Penn State Shenango celebrates fall commencement, nursing ceremonies

Shenango graduates Karsyn Rupert and Ligaya Kurelko

Penn State Shenango graduates Karsyn Rupert and Ligaya Kurelko at the commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16.

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SHARON, Pa. — Penn State Shenango celebrated its fall class of 2023 at a commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 16, in the auditorium. The graduates and guests heard from alumna Christen Clemson, honors English teacher from Maplewood Local School District, who gave the keynote address, as well as graduating student Karsyn Rupert and Penn State Shenango Alumni Society President Darren Steele. Prior to the celebration, a private nursing pinning ceremony was hosted by faculty to welcome graduates to the profession. 

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Degrees conferred 

Bachelor’s degrees


  • Malik Weatherington 

Corporate Communication 

  • Ligaya A. Kurelko, Hermitage 

Human Development and Family Studies 

  • Karsyn R. Rupert**, West Middlesex 

Multidisciplinary Studies 

  • Corey N. Cusick, Masury, Ohio 

Nursing, R.N. to B.S.N. 

  • Courtney R. Baker, Greenville 
  • Robert J. French, Roaming Shores, Ohio 
  • Zane Z. Grimm, Volant 
  • Jenna L. McCright, Greenville 
  • Andrea S. Milano*, Greenville 
  • Stephanie N. Robb, New Castle 
  • Angela M. Sonoga, Hermitage 

Nursing Pinning Ceremony 

Nursing faculty at Penn State Shenango welcomed the program’s newest nursing graduates into the profession during a pinning ceremony prior to commencement. These graduating students were presented with the Penn State Ross and Carol Nese College of Nursing's official pin. 

Associate degrees 

Multidisciplinary Studies 

  • Jessica R. Divens, Sharpsville 

Occupational Therapy Assistant 

  • Maureen A. Cipriano, Brookfield, Ohio 
  • Bella K. Davis, Linesville 
  • Madison J. Dickenson, New Wilmington 
  • Kimberly J. Drake*, Hermitage 
  • Shelby Glover**, Conneaut Lake 
  • Jade Janacone, Youngstown, Ohio 
  • Taylor N. Mastroprietro*, Cortland, Ohio 
  • Ali M. Shepard, Seneca 
  • Anthony A. Stasko Jr., West Middlesex 

Honors distinctions 

* Cum Laude 

** Magna Cum Laude