June 02, 2022
English Department Celebrates Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022
By Ellie Michalik
On the morning of Friday, May 13th, 2022, the Department of English hosted its first in-person diploma ceremony since 2019. The ceremony celebrated 143 undergraduates, graduates, and PhDs who completed their programs between the onset of Covid19 in early 2020 and the summer of 2022. These students, along with their families, faculty, and staff, came together on campus to celebrate their accomplishments with the English Department.
Department Head and Professor Andreea Ritivoi welcomed the graduates, their families, and friends. She congratulated the Classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 on their hard work and determination in their wide range of programs, and welcomed them as the newest CMU English alumni.
“We eagerly await what your journey will hold and hope to remain partners with you in your careers going forward. Your success is our success. Our faculty and staff are proud of you and will miss you,” said Ritivoi. She continued: “it takes hard work to earn a degree in English at Carnegie Mellon, and [our students] could not have done it without support - emotional and practical - from all of you, friends and families.”
Three featured graduate student speakers kicked off the presentation of student diplomas: Anne Soucy, who graduated with an M.A. in Literary & Cultural Studies; Emilee Tkacik, who graduated with an M.A. in Professional Writing; and Keilan Lewis, who graduated with an M.A. in Rhetoric. Natalie Hon, a Professional Writing and Literature & Culture double major, was the featured undergraduate speaker.
Laura Donaldson, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Programs, provided moving remarks to her students. Jane McCafferty, Professor of English & Director of Creative Writing, then recited her poem entitled “You’re Here” before Ritivoi concluded the ceremony. Faculty, staff, friends, and family then gathered with the students for a reception.
To accommodate those who were unable to attend the event in person, the ceremony was also live-streamed courtesy of Three Rivers Entertainment. Photographer Pablo Anton took photos of our graduates and their families to celebrate the occasion. His photos are available for free download on his website. Videographer Enzo Sica created a video collage of the diploma ceremony.
PH.D. IN LITERARY & CULTURAL STUDIES
David Nathan Pensky
PH.D. IN RHETORIC
Maria Poznahovska Feuer
M.A. IN GLOBAL COMMUNICATION & APPLIED TRANSLATION
M.A. IN LITERARY & CULTURAL STUDIES
Sana Fatima Hussain
Emma Derenda Pabst
M.A. IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING
Olivia Maria Ascarelli Broderick
Leslie Jordan Berger
Erika Isis Brooks
Martina Lee Rethman
Noni Faith Shelton
Victoria Fong-Wei Kuo
Ethan Anthony Alexander Rhabb
FILM & VISUAL MEDIA
Bethany Nicole Sanov
Calvin Issac Wamser
LITERATURE & CULTURE
Sabrina Zanello Jackson
TECHNICAL WRITING & COMMUNICATION
Ean J. Grady
Caleb Anthony Felton