Graduation Day

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Buckeye resident Shantevia Lanett McKenzie was among more than 625 master’s and doctoral degree recipients at its graduate commencement ceremony on May 25 in the Byron Recreation Complex. Graduates recognized at the ceremony include those who completed their degree requirements in August, December, January and May.

McKenzie earned a Master of Health Administration degree in health administration from The University of Scranton.

Former Avondale resident Bradley MacDonald graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Temple University in Philadelphia. He will attend graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall.

MacDonald is a graduate of Connections Academy of Arizona. He is the son of Doug and Lynn MacDonald of Philadelphia and the grandson of Mike and Bonnie Thomas of Avondale.

Goodyear resident Tom Cooke, who attends the Berklee College of Music, has received one of 10 scholarships from the D’Addario Foundation’s College Scholarship Fund. The new, four-year scholarship will help cover the cost of soft expenses of college such as books, transportation and food.

The recipients of the college scholarships are a diverse group of students who have participated in robust instrument programs across the United States including UpBeat NYC, OrchKids, Rock to the Future, All-City High School Music Program, Young Musicians Unite, Intonation Music, Play On Philly and Phoenix Conservatory of Music. Scholarship recipients have been a part of these programs for an average of seven years each and most have attended every weekday after school and acted as peer mentors for younger students.

The D’Addario Foundation College Scholarship Fund is made possible by a generous donation from the Rita and Herbert Z. Gold Charitable Trust.

Arizona State University recently held its commencement ceremonies. Below are the graduates from the West Valley View circulation area.

Arianna Lew of Avondale, biological sciences

Cody Miller of Avondale, biology

Heather Stetz of Avondale, human nutrition

Vanessa Paquette of Buckeye, business marketing

Michael Lopez of Buckeye, finance

Alejandra Russell of Buckeye, biomedical sciences

Bailey Gasvoda of Goodyear, biomedical engineering

Raymon Guevara of Goodyear, nonprofit leadership and management

Jordan Iglesias of Goodyear, biochemistry

Joseph Ackerman of Litchfield Park, electrical engineering

Jesus Chaparro of Litchfield Park, economics

Walter Penate of Litchfield Park, journalism and mass communication

Sara Thompson of Litchfield Park, conservation biology and ecology

Manuel Sandoval Madrigal of Tolleson, applied mathematics

Anthony Enriquez of Buckeye/Verrado, supply chain management

Fernando Baca of Avondale, economics/business/data analytics

Ziomara Reyes of Avondale, finance

Ruby Hernandez of Avondale, dietetics

Bryan McNutt of Avondale, nursing

Mia Molina of Avondale, special education

Kalen Powell of Avondale, criminology

Gemma Castillo of Buckeye, business administration

Ana Maldonado of Buckeye, psychology

Olivia Marshall of Buckeye, communication

Eva Rodriguez of Buckeye, social work

Pauline Bueno of Goodyear, nursing

Sara Cutrone of Goodyear, film and media studies

Katarina Junio of Goodyear, computer information systems and business data analytics

Van Perez of Goodyear, political science

Melissa Silvas of Goodyear, business communication

Thomas Harris of Goodyear, history

Mindy Quiroz of Goodyear, psychology

Bianca Chisolm of Litchfield Park, early childhood and special education

Madison Mayes of Litchfield Park, data analytics

Christopher Woodall of Litchfield Park, graphic information technology