Meet our Seniors

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!

We are so proud of you and all you have accomplished at K!

Seniors not pictured

Bekhzod Akilov
Anthony Ali
Christine Bartels
Rigel Kyla Bobadilla
Gabriel Bosco
Xiu Cai
Dylan Callloway
Justin Carlson
Kyle Ceci
Yoensuk Chung
Paige Coffing
Conall Curran
Sejal Dahiya
Gina DeGraaf
Karina Duarte
George Fludas
Corin Frantz
Sierra Fraser
Erik Funke
Vasileios Georgopoulos
Sarah Gerendasy
Dominic Gonzalez
Yuridia Gutierrez-Garcia
Kyle Hahn
Christopher Herrera
Eduardo Herrera
Kaspar Hudak
Patrick Jarvis
Jelena Jenkins
Johanna Jeung
Euhyun Joh
Dahwi Kim
Gyeongho Kim
Hazel Kim
Elizabeth Knox
Sydney Kowalski
Alexander Kracht
Julia Kresch
William Lamping
Yale Lash
Michael Lee
Jiazhen Liu
Junhao Liu
Samuel Maddox
Thibaut Martinon
Meryl McDonnell
Tori McNett
Monica Miranda-Malerva
Caroline Mundell
Alaya Neville
Evan O’Donnell
Chae Rin Park
Alexis Periman
Uyen Pham
Priya Pokorzynski
Hannah Pszenica
Bruno Quirino Pereira
Harriet Sauget
Cesar Soria
Shane Spink
Gabriel Stanley
Nicholas Suquett
William Tait
Mio Taylor
Victoria Thamann
Josiah Thomas
Noah Thornton
Madison Triplett
Ethan Tucker
Meghan VanHoutte
Tran Vo
Katryn Walsh
Thomas Waltz
Yueyang Wang
Justin Wesley-Johnson
J’Quan Woodson
Emily Worline
Jessie Xerri
Austin Yunker
Sophia Yurdin
Chi Zhang
Amy Zhu

Messages from our Alumni

Congrats class of 2020! We had the pleasure of overlapping my final year and your first year at K! I can not believe how fast the time has flown by! To those I had the pleasure to meet and know and those I regretfully did not. I know you will do amazing things and that K has prepared you to do so much (much more than you ever realize – something I’m still learning!). Congrats Kalamazoo College Class of 2020!And always Lux Esto! – Emily Finch ’17

Congratulations on graduating from K! I know there’s a lot of uncertainty right now, but trust the timing of your life. You will find your path and your K education will light the way. Lux Esto! – Samantha Foran ’15

Congrats Hornets! You are the class to have the unfortunate “honor” of graduating during a pandemic. While nothing can change the circumstances, your experience of going through commencement during an international health crisis will stay with you. You will be tougher, more flexible, and better able to see the big picture when this is all done. All of K’s alumni network is thinking of you and wishing you the best, class of 2020! Bret Linvill ’15

Dear Seniors, CIass of 2020: I was fortunate to have met many of you. Some through soccer or Ultimate.  I would have met many more of you if my late son Finn, had not sadly passed shortly after the end of you first quarter at K in the Fall of 2016.  I remain ever thankful for those of you who shared memories of Finn with me & my family. You may not know that Finn said he was never going to K. Coach Shabazz even stopped recruiting him. Perhaps he didn’t want to go to K because I went there. His mom went there. And K was only blocks from where he grew up here in Kalamazoo.  We don’t know why he chose K but it was an excellent choice for him & a great fit.  He knew many of you & would have enjoyed meeting many more. I always felt the greatest attribute of K was the quality of students.  I was proud Finn chose K and although his journey was short lived, it was a wonderful place to have spent the last months of his life. K was a truly magical place for me. I was not nearly the student Finn was (4.0 his Fall quarter & a starter center back on the soccer team) was it was the perfect place for me. A connection through an underclassmen through Ultimate led to the creation of gazelle sports. So many great people & memories. K has provided an environment for you to be successful, however you define it. All the best Grads. You are indeed ready for the next part of your journey. – Bruce aka Frisbee aka Fris Johnson ‘76

I wish you the very best. My Kalamazoo College experience provided me with the necessary skills to enjoy a satisfying career.  I am sure it will do the same for you. Celebrate your current and future success. – Lynn Aldrich Spearing ’76

Congratulations to the class of 2020! 20 years ago I completed my degree from K and it feels like only yesterday! K grads are creative, independent and adaptive leaders! You are going to do amazing things with your unique K experience! Stay engaged with the College. The K Alumni family enthusiastically welcomes you into the fold.- Mandy Brookins ’00

<Heavy Sigh> You made it!! Take a deep breath and reflect on your accomplishment! Each time I feel discouraged, I review my milestones and graduating from K was one of the hardest but one of the best things I’ve done in my life. Now go change the world and be a lifelong learner! Congrats to you!! – Tracy Wentworth ’95

Congratulations on your successful time at K College. The memories I have of my time at K are too many to mention. I wish you success in the future and ask you to stay connected to K throughout your career. You will find it is worth it. – Steve Helm’71

Dear graduates, in this frightening and uncertain time, I have so much hope for your futures. Having weathered this storm so early in life, you will have the strength to face any future challenges that come your way with courage, with grace, and with aplomb. May this courage and grace stay with you as you face difficult decisions about your current paths, and may the wisdom and experience you have acquired from your time at Kalamazoo College stay with you always. Our world needs you now. Lux Esto, be light! – Elyse Durham Buffenbarger ’10

Congratulations, Class of 2020! I imagine this is a bittersweet time for you. I share this based on my experiences since graduating in ’08: you can be confident that your four years at K have put down deep roots that within you that will enable you to weather this and future storms. You are talented and resilient, and you have a huge community of alums who are rooting for you and here to help. Wishing you all the best, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything we can do for you.- Rachel Udow ’08

Congratulations, Class of 2020! I know you won’t have the celebration you had planned, but I hope the experiences of your time at “K” and the bonds you feel with each other will buoy you. It’s been almost 35 years since my Commencement on the quad, and my fondness for Kalamazoo has only grown. My graduation was even more memorable because the very next day, I married my high school sweetheart (Jim Tichenor, K ’84) in the College Chapel! We come back to “K” as often as we can, reminisce about our time there, and feel a deep appreciation for how well that experience launched us into the lives we lead now. May you all fare as well. Congratulations on your achievement–wishing you endless days of gracious living! – Ronni Jaris Tichenor ’85

Congratulations for surviving, and hopefully thriving, during such a stressful spring quarter. May the lessons you’ve learned during this time strengthen your commitment to being an engaged  citizen of the world! – Linda Linton ’70

Congratulations on your graduation from K College! That is truly something to be proud of.  You are one of a few people that have had the unique experience that K offers.  There is no other place like it anywhere.  Stay strong, and know that you are prepared for the future, no matter what the future holds. – Norma- Jean Stremich Forshey ’79

Congratulations! Don’t let these difficult times take away from the amazing accomplishment you have achieved. In fact, because you are a K grad, you are better prepared than most to deal with the uncertain times ahead of us all. The amazing challenges the K threw at you for 4 years, perhaps studying abroad, or the completion of your SIP have all made you better prepared than most. I am thankful everyday for my time at K College, especially now. Best of luck to you. Advice I give my students and others now: Four Rules For Life: Show up. Pay attention. Tell the truth. Don’t be attached to the results. Angeles Arrien  – Jeff Myers ’99

Congratulations class of 2020!! 30 years later and many of my favorite memories are from K! From Land/Sea, to campus life, to career development in the mountains of Colorado, to study abroad (where I met my husband!!), to living in the French House, to singing in the choir, to my student teaching SIP, to graduation day! Hold on to those memories and keep in touch with your K family! Return to campus for your reunions and join regional alumni events as your life takes you where it leads! Bravo, K Grads!!!! –Eileen Moulin ’90

I’m so glad that I got to study mathematics at Kalamazoo College all those years ago. It prepared me well for life after K. Whatever you have studied, though, go into your post-K life with lots of energy, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic, and you will do fine. Best regards to all of you!! – Charles Rosa ’88

I was the first to graduate from college in my family and for many of you that is the same. Please celebrate that and continue striving to achieve the unthinkable. You deserve this degree and more.- Cassandra Solis ’16

Your graduation from K is an amazing moment in the midst of an adverse time, as was ours. But you must celebrate nonetheless! This is just the beginning of many more amazing moments and achievements you will earn. Andrew Lukas ’09

I wish all Hornet alums could swarm back to campus to wish you congratulations on your remarkable achievements at K. But remember that your four years at K becomes a forever connection to your alma mater and all her alumni. Welcome to the Alumni Association! Four and Forever. – Bonnie Wachter Swenby ’69

Dear Seniors, Your K journey may not be concluding the way we all would have hoped, but your unique K-Plan is still yours to take with you. Be proud of all that you have learned and accomplished in college! The skills you ve gained, the experiences you’ve had and the friendships you’ve made will sustain and nourish you for years to come! Please utilize the network of K alumni through the directory, WISR and Facebook as you navigate your life after K. We are here for you and want to connect! And until we can meet back on campus for Homecoming, please be safe. Lux Esto. – Alexandra Altman ’97

Congratulations Seniors, as you graduate and move on in this very strange and unusual time, please remember that you have within you the ability to adapt to your surroundings. K graduates seem to be masters of adaptability and that is probably the most useful characteristic that one can possess. I wish you well as you chart new adventures. Stay safe, stay healthy and find happiness in the small joys of life. – Elizabeth Loegel ’77

Congratulations on becoming an alum of K! Go forward knowing you are well prepared for a great future! – Linda Cannon ’64

Congratulations class of 2020! May you look with joy upon your years at K and realize that you now have everything you need to succeed in your career! You are ready to make a difference in these unprecedented times! – Greg Cibor ’93

Congratulations! You have come so far. The road ahead may be rocky but I believe in you. – Caleb Kline ’13

Felicidades! There is nothing you can’t do. Never give up. – Paul Clancy ’84

You did it, 2020! You can survive anything now! – Lizzy Kinney ’14

Best 4 years of my life! Led to a Library degree from U Michigan – career as Naval Flight Officer and doing flight test – air traffic controller and programmer for FAA – Serials Librarian and archivist at Aurora University – and head of Tech Support for Burling Bank at Chicago Board of Trade. K-friends: senior year roommate Dennis Lamb and I crossed trails at NAS China Lake. Junior year roommate Bill Fethke (RIP) was stationed in Japan same time we ported there. Classmate Dick Marsden crossed careers at Navy Point Mugu. European cycling buddy Don Schneider and I still cross trails and keep in touch. WHAT’s MY POINT: You have no idea where your K studies may take you – but I can assure you it will always be an adventure – and Kazoo has prepared you for it! Excellence now begins with how high YOU set the standard! Congrats on your graduation – and what a memorable graduation it will be for your whole class! A Navy quotation: If you’re not making waves … You’re not under way! ADM Chester Nimtz – WWII  Fair Winds and Following Seas … your world awaits! – Ken Van Andel ’63

Congratulations! We can’t wait to see what you do with your K education! – Ann Oswald Benett ’80

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! This year will be one you will never forget. Cherish the bonds of friendship you have made with professors and fellow students alike. September 11th occurred during the fall of our senior year. The bonds I have with those friends exist to this day. Dawn (Ashley) Archey K ’02 and I married in 2006. My roommate throughout my K experience, Robert Long, K ’02, is now a Hospitalist, serving a hospital in St. Louis, MO. Whatever life takes you, you will have the foundations you built at K. Stay safe, stay well, and stay in touch with your K family. – Joshua Archey ’02

I graduated in 1969 having spent four years at Kalamazoo College, some very tumultuous years in the history of our country. What I gained from K has stayed with me throughout these many years, throughout my career as an educator and now into my retirement as a social justice activist. K supported and strengthened my belief that I could make a difference in the world, that the world could be a better place because of my actions in it, and I trust that it has done the same for you. May it be so. Congratulations on your graduation! Go out and make the world a better place! – Norma Bailey ’69

I’m so sorry that half your senior year was disrupted by the pandemic. But you can be proud that you quickly adjusted and moved forward despite the adversity. You are the most resilient cohort of graduates in history, and probably the most “connected” in terms of maintaining community with your friends and family. Those connections have no doubt helped you through this adversity, and they will help you through challenges in the future. Maintain them. Work at your connections to keep them strong. They will be the most important gift K College can bestow on you. – Larry Banta ’73

Congratulations! Welcome to K Alum! While I remember graduation as a special time, what lives with me every day are the many friends and memories of my four years at Kalamazoo College! That will be with your greatest gift from your K experience…and will be the strength you call on in such times as these. Three dear K friends and I had our first KaZoom social gathering just two weeks ago! And we plan to do it again. Yes, your K friends will be there for you…always. Treasure your K friends. Treasure your K memories. All the best to each of you! – Jane (Woodworth) Pettit ’79

Congratulations on your graduation! Although it’s not ending like you had anticipated, this is a small increment of time. This will pass and you will have a whole world of opportunities open to you. Take advantage of them and don’t be afraid to take some risks. Always keep in mind that, as K alums, we have a unique bond and most alums would be glad to share their experiences and advice. Reach out to them as you begin your journey forward. We are all in this together and you have worked so hard to get where you are. Celebrate your accomplishments and embrace your next steps as soon as this passes. – Kirsten Browne Bradford ’92

Wishing all of K’s 2020 graduating seniors the very best! Graduating from college is both exciting and scary – you are finally reaching a period of life that you have spent 20 years working towards and yet reaching the end of a definitive academic path to venture out into the adult world. I graduated from K College in 2008, the height of the global financial crisis, which was also a discouraging year to be a new college graduate. All I can say is, just go out there and do something. Be open minded and willing to take on responsibilities or a job that may not be exactly what you thought you would do, but give it 100%. Let your network know you are up for anything. Several years after graduating, I was hired for a job I was flat out not qualified for, but I was chosen for my I-can-do-it attitude and my intelligence (the hiring manager knew a K College grad would be smart and work hard). I ended up being a terrible fit for the job, but five days later when a different position opened up, they offered it to me. I would not be where I am today if I had not been willing hard work and try a job that didn’t initially seem like a good fit. So move forward, even if you don’t know where the path will lead. Congratulations graduates! – Emily Dayton ’08

Class of 2020 I look forward to the many innovations and revolutionary things you do due to your experience of a pandemic. Kalamazoo College will certainly provide the framework for you to do so! I love remembering my days of living at the top of the hill in Trowbridge and am excited for you to share the same wonderful experiences. – Sarah Allexan ’11

Congratulations! Although it’s an uncertain time to emerge into the world, you have gained knowledge, skills and relationships to help you navigate it. Best of luck and stay well! – Whitney Nielson ’07

Congratulations on earning your degree from a great college! I have a vague recollection of commencement, but I have much more vivid memories of my professors, fellow students, and off-campus experiences, all of which helped make my life experiences more positive, productive, and joyful. – Joe Lane ’74

Congratulations, Class of 2020! Remember to keep in touch with your K family, and don’t hesitate to reach out to K alumni. You have a whole host of K alums who will support you and cheer you on! – Margaux Reckard ’13

Congrats to the class of 2020!! I wish you luck and happiness and look forward to seeing all you will accomplish as K grads. – Laura Buhler ’12

Congrats on graduating! Be the change you want to see! – Tejas Vettukattil ’19

Congratulations to the Kalamazoo College Class of 2020! You hold a special place in my heart, as I am not only a K ’93 grad but also the proud parent of two K students: Aly Homminga ’20 and Ben Homminga ’23. From the falling squirrel and torrential downpour during your freshman convocation to the unimaginable challenges of your senior spring, I have watched you transform into compassionate, inspirational young adults who keep moving forward to make a difference in the world. I wish you all the very best as you embark on this next step of your life’s journey! – Debbie Farrell ’93

Congrats class of 2020!!! – Jason Bobier ’93

Congratulations to K’s class of 2020! Although your final semester was disrupted, the value of your K education will last a lifetime. May you go into the world with hope and courage and with the blessings of all alumni! – Sally Padley ’62