Congratulations to 2023 Graduates!

The English Department was pleased to hold its first in-person Convocation Ceremony in May 2023 after three years of online and Zoom convocations. Palpable energy and excitement was felt in Rodey Theatre since we could once again gather and celebrate the achievement of our students face to face. We had an excellent alumni speaker, Brian Jones (class of 1989), who, with his BA in English, became the biographer of some major American cultural icons, publishing five bestselling books. We recorded the entire ceremony, which can be viewed on our YouTube channel and on our website. Congratulations to all of the recent graduates! We encourage you all to keep in touch, as we greatly enjoy celebrating the many accomplishments of our students, faculty, and alumni/ae through our newsletters and blog. If you would like to feature your accomplishments in our next newsletter as well as on our website, please fill out and submit this form for our Alumni Spotlight, or email us at

Fall 2022 Graduates

Andrea Borunda, PhD BILS

Spring and Summer 2023 Graduates

Laura Anderson, MA Language & Literature

Tania Balderas, PhD ALS

Averie Basch, MA Medieval Studies

Kimberly Blake, MA Language & Literature

Sunnie Clahchischiligi, PhD Rhetoric & Writing

Todd Cronkhite, PhD ALS

Alexander Henkle, MA Language & Literature

Sinae Kang, PhD BILS

Emma Mincks, PhD BILS

Ruben MirandaJuarez, MFA Fiction

Tyler MortensenHayes, MFA Poetry

JoAnna Neveda, PhD Rhetoric & Writing

Evelyn Olmos Ontiveros, MFA Poetry

Charles O’Melia, MFA Fiction

Joshua Sanchez, MA Language & Literature

Cyrus Stuvland, MFA Non c on

Sofia Tarabrina, PhD Rhetoric & Writing

Jared Valdez, PhD ALS

Summer 2022 BA English Studies

Catherine Collier

Solana Harris

Summer 2022 English Minors

Hannah Beck

Jacquelynn Gutierrez

Fall 2022 BA English Studies

Marcos Balido Romero

Charles Berlowitz

Callan Buday

Gage Davis

Meranda Feagin

Benjamin Fowler

Isabel Gastelum

Angel Jones

Julia Langeway

Katherine Love

Candra Lowery

Bianca Lucero

Karina Ortiz

Justine Pennington

Ana Rios

Grace Saiz

Rosanna Samudio

Alesha Sanchez

Brigid Shaski

Gabriel Simmons

Elizabeth Smith

Fall 2022 BA English-Philosophy

Angela Walters

Fall 2022 English Minors

Haneen Ame

Andrew Brackeen

Somiya Dunnum

Carina Gutierrez

Sarah Masica

David Romero

Dorian Sugg

Spring 2023 BA English Studies

Ariel Alexander

Gia Arellano

Sara Aslami

Robin Babb

Anneshka Barbone

Christian Calloway

Abigail Campbell

Jaron Chavez

Andrea Chin-Lopez

Grace Drew

Samantha Erreguin

Katie Fields

Karine Franco Perez

Ravyn Garcia

Charlotte Gates

Ariana Green

Sierra Martinez

Calista Monzingo

Natalya Mora

Jessica Rose Nunez

Jaquelin Pacheco-Marquez

Elija Padilla

Taylor Parsons

Alexis Pierce

Angelina Pompeo

Elizabeth Raaff

John Scott

Alexander Self

Samantha Sena

Nicole Sjoblom

Andrew Sowers

Catherine Sturgess

Christian Walker

Ethan Ward

Jocelyn Ware

Cheyenne Weaver

London Wilder

Spenser Willden

Joshua Williamson

Dionna Wright

Spring 2023 BA English-Philosophy

Ran Hilgendorf

Benjamin Ramirez

Spring 2023 English Minors

Rebecca Atkin

Arian Baca

Fiona Mae Balasuit

Amanda Baquera

Janessa Bowekaty

Jonathan Cain

John Coss

Emily Garrity

Nathan Gonzales

Sabina Griebel

Mariah Jake

Clayton Longfellow

Cara Marin

Christina Norton

Stanley Pickett

Jenna Rhoades

Luke Sheppard

Madison Villareal

Brooklyn Woods

Elizabeth Zellner

Undergraduate Departmental Honors

Gia Arelllano, “The Female Perspec ve in Alfred Lord Tennyon’s The Lady of Shalo and Contemporary Young Adult Adapta ons”

cum laude

Advisor: Sarah Townsend

Robin Babb, “Fictional Boyfriends”

magna cum laude

Advisor: Greg Martin

Tamara Decker, “TraumaInformed Shakespeare Pedagogy: A Scholarly Memoir”

magna cum laude

Advisor: Marissa Greenberg

Benjamin Fowler, “Madness and Longing”

magna cum laude

Advisor: Daniel Mueller

Charlotte Gates, “Forming a Truth—A Memoir”

magna cum laude

Advisor: Greg Martin

Ethan Ward, “People and Endings”

magna cum laude

Advisor: Amaris Ketcham

Spenser Willden, “Raton”

magna cum laude

Advisor: Greg Martin