JWCC Forty-Ninth Annual Commencement Ceremony

Students at graduation
May 24, 2024

College Confers First Honorary Degree to Jim Rapp as part of 50th Anniversary Celebration

John Wood Community College held its forty-ninth annual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the Student Activity Center on the Quincy Campus at 48th and Harrison.

JWCC conferred 322 associate degrees, 201 certificates and 6 College for Life certificates. Dr. Bryan Renfro, JWCC president, conferred degrees and certificates and Mr. Bob Rhea, chair of the JWCC Board of Trustees, accepted candidates as graduates.

As part of the College’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, Mr. James A. (Jim) Rapp received JWCC’s first honorary degree.  The degree was conferred in recognition of his longstanding service as JWCC’s legal counsel and his commitment to education and the mission of community colleges.

Ms. Grace Meyer of Quincy delivered the invocation.  She was a member of Campus Crusade for Christ, Theatre Guild, JWCC Cheer Team, and the Student Government Association. She is active in the Quincy community through Girl Scouts, St. Francis Catholic Church, and the Quincy Humane Society.  Meyer earned a College for Life certificate and plans to work in a local veterinary clinic.

Mr. Luka Bagi of Bedford, England, Kaydence Gregory of Bluffs, and Alisha Skwara of Quincy delivered the student address. Bagi was a member of the men’s soccer team, Phi Theta Kappa honor society and Student Government Association. He was a student worker with JWCC’s maintenance and grounds team and also served as JWCC’s mascot, Woody the Trail Blazer. He earned an Associate in Arts Degree with high honors and transfer to Knox College to study international business and continue his soccer career.

Gregory was a 2022-24 Trail Blazer scholar, served as JWCC’s Student Trustee for the 2022-23 academic year, and was a member of Student Government Association and TRiO. She also served as a student worker for JWCC’s Student Life Office.  She earned an Associate in Arts Degree and will transfer to Western Illinois University to major in communication with a minor in event planning and management.

Swkara was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and an ambassador for the JWCC nursing program. She earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in nursing with high honors in December 2023.  She is currently working as a nurse focused on dementia and hospice care.

Mr. Avery Hayes of Palmyra, Missouri, and Mr. Brooks Sonethongkham of Quincy delivered closing remarks. Hayes was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and earned an Automation & Robotics Technician certificate in December 2022. He continued his education and earned both an Engineering Design-SolidWorks certificate and an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Manufacturing Technology in December 2023.  Avery received highest honors and excellence with his degree and certificates.

Sonethongkham participated in JWCC’s Smart Start Concurrent Enrollment program and earned both his high school diploma from Quincy Senior High School and an Associate in Science Degree with high honors. He is an avid chess player at the Quincy Chess Club, St. Louis Chess Club, and QHS Chess Club, which he founded. Sonethongkham will transfer to the University of Missouri to study computer science.

Dr. Steven Soebbing, JWCC chair and associate professor, fine arts, humanities and education, played processional and recessional selections and led the JWCC Choir in performing the National Anthem.


2024 JWCC graduates by reported hometown in alphabetical order are as follows:


Cameron Z. Lawrence Alexandria MO
Laila M. Beck Arenzville IL
Dennis  Ratcliff Astoria IL
Brilyn  Lantz Augusta IL
Rusty  Thurman Augusta IL
Faith  Stille Barry IL
Shayna Leigh Loutzenhiser Barry IL
Ruby  Fesler Barry IL
Abigail G. Fesler Barry IL
Mason  McTucker Barry IL
Rebecca  Walston Barry IL
Jonathan  Grammer Barry IL
Ryatt  Jackson Barry IL
Kyler  Tobias Barry IL
Samuel  Walch Barry IL
Amy  Keeling Baylis IL
Jewel Alizabeth McEvers Baylis IL
Tricia  Knous Beardstown IL
Brandon  Dobrovolny Beardstown IL
Aspen Nichole Mueller Bluffs IL
Maeleigh  Alexander Bluffs IL
Remington  Bolton Bowen IL
Kyle  O’Neal Bowen IL
Clayton  Bollin Bowen IL
James  DeCamp Bowen IL
Elizabeth  Van Hove Bowen IL
Tiffany  Smith Browning IL
Max  Dittmer Burnside IL
Madelyn  Hamilton Camp Point IL
Hayleigh  Marlow Camp Point IL
Paige  Marlow Camp Point IL
Nicole  Olps Camp Point IL
Nicole Suann Utterback Camp Point IL
Daxton R. Wiskirchen Camp Point IL
Gary  Fifer Camp Point IL
Cydnee Gayle Houston Camp Point IL
Chloe Diane Turner Camp Point IL
Cheyenne  McQueen Camp Point IL
Sumer Lois Myers Canton MO
Faith E. J. Rudd Canton MO
Monica N. G. Henke Canton MO
Aubrey Lyn Marie Bliss Canton MO
Jessica Arlis White Carthage IL
Daniel  Welker Carthage IL
Katelynn  Bush Carthage IL
Kimberley S. Enzeroth Carthage IL
Ethan  Schlotterbeck Carthage IL
Aiden  Moore Carthage IL
Tyler  Yager Carthage IL
Baileigh M. Brann Chambersburg IL
Jessica  Manker Chambersburg IL
Jalyn  Frevert Chambersburg IL
First Middle Last City State
Peyton Brianne Mast Clayton IL
Taylor B. Kill Clayton IL
Brianna  Graham Coatsburg IL
Alexia  Johnson Coatsburg IL
Hunter  Kurk Coatsburg IL
Jamie Michael Hawkins Cobden IL
Samantha Maria Biswell Colchester IL
Jennifer L. Heap Colorado Springs CO
Matthew  Privia Concord IL
Brian A. Hartmann Dunlap IL
Tyler  Farrell East Peoria IL
Jonathan  Boyer Ewing MO
Jadin Cheryl Downs Fowler IL
Luke  Girardin Fowler IL
Sarah Ann Xiao Fang Shumake Fowler IL
Carter Allen Holt Fowler IL
Megan  Fessler Fowler IL
Katherine  Ludlum Fowler IL
Kaylee  Grawe Fowler IL
Laken  Smith Fowler IL
Kourtney K. Austin Frankford MO
Brandon  Rossmiller Golden IL
Tanner  Leedy Griggsville IL
Kayla  McCallister Griggsville IL
Cash  Kirk Griggsville IL
Noah  Stille Griggsville IL
Rachel  Barnes Hamilton IL
Joseph  Sullivan Hamilton IL
Abigail  Beck Hannibal MO
Lindsay Noel Mohler Hannibal MO
Laura Dawn Hoots Hannibal MO
Mitcheal  Harbison Hannibal MO
Alicia  Carlson Hannibal MO
Marisa  Riccitelli Hannibal MO
Tracy  Ketsenburg Hannibal MO
Tung  Nguyen Hannibal MO
Shyre  Abbey Hannibal MO
Matthew  Wealer Hannibal MO
Carmen  Smith Hannibal MO
Jacob Michael Tallman Hannibal MO
Koleena  VanSickel Hannibal MO
Mikhaela  McCune Hull IL
Boston  Hall Hull IL
Matthew  Martin Hull IL
Taylor  Cassady Janesville WI
Conner  Mack Kahoka MO
Drayson A. Daniels Kahoka MO
Aerith  Moreau Kampsville IL
Melissa Juliet Dolter Keokuk IA
Kyle James Bumphrey Kewanee IL
Jedd  Abney Kinderhook IL
Luke  Weir Kinderhook IL
Thomas  Davis Kirkwood IL
Jordan Mackenzie Moore Knoxville IL
Dodge  Dare La Belle MO
Kaleigh  Burbridge La Grange MO
Libby Ann Ippensen La Prairie IL
Paige R. Brumbaugh Lewistown MO
Ciera  Clevenger Liberty IL
John Isaac Frey Liberty IL
Kyla  Frizzell Liberty IL
Kai  Gower Liberty IL
Breiton  Klingele Liberty IL
Logan  Robbins Liberty IL
Jackson  Tenhouse Liberty IL
Shelly  Zengel Liberty IL
Robert Clayton Obert Liberty IL
Ava  Blankenship Liberty IL
Katlyn M. Zanger Liberty IL
Reese Thomas Knuffman Liberty IL
Jade  Blair Liberty IL
William  Schoonover Liberty IL
Joseph  Jacobs Liberty IL
Lucas  Obert Liberty IL
Jared R. Predmore Liberty IL
Nicole  Gravitt Liberty IL
Cameron  Paszkiet Liberty IL
Christian  Paszkiet Liberty IL
Lakoda S. J. White Liberty IL
Seth  Bruenger Loraine IL
Kassondra  Blanchett Loraine IL
Jorie  Whitaker Loraine IL
Athenea Cruz Medina Louisiana MO
Delbert  Wells Jr. Maquon IL
Patrick  McLain Maywood MO
Holli M. Fuhrman Mendon IL
Zackary  Nevins Mendon IL
April  Shaffer Mendon IL
Natalie  Kindle Mendon IL
Madison  Gregory Meredosia IL
Emily  Whitlock Milton IL
Kelly  Stark Monroe City MO
Fabian  Walls Monroe City MO
James C. Hager Monroe City MO
Adam  Mellen Morton IL
Erin R. Barfield Mt Sterling IL
Melissa Jane DeWitt Mt Sterling IL
Robert William Groesch Mt Sterling IL
Ethan  Howell Mt Sterling IL
Jacob  Laning Mt Sterling IL
Cortni  Law Mt Sterling IL
Kaitlyn Brooke Leenerts Mt Sterling IL
Nicole  Taylor Mt Sterling IL
Joycelyn  Welty Mt Sterling IL
Marcus J. Perry Mt Sterling IL
Heidi Marie Miller Mt Sterling IL
Krista  Taylor Mt Sterling IL
Aydan  Koontz Mt Sterling IL
Ashley  Fearneyhough Naples IL
Addy Michelle Ruble Nebo IL
Breann M. Ruble Nebo IL
Sumer I. Warner Nebo IL
Richard T. Bates New London MO
Philip Jude Plumb New London MO
Alexis Marie Damron New London MO
Baylee Marie Zeiger New London MO
Sadie  Stine New London MO
Tara  Poor Palmyra MO
McKenna  Abbott Palmyra MO
Luke D. Triplett Palmyra MO
Avery  Hayes Palmyra MO
Abigail Rose Benning Palmyra MO
Jaime  Todd Palmyra MO
Victoria Elaine Benjamin Payson IL
Jairyn  Hinthorne Payson IL
Zyanne  Mast Payson IL
Kaylee  Smith Payson IL
Carley Jean Epperson Payson IL
Kyler  Smith Payson IL
Amy  Hughes Payson IL
Curtis  Crim Payson IL
Evan  Robinson Pearl IL
Alexander Brody Faulkner Peoria IL
Faith Grace Baker Pittsfield IL
Susan Michele Barnes Pittsfield IL
Karley  Bogatzke Pittsfield IL
Wessley Joel Davis Pittsfield IL
Jackson  Fish Pittsfield IL
Breanna  Fox Pittsfield IL
Kristi A. Graves Pittsfield IL
Jordan  Lamb Pittsfield IL
Bryson Matthew Thometz Pittsfield IL
Nicole  Cooley Pittsfield IL
Mason  Pherigo Pittsfield IL
Morgan R. Deeder Pittsfield IL
Colten  Birkbeck Pittsfield IL
Sierra Dawn Grimsley Pittsfield IL
Dana M. Fry Pittsfield IL
Jacqueline  Baldwin Pittsfield IL
Leif E. Carter Pittsfield IL
Kimber  Meyer Pittsfield IL
Savannah  Nash Pittsfield IL
Ethan  Huber Plainville IL
Christian J. Klingele Plainville IL
Malina Marie Sunde Plainville IL
Jenna Marie Ngulitel Edwards Plainville IL
Bradley  Epley Plainville IL
Ashley  Moore Pleasant Hill IL
Marisa  Ahern Quincy IL
Trayton  Anders Quincy IL
Luka  Bagi Quincy IL
Carson L. Bartlow Quincy IL
Adrian  Blattner Quincy IL
Kelsey  Bockenfeld Quincy IL
Kelsey Nicole Butler Quincy IL
Henry  Cann Quincy IL
Kaitlyn  Coons Quincy IL
Emily Jeanné Cornett Quincy IL
Makenzie Kayann Davis Quincy IL
Kaleb Austin Dieterle Quincy IL
Braylon  Diggs Quincy IL
Coulter  Fry Quincy IL
Kennedy L. Frye Quincy IL
Blaise Michael Genenbacher Quincy IL
Timothy  Goehl Quincy IL
Natalie  Goerlich Quincy IL
Katelyn  Greening Quincy IL
Kaydence  Gregory Quincy IL
Brianna Rose Hale Quincy IL
Charles  Hall Quincy IL
Michael  Hall Quincy IL
Gabrielle Julia Harms Quincy IL
Caroline  Haxel Quincy IL
Ellie  Hayden Quincy IL
Rylee Ann Hendricks Quincy IL
Hannah  Hightower Quincy IL
Samantha  Hinds Quincy IL
Reagan  Hinkamper Quincy IL
Cayge  Hughes Quincy IL
Bryce  Janssen Quincy IL
Ben     Kasparie Quincy IL
Bailee Marie Kelty Quincy IL
Jillian  Kirkpatrick Quincy IL
Rachael  Langworthy Quincy IL
Hayden E. Lankey Quincy IL
Shane  LeClair Quincy IL
Corbin  Lee Quincy IL
Kelsey  Leerhoff Quincy IL
Alex  Loman Quincy IL
Amanda Leanne Lubbert Quincy IL
Kayla  Maguire Quincy IL
Payton  Mansfield Quincy IL
Kennedy  Mellon Quincy IL
Jocelyn  Meyers Quincy IL
Carson  Moreno Quincy IL
Laura  Morgason-Oller Quincy IL
Alexander  Morningstar Quincy IL
Emma  Nye Quincy IL
Grace  Peters Quincy IL
Mackenzie  Peters Quincy IL
Alexis Christine Pohlman Quincy IL
Savannah Catherine Real Quincy IL
Abbey M. Rhodes Quincy IL
Jayden A. Rice Quincy IL
Jackson  Richmiller Quincy IL
Jessica Carol Robbins Quincy IL
Bradyn  Robertson Quincy IL
Nicole  Rokusek Quincy IL
Logan  Schlueter Quincy IL
Connor  Schwindeler Quincy IL
Jose David Serrada Pena Quincy IL
Taelor Lynn Sheets Quincy IL
Natalya C. Sorensen Quincy IL
Ethan  Sparrow Quincy IL
Andrew  Srebroski IV Quincy IL
Aden  Stapleton Quincy IL
Abigail  Stegeman Quincy IL
Andrew  Steinkoenig Quincy IL
Joshua  Stevens Quincy IL
Andrea  Stupavsky Quincy IL
Joshua  Talton Quincy IL
Josiah  Talton Quincy IL
Emme R. Tournear Quincy IL
Deedria  Waldrop Quincy IL
Amaya  Webb Quincy IL
Aaron  Weber Quincy IL
Mason Joseph Wells Quincy IL
Keyouna  West Quincy IL
Barrett M. Whitfield Quincy IL
Alexcis  Wittler Quincy IL
Luke Gabriel Wittler Quincy IL
Ethan  Woods Quincy IL
Camila  Zbynski Quincy IL
Gabbriella R. Kearns Quincy IL
Clancy Katherine Crawford Quincy IL
Garrett Max Meyer Quincy IL
John Albert Anderson Quincy IL
Adonya S. Archibald Quincy IL
David Eduardo Castro Larrache Quincy IL
Elizabeth JoAnn Chandler Quincy IL
Aubrey  Dallmier Quincy IL
Mackenzie Grace Davison Quincy IL
Mykaela  Elliott Quincy IL
Ava Jaclyn Marie Fischer Quincy IL
Addie Belle Force Quincy IL
Sara Lynn Garland Quincy IL
Michaelia  Goodwin Quincy IL
Avery  Grawe Quincy IL
Cameron  Holford Quincy IL
Mason  Horman Quincy IL
Spencer R. Jenkins Quincy IL
Ashley  Juette Quincy IL
Kieren  LeMaster Quincy IL
Krista Michele Rittenhouse Quincy IL
Andrew  Rudd Quincy IL
Eden Olivia Scheuermann Quincy IL
Claire  Sly Quincy IL
Brooks Rodhoum Sonethongkham Quincy IL
Keila  Stapleton Quincy IL
Grayson  Tedrow Quincy IL
Landon Parker Wallace Quincy IL
Lucas  Wiegand Quincy IL
Cheyenne Elaine Wiley Quincy IL
Reese  Williams Quincy IL
Thomas  Youden Quincy IL
Megan Dora-Ann McDowell Quincy IL
Isabella  Douglas Quincy IL
Morgan  Black Quincy IL
Morgan  Pettyjohn Quincy IL
Quinton Parker Hankins Quincy IL
Nathaniel R. Pabisiak Quincy IL
Benet  Eversden-Duesterhaus Quincy IL
Aaron D. Wittler Quincy IL
Ty Ryan Routh Quincy IL
Connor Matthew Brown Quincy IL
Thomas W. Muse Quincy IL
Jesus  Ramirez Quincy IL
Belinda  Abbey Quincy IL
Marlee Jane Asher Quincy IL
Gesi Danell Baker Quincy IL
Haylie  Danker Quincy IL
Julianna  Eden Quincy IL
Audrey Caitlyn Evans Quincy IL
Erika  Fee Quincy IL
Jamie Renee Ferguson Quincy IL
Morgan Christine Goehl Quincy IL
Tawnya  Haws Quincy IL
Nick  Kelley Quincy IL
Avery  Kriegermeier Quincy IL
Kaitlyn Marie LaTour Quincy IL
Lacey  Lewis Quincy IL
Aideen  Orr Quincy IL
Alaina K. Pylican Quincy IL
Lexi Nicole Schaffer Quincy IL
Alisha  Skwara Quincy IL
Erika  Whittaker Quincy IL
Kobe  Williams Quincy IL
Sarah  Mason Quincy IL
Heather A. Frankel Quincy IL
Haley Catherine Grenell Quincy IL
Ashley Marie Schmidt Quincy IL
Payton Renee Baker Quincy IL
Maranda  Mize Quincy IL
Justyce  Stephenson Quincy IL
Jack Deno Crickard Quincy IL
Mathew James Juette Quincy IL
Grace Bernadette Marie Meyer Quincy IL
Laken  Aidich Quincy IL
Gabriela G. Escamilla Quincy IL
BobbiCrystina  Monzo Quincy IL
Alexis  Roberts Quincy IL
Debbi  Sloup Quincy IL
Pi-Tumbasa  Puli Quincy IL
Wendy  White Quincy IL
Allison  Barthel Quincy IL
Jacqueline  Buckner Quincy IL
Alyssia  Comley Quincy IL
Sonya  Turner Quincy IL
Dustin  Schroeder Quincy IL
Brenden  Blattner Quincy IL
Jaden Nicole Crawford Quincy IL
Seth  Haugh Quincy IL
Alex  Logan Quincy IL
Alan  Pacheco Quincy IL
Jack  Pales Quincy IL
Max  Parrino Quincy IL
Braden  Sheffield Quincy IL
Shane  Stotts Quincy IL
Austin  Durst Quincy IL
Ryan  Wand Quincy IL
Jacob  Thomas Quincy IL
Jakob  Griggs Quincy IL
Devon  McBride Quincy IL
Brendan  Wand Quincy IL
Hunter  Leindecker Quincy IL
William Jo Norton Quincy IL
Jaden  McPherson Quincy IL
Angel  Denton Quincy IL
Taylor  Hiland Quincy IL
India  Johnson Quincy IL
Brittany  Smith Quincy IL
Jodi  Winfield Quincy IL
Amy  Wright Quincy IL
Kaitlin  Griffin Quincy IL
Justice  Taylor Quincy IL
Blake  Wagy Quincy IL
Jordan  Borovay Quincy IL
Tiesha  Burk Quincy IL
Amy D. Burton Quincy IL
Joshua J. Clay-Culver Quincy IL
Christina  Feltman Quincy IL
Racaia  Finley Quincy IL
Tierra LeDonne Gallaher Quincy IL
Amber  Hoener Quincy IL
Alexandria  Keck Quincy IL
Samantha  Lambert Quincy IL
Timothy C. Legemet Quincy IL
Milagros Lorraine  Mendoza Quincy IL
Jordan  Meyer Quincy IL
Venessa  Rankin Quincy IL
Alaina N. Shoopman Quincy IL
Amanda  Sill Quincy IL
Mattie  Tjaden Quincy IL
Kristin  Wagner Quincy IL
Alyssa Ann Weech Quincy IL
Nathan  Hall Quincy IL
Bryce T. Genenbacher Quincy IL
Cooper  Lee Quincy IL
Wilbert  Maas Quincy IL
Justen  Nash Quincy IL
Wendy  Miracle Quincy IL
Freedom  Journey Riverton IL
Zoey Marie Myers Rockport IL
Kaci  Riddle Rockport IL
Colton  Sexton Roodhouse IL
Heather  Lyons Rushville IL
Jena N. Smith Rushville IL
Tyler  Trone Rushville IL
Rachel  Hackworth Rushville IL
Tracey  Heatherly Summer Hill IL
Lisa  Weeks Sutter IL
Justice  Spencer Table Grove IL
Drake  Houser Timewell IL
Kristen  Grenlund Timewell IL
Joshua Ehrich Humke Ursa IL
Taylor M. Payne Ursa IL
Madalynn  Morrison Ursa IL
Amber  Casley Ursa IL
Vanessa  Walker Ursa IL
Kaci Elizabeth McKeon Versailles IL
Brisyn Analeigh Hohenbery Versailles IL
Shaun  Manning Washington IL
Riley  Bozarth West Point IL
Ramsey  Fry West Point IL
Kelton James Rice West Point IL
Kaylene Dale Brunenn West Point IL
Preston J. Hubbard West Point IL
Lindsay  Rivera Winchester IL

John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today's needs and tomorrow's opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees, certificates, and personal enrichment courses.