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Nebraska to Grant 119 Business Degrees, Aug. 13

Combined Summer Commencement Celebrates Newest Alumni
Nebraska to Grant 119 Business Degrees, Aug. 13
More than 100 business students will cross the stage to receive their diploma at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln summer commencement this Saturday, August 13, at 9 a.m. in Pinnacle Bank Arena. The university will award doctoral, master’s, juris doctorate and baccalaureate degrees.

More than 100 business students receive their degrees at a combined summer graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremony at 9 a.m., Saturday, August 13 in Pinnacle Bank Arena. These graduates represent nine majors and three graduate programs within the college and hail from 23 states and five countries.

Susan M. Swearer, Willa Cather Professor and chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at Nebraska, will deliver the commencement address. Swearer is a licensed psychologist, co-director of the Bullying Research Network and director of the Nebraska Bullying Prevention and Intervention Initiative.

Like his peers, Zack Wahab-Cheek, senior economics and music major from Elkhorn, Nebraska, graduates prepared for his career and success in graduate school at the London School of Economics. As a student, he served as a student fellow for the Yeutter Institute of International Trade and Finance, conducted undergraduate research, and was in involved in the ASUN student government, Afghan Student Association, Big Red Investment Club, Chess Club and the Cornhusker Marching Band. Looking forward to Saturday, he reflects back on the benefits of being a Husker.

“I'd lived my entire life in west Omaha not realizing how amazing our state was or how much it has to offer. Now on the tail end of my four years at Nebraska, I've made close lifelong friends from places like Gering, Cozad, Alliance or a dozen other places I hardly knew existed. Simply put, what better way to be a Nebraskan, and to take pride in that fact, than to attend its single defining educational institution,” Wahab-Cheek said.

For Jett Petit, senior accounting major from Holdrege, Nebraska, his time at the College of Business gave new insight into how he can make an impact in business.

“Nebraska helped show me that there is more to business than numbers and figures, but an underlying need in each individual's heart to be helped. Accounting is just one way I can use my gifts to help serve others,” Petit said.

The ceremony will be available to watch online at the Commencement website. For more information about the event or to watch it live, visit:

2022 August Business Graduates

Doctor of Philosophy

Ming Yuan, Lincoln; Business—Dissertation: Do Audit Offices Improve Audit Quality Through Accumulated Audit Knowledge? Advised by Professor Thomas Omer.

Master of Business Administration

Benjamin Thomas Ambrose, Elkhorn—Business

Tyler Douglas Blakley, Indianapolis, IN—Business

Hailey Elizabeth Daehnke, Hatfield, United Kingdom—Business

Anthony Delaney, Lincoln—Business

Matthew P. Ford, Birmingham, AL—Business

Nicholas Paul Halle, Tulsa, OK—Business

Derek Hockman, Erie, CO—Business

Joshua Lee Margritz, Medinah, IL—Business

Kellen McClure, Wisner—Business

Christopher Charles Miller, Barnegat, NJ—Business

Adam Michael NaPier, Minneapolis, MN—Business

Shannon Gayle Panther, Spokane Valley, WA—Business

Andrew William Pawloski, Omaha—Business

Clayton Taira Smith, Henderson, NV—Business

Kimberly Rachelle Smith, Arlington, VA—Business

Jacob Lynn Swanson, Blanding, UT—Business

Cody Michael Swayze, Lebanon, TN—Business

Michael Joseph Swientek, Junction City, KS—Business

Aaron M. Tversky, Chicago, IL—Business

Carissa Walton, Omaha—Business

Nicholas George Williams, Scottsdale, AZ—Business

Kristen Elise Windle, Lincoln—Business

Peter Zarovski, Washington, MI—Business

Master of Professional Accountancy

Tam Thi Thanh Nguyen, Lincoln—Accountancy

Nicholas James Sondag, Aurora, IL—Accountancy

Travis William Steadman, Vineyard, UT—Accountancy

Master of Science

Trevor Begeman, Selby, SD—Finance

Brandon Fields, Elkhorn—Business Analytics

Jack William Luddy, Omaha—Finance

Nathan Manche, Lincoln—Business Analytics

Miranda Jo McWatters, Lincoln—Business Analytics

Carey June North, Mechanicsville, VA—Business Analytics

Kassidy Jill Otteman, Omaha—Business Analytics

Frank Matthew Siracusa III, Minnetonka, MN—Business Analytics

Dylan Thomas Thompson, Lincoln—Business Analytics

Ernesto Aburto Torres, Saltillo, Mexico—Finance

Austin Michael Whitmire, Lincoln—Finance

Ariel Zach, Lincoln—Business Analytics

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Nassra Mohamed Sulaiman Al Farsi, Ruwi, Oman

Alexander William August, Lincoln

Hunter DeWayne Bates, Norfolk

Matthew Becker, Madison

Angela Beltran, Columbus

David Andrew Berman, Sioux Falls, SD, with distinction

Tyson John Bonham, Hastings

Caleb Thomas Bowman, Lincoln

Jillian Brion, Omaha

Lindsey Michelle Brown, Omaha

Rylan Martin Chaney, Olathe, KS

Dawson Dale DeBoer, Fairbury

Bennett Folkers, Gothenburg

Myles Stephen Furman, Hastings

Li Gao, Beijing, China, with distinction

Yuanbin Gao, Xi'an, China

Mattheows Mamo Ginting, Lincoln

Ethan Charles Graves, Omaha

John Greguska, Omaha

Joseph Thomas Gurnon, Omaha

Isaiah James Hamlette, Lincoln

Matthew Jeffrey Haver, Omaha

Dillon J. Hernandez, Scottsbluff

Zhiyu Hou, Panjin, China

David Michael Janecek, Fort Calhoun

Joseph Michael Kaplan, Omaha

Dillan King, Eagle Mountain, UT

Alec Bradley Kratky, Omaha

Evan Alexander Kriley, Grand Junction, CO

Johnathan Allen Kropp, Omaha

Yuan Kuang, Guangzhou, China

Grant Landen Leber, Lincoln

Hana Lee, Lincoln, with highest distinction

Madison Briane Lee, Lincoln

Gabriella JoLynn Lewis, Lincoln

Huanming Li, Zongshan, Guangdong, China

Mingze Li, Lincoln

Kelly Leah Litwitz, Lake Forest, IL

Willy Christopher Lutz, Excelsior, MN

Jacob Mir, Omaha, University Honors Program

Destini Faith Dezerai Morales, Lincoln

Eamon John Morrison, Omaha

Camryn Grace Myers, Cheraw, SC

Georgie Maureen Myers, Idyllwild, CA

Tristan Samuel Nelko, Plymouth, MN

Giang Nguyen, Lincoln

Zeta Tran Nguyen, Lincoln

John Nguyen-Lam, Ralston

Austin Garrett Nickels, Waverly

Jake Alan Osborn, Sidney

Ronak Himanshu Patel, Crete

Jett Easton Petit, Holdrege

Isabel Theres Pletcher, Lincoln

Peyton Mary Ellen Potratz, Lincoln

Elena Ramon Lorenzo, Schuyler

Ulysses Seamus Alexander Rooney, Highwood, IL

Joseph Robert Rozek, Broomfield, CO

Connor Todd Ruth, Malcolm

Nathan Daniel Ruzicka, Omaha

Luis Gerardo Sanchez-Romo, Bellevue

Joanna Lynn Sandvold, Blair

Aaron Jacob Sipherd, Lincoln

Jake James Skala, Kearney

Jonathan Alexander Spahn, Omaha

Elijah Joseph Spencer, Lone Tree, CO

Alex John Stevens, Fremont

Megan Rose Sutera, Omaha

Kelly Sweigart, Elizabeth, CO

Jacob Ethan Taylor, Bennington

Vu Long Thai, Hanoi, Viet Nam

Jared Michael Thavenet, Lincoln

Joseph Augustine Vlach, Des Moines, IA, with highest distinction

Sean Mauricio Wells, Omaha

Katherine Lynn Willoughby, Lincoln, with highest distinction

Huaiyu Yan, Lincoln, with high distinction

Zhiyong Yu, Lincoln

Qiwei Yuan, Guangzhou, China

Shuqiang Yuan, Dongguan, China

Junhao Zhang, Cixi, Zhejiang, China

Riley Karen Zuhn, Fort Collins, CO

Published: August 12, 2022