USI Fall Commencement Ceremonies To Celebrate 590 Graduates


The University of Southern Indiana will hold two Fall Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 9, in the Physical Activities Center (PAC).

The ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Romain College of Business will be held at 10 a.m. The ceremony for the College of Nursing and Health Professions and Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education will be held at 1 p.m. Doors will open one hour prior to each ceremony, and tickets are required for all attendees.

Dr. Steven Zehr, professor of sociology and the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Professor Award, will present the commencement address at the 10 a.m. ceremony. Robert Millard-Mendez, professor of art and the recipient of the 2017 H. Lee Cooper Core Curriculum Award, will present the commencement address at the 1 p.m. ceremony.

In all, 590 students are eligible to participate in the two ceremonies. Of those, five will graduate summa cum laude, 49 magna cum laude, and 58 cum laude.

Summa cum laude graduates, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and recognizable at the ceremony by their gold stoles and tassels, are: Chloe Dilger, Taysia Fulkerson, Jason Holder, Christine South and Jane Todd.

Of the graduates, nine are University Honors Scholars —  students who have successfully completed the Honors Program — and can be recognized by the white honor cords worn with their regalia. They are: Rachel Bacher, Shelby Gilliam, Ryan Hopf, Isabel Hyer, Timothy Luczak, Leslie Sargent, Dana Tang, Danielle Wire and Ashley Wright.

Following each ceremony, a reception will be held on the first floor of University Center East. The reception is sponsored by the USI Alumni Association and is free for graduates, their guests and USI faculty and staff.

Live video of the ceremonies will be streamed at, and also will be available in University Center East, Rooms 2217-2220. Follow the ceremonies on social media with the hashtag #USIgrad or at