USF Class of 2017 Valedictorians

May 11, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — On May 6, the University of Saint Francis Class of 2017 received their degrees in their commencement ceremony at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The following six graduates were recognized as valedictorians in the university’s four schools:

Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership:

Jenna R. Cunningham B.B.A.

Jenna is a Business Administration graduate from the Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and the daughter of Michael and Laure Cunningham. Jenna is currently working at Farmers State Bank in Topeka, Indiana, and would like to grow and advance with the organization. Future plans include a pursuing a master’s degree.

School of Creative Arts:

Rebekah M. Kitzmiller B.S.

Rebekah is a Pre-Art Therapy graduate from the School of Creative Arts and the daughter of Randy and Brenda Kitzmiller. Rebekah is currently an ABA Therapist for children on the autism spectrum at Hopebridge Pediatric Specialists. She plans to obtain a master’s degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis in fall 2017.

Mariah N. Wynn B.F.A.

Mariah is a Studio Art graduate from the School of Creative Arts. She plans to move to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in photography. Mariah intends to freelance and create artwork then pursue a master’s degree.

School of Health Sciences:

Sara Katherine Miller B.S.N.

Sara is a Nursing graduate from the School of Health Sciences and the daughter of Pat and Kathy Will, and Dan and Leslie Miller. Sara plans to work in critical care as an RN at a local hospital upon passing the NCLEX-RN exam. She is considering continuing her formal nursing education after gaining some critical care experience.

Adeeba K. Mirza B.S.N.

Adeeba is a Nursing graduate from the School of Health Sciences and the daughter of Kamran and Theresa Mirza. Adeeba graduated in December 2016 from the University of Saint Francis. She is currently working as an RN in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at Parkview Hospital. She has been accepted and will start this fall in the Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Saint Francis.

School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Haylee N. Shirkey B.S.

Haylee is a Health and Exercise Science graduate from the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the daughter of Gary and Hollie Carroll. Haylee plans to continue her employment at Parkview Workplace Wellness with the hope of becoming a wellness coach. She is passionate about running and plans to pursue a career that combines her degree and her love of running.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.