Keystone College celebrated its 152nd commencement during a ceremony on the College’s campus in La Plume on Saturday, May 20. Degrees were conferred upon 246 students.
Keystone College graduate The Honorable William R. Evanina offered the keynote address. A 1987 Keystone College graduate and a native of nearby Peckville, Pa., Mr. Evanina is now the founder and CEO of the Evanina Group, advising CEOs and boards of directors on strategic corporate risk. He also serves on multiple advisory boards. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 6, 2020 to be the first Senate-confirmed director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). He served as the NCSC Director since 2014 and was head of counterintelligence (CI) for the United States government.
In that role, Mr. Evanina was responsible for leading and supporting the CI and security activities of the nation’s intelligence community, the United States government, and private sector entities at risk from intelligence collection or attack by foreign adversaries. He oversaw national-level programs and activities such as the National Insider Threat Task Force; personnel security and background investigations; information technology protection standards and compliance; counterintelligence cyber operations; supply chain risk management; threat awareness to sectors of the nation’s critical infrastructure; national-level damage assessments from espionage or unauthorized disclosures; CI mission management; and national CI and security training programs.
Under Mr. Evanina’s leadership, NCSC produced the President’s National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States of America 2020, which has been instrumental in raising foreign intelligence threat awareness to critical infrastructure sectors and private sector executives regarding supply chain, economic security, cyber, and malign foreign influence.
Mr. Evanina chaired the National Counterintelligence Policy Board and the Allied Security and Counterintelligence Forum comprised of senior CI and security leaders from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. He served as chair of the NATO Counterintelligence Panel.
Mr. Evanina emphasized to the graduates that holding themselves accountable to others in their personal, professional, and family lives will be one of the keys to achieving success. He also stressed they are well-prepared to overcome any obstacles they will face in their lives.
“I want to sincerely wish you all the luck possible as you venture into this amazing, complicated, challenging, and yet very rewarding world which we live in. It will be a challenge. You are ready for it,” he said. “Additionally, this amazing county we call America, with her democratic values and land of opportunity, has just opened her doors to you. Run through her doors. Don’t walk! We live in the greatest nation ever created in history. Take advantage of being a part of this free, democratic, and merit-based society where you can be whatever you want and choose to be. The first step in your journey of accountability is completed in a few moments when you proudly grasp your well-earned diploma. Smile, and be proud. I am very proud of each of you. You earned today and all that comes with it!”
Keystone awarded honorary doctorate degrees to Paul and Lynn Reynolds, long-time friends of the College, and also to Mr. Evanina.
Keystone Interim President John F. Pullo, Sr. ’69 presided over the ceremony and outstanding graduate Amilee Miller, South Williamsport, addressed her classmates. Interim President Pullo, Andra Basu, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, and Daniel Haggerty, Esq., chair of Keystone’s board of trustees, presented the degrees and certificates to the graduates.
The following students received degrees and certificates:
Master of Accountancy: Prakash Gurung, Scranton; Briana M. LaRosa, Mayfield; and Ryan Christopher McDonald, Clarks Summit.
Master of Business Administration: Tyler Michael Barney, Davie, Fla.; John Barrett, Moosic; Tiffany A. Cannon, Stroudsburg; Antonio Lovelle Cockrell, Upper Marlboro, Md.; Corina Dawn Grimm, Keedysville; Deana Haikes, Dunmore; John Lacy Howlin, Huntingtown, Md.; Colin Alexander Kaurich, Cicero, Ind.; Kelly Anne Kuzma, Scranton; Nicholas McKenzie Nunez, Easton; Sherri Rose Passaniti, Olyphant; Kyle Patrick Walsh, Factoryville; and Alexandra DeVon Williams, Elkton, Md.
Master of Education: Gina Lynn Hughes, Bensalem; Brandy Elaine Jennings, Wyalusing; Daniel Joseph Anthony Luce, II, Dallas; and Marlley Ester Santos, Allentown.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice: Jason Eugene Gerst, Watauga, Texas; Christine Ann Koerner, Clarks Summit; Kathleen Marie Lavelle, Carbondale; and Kaitlin Christina Thibodeau-Corey, Peabody, Mass.
Master of Science in Sport Leadership Management: Pedro Alexander Abreu Jerez, Bronx, N.Y..; Marcus Allen Bryant, Brooklyn Park, Md.; Riley Alexis Hayes, Castle Rock, Colo.; Sean Levi Lape, Bethel; Cori Michele Pietruszkiewicz, Throop; and Nicholas David Stanton, Chittenango, N.Y.
Bachelor of Arts: Emma Alden Amaral, Mansfield; Nicole Elizabeth Barto, Pittston; Cassandra Ailyah Clapper, New Milford; Alexis Dutkevitch, Dickson City; Ellen Megan Dwyer, Lake Ariel; Briana Rylee Frankovsky, Nicholson; Theresa Marie Frankovsky, Dickson City; Kayla Estelle Grzech, Scott Township; Ethan McNitt Heller, Benton; Hollis Victoria Claire Hoban, Scranton; Nina Johnson, Levittown; Chad Anthony Jones, II, Bear, Del.; Dylan John Lake, Clarks Summit; Jonah Michel Lambert, Clarks Summit; Kelly A. Landon, Trucksville; Alyssa Lynn Morris, Scranton; Yamile Nieves Santana, Nanticoke; Abigail Rose Roberts, Yatesville; Ryan Christopher Sandrowicz, Scranton; and Jamir Spencer-Smith, Burlington, N.J.
Bachelor of Science: Julio Cesar Acosta, Newark, N.J.; Patrick R. Adamski, Kingston; Jenifer Jahaira Aguilar Garcia, Kingston; Helen Tolulope Ajayi, Cataret, N.J.; Renata Beyer Alberici, Hazlet, N.J.; Miranda M. Argueta, Duryea; Grace Elizabeth Aukema, Friendsville; Jessica Ruthann Baker, Dunmore; Katelin Elizabeth Bankes, Swoyersville; Justin Thomas Bayly, Honesdale; Samuel Than Beadle, Canton; Samantha Jansen Benjamin, Factoryville; Robert Best, Dunmore; Yeily Elysse Betancourt, Magnolia, N.J.; Kierstyn Nicol Breig, Old Forge; Gary Jalen Brown, Sicklerville, N.J.; Hannah Letitia Brown, Nescopeck; Rhianna Marie Brown, Factoryville; Olivia Joan Bugelholl, West Pittston; Sarah Danielle Carpenetti, Nicholson; Jack T. Carreira, Newark, N.J.; Aleah S. Carter-Wallace, Baltimore, Md.; Michael A. Casey, Tunkhannock; Lisandra Chevres, Philadelphia; Tyler David Clewell, Mahanoy City; John Edward Coolbaugh, Tunkhannock; Inara Belen Correa, Spring Brook Township; Dylan Costello, Pittston; John Collin Cowles, Rome; Karissa Elizabeth Cowles, Rome; Andrew James Coyle, Archbald; Karley Beth Cresswell, Factoryville; Dylon Michael Crown, Rome; Angel Emmanuel Diaz, Woodhaven, N.Y.; Joshua Edward Doyle, Vandling; Cullen Robert Duke, Montrose; Erin Janine Dunn, Harveys Lake; Courtney Elizabeth Dwyer, Nicholson; Wynston Griffin Dyer, Upper Marlboro, Md.; Willie Andre Exum, Scranton; Evan Glenn Fallwell, Georgetown, Texas; Madolyn Marie Fernandes, Allentown; Ashley Marie Flores, Jermyn; Nico Salvatore Forlenza, Milford; Amy Franklin, Butler, N.J.; Seth Allan Franklin, Carlisle;Alyssa Rose Frens, Dalton; Lynn M. Frisbie, Peckville; Jordan Nicole Frye, Norristown; Budhi Man Gajmer, Scranton; Athaliah Garcia, Pleasant Mount; Connor Rourke Gartland, White Sulphur Springs, N.Y.; Madeline Cheryl Glogowski, Corinth, N.Y.; Erick Armando Gomez, Marrero, La.; Mercedes Michelle Goodwin, Honesdale; Laura Ann Graytock, Nicholson; Jalen S. Gregory, Scranton; Jonathan Thomas Grimm, Keedysville, Md.; Yasmin Guzman, Wilkes-Barre; Christopher Hadsall, Harveys Lake; Kassandra Lourdes Hall, Thompson; Abigail Patricia Hayford, Winooski, Vt.; Madison G. Hegedty, Kingsley; Jacqueline Hernandez, Philadelphia; Kristin Ashley Herring, Mehoopany; Nathan Scott Hinkley, Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Shanon Mary Hornung, Waymart; Teresa A. Hosea, Scott Township; Jared Daniel Houck, Dushore; Avreya Elizabeth Houser, Factoryville; Noah Paul Hulslander, Delta; Jenna Marie Hutchinson, Old Forge; Kelly Nicole Irwin, Saylorsburg; Cody M. Iversen, Taylor; Haja M. Jalloh, East Stroudsburg; Alana Paige Jerauld, Montrose; Gina Rose Kirkpatrick, Pittston; Lauren Elaine Kline, Nicholson; Lexis Taylor Kochmer, Greenfield Township; Ashley Nicole La Tassa, Nanuet, N.Y.; Justin Robert LaSota, Pittston Township; Joshua Leander, Budd Lake, N.J.; Melissa E. Lee, Factoryville; Aaron David Leety, Scranton; Claudia Giomar Leon Andrade, Philadelphia; Brianna Shea Leone, Scranton; Samantha Ann Levy, Nanticoke; Kevin DeQuan Lewis, Philadelphia; Kaitlyn Marie Lichtenstein, East Stroudsburg; Nicholas Michael Liuzzo, Mayfield; Kenneth Livingston, Jersey City, N.J.; Benjamin Reid Loomis, Dunmore; Christian X. Manzolillo, Lebanon; Lily Blisse Marshall, Scranton; Christina Amy Martin, Gouldsboro; Ryan Martin, Scranton; Melanie Asunción Martinez, Tobyhanna; Lisa Taylor Masten, Pennsville, N.J.; Taylor Alexis Millard, Susquehanna; Amilee Jane Miller, South Williamsport; Ashley Marie Mitchell, Roaring Brook; Caleb Christian Molitoris, Clarks Summit; Beyonce P. Moore, Philadelphia; Colin David Mulhern, Nicholson; Paige Arden Murdock, Kingston; Jonathon Richard Naniewicz, Greenfield Township; Isaac Jerome Neal, Schnecksville; Kaiona Laverne Nelson, Scranton; Alexander Robert Norton, Lenhartsville; Evans Obeng, Greentown; Marlena Cristen Pegula, Dunmore; Carlos Perez-Guerrero, Reading; Samantha Persicketti, Birdsboro; Wilbur Whitfield Peterson, IV, Lake Ariel; Albert M. Pewa, Glenolden; Emilee Cecilia Post, Wilkes-Barre Township; Summer Rayne Price, Enola; Makenzie Sierra Purdy, Tunkhannock; Anthony James Raimo, Jr., Niskayuna, N.Y.; Dorseylane Lee Rebillard, Taylor; Kayla Ann Reed, Scranton; Shelby Ann Reese, Scranton; Kimberly Rivera, Middle Village, N.Y.; Hannah Katherine Roach, Ulster; Thomas Edward Roach, Edgewater Park, N.J.; Sean Patrick Roberts, Sparta, N.J.; Ana Maria Rodriguez, Philadelphia; Angel Jesus Rodriguez, Islip, N.Y.; Madeline Rosado Cruz, Philadelphia; Keanue Rosario, Forest City; Shane Jeffrey Rosencrans, Throop; Paige Renae Ross, Scranton; Maria Teresa Sacco, Scranton; Adrian A. Salas-Viruet, Tobyhanna; Kaylee Ann Sanko, Scott Township; Travis Joel Schneider, Sussex, N.J.; Tyler Jonathon Schock, Lehighton; Gwyneth J. Serowinski, Scranton; Emma Kate Shaff, Athens; Clayton Dudley Shaw, Carlisle; Jonathan Michael Shulskie, Larksville; Hayley Alexys Silon, Jessup; Izaiah Daniel Gene Simon, Monroe Township; Kelly Sinkavitch, Clarks Summit; Yury Yasmina Sjogreen Downs, Factoryville; Brandon Dashawn Smith, Baltimore; Md.; Kylie Jennifer Smith, Springville; Camryn Nicole Sostarich, Blakeslee; Brianna Lee Spence, Montrose; Miranda Lynn Staerker, Carbondale; Amber Rose Stansfield, Lakeville; Ethan Uriah Steffes, Beaver Dams, N.Y.; Danielle Elizabeth Streeter, Sayre; Allison Kate Swanchak, Dalton; Brandi Elizabeth Taylor, Hop Bottom; Jason Taylor Thomas, North Miami Beach, Fla.; Sean Robert Tocci, Lodi, N.J.; Casandra Lynn Tolodzieski, Nanticoke; Jennifer Tometchko, Montrose; Brook Tompkins, Montrose; Ashley A. Toolan, Tunkhannock; Amy Rose Troy, West Wyoming; Qudasha Tyler, Dover, N.J.; Lauren Marie Van Nostrand, Montrose; Angeljalina Jisela Vargas, Bethlehem; Joaquin Vazquez, Jr., Tobyhanna; Megan Jean Weber, South Williamsport; Kevin Cooper Welsh, Old Forge; John Michael Winters, Tunkhannock; John Joseph Wojciechowski, Wapwallopen; Courtney Elizabeth Wrobel, Clarks Summit; Aaron J. Yeager, Cranberry Township; Maurice Richard Young, Honesdale; and Megan Anastasia Zabielski, Archbald.
Associate in Applied Science: Michael Andrew Graff, Factoryville.
Associate in Science: Vanessa I. Alicea Allentown; Gavin William Anderson, Jefferson Township; Asma Meriem Belaziz, Philadelphia; Liza Caraballo, Philadelphia; Sugeidy De los Santos, Allentown; Sandy Dominguez, Allentown; Ashley Sabrina Dooley, Greenfield Township; Nicole Marie Fenstermacher, Warminster; Carmen Estrella Gabino, Whitehall; Amarfi Guerrero, Philadelphia; Melissa Marie Hamer, Bensalem; Jostin T. Hidalgo, Scranton; Tyshaun McClain, Jersey City, N.J.; Rebecca Ramos-Gonzalez, Philadelphia; Leitza Rodriguez, Philadelphia; and Madlin Santana, Philadelphia.
Certificates: Erin E. Gawlik, Spring Brook Township; Pauline Mary Kramer, Berwick; Katelynn M. McAdarra, Exeter; Jeanelle Marie VanBlargen, Drums; and Brandi Zikowski, Kingston.