Penn State Greater Allegheny students graduate at 2018 Spring Commencement

Penn State Greater Allegheny Class of 2018 Graduates wearing their caps and gowns

Penn State Greater Allegheny's Class of 2018 

Credit: Penn State

MCKEESPORT, Pa. — On May 5, Penn State Greater Allegheny participated in University-wide commencement activities. Faculty and staff, alongside the graduates' friends and family members, watched and celebrated as 52 students became Penn State alumni. 

Commencement, held in the Wunderley Gymnasium on Greater Allegheny’s upper campus, was filled with emotions as the student speaker, Rhickisha Hinkson, welcomed the ceremony-goers and told her peers that “every person was put on this Earth to accomplish some purpose bigger than just making a living.” 

During the ceremony, keynote speaker Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Pittsburgh Promise, shared words of wisdom to the Class of 2018 and welcomed them into the next stage of their lives. 

At the end of the event, families, faculty, staff and alumni congregated to the Student Community Center for a final goodbye. 

Congratulations to Penn State Greater Allegheny’s Class of 2018:

Associate in Science

Business Administration

  • Shataja Lenece White

Bachelor of Science

Administration of Justice

  • Jashaun Jamie Fontanez
  • Michael Sokolowski
  • Richard J. Vollberg

Biobehavioral Health

  • Rebecca A. Capozzi
  • Marin Marina
  • Michael J. Rosa
  • Laura I. Vazquez Diaz


  • Andrew Richard Brissette
  • Ryan Hunter Brown
  • Amanda Georgette Burchell
  • Qinzhi Chen 
  • Rhickisha M. Hinkson
  • Nicholas Jugovic 
  • Jermey A. Martin
  • Ryan McMahon
  • Taylin Marie Panella
  • Tony Patterson Brown
  • Brittney M. Renfro
  • Craig Slepsky
  • Ryan James Snyder
  • Jacob James Thieret
  • Scott Michael Uniatowski
  • Brianna Nekaybaw Ware

Information Sciences and Technology

  • Adejuwon Israel Adenuga
  • Nicholas Charles Andrews
  • Qinzhi Chen
  • Kedar Dhital
  • Cody Koscielski
  • Zachary E. Long  
  • Luke A. Padezan  
  • Syed M. Saleem  
  • Manoj Sharma  
  • Nathan McCoy Withers

Mechanical Engineering

  • Andrew W. Bradley

Organizational Leadership

  • Cynthia Stevans 

Project & Supply Chain Management

  • William R. Kahanic III
  • Nathan C. Lawrence


  • John Besnak
  • Paige Darlene Hako
  • Marissa Lynn Lewis
  • Marino R. Swanson
  • Tracy Lynn Thomas
  • Aubrey N. Wilson-Tucker
  • Kayla Zeigler

Bachelor of Arts

Letters, Arts and Sciences

  • Aria Catherine Pisor


  • Shakeria Fallon Ra’sha Carter
  • Ashley Hammond
  • Tawnya Pirch


  • Brittany Nicole Lesko
  • Angela Rose Mayhue
  • Jordan Williams