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2024 Graduates: Facts, Figures and People to Know

Donna Klinger

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Mount St. Mary's University will host its 216th commencement exercises at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 in Knott Arena. The ceremony will celebrate the achievements of 710 graduates, including 474 undergraduates, 203 graduate students and 33 seminarians. This is believed to be the largest graduating class in the Mount's history.

Overview of Graduating Class

Undergraduate degree recipients:

  • The College of Liberal Arts - 148
  • The Richard J. Bolte, Sr. School of Business - 142
  • The School of Education - 27
  • The School of Natural Science and Mathematics - 156
  • Division of Continuing Studies - 25

Master’s graduates:

  • Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies - 3
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - 22
  • Master of Business Administration - 72
  • Master of Education in Instructional Design and Technology - 5
  • Master of Education in Instructional Leadership - 17
  • Master of Education in Reading - 3
  • Master of Science in Applied Behavior Analysis - 34
  • Master of Science in Biotechnology and Management - 17
  • Master of Science in Health Administration - 15
  • Master of Science in Sport Management - 11

People to Know

Commencement Speakers

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President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D.

The commencement speaker is Mount St. Mary's University President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. He retires from the Mount on June 30, 2024. President Trainor's major accomplishments include leading the university through two destabilizing periods (the leadership crisis that brought him to the Mount and the COVID-19 pandemic), the establishment of a school of health professions, the addition of new STEM and interdisciplinary majors, expansion of athletics, 12% growth in enrollment, strong strategic partnerships, and considerable investment in living and learning facilities.

Before coming to the Mount, Trainor retired from a 33-year career in the U.S. Army as a brigadier general who served as dean and chief academic officer at the United States Military Academy He will be honored with a doctorate of humane letters in recognition of his service to the university and the local, national and global communities.


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Darrien Coates, C'24

The student speaker is Darrien Coates, recipient of the 2024 Edward J. Flanagan Memorial Prize, awarded to the member of the senior class who best represents the tradition of the university in scholarship, conduct, and leadership. Coates, a resident of Huntington, Maryland, is a neuroscience major with minors in psychology and biology. He received the Excellence in Neuroscience Award. A member of the Honors and Fellows Programs as well as the NCAA Division I track and field team, Coates served as a resident assistant and a peer tutor as well as completed summer research internships at the University of California Irvine and Harvard University.

At the recent Metro Atlantic Athletic Championships, Coates set a personal record and placed second in the triple jump. He has accepted a postbaccalaureate researcher position in the lab of Serena Dudek, Ph.D., at the National Institutes of Health in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Notable graduates, listed in alphabetical order

Erin Daly

Erin Daly
Daly, an accounting and English major, served as a peer tutor, the fiction editor of Lighted Corners literary and arts magazine, and the co-host of a WMTB radio show. As a Maguire Scholar, she received assistance with career development and participated in service projects. She received the Monsignor Denis J. Flynn Memorial Prize for the highest scholastic average in English; the William Heath Award for the student who demonstrates outstanding achievement in creative writing; the Watterson Memorial Prize for the outstanding essay, as judged by the Department of English faculty; the Monsignor Bradley Memorial Prize for the highest scholastic average throughout the accounting course; and the Bishop Allen Memorial Prize, along with seven other seniors, for the highest scholastic average throughout their four years at the university.

After graduation - Staff 1 auditor, Ernst & Young.


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Claire Doll
An English education major, Doll served as the editor-in-chief of Lighted Corners for two years and as the managing editor of the Emmitsburg News-Journal in 2023-24 as well as a contributing writer to the community newspaper from 2020-24. The 2023 Lighted Corners, published under Doll's leadership, was named a gold medalist by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Awards for the 2024 edition will be announced in the spring of 2025. Doll enjoyed maintaining the integrity of the publications as well as contributing her writing. She has been published in multiple publications, including plain china, an online anthology of the best undergraduate writing, and Capsule Stories. Doll received the Reverend John B. Holley Memorial Prize for the senior who has earned distinction in service to the Church and community and the Dr. Judy Ramoy Johnstone Endowed Prize, awarded to a senior teacher candidate.

After graduation - English/language arts teacher.


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Anthony Milazzo
A biochemistry major, Milazzo, as well as his soccer teammate Thunlwyn Garcia, C'23, received a patent for their innovative footwear product and cofounded Ascent Sporting Innovations. Milazzo, Garcia and their team are working on bringing their innovative product to market and seeking out future acquisition and licensing partners. Milazzo plans to begin applying to medical schools this summer. He was one of eight recipients of the Bishop Allen Memorial Prize for the highest scholastic average throughout their four years at the university and was corecipient of the Seton Prize for the highest average maintained throughout the course in biology.

After graduation - Chief technology officer, Ascent Sporting Innovations.


Diamond Lewis

Diamond Lewis
A biology major, Lewis presented her research on treatments for Huntington's Disease, conducted in the lab of Assistant Professor Sarah Krueger, Ph.D., C'17, at the 2024 American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology conference in San Antonio, Texas. She credits her participation in several Mount organizations with helping her to develop her professional skills and make friends. These included the Students of Color in STEM, Health Professions, MCAT Study Group, Health Professions Book Club, and National Society of Leadership and Success chapter.

After graduation - Fellow, Post-Baccalaureate Mishoe Program at the National Institute of Health.


Graham Preston

Graham Preston
Preston is believed to be the first person to graduate from the Mount with five majors: computer science, cybersecurity, data science, mathematics and French. A member of the esports varsity Super Smash Bros team for four years, he also was an active leader of the Mount Programming Club and helped lead the Mount to two separate competitive programming competition wins this year. Preston received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Data Science as well as the Mariam Award for Excellence in Computer Science and the Pittman Award for Excellence in Cybersecurity.

After graduation - Software engineer, Jataware.


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Nathan Stricker
A business administration major, Stricker's personal and professional growth was fueled by his participation in the Entrepreneurship Club, guided by Garth Patterson, Ph.D., director of the Palmieri Center for Entrepreneurship. With the support of the club, made up of like-minded students with a passion for innovation and business creation, Stricker cofounded a digital marketing company focused on the short-term vacation rental market. Sticker also found fulfillment in playing on the university's NCAA Division I men's soccer team. He will continue his education in 2024-25 through the Mount's MBA program.

After graduation - Co-owner, Eleven Digital and MBA student at the Mount.


Tori Tavernier

Victoria Tavernier
A chemistry and biochemistry major, Tavernier's most meaningful experiences at the Mount came from conducting research in the lab of Associate Professor Patrick Lombardi, Ph.D., studying alkylation damage and repair, as well as summer research experiences at Johns Hopkins University and MIT. At Johns Hopkins, she performed cellular cancer research, and at MIT she worked on a subset of pancreatic cancer using mouse models. Tavernier was the student instructor for general biology and organic chemistry as well as a TA for organic chemistry, bioorganic chemistry, and biochemistry. A Maguire Scholar and a Mount Fellow, she was involved in several clubs, including Women in STEM, Health Professions, and Mount student chapters of the American Chemical Society and American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Along with Milazzo, she is corecipient of the Seton Prize for the highest average maintained throughout the course in biology.

After graduation - Johns Hopkins University, Chemical Biology Ph.D. Program.

Hear from these and other featured graduates

ROTC COMMISSIONING

Seven cadets from the Mount’s Class of 2024 will be commissioned on May 10. They are Khalil Agboola, Jason Fitch, Luke Hahn, Madison Karcesky, Ethan Miller, Tiffany Pham and Chloe Wilson. Chloe Wilson received the Lancer Award for outstanding performance and exemplary leadership in the Mount St. Mary's University U.S. Army ROTC program.

SEMINARY CONFERRAL OF DEGREES

Mount St. Mary's Seminary held a Solemn Vespers and Conferral of Degrees and Certificates in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on May 3. Over the next several weeks, the 33 graduates will be ordained as priests in their home dioceses.

Donna Klinger