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128 Summer Business Graduates Prepared for Success

Virtual Celebration Streams August 15
128 Summer Business Graduates Prepared for Success
Dr. Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business, praised business graduates for finishing their academic careers strong during the ordeals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Business students graduating this summer can participate in Go Big Grad: A Husker Graduation Celebration, happening online Aug. 15. The virtual program begins streaming at 9 a.m. at and can also be seen on a live broadcast by NET.

Dr. Kathy Farrell, James Jr. and Susan Stuart Endowed Dean of the College of Business, hopes graduates stay engaged with the college as they begin their new careers. She praised the class for persevering through difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our graduates' ability to finish their college careers strong during these most unusual circumstances prepares them for great success,” said Farrell. “Although we wish they could experience a traditional Commencement ceremony now, we urge alumni to stay connected with the college and always help challenge us to be the best we can be.”

The online celebration features a presentation from Dr. Marilyn Moore, retired associate superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools and past president of Bryan College of Health Sciences. Moore, who received three degrees from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, including her doctoral in educational administration in 1980, gives her address “The Air Between Us …,” along with an appearance from Chancellor Ronnie Green to officially confer degrees.

Graduates receive a complimentary mortarboard delivered before the event. The celebration concludes with an invitation for graduates to turn their tassels together as a class.

Business graduates wishing to share their graduation experience with classmates, family and friends can download a celebration kit on the college website. It offers printable banners, Zoom backgrounds, fun Husker-themed recipes, a video message from Farrell and other fun activities. Graduates can use the hashtag #GoBigGrad on social media posts to share experiences throughout the day. 

“Nebraska takes great pride in offering our students a welcoming, personal educational experience, and our commencement ceremonies are an extension of that,” said Dr. Vanessa Gorman, professor of history and chair of the university’s Commencement committee. “We have one of the highest rates of attendance nationally, around 83 percent. While it’s a disappointment to all of us that we can’t share this celebration in person, we want to provide students the closest thing to it.”

In total, 128 doctoral, master’s and bachelor students receive their degrees this weekend. The university plans to mail diplomas after Aug. 15. Graduates can also download and share digital diplomas via

Doctor of Philosophy

Dapeng Cheng, Hebi, China; Business—Dissertation: The Effects of Market-Driven Acquisitions on Innovation Performance in the Pharmaceutical and the Computer Industries. Advised by Professor Jifeng Yu.

Nam Hoang Le, Hanoi, Viet Nam; Business—Dissertation: Essays in Corporate Finance. Advised by Professor Julian Atanassov.

Abigail J. Nappier Cherup, Kalamazoo, MI; Business—Dissertation: The Challenge of Consumer Diversity in Servicescapes: An Investigation of Consumer and Service Provider Experiences. Advised by Professor Les Carlson and Professor Andre Maciel.


Master of Business Administration

Berik Bakhytzhanovich Akhmetov, Almaty, Kazakhstan—Business

Nilesh Harshad Amin, Norwalk, CT—Business

Alexander James Bellows, Vacaville, CA—Business

Brian Joseph Britton, Beaufort, SC—Business

Caitlyn Elizabeth Bruns, Ames, IA—Business

Brennan Patrick Costello, Gothenburg—Business

Lisa DiMeo, Oak Park, IL—Business

Nathan Charles Fisher, Yutan—Business

Craig Alan Gary, Avon Lake, OH—Business

John Alton Gosnell, North Platte—Business

Mathias Hanten, Lincoln—Business

Alexander Joseph Henning, Lincoln—Business

Tyler Duane Jacobs, Saratoga Springs, UT—Business

Zachary Ray Lange, Omaha—Business

Johnathan Nicholas Leeson, Belgium, WI—Business

Antonious Wefky A. Markous, Doha, Qatar—Business

Sakar Regmi, Lincoln—Business

Kyle Michael Shanahan, Mokena, IL—Business

Adrianna Cleopatra Shuey, Corning, IA—Business

Christopher Lloyd Snyder, Omaha—Business

Dillon Michael Spear, Parker, CO—Business

Ashley Nicole Stantz, Lincoln—Business

John P. Szalewski II, Omaha—Business

Steven James Tietz, Hudson, WI—Business

Zachary Stephen Wald, Rapid City, SD—Business

Christopher Petros Whipple, Las Vegas, NV—Business


Master of Professional Accountancy

Daprese Tyron Madlock, Lincoln—Accountancy

Timothy Daniel Russell, Sussex, WI—Accountancy


Master of Science

Mark Stephen Atkins, San Diego, CA—Business Analytics

Kyle Alan Conway, Peoria, AZ—Business Analytics

Azam Ghahghaie Nezam Abadi, Lincoln—Actuarial Science

Ryan Lee Patrick Healy, Gloucester, MA—Business Analytics

Michael Howard, Bellevue—Actuarial Science

Dayna Elizabeth Larreau, Lincoln—Business Analytics

Marco Montefusco, Lockport, IL—Finance

Allison May Morris, Ypsilanti, MI—Finance

Courtney Ann Mortenson, Las Vegas, NV—Finance

Lori Lynn Sorto, Lincoln—Business Analytics


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Christopher Zamir Alarcon, Fremont

Tyler Alberts, Bennington

         (With High Distinction)

Eliot Lawrence Anderson, Lincoln

Zeyu Bai, Lincoln

Brianna Jackie Boender, Lincoln

Clarissa Rose Kasl Bors, Dorchester

Elizabeth Bayley Brake, Lincoln

Katherine Elizabeth Cain, Lincoln

         (With High Distinction)

Cameron Philip Carritt, Milford

Carley Annette Childers, Waterloo

Young Ju Cho, Daegu, Republic of Korea

            (With Distinction)

Jacquelyn Michelle Dam, Seward

         (With High Distinction)

Brandon Lee Decker, Kearney

Brandon Michael Denison, Martell

Logan Rory Dierking, Fort Worth, TX

            (With Distinction)

Zitong Ding, Beijing, China

Zhouruoya Dong, Taiyuan, China

Yuan Feng, Hangzhou, China

Jairo Alejandro Gamboa Urrego,
Grand Island

           (With High Distinction)

      (University Honors Program)

  (Nebraska Business Honors Academy)

Julian Alejandro Garcia, Lincoln

George William Gialketsis, Las Vegas, NV

Abigail Johannah Greeneway,
Appleton, WI

Julie E. Gulliksen, Colon

            (With Distinction)

Collin James Hargitt, Lincoln

Cole Jameson Hartgerink, Milford

Ashley Renee Hermann, Hastings

Michael Steven Hilton, Lincoln

Natasha Joy Hindia, Saint Paul, MN

Xi Huang, Hefei, China

            (With Distinction)

Daniel Alan Johnson, Waterloo

Luke Joseph Johnson, Lincoln

Cameron Maurice Jones, Perth, Australia

Thomas Martin Kinsey, Lincoln

Kaleigh Kay Koch, Lincoln

Amy Jo Law, Lincoln

Christopher Adam Le, Hastings

Tanner Joseph Lee, Destrehan, LA

Logan Hunter Leifert, Lincoln

Michael Jeffrey Leininger, Pleasant Dale

Eric Matthew Liegl, Omaha

Jinggeng Lin, Whenzhou, China

Yuwei Lin, Guangzhou, China

Jianzhi Liu, Liaocheng, China

Chen Lu, Hangzhou, China

         (With High Distinction)

Nathan C. Maher, Omaha

Eric Harold McAtee, Lincoln

Miranda Jo McWatters, Lincoln

William Clifford Meyers, Lincoln

Morgan Danielle Myers, Lincoln

Ashley Kay Nichols, Wilber

Kyle Daniel Olson, Omaha

Corbin Scott Oppegard, Lincoln

Nicholas George Pappas, Bridgeport

Hannah Ruth Pearson, Omaha

Maxwell Edward Pogreba, Lincoln

Joshua James Powell, Lincoln

Brenly Rachel Redlin, Colby, KS

Austin James Reule, Valley

Brandon Lee Robbins, Bellevue

Veronica Sanchez Gonzalez, Gibbon

Jacob James Schneider, Raymond

    (University Honors Program)

Jackson Henry Schumacher, Bennington

Qi Shao, Hangzhou, China

      (With Highest Distinction)

Shane Michael Siel, Lincoln

Emma Kay Smith, Omaha

            (With Distinction)

Juan Jose Soto, Chicago, IL

Caleb Paul Suda, McCook

Yuxin Tang, Hangzhou, China

            (With Distinction)

Ermiyas Tekeste, Lincoln

Lindsey Shelby Telecky, Doniphan

Lucas John Thompson, Lincoln

Luis Enrique Torres, Jr., Fort Worth, TX

Rachel Leigh Vandermuss, Omaha

Cale Bradlee Wagner, Seward

Fei Wang, Wuhan, China

Jiaqin Wang, Hangzhou, China

         (With High Distinction)

Moru Wang, Shanghai, China

Zhengshu Wang, Lincoln

Benjamin O’Connor Warren, Omaha

Anna Jenae Wickham, Columbus

Tiana Laneice Jordan Williams, Lincoln

Nathan Eric Williamson, Skokie, IL

Molly Katherine Wingert, Panama, IA

John Robert Woltemath, Omaha

Jiaxin Xie, Taicang, China

Mengjia Yuan, Hangzhou, China

            (With Distinction)

Christopher Zarate, Lincoln


Published: August 14, 2020