Thirty-one students will graduate with Bachelor of Science (BSN) degrees in nursing from St. John’s College of Nursing on Friday, May 14 at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be held outside this year at the Y Block in downtown Springfield following CDC guidelines for outdoor gatherings.

In addition, three individuals are graduating from the RN-BSN online program and eight nurses are graduating with a Master of Science (MSN) degree, including the first graduate from the nursing administration leadership program.

The spring 2021 graduates are:

  • Quincy Beyers, BSN, Shelbyville, Illinois
  • Brytanny Britz, BSN, Flagstaff, AZ & Springfield, Illinois
  • Kristianna Bruce, BSN, Champaign, Illinois
  • Michelle Childers, BSN, Taylorville, Illinois
  • Courtney Colwell, BSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • Alexis Coonrod, BSN, New Berlin, Illinois
  • Michelle Costello, BSN, Franklin, Illinois
  • Daylee Denton, BSN, Pana, Illinois
  • Emily Entwistle, BSN, Mason City, Illinois
  • Teresa Esker, BSN, Dieterich, Illinois
  • Holly Garecht, BSN, Williamsville, Illinois
  • Jacob Grieme, BSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • Corey Hammer, BSN, Mt. Vernon, Illinois
  • Talon Harden, BSN, Athens, Illinois
  • Madison Harrison, BSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • Regi Higley, BSN, Franklin, Tennessee
  • Cassie Huey, BSN, Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Elisa Hurtado, BSN, Chicago, Illinois
  • Audrey Johnson, BSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • Whitney Lacy, BSN, Carlinville, Illinois
  • Nicholas Lavin, BSN, Taylorville, Illinois
  • Hailey Lesser, BSN, Nine Mile Falls, Washington
  • Melissa MacGruder, BSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • Nicole McDonnough, BSN, Lincoln, Illinois
  • Heather Read, BSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • Katie Schimm, BSN, Fancy Prairie, Illinois
  • Kristin Stanton, BSN, Taylorville, Illinois
  • Hannah Walker, BSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • Chelsea Weitekamp, BSN, Mechanicsburg, Illinois
  • Addison Wofford, BSN, Springfield, Illinois


  • Kaley Ducane,  RN-BSN,  Lena, Wisconsin
  • Michelle James, RN-BSN, Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Amanda Landolt, RN-BSN, Green Bay, Wisconsin


  • Brandynne Allgaier, MSN, Jacksonville, Illinois
  • Jay Benoit, MSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • James Jersild, MSN, Foley, Alabama
  • Rose Katalinich, MSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • Jessica Kunken, MSN, Greenview, Illinois
  • Ashley Skinner, MSN, Pleasant Plains, Illinois
  • Jessica Vonachen, MSN, Springfield, Illinois
  • Olivia Waterman, MSN, Palmer, Illinois (first graduate of the nursing administration leadership program)

“This commencement ceremony signifies our graduates’ joyous accomplishments, and we are thrilled to be able to host it in-person in an outdoor setting this year. The time is now for family and friends to celebrate their hard work,” said Charlene Aaron, PhD, RN, chancellor of St. John’s College. “It is humbling and exhilarating to watch the professional growth of each student’s journey. I have the utmost pride in our graduates and wish them a blessed nursing career.”

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