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KuC Takes To KYUK Airwaves To Recognize Graduates

May 5, 2020

Graduates at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus ceremony last year. Acting Director Linda Curda promised that 2020 graduates will get their ceremony in a combined gathering next year.
Credit Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

This is the time of year that graduating college students walk down the aisle solemnly, sometimes awkwardly. Families and friends smile, and hold up phones and cameras to snap pictures. University leaders and professors give speeches.

But the coronavirus pandemic has shut down schools, prompting all of them to cancel graduation ceremonies. The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus in Bethel was no exception. Instead, staff took to the KYUK airwaves to recognize its 2020 graduates on May 1. 


“We want to acknowledge the many obstacles that you have overcome, especially in the last few months,” said Linda Curda, acting director of KuC in a pre-recorded speech that aired on KYUK.

But Curda had some good news for the 2020 graduates: they will still get their ceremony.

“It will be a unique ceremony that will combine the classes of 2020 and 2021,” Curda said.

Fifty-six students graduated with certificates, as well as two and four-year degrees.

The following students earned their Certificate in Rural Human Services:

Grace Anaruk of Anchorage

Carey Atchak of Bethel

Jimmy Charles Jr. of Newtok

Kara A. Domnick of Bethel

Sarah Henry of Akiachak

Filma Peter of Akiachak

Joseph Benedict Hunter Jr. of Bethel

Elizabeth Ivan of Akiak

Laura Kashatok of Tuluksak

Johnathan Kawagley of Bethel

Cora Moore of Emmonak

Cheyenne Paukan of St. Mary’s

Sarah S. Peterson of Mountain Village

Kimberly Smith of Akiak

Julia Cakiculi Street of Bethel

Roberta Waska of Emmonak

The following students earned their Certificate in Ethnobotany:

Christy Dawn Shaw of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada

Matthew O’Brien of Anchorage

The following student earned their Certificate in Pre-nursing Qualifications:

Tyrah Renae Carl of Tuntutuliak

The following students will earn their Certificate in Community Health:

Katherine Evon of Bethel

Gwendolyn Heckman of Pilot Station

Annette Nick of Atmauthluak

Marlene Chagluak of Toksook Bay

Bernadette Hanson of Alakanuk

Theresa Twitchell of Kasigluk

The following students earned their associate degrees in Human Services:

Cesa Agnes of Huslia

Alana Anderson of Chignik

Caroline Asicksik of Shaktoolik

Josephine A. Augustine-Edmund of Alakanuk

Valerie Bergman of Allakaket

Sassa Brink of Kasigluk

Michael Chung of Anchorage

Margaret Deanna Haube of Juneau

Anna Jackson-Kasayulie of Bethel

Valerie Sueann Jensen of Yakutat

Ann Neglaska of Kaltag

Monika Patrick of Houston

Doreen Kayla Phillips of Akhiok

Minnie Simon of Hooper Bay

Yuka Ungwiluk of Gambell

The following students earned their associate degrees in Early Childhood Education:

Anna Mae Moses of Akiachak

Alaina E. Patrick of Chevak

The following students earned their associate degrees in General Program:

Kayla R. Anaver of Kipnuk

Esther Geneva Bean of Bethel

Molly L. Billy of Bethel

Tyrah Renae Carl of Tuntutuliak

Clarence Lewis Daniel of Bethel

Shannon R. Lewis of Anchorage

The following student earned her associate degree in Community Health:

Genny R. Miller of Homer

The following students earned baccalaureate degrees in Social Work:

Marla Hedgspeth of Anchorage

Leanna Kaligtok Isaac of Bethel

Sarah Jasper of Bethel

Dora Smith of Anchorage

Serena Rose Solesbee of Bethel

Billie J. Chavez of Bethel earned her baccalaureate degree in Communication with minors in Foreign Languages and Computer Information Specialist

Monica Friday of Chevak earned her baccalaureate degree in Child Development and Family Studies

Kathleen Ina Naneng of Bethel earned her baccalaureate degree in Elementary Education

Tamija Katrice Woods of Anchorage earned her baccalaureate degree in Psychology

Willie Kasayulie of Akiachak was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education

Congratulations class of 2020!