Winter 2019 Grad Stories


Every semester we highlight our graduates by sharing some of their exceptional stories. Their hard work, tenacity, and never-ending drive to achieve deserve resounding applause. On Dec. 14, we celebrated their victories during the annual St. Ambrose University Winter Commencement Ceremony. 

Sarah Treat, Ronnie Dunlap and Ciara Kelly: In 2013, they plunged into Ambrosian service as active undergraduates. On Dec. 14, Sarah and Ronnie were awarded St. Ambrose graduate degrees. Ciara earned her master's degree in 2018.

Sarah Barker: After suffering a traumatic brain injury in 1996, Sarah declared nothing would stop her from earning a college degree. After two decades of classes, she graduated from St. Ambrose with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. 

Brandy Jurevitz: The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree Brandy was awarded honored her accomplishments, hard work and a never-ending drive to care for others. It also honored two of the most significant people in her life: her late father and grandmother. 

Matt Thole: One semester into his first-year at St. Ambrose, Matt realized how much he would gain by pushing himself academically and getting involved. With three majors and a long list of activities under his belt, he graduated from SAU during the 2019 Winter Commencement Ceremony.

Isabel Watts: In four years, Isabel grew from her self-description of "naive" to an educated and dedicated social justice advocate who knows who she is, for what she stands, and the unlimited potential she holds and will pursue. On Dec. 14 she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree and a second major in Theology.


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