of a lifetime of accomplishments in ways only you can define. Don’t forget us when you’re famous.

With all our love, Mom & Dad

Miriam Michelle Collins Congratulations! We are so proud of you! Way to go! Yay! You did it! Love, Mom, Dad, Matt, Ashley & Malia

Hudson Isaac Miller Congratulations Hudson! “Sicut columbae prudentes sicut serpentes et simplices.” -Psalm 1:3 We love you!! Dad, Mom, Noah and Cydia

Love, Dad, Mom and Family

Victor A. Brown Congratulations, Victor, on your graduation. We are very proud of you! The road to success is paved with your name! Love always, Mom and Jason

Kelly Marie Deasy Congratulations, Kelly! We are so proud of your accomplishments at Columbia! Follow your dreams. Love, Mom, Dad, Joey, Kristen and Bridget


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Terrence Glenard Harris “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” - Proverbs 22:6 If not you, then who? If not now, then when? If you can image IT, you can achieve IT. If you can dream IT, you can become IT. We are proud Your parents, Dennis & Dr. Delena King

Max Stephan Kowalski

Walter Joseph List Congratulations, Wally! You’ve come a long way since your first lesson. We are very proud of your academic and personal achievements. Enjoy and continue the journey…

Congratulations to Max Stephan Kowalski on his graduation from Columbia College Chicago! Class of 2014 We are very proud of you! All our love, Mom, Dad, Conor, Onyx and Mimi

Love, Mom & Dad

Victoria Frances Piccirillo Dear Victoria, We are especially proud of you today —your Graduation Day. A new journey begins! As we have always said, “Listen to your heart. Do what you were born to do. Happiness and success will surely follow.” You are and always will be Our Special Angel. Love, Mama & Papa

Mary-Kate Carsi

Alexandra Engels

MK: You came out of the womb grabbing a brass ring & haven’t stopped… As you embark on your path, remember it’s not the destination, it’s about the journey. Enjoy every moment!

We’re so proud of you Alix! You’ve come a long way since “Annie.” It’s time to show the world what you have, using all the tools you’ve learned along the road to this degree!

Love, Mom & Dad

Mom, Dad, Sadie and Jack


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Kristin Alexa Schineller

Evan David Paeth

Madeline Hite-Smaka

We knew you could do it! Congrats! We are so proud of you!

We are incredibly proud of what you have done and what you will do!

You did it, Maddie!! Of course you did:) Enjoy the moment. We love you.

Love, Mom, Dad, Meghan & Tonks

Mom and Dad

Taylor Lewandowski We are very proud of you and all that you have accomplished. Congratulations!

Mom & Babs, Dad & Mary, and Rachel!

Love, Dad and Mom

Chance Wall Congrats on this wonderful achievement. We look forward to following your musical journey! May you always have peace of mind and music in your soul. Much love, Mom, Dad & Taige

Donna Marie Ewing We are so proud of being your parents. Earning your degree is an accomplishment in itself. We cannot be more proud of you. May this be the beginning of a lifetime of accomplishments. You will always be a shining star! Aim high, dream big.

(Photo by Devin Aadland)

Joseph Paul Kovach He’s the slow talkin', fast walking', guitar shreddin', hand clappin', foot tappin', long runnin', improv funnin', sketch writin', history knowin', show closin', unassumin', genuine, skinny, curly haired, younger brother, biggest fan, favorite son, buddin’ actor, huge success and Columbia grad…

Myrene M. Gallardo Congratulations to a SPECIAL DAUGHTER on Graduation Day! As you graduate and come into your own, learning, growing and trying new things... Remember that you always have our love and support for you are the kind of daughter any parent would be proud of. We are very lucky to have you as our daughter. God bless you! With all our love, Mom and Dad

Ivan Maxwell Tarlton Max, Your dad and I couldn’t be more proud of you! This is just the beginning and the sky is the limit. NEVER give up on your dreams. Cheers to a lifetime of success and happiness. We love you! Mom and Dad


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Adam McCarthy Glab

Matthew Brendan Congrats, Matt! We are so proud of you! Keep that carefree spirit alive in your heart while you follow your dreams, and nothing will be impossible to you.

Congratulations, Adam! We are very proud of you and your accomplishments. We wish you happiness and success with your new endeavors.

With all our love always, Mom, Dad & Catie

Love, Mom, Dad & John Paul

Sean Wilmsen

Alyssa Wolanski

Congratulations, Sean. Best wishes for lots of success and happiness in the future. You rock!

Congratulations, Peanut! Four years flew by and we are very proud of you! Always follow your heart, never give up and keep dreaming with your eyes open! The world is yours to live.

Lots of love, Mom, Dad & Mike

Love, Mom and Dad

Cheryl Lynn Okuda Cheryl, I am so proud of your accomplishment and Dad would be too. This is the beginning of a great adventure for you and the children I know you will inspire. Love you always, Your Mother, Belinda Okuda

Chandler Clemens Chandy, Behind you all your memories, Before you all your dreams, Around you all who love you, Within you all you need. So proud of you! Love, MDCGTSANPB

Eric Moskus Eric, We are so proud of you! As you begin the next chapter of your life, know that you will always have our love and support. Love, Mom, Dad & Allison


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Laura Michelle Forney We are so proud of you, Laura! As you celebrate today, may this be the beginning of a lifetime of accomplishments that make you happy and successful in ways only you can define. We encourage you to follow your dreams, live fully alive and have fun along the way! All our love, Mom, Dad & Tyler

Stephen Michael Hall

Vincent Anthony Catirio

Congratulations, Stephen! We are so proud of you and what you have already achieved! We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to see what the future holds for you!

We are very proud of all that you have accomplished.We are very excited for you and believe you will continue to pursue your dream and achieve great things.

Love, Mom, Ken, Bryen & Allison

Love, Mom and Kerry

Christina Nicole Roberts Congratulations! You did it! We are so very proud of you and what you accomplished. The sky is the limit. On this special day we wish you all the happiness and success that the world has to offer. All of our love, Mom, Dad, Amanda, Brandon, Grandma and a host of relatives and friends

Malcolm Fitzgerald Gregory Malcolm, We are beyond proud of your accomplishments in you receiving your Bachelor's Degree from Columbia College Chicago. We know your future will only be short of brilliance. Grandma would be proud! Love you without reservation, Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Jasmin & Elanna


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Parris Brandon Fleming Parris, We couldn’t be more proud of you! Earning your degree/ diploma is an amazing accomplishment. As you celebrate today, may this remind you of how far you’ve come and guide you to continued success. Love, Mom, Mark, Grammy, Payton & Kameron

Kendall Vivian Browne Dear Kendall, We provided the opportunity to learn, you put in the hard work and dedication. You have proven to yourself that when you take the

difficult path you collect the greatest experiences. Now you have strength and ability to provide your own opportunities. Remember, “The doors will be opened to those who are bold enough to knock.” This is your time, you determine what to do and what you will become. As your father says, “What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve.” Go for it, Ken!

Elizabeth Marie Moss Congratulations! I’m very proud of you and all you have accomplished. Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

Love, Your biggest fans Mom, Dad and Sis

Love, Mom

Jennifer Brooke Adkins What an accomplishment! We always have been and always will be proud of you. Seems like only yesterday when we were dropping you off in downtown Chicago. Since then you have done semesters in Rome and Los Angeles. Wonder what’s next? Can’t wait to see! Love, Mom and Dad

Brittany Rhoda Ifft Dear Brittany, We are so proud of you! As we join you in celebrating your graduation may this be the beginning of a lifetime of accomplishments. Follow your dreams­—we know you will succeed. All our love, Mom, Dad, Chelsie, Trevor & Tanner


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Emily Charlotte Ornberg Congratulations to you for chasing your dream and capturing it! You have always had such a creative streak, a wild imagination, determination and passion. You are talented and have a bright future ahead! I’m so proud of you! I love you, Mom

Chloe Langham Dearest Chloe, We all couldn’t be prouder of you! Inspire the world the way you inspire us. Congratulations!

Annabelle Joy Travina We are proud of you. You’ve made an important step on the road to a successful future. Congratulations on a job well done.

Love, Mom, Dad, Alex, Anika, Meussa, Elee and Callie

Love, Mom, Dad and Ayrton

Marc L. Mandell We are so proud of your perseverance in obtaining your bachelor’s degree. We hope the next part of your life’s journey is full of great adventures that make you happy. As you chase your dream, we continue to be proud of you and all your accomplishments. Love, Mom, Dad, and Bryan

Ashli Nichole Cribb Ashli, Words cannot express how proud we are of you, but then, you have always made us proud. Go out and live your life, be happy and always know, we love you! The best is yet to come! SuSu and Dad

Brandon D. Wood Congratulations, Brandon “All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.” —T.E. Lawrence Your journey has just begun. Save us a seat at the Oscars. Love you, Mom and Dad


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Samuel Dinkins IV

Stephanie Clark

Grant Baumgartner

Wow, graduation is here! We are so proud of you and all your accomplishments. Keep GOD first in all that you do. Be for HIM the best Audio Engineer around. Give HIM the glory and HE will elevate you to the top of your game. What a Blessing.

Congratulations, Stephanie! You've always done it your way. Keep it up!

"Oh, BA eh? Oh, very nice! How'd you get that then, eh?" Congratulations Grant! So proud of you!

We love you, Dad, Mom, Samson and Family

Love, Mom, Dad and Suzanne

Love, Mom, Dad & Jackie

Amanda Latz We are so proud! Go confidently in the direction of your DREAMS!!!! All our LOVE always, Mom, Dad, Olivia, Jake and Elaina

Ambyre Balut

Alithea Renee Kundanis

Dear Ambyre, We are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments during your years in college. You have become such a wonderful young lady, with a contagious positive spirit and bright outlook on life and on your future. Remember to always continue to give your all to the goals you set and know that you can accomplish ANYTHING you put your heart and mind toward. Thank you for your efforts and for working so hard during your time in college. Columbia was a super choice and your degree in Fashion Business will take you places where your dreams can be found. You deserve all you have accomplished so far and all you will in the future.

Congrats, Alithea! Ever since you walked you’ve coordinated and designed everyone's ensembles. I am confident you will succeed in whatever you set your sights on. Go get ‘em in LA!

We love you and are so very proud of you.

Love, Mom

Love, Dad, Mom, Aly and the whole family

Carolina Sanchez Hija: Carolina Sanchez Con mucho carino y amor te felicitamos por todo el esfuerzo y dedicacion que le has puesto a tu educacion, sabemos que no fue facil pero tu seguiste luchando hasta lograr tu objetivo y lo lograste. Gracias Hija por regalarnos este dia tan especial. FELIX/ASUNCION SANCHEZ

Amanda VanDrew

Lindsey Jordan Smith

From your preschool graduation to your college graduation, we are so proud of you and all of your accomplishments. Can’t wait to see what is ahead for you.

Dear Lindsey, You’ve proven once again you can do anything you set your mind to. You’re a shining star and we love you!

Love, Dad, Mom and Haley

Wyatt, Cody, Erin, Mom and Mark


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Alycen Dodds It seems only yesterday when we held you in our arms to welcome you to the world, and now today we watch as you celebrate a milestone! It has been a wonderful journey watching you grow into the strong and independent young lady you have become. We are so proud! We Love You, Aly!! Congratulations!!!

Kyle Nelson Hart Shawn Chelsea Donoghue

Congratulations on receiving your degree. From the sight of your first smile, we have always wanted your dreams to come true. We are proud of your dedication and commitment. Stay focused!

Congratulations, Shawn! What a huge accomplishment. We are so very proud of you. The best is yet to come.

Love, Mom, Dad & Meema

We love you! Mom and Kelly

Daniel Parkinson

Margaret Lillian Rogers

Trevor J Conley We are so proud of you and your accomplishments. Take risks, accept challenges and experience life to its fullest. Your future is a blank page, fill it with magic! Love, Mom, Dad & Chase

Daniel,

Maggie, we are so proud of our 2014 Valedictorian! It makes us happy to see your dreams come true. The sky is the limit, Mags; keep on reaching!

Congratulations! Graduation is the beginning of a bright future for you and we couldn’t be more proud. Go make all your dreams come true… “Makin tv”!

Love, Mom and Dad

Love, Mom, Dad & Christie

Brent Bandemer You found your passion, followed your dream & worked hard! Your God-given talent is evident. Love, Mom, Dad & family

Tawni Mounce We are very proud of you. Follow your dreams! Love Mom, Dad & Chotty

August Ryan Gallagher When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. With love and joy, your family


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Hannah Welever Your hard work, passion and creativity have brought you to this moment of achievement. Keep at it and make cool stuff.

Kathleen J. Bernu You found yourself so stay true to yourself; you've nothing to fear & will succeed! Congrats & love from all your family

Thomas Leduc

Sloane Paige Passmore

Congratulations, Tom! We are so very proud of all you have accomplished during your Columbia experience.

Thank you for the outstanding work you achieved in Middle School and High School to be awarded the Presidential Scholarship! We love you, Sloane. Dream and achieve!

Mom, Dad & Liz

Christopher Land Congratulations to “My Edison” ­­—as Chip & Dan Heath would say in “Switch” —my BrightSpot. Chris Land’s “Doodles, Drafts and Designs” are “Made to Stick,” and offer a ray of hope for aesthetics, ergonomics, functionality and usability.

Richard Nichols We are so proud of you and your accomplishments at Columbia. We have enjoyed the journey from elementary school to college. With all our love, Mom, Dad & John

Gabriella Jean Welsh Congratulations, Gabby! You dreamt, you believed, and you achieved. We are very proud of you. Love, Dave, Mom, David & Zach

Samantha Tadelman We are so proud of all your achievements, but we are even more proud of who you've become —you have a strong sense of yourself, tremendous passion & you are fearless. We love & adore you beyond words. Wherever your dreams take you, you are always in our hearts! Remember us when you are famous.


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Carolyn Plurad Dearest Carolyn, Congratulations on earning your BFA in Musical Theatre! We are so very proud of you and look forward to seeing you on stage real soon! May all your dreams come true! God bless you always. We love you, Mom and Dad

Matthew Blackwell

MacKenzie Leigh Tillman

We are extremely proud of your accomplishment! This is just the beginning of a bright new future : ) Go out there and do something remarkable!

We know the hard work and dedication it took to achieve this and want you to know we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be prouder. Love, Mom, Dad, Joseph and Mary Jo

Love, Mom & Dad Erika-Eric & Rex

Marjorie Plurad Dearest Margie, Congratulations on earning your BA in Cinema Art + Science! You worked very hard these past four years and we are so proud of you! May all your dreams come true! God bless you always. We love you, Mom & Dad

Cole Ellett Cole, to say that we are proud of you is an understatement. You're an amazing young man who has brought so much happiness to all our lives! Can't wait to see what the future holds for you. Stay "focused" (cinematography humor) & be happy. We love you! Mom, Scott, Dad, Sara, Chase, Gramma & Marcei

Chelsea Kyle WE ARE SO VERY PROUD OF YOU, CHELSEA! YOU HAVE PROVEN THAT YOU CAN DO ANYTHING YOU SET YOUR MIND TO! THE WORLD IS YOURS TO FIND YOUR HAPPINESS! WE WISH YOU ALL THE BEST IN WHATEVER YOUR EXCITING FUTURE HOLDS ! WE LOVE YOU SO MUCH ! XOXO LOVE, MOM, JASON, IAN, CORTNI & JASON


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Callie McIntosh Sylvia Leak Congrats to Sylvia E. Leak! Look out, world! This is one baby who fears little, enjoys plenty and continues to make a difference. Keep on shining!

Dear Cal, Congratulations! We are so proud of who you are and what you've accomplished. Keep shining as you continue to follow your dreams. Love, Mom and Dad

Marcus Garrett Marcus, may you find joy & success as you pursue your dreams for they hold endless possibilities. Work hard & your talent will rise to the top. Love Mom Let God lead you. Yes, you're a grown ass Man now! Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll tell everybody you the man, you the Man! This is your world, own IT! I am proud of you. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll always love you, Dad

Katherine Tallis

Nehemiah Stark

Dear Katherine, We wish you the strength to face challenges with confidence... Along with the wisdom to choose your battles carefully... We wish you adventure on your journey, and may you always stop to help someone along the way... Listen to your heart and take risks carefully... Remember how much you are loved...

Congratulations! You've grown so much. It's been breathtaking to watch. You have learned to meld the courage to be idiosyncratic with the courage to be an engaged member of the community of humankind. We wish you every success & the peace that passeth all understanding.

We are so proud of you! Love, Mom, Dad and Bec

Mom, Dad, Laurie & Family


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Timothy Gorski Choosing Columbia made you the best person you can be! You never quit. You have challenged yourself, believed in yourself and with your infectious positive attitude, you are facing the future with a smile! With proud hearts we say, "Congratulations, Tim!" Love, Mom & Dad

Jordyn A. Kilgore HOâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;OMAIKAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;I'ANA! (Congratulations!) Jordyn We are so Proud of you and all your achievements. Happy Graduation Day! Love, G-Ma & Mom

Hannah Welever It has been a pleasure watching you develop your passion for cinematography. You are an inspiration to all. Continue to follow your dreams and enjoy the adventure. Never stop smiling! Filled with love and pride, Mom & Dad

Sarah Howard Congratulations! We are proud of you and can't wait to see where your adventures guide you. No matter what, we'll be there with smiles, tears and applause cause we're your biggest fans and couldn't be prouder of the woman and dancer you've become. We love you SarahStar! Love, Mom, Dad, Emily & Bella

Christina Trevino CONGRATULATIONS! Your perseverance has inspired us all. We know you will keep making a difference in the lives you touch. Love, Mom, Dad, Albert and family

Leslie Marie Cunningham Life is a novel. As you finish this chapter a new one is revealed. Continue your quest, the best is yet to come!


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William Cumella Billy Cumella, We remember your first day of kindergarten, guitar, Mrs. Gooselink and now you're graduating college! Continue to enjoy life, explore and face every challenge with sincere determination. We are so proud of you. Always keep music in your heart. Love, Mom, Dad, Joe, Angelo & Grandma

McKenna Kathleen Hynes McKenna, Follow your heart, challenge your strengths and you'll live the life you dream of. Remember, wherever you are, home and family will always be with you. We couldn't be more proud. Time to film the next chapter of your life. It will be amazing. We love you! Mom & Dad

Brent Bandemer You found your passion, followed your dream & worked hard! Your God-given talent is evident. Love, Mom, Dad & family

William Laney Christensen â&#x20AC;&#x153;The future belongs to those who believe In the beauty of their dreams.â&#x20AC;? Eleanor Roosevelt

Congratulations Will. With love and tremendous pride, Dad, Mom, and Lizzy Sunday, May 18, 2014

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Marcus Garrett Congratulations, you did it. You worked and went to school for years and now you have achieved your goal. We are so proud of you. You also are a wonderful young man. Love, Granby and Grumpa

August Ryan Gallagher When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you. With love and joy, your family


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Alysha Sulkowski Dear Alysha, We are so proud of you! You had a dream and you followed it! Now with this diploma you will make it your career. As you celebrate today, may this be the beginning of a lifetime of accomplishments that will bring you success and joy in so many ways. Love, Dad, Natalie, Shannon and Bryan

Sierra Thompson

Adrian Juarez

SiSi, we are so very proud of you! You are brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous and powerful beyond measure! "You were born to shine and to make manifest the glory of God that is within you." Go out in the world, do good and shine, baby, shine!

Son, no words can express how proud we are. You stand in the cusp of a new life, May God continue to guide you as you pursue your dreams. Always believe in yourself, nothing is impossible for you. CONGRATULATIONS!

We Love You! Dad, Mom, Shannon, Ariell & Robbie

Jasmine Dean We all love you, support you, and are VERY PROUD of our very own fashionista. You have earned our bragging rights and we look forward to watching you climb the fashion ladder of success. You are our shining star! Congratulations from your family

Brianna Nun Bri Nun, We're proud of your honors achievement and the way you have invested in service and learning during your college years! We can't wait to see what God comes up with in your future! Love, Mom, Dad & the family

John Steiner Congratulations, J.J., on this wonderful achievement! Love, Dad, Mom, Whitney, Riordan & Greg


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Margaret Mahar "Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." - Steve Jobs CONGRATS! Love, Mom & Dad

Katherine Tallis We wish you the strength to face challenges with confidence; the wisdom to choose your battles carefully; adventure on your journey; and may you always stop to help someone along the way. Listen to your heart, take risks carefully and remember how much you are loved. We are so proud of you!

Michael R. Herbert Michael, we are very proud of you having reached this milestone in life and know how hard you have worked. We look forward to seeing your future design work. We pray that you will continue to put Christ first in all you do and you will never look back with regrets. We love you, congrats! Dad & Mom

Mercedes Blazquez-Webb Congratulations, Mercedes! We are so proud of you! You bring lasting joy to our lives with your being and music! Love, Mom and Dad

Tatiana A. Vassel

Michael Ramos

I have watched you grow into an awesome women. Tiana, you have set high goals for yourself, and created a path to achieve all your dreams. I am beyond proud of my lil girl. I'm enjoying my front row seat of your life. I think I'm more excited about this day than you are. To watch my child focusing and working towards her dreams just makes my heart swell. I'm looking forward to walking into Barnes & Noble and seeing Tatiana A. Vassel on the Best Sellers List!

Congratulations, Michael! You are officially a Columbia College graduate! We couldn't be more proud of you! I can't believe that four years has flown by. You have proven that it was a great choice. Grams would be so very proud too! Love, Mom, Jim & Rachel XXXOO

I Love You Lil Girl, Mommy

Jordan Wise Congratulations, Jordan! You've inspired us all with your tenacity and grit-winning against all odds. We are so very proud of all that you've accomplished. This is just the first step, now it's time to show the world what you can do! All our love, The Wises, The Littlejohns and The Marshalls


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Kahlil Newell Garner The ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu once said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.â&#x20AC;? Kahlil, your journey to Columbia College Chicago from York College in Jamaica, Queens has been just shy of a thousands miles. There were times along the way that it seemed impossible to continue. The journey appeared too difficult, and the road felt a bit too treacherous. But like all true seekers of knowledge, you triumphantly trudged onward. Through faith, with intellect, strength and passion, you overcame the challenges. You persevered and achieved success. The unmistakable truth is that only you can truly appreciate the many twists and turns of your remarkable accomplishments. Kahlil, your graduation is not an end. It is your new beginning. It is the culmination of your determination and unwavering efforts. It is the recognition that you have earned and deserve. It is a catalyst for continuing to live your dreams and become your reality. Kahlil, you have made us so very proud, and we truly share the joy of your success. Kahlil, congratulations on a job well done!

With all our love, Dad, Mom and Shawn

Brianna Michele VanCant Congratulations, Brianna! I love you and I couldn't be more proud of you. Love, Mom

Alexis Michele Kamensky Dear Alexis, You never cease to amaze us! We can't believe you are a graduate and are so proud of you! Now go follow your dreams! We all love you very much

Angelica Sanchez Congratulations, Angelica. We wish you the best in your future endeavors. From, Omar Castillo, Travis McKenney, Tess Hynes, Henry Leatham, Mark Willms, Sabrina Killeen

Xavier Otten Seth W. Barry Congratulations, Seth, on your Graduation!

Congratulations, Xavier! We are so glad you followed your dream. With your drive and creativity, you are bound to be successful. We are so proud of you and your accomplishments both in and out of school. Love, Dad and Gina


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Kathleen Frances Caoagas Your graduation proves all of your hard work and determination. God bless and congratulations! Love, Dad, Mom & Rachelle

Peter William Racine Your college career had a happy ending! Congratulations! Love, Dad, Mom, Becca and Grandma


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