You’ll see these students Saturday carrying their school’s or college’s banner as they lead their fellow graduates into the KFC Yum! Center.

Meet them now:

10 a.m. Ceremony


Shannon MacKenzie

College of Arts and Sciences
Name: Shannon MacKenzie
Degree: BS, physics
Hometown: Dayton, Ky.
What’s next: This fall I’ll be attending the University of Idaho in pursuit of a PhD in physics. I’ll be a research assistant where my research will be focused on planetary science (specifically Saturn’s moon Titan).


Sarah Potter

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Name: Sarah Potter
Degree: JD
Hometown: Lexington, Ky.
What’s Next: I am thrilled about clerking for Judge Charles R. Simpson III, district court judge for the Western District of Kentucky. After my clerkship I will work for a law firm here in town.


Caroline Curtis

School of Dentistry
Name: Caroline Curtis
Degree: DMD
Hometown: Eagle River, Alaska
What’s Next: Move to Fairbanks, Alaska, with my husband, Kyle, two dogs and cat and work with the Interior Community Health Clinic.


Patricia Todd

School of Medicine
Name: Patricia Todd
Degree: MD
Hometown: Louisville
What’s Next: I will be doing my residency training in dermatology at Loyola University in Chicago, Ill.


Ryan Sanders

School of Music
Name: Ryan Sanders
Degree: BM in jazz studies, BS in physics with a concentration in astronomy and astrophysics
Hometown: St. Charles, Ill.
What’s next: I am going to UCLA in the fall in the astronomy PhD program.


Addie Ferry

School of Nursing
Name: Addie Ferry
Degree: BSN
Hometown: Ashland, Ky.
What’s next: Obtain a RN position at University of Louisville Hospital or Jewish Hospital.


Caroline Chan

School of Public Health and Information Sciences
Name: Caroline Chan
Degree: PhD in public health-environmental health
Hometown: Louisville
What’s Next: I am looking for a position that allows me to continue working on science informing policy, particularly in the area of water quality.

2 p.m. Ceremony


Kate Niehaus

College of Education & Human Development
Name: Kate Niehaus
Degree: PhD in educational psychology, measurement and evaluation
Hometown: Shelbyville, Ky.
What’s next: I will be an assistant professor of educational psychology at the University of South Carolina starting this fall.


Abigail Wooldridge

JB Speed School of Engineering Name: Abigail Wooldridge
Degree: MEng in industrial engineering
Hometown: Louisville
What’s Next: I’ll be starting the doctoral program in industrial engineering with a focus on health care engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in June. I will be working under Pascale Carayon in the Center for Productivity and Quality Improvement. I have a research assistant position for the summer, and then in the fall will be starting a Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship.


Kelsie Smithson

Kent School of Social Work Name: Kelsie Smithson
Degree: BSW
Hometown: Louisville
What’s Next: I will be spending time gaining experience in the development department of several nonprofit agencies. My hope is to gain experience in the field so that when I enter a graduate program I will have that experience to supplement what I am learning in the classroom. Within two years I will seek to obtain a master’s degree in social work and business. I will be attending either the University of Chicago or the University of Colorado, Denver.

Two outstanding students will not carry their school or college banner. Instead they will speak during commencement. They are Tara Schapmire, representing the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies as the Guy Stevenson Award winner, and Deep Aggarwal, College of Business.