Students display decorated mortarboards during the Commencement ceremony in the James David Ross Family Recreation Center May 18, 2019 on the campus of Washington & Jefferson College.

Class of 2021 shares their post-graduation plans

Created: May 17, 2021  |  Last Updated: May 24, 2021  |  Category:   |  Tagged: ,

WASHINGTON, PA (May 17, 2021)—As we draw nearer to W&J’s 222nd Commencement ceremony, the Class of 2021 are sharing their plans with the Center for Professional and Career Pathways.

W&J seniors are taking paths toward further education and embarking on their careers. Join us in congratulating the following students on their next steps.

Furthering education:

  • Blake Aber, Carnegie Mellon University-Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy to pursue a graduate degree in Arts Management
  • Nadia Ahmed, Lehigh University to pursue a M. Ed. in Counseling and Human Service
  • Erik Blasic, Penn State Law
  • Brianna Billingsley, University of Arizona to pursue a Ph.D. in Physics
  • Brooke Bova, University of Georgia to pursue a paralegal certificate
  • Caitlyn Brenner, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
  • Kenedii Brock, Duke University School of Law
  • Benjamin Fisher, Duquesne Law School
  • Erin Herock, Virginia’s School of Architecture to pursue a degree in Urban and Environmental Planning
  • Emilee Jackson, Chatham University to pursue a Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Cassandra Kokal, Montclair State University Graduate School to pursue a Master’s in Music with a Concentration in Music Therapy
  • Samantha Kramer, William & Mary to pursue an M.A. in History
  • Parker Laughlin, Chatham University to pursue Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies
  • Bauvneet Makkar, American University
  • Cassandra Muhr, WVU to pursue a M.A. in Music Industry
  • Jerrik Rydom, Case Western Reserve University to pursue a PhD in Neuroscience
  • Marcy Saldivar, University of Pittsburgh to pursue a Master of Public Health degree
  • Leslie Watkins, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine’s Biochemistry, Cell, and Molecular Biology Ph.D. program
  • Elisa Yazdani, Vanderbilt University to pursue a Ph.D. in Biostatistics

Pursuing career opportunities:

  • Erik Blasic, Silverman, Tokarsky & Forman, LLC law firm
  • Augustine Dugan, Duxbury Beach Reservation as a Shorebird Monitor
  • Sydney Fischer, University of Pittsburgh as a Neuro Lab Tech
  • John Hummel, Engineering Department at Industrial Scientific Corporation
  • Kenneth Jimenez, YES Prep Hobby as an 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher
  • Grace Kovalan, RoadRunner Recycling as a Business Development Representative
  • Kellie Lesniak, Local Government Academy
  • Trevor Meal, Counselor at SPHS
  • Caitlin Mounts, Sisterson as a Staff Associate
  • Reilly Oliverio, Schneider Downs
  • Erin Peters, Delta Gamma Fraternity as a Collegiate Development Consultant
  • Fransia Rodriguez, YES Prep Brays Oaks as a 7-8th ELA Teacher
  • McKayla Rollison, PNC in Independent Risk Management
  • Julia Schaffer, Johns Hopkins as a Research Assistant
  • Samantha Welshons, Greensburg Veterinary Associates as a Veterinary Technician

To celebrate our graduating seniors, we’ve also created a digital memory book filled with photos submitted by our seniors. To view our memory book, click here.

We will continue to update this page as we learn of more plans from members of the Class of 2021. Are you a graduating senior and want to share your plans? Please email

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