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Written by Keri Rursch   
Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:42
ROCK ISLAND, IL (05/30/2012)(readMedia)-- Augustana's 152nd commencement took place at the i wireless Center in Moline, Ill., on Sunday, May 20. In all, 558 undergraduates earned their degrees.

Students from your area earning degrees and graduating with honors include:

Erica Aten, from Coal Valley, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.

Courtney Brown, from Port Byron, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology.

Owen Engstrom, from Davenport, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

Tyler Henning, from Rock Island, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in computer science and business administration-management information stystems.

Gaetano Iaccarino, from Davenport, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music general and anthropology.

Nathaniel McDowell, from Rock Island, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, philosophy, and classics.

Lauren Reid, from Sherrard, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration-marketing and communication studies.

Amber Soike, from East Moline, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and psychology.

Peter Wessels, from Bettendorf, graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration-finance and accounting.

Jennifer Youngs, from Taylor Ridge, graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and political science.

Students from your area receiving degrees include:

Amanda Eslinger of Coal Valley, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in art.

Timothy Gillman of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in geography.

Karla Guadarrama of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in business administration-marketing.

Randi Johnson of Silvis, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Megan Keller of Taylor Ridge, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication studies.

Momina Khan of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in religion and pre-medicine.

Adam Lang of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in business administration-management.

Anthony Linden of Orion, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in accounting and business administration-finance.

Conner Martinez of East Moline, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in accounting.

Melissa Mc Greer of Illinois City, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in biology.

Timothy Murga of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in biology.

Michelle Nguyen of East Moline, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in business administration-management and psychology.

Nicholas Nolte of Rock Island, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in music general.

Samantha Ott of Milan, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in sociology-social welfare.

Troy Rorer of Bettendorf, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in business administration-finance.

Lisa Schippers of East Moline, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Blythe Sharp of Milan, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in English.

Dain Swetalla of Davenport, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication studies.

Bo Weber of Illinois City, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in physics.

Alexander Wenskunas of Davenport, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in political science.

Laurel Williams of Milan, received a Bachelor's of Arts degree in communication sciences and disorders.

Augustana President Steve Bahls told the graduating Class of 2012 he hopes they will use their liberal arts education to tackle problems from all angles, and the commencement speaker, Broadway's SPIDER-MAN: Turn off the Dark director Philip William McKinley '73, urged them to use their talents and to take risks.

Mr. McKinley urged the grads to not treat their dreams like mom's fine China or save them up for a special vacation, he suggested students "try them out and test them as often as they can."

Founded in 1860 and situated on a 115-acre campus near the Mississippi River, Augustana College is a private, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The college enrolls 2,500 students from diverse geographic, social, ethnic and religious backgrounds and offers nearly 90 majors and related areas of study. Augustana employs 182 full-time faculty and has a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Augustana continues to do what it has always done: challenge and prepare students for lives of leadership and service in our complex, ever-changing world.

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