Spring 2022 Graduates

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Congratulations to the 30 Arts Administration, Education and Policy spring 2022 graduates! As we say goodbye to these students we welcome them to our alumni - a rich and vibrant group of arts practitioners, professionals and administrators paving the future of the arts in a wide range of arts education and policy related fields. We wish them the best and look forward to their future successes!

Commencement at The Ohio State University is a festive and joyous occasion at which family and guests are welcome to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class. Spring 2022 commencement will take place Sunday, May 8th in Ohio Stadium at 12:00 PM. The university will welcome Patrick P. Gelsinger, CEO, Intel Corporation, as spring commencement speaker. Visit Ohio State's Commencement page to learn additional information about commencement.

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Spring 2022 Graduates

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Debra Hardy 

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Degree: PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy
Specialization: Art Education
Awards and recognition:

  • 2021 Graduate Associate Teaching Award (GATA)
  • 2021 AAEP Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate Award
  • 2021 AERI Graduate Research Award

Who was your greatest mentor? "My greatest mentors were all of the amazing other graduate students--both at OSU and at other universities--that I met along the way throughout my journey. Realizing the power in raising one another up, cheering each other on, and seeing and recognizing one another's talents has been a true gift. There's nothing more powerful than genuinely believing in one another."


Heesung Hur

Degree: PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy


Miranda Koffey 

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Degree: PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy
Specialization: Interdisciplinary specialization in University and College Teaching; Diversity, Intercultural, and Community Engagement Certificate
Awards and recognition:

  • 2021 Graduate Research in Art Education (GRAE) presenter
  • 2020-2021 Graduate Teaching Fellowship
  • 2020 AAEP Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate Award

Who was your greatest mentor? "Dr. Shari Savage is my greatest mentor. I could easily fill a collection of books with the knowledge she has imparted, and maybe one day will under one of the dozens of working titles we discussed during my time here."


Jim O'Donnell 

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Hometown: Jupiter, Florida
Degree: PhD in Arts Administration, Education and Policy
Specialization: Art Education
Awards and recognition:

  • 2022 AAEP Manuel Barkan Dissertation Fellowship Award
  • 2019 College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Award for Teaching Excellence
  • 2016-2017 University Fellowship Award

What is something positive you have learned about yourself? “One week before I was scheduled to begin visiting classrooms to collect data for my dissertation, the COVID-19 pandemic ended in-person teaching around the world. That forced me to redesign my study, re-pilot, and go through the entire IRB process a second time. As a result, I learned that I’m capable of more than I imagined, and that I couldn’t have done it without the people I love. Never give-up, never surrender.”

 

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Paige Dempsey 

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Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Degree: Master of Arts (Art Education)
Specialization: Museum Education and Administration
Awards and recognition:

  • 2020-2021 University Fellow
  • Vice President of Arts Priori

What is something positive you have learned about yourself? "I learned just how much I value my mentors, peers, professors, and friends. It was so important to have them as we went through different periods of the pandemic together, and as I worked to earn my degree."


Dautri Erwin

Degree: Master of Arts (Arts Policy and Administration)


Amy Holihan

Degree: Master of Arts (Arts Policy and Administration)

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Rebecca Bogantz

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education


Alexandria Bright

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education


Grace Byrne

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education


Celeste Carpenter

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education
Who was your greatest mentor? "My greatest mentor and support was Dr. Ketal Petal, who not only encouraged me to reach out, but always took the time to offer me genuine compassion and guidance."


Margaret Derrig 

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Hometown: Medina, Ohio
Degree: Bachelor of Art Education
Awards and Recognition:

  • Honors in the Arts
  • Cum Laude
  • Dean's List 7 times

Who was your greatest mentor? "My greatest mentor was Dr. Ketal Patel. Her kindness, encouragement, and support throughout the past two and a half years is what helped me get through all of the challenges I faced due to the pandemic." 


Madison Gladman

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education


Rebecca Irmen

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education


Allie Johnson 

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Hometown: Worthington, Ohio
Degree: Bachelor of Art Education
Awards and Recognition:

  • 2018-2022  Dean's List
  • Summa Cum Laude

What is something positive you have learned about yourself? "My time at Ohio State has taught me the importance of cultivating a growth mindset and critical empathy for myself, those around me, and in the classroom. We are all continuously learning and growing! This is a mindset I will take with me far into the future."

 


Morgan McDonald 

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Hometown: Pickerington, Ohio
Degree: Bachelor of Art Education
Minor: History of Art
Awards and Recognition:

  • NAEA OSU Chapter Co-President
  • Certified in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • 2018-2022 Dean’s List

Who was your greatest mentor? "My greatest mentor is Emma Kindall in the Department of Art. Through painting and drawing courses, she taught me many teaching techniques that not only were helpful to my own creative practice, but became part of my philosophy and style in student teaching. She allowed for self-direction, exploration, and discovery while still providing all the support we needed as artists, students, and humans. I am so grateful to have taken classes with her!"


Sydney Mitchell

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education


Emma Morgan

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education


Sarah Narciso

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education


Kaylie Reynolds 

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Hometown: Blanchester, Ohio
Degree: Bachelor of Art Education
Minor: General Psychology
Awards and Recognition:

  • 2021 Aida Cannarsa Snow Endowment Award,
  • 2018-2022 Land Grant Scholarship recipient

What is something positive you have learned about yourself? "Over the course of four years, I have learned a lot about myself. The most important thing I have learned is that I am strong enough, I am competent enough, and I have earned this! I am proud of accomplishing this journey as a first-generation college student."


Justin Scherer

Degree: Bachelor of Art Education

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Chloe Barnett

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management major)


Jack Degenhart

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management major)


Jaylon Fields

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management major)


Mary Harris 

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Hometown: Mount Vernon, Ohio
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management major)
Minor: Theatre and Psychology
Awards and Recognition:

  • Honors in the Arts
  • Cum Laude

What is something positive you have learned about yourself? "Something positive I learned about myself is that I have what it takes to be a good leader. Through my classes, my campus job, and my extracurricular activities I found that I was always able to step up when I needed to."


Denzel Li 

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Hometown: Beijing, China
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management major)
Minor: Music, Media, and Enterprise
What is something positive you have learned about yourself? "Creativity, resilience, empathy, and inclusion."


Nathaniel Snook

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management major)


Brooke Werner

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management major)


Yunjia Xu

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management major)

 


Yuze Zhang

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management major)