Congratulations, Class of 2016!

The class of 2016 at IU South Bend is comprised of outstanding graduates who will make a difference in the community, state, nation, and world. They received their diplomas at commencement on May 10 where 846 bachelor’s degrees and 170 master’s degrees were conferred. The administration, faculty and staff congratulate them on their achievements and thank them for representing IU South Bend as alumni. Below is an example of the success of just some of our graduates.


Jose Zelaya, Biochemistry, was accepted to IU School of Medicine.

Dan Minter, Biochemistry, was accepted to IU School of Medicine.

Tu Ngo, Biochemistry, was accepted to Illinois College of Optometry.

Jeff Taghon, Biochemistry, has been accepted into the PhD program, Miami University Miller School of Medicine.

Jennifer Faulkner-Jones, Women’s and Gender Studies and English, will pursue graduate school at IU South Bend.

Seth Umbaugh, English, was accepted to the PhD program at University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Sydney Sample, Biology, was accepted to the PhD program in Physical Therapy at Emory University in Atlanta.

Rachel Santos, Political Science, was accepted toMaster of Public Affairs program at IUPUI.

Corinne Straight-Reed, Political Science,was offered the position of associate producer at WNIT-TV (PBS).

Jackie Stalder, Social Work, was offered a job as family and youth minister in Ohio.

Andrew Berger, General Studies, was offered a job at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Porte.

Stephanie Meyers, Sociology and Anthropology, will be a skills trainer/care facilitator at Oaklawn Psychiatric Center.

Cyndal Meteja, Sociology and Anthropology, was accepted to the graduate program in Archaeology at West Florida University.

Chaise Cope, Sustainability Certificate, will be part of the Master of Public Affairs program at IUPUI.

Corey Sheets, Political Science, was accepted to the transitions to teaching program at Bethel College.

Daniel Chupp: Biochemistry, was accepted to the PhD program at the University Texas San Antonio.

Voleta Black: Biochemistry, was offered a job in medical diagnostics at Siemens - Elkhart.

Tyler Krause: Chemistry,was offered a job in chemical analysis at Velocity EHS - Chicago.

Janae Lee: Chemistry, was offered a job in pipe, valve, and flow control products at NIBCO – Elkhart.

Janette Shank, Biology, was accepted to the Ph.D. program in Microbiology at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Andrew Findley, Biology, was accepted to the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at University of St. Augustine.

Sarah Ann Miller, Biology, will attend chiropractic school at National University of Health Sciences.