For the first time in two years, graduates of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will take a step on Sunday afternoon and receive their degrees in the on-campus KOA Arena. They will be joined by a few students from the class of 2021, who graduated in an outdoor drive-in ceremony last year, and the class of 2020, who graduated online shortly after the suspension of the in-person classes due to COVID-19.
It should be another occasion of joy for the 221 graduating students, especially those who have already secured jobs or places in graduate school.
Two biology majors from the class of 2022 will attend medical school. Olubumi Braimah from Liberal, Kan., will return to her home state to attend medical school at the University of Kansas. David Ajiri from Bensalem will attend medical school at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.
Lauren Williams, a biology student from Pine City, NY, has been accepted into the physician assistant program at Marywood University in Scranton, which she will begin in late May.
Other biology majors head straight for the working world.
Hannah Mohacey from Chalfont will be a lab technician at NMS Labs in Horsham. Kassandra Dawson-Sepulveda of DuBois will be an emergency medical technician at Penn Highlands Medical Center in DuBois.
Aaron Stoddard of Bradford will work as a Certified Practical Nurse at Shippenville Nursing and Rehabilitation while pursuing a Masters of Education at Clarion University.
Dozens of other students will work in medical fields, including many nursing graduates. All 26 students who earn an associate’s degree in nursing have accepted a position or plan to continue in a bachelor’s degree in nursing program, and all eight Pitt-Bradford bachelor’s degree in nursing graduates have accepted jobs.
Five exercise science majors are continuing their studies: Katherine Anderton of Elizabethtown and Shayla Ransome of Allentown are heading to Austin, Texas, where they will both work toward a doctorate in occupational therapy at the school from the University of St. Augustine. health sciences; Meanwhile, Karla Vela of Loredo, Texas will be working toward a doctorate in occupational therapy at the Dallas campus of the University of St. Augustine’s School of Health Sciences. Isaac Gralak, an exercise science specialist from Bradford, will pursue a doctorate in physical therapy at Gannon University’s Ruskin, Fla. campus. Sydni Keesler of Bradford will be attending St. Bonaventure University to pursue a Masters in Occupational Therapy.
Emily Bethel, an athletic training major from Martinsburg, W.Va., will attend Salem University in Salem, W.Va., where she will pursue a master’s degree in human health and performance while working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer on the campus.
A handful of exercise science graduates will immediately begin working with clients: Kaitlyn Case of Windsor will be a physiotherapy technician at Drayer Physical Therapy in York; Narbeth’s Jack Leinhauser will be a physical therapy assistant with ATI Physical Therapy; Christopher Troll from Somerset will be a strength and conditioning coach with Nervous System Training in Canton, Ohio; and Seth Walker of Three Springs will be a personal trainer with Path Valley Fitness LLC in Path Valley.
Like other areas of health care, some psychology majors will begin graduate school and others will begin work immediately. Kellen Gaither of Cincinnati will be pursuing a doctorate in occupational therapy at Xavier University in her hometown. Jarod Chaffee of Fairport, NY, will enter Boston University’s Master of Social Work program in Massachusetts with an eye toward counseling work. Custer City’s Danielle Tyger goes to the University of Houston-Victoria (Texas) to earn a master’s degree in forensic psychology. Ronisha Polen of Philadelphia will work as a behavioral health technician at the Child Crisis Center in Philadelphia. Taylor Samuelson of Bemus Point, NY, will work as a Transition Mobile Peer Specialist with Recovery Options Made Easy Inc. in Gowanda, NY
Madison Sera, a radiology science major from Bradford, will be an X-ray technician at Bradford Regional Medical Center.
Outside of healthcare fields, several students will start jobs in the business world. Emily Hodge, an accounting and business management major from Philadelphia, will be an international tax partner at BDO in Philadelphia. Brianna Goodell, a sociology student at Smethport, will be an insurance representative at State Farm in Olean, NY; Matthew Kwiatkowski, a major accountant from Olean, NY, took a job as a loan underwriter at Community Bank in Olean, NY; Kelly Smith, an accounting and business management major from Pottstown, will be a junior financial advisor at Equitable Advisors in New York, NY Business management graduate Hunter Sostakowski de Rew is pursuing his masters in business administration at the University St. Bonaventure.
History and political science majors whose plans are set include Cory Anastasia of Olean, NY, who is pursuing a doctorate in political science at the University at Buffalo (NY).
Shakira Jackson from Philadelphia will be pursuing a dual degree at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She will be studying for both a law degree and a Master of Arts in Democracy and Governance. She was one of three students to earn a University Fellowship in Democracy and Governance at Georgetown, based on her capstone work in history and political science at Pitt-Bradford.
Applied Mathematics and Economics major Joseph Bernazzoli of Pittsburgh will attend Penn State for a master’s degree in applied statistics.
Among the graduates in computer information science and technology, two students have already engaged in jobs.
Drayson Sanders from Ulster will be a full-time technology consultant with CapGemini in New York. Erie’s Logan White will begin work this summer as a federal associate consultant at VMWare. Travis Gleason, an information systems specialist, will work in information technology at Zippo Manufacturing Co.
A new cadre of educators will head into the field. Gabrielle Fogg, a preschool through 4th grade major from Morrisville, will be the assistant director of The Learning Experience daycare center in Philadelphia. Emily Treat, a 4-year-old preschool major from Cyclone, will be a teacher at George G. Blaisdell Elementary School in Bradford. Additionally, she will be working toward a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University in Erie. Jacob Sheldon, a health and physical education specialist from Bradford, will serve as a health and physical education teacher at Bradford Area High School. Zandra Sweeney, a K-12 Business Education and Business Management major from Kane, will teach at Kane Middle School. Emily Cleveland, a health and physical education specialist from Winchester, Va., will intern at Disney in Orlando, Fla. before seeking full-time employment.
Criminal Justice Maj. Lucas McQuain of Hershey will serve as a probation officer with Lebanon County Probation. Carly Keenan, a criminal justice major from Allegany, NY, will be a security professional at St. Bonaventure University.
And Jack Kellam, a specialist in petroleum technology and environmental studies from Bradford, could start life having started the farthest – he took a job at a refinery in Fairbanks, Alaska.