Spring 2021 Graduate Stories


We are so proud of our Spring 2021 graduates. Here are some of their stories:

  • Kali Roling came to St. Ambrose thinking she was just a basketball player. She left knowing, with absolute certainty, that she is so much more. Kali graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Business Sales and in Marketing, and built a long resume of achievements, activities and opportunities that were key to discovering all of her strengths. Read this story about Kali
  • Looking back on his four years at St. Ambrose, Jared Sutton recognizes his growth and the influence so many Ambrosians had on his goals, professional preparation, and most of all, his ability to face the future with confidence. "Overall, the challenges I experienced at SAU taught me I can always overcome, which was pretty influential and is why I am like, yes, I can make it to the NFL," he said. Read this story about Jared
  • Across her many achievements and deep involvement at SAU, the "whys" that motivated Carly Miller shared a common theme: a passion to advocate for others and do good. She graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Multimedia Journalism and in Public Relations & Strategic Communication. "I have tried to live each day to its fullest, make memories, and have as many experiences as I can," she said. Read this story about Carly
  • Shraddha Sudhir was among the premier swimmers in India and on track for an Olympic berth when she came to St. Ambrose in 2018. Injuries and the pandemic got in the way of those goals but Shraddha used her SAU experience to build new goals. Read this story about Shraddha
  • When Paige Eden graduated, she wore a necklace with a charm that held her mother's ashes. "I found out who I am and what my strengths are. I don't think I would have that self-awareness of myself today without that big life experience happening to me," Paige said. She will build on her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Social Work with an MSW degree and plans to work in hospice to help individuals and families as they journey through loss. Read this story about Paige
  • Many people consider earning a degree in law and establishing a career with the United Nations as pinnacle professional achievements. But for Julia Adetoyese-Oyewusi those were just steps – granted, very big steps – which led her to earn a Master of Social Work at St. Ambrose University. She now enters a profession in which she can achieve even more. Read this story about Julia
  • As an engineering major, Keagan Dolphin was eager to get hands-on experience. But he wasn't finding that at his big state school. Then, he transferred to St. Ambrose University where he said it was a lightyear's difference. From working on a 3-D printer to designing a robot arm to disinfect door handles, he was fully hands-on. Now Keagan describes himself as an innovative problem-solver who wouldn't be where he is today without SAU's Engineering Program. Watch this video about Keagan
  • With a background in nursing and health IT, Nick Colwell saw the value in a St. Ambrose Master of Public Health degree long before public health leaders began leading efforts to contend with a global pandemic. Read this story about Nick
  • In four years, Mickey Hayes successfully checked off every academic requirement for two challenging majors and took the court for the women's volleyball and the high jump for track and field, victoriously participating in both during the same season. Her ability to seamlessly, and successfully, juggle a very demanding schedule was noted by professors, coaches and peers; the same people who she noted played a part in her success. Read this story about Mickey
  • Through the St. Ambrose Institute for Person-Centered Care and her capstone project in the Occupational Therapy program, Elizabeth Braun built on an innate passion for person-centeredness. She is the first full-time student to be credentialed as a Fellow in Person-Centered Care by the Planetree International organization. Read this story about Elizabeth
  • Thandra Ritchie went blind at the age of 50, but that didn't prevent her from setting and achieving her goals. She will enlist her Master of Organizational Leadership degree while working at the IL/IA Center for Independent Living and teaching fitness classes at the Y in Muscatine, smiling and undeterred. Watch this video about Thandra
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