These local students were among more than 550 who graduated from Carthage College in the past academic year:

Casey Robbins of Racine, WI, graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, Sport and Fitness Instruction .

Lauren Wolfson of Burlington, WI, graduated (magna cum laude) in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre .

Julie Lain of Racine, WI, graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English .

Mardell Fisher of Racine, WI, graduated (summa cum laude) in January 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English .

Madeline Fell of Racine, WI, graduated (cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology .

Mary Weir of Racine, WI, graduated (cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Spanish .

Libby Nelson of Racine, WI, graduated (summa cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre with Dance Emphasis .

Paula Kuiper of Racine, WI, graduated (cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology .

Nicole Stanley of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, Sport and Fitness Instruction .

Colin Dresen of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Management .

Megan Creuziger of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Neuroscience .

Jade Eckert of Racine, WI, graduated (summa cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and French .

Paige Borst of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training .

Hannah Cantrell of Wind Lake, WI, graduated (magna cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Spanish .

Margaret Damaschke of Racine, WI, graduated (magna cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Studio Art .

Griffin Shields of Mount Pleasant, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Marketing .

Emily Chitwood of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in German .

Joshua Dombroski of Racine, WI, graduated (magna cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Accounting .

Ashley Pavlak of Racine, WI, graduated (cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre-Stage Management .

Charlotte Small of Racine, WI, graduated (cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Finance .

MeriKatherine Bock of Racine, WI, graduated (magna cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Communication .

Ryan Maeder of Mount Pleasant, WI, graduated (magna cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Earth Science and Geographic Information Science .

Jessica Larson of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Athletic Training .

Stephanie King of Racine, WI, graduated (summa cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English .

Cayla Davis of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and Marketing .

Evan Brehm of Racine, WI, graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, Sport and Fitness Instruction .

Kimberly Draut of Racine, WI, graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology .

Kimberly Draut of Racine, WI, graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology .

Melissa Vogt of Burlington, WI, graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Management .

Mary Krebs of Racine, WI, graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice .

Robin Zigas of Racine, WI, graduated (summa cum laude) in January 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education .

Katrina Koutalis of Racine, WI, graduated (cum laude) in January 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Cross-Categorical Special Education .

Elise Hoaglund of Racine, WI, graduated (magna cum laude) in January 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Cross-Categorical Special Education .

Regina Escobedo of Racine, WI, graduated (cum laude) in January 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education .

Sara Lyle of Racine, WI, graduated (magna cum laude) in January 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice .

Jason Flores of Mount Pleasant, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design .

Melissa Kosterman of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work .

Colleen Parenteau of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice .

Spencer Alexander of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology .

Kyle Halliday of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education, Sport and Fitness Instruction .

Andrea Kremin of Burlington, WI, graduated (magna cum laude) in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work .

Jessica Johnson of Racine, WI, graduated in December 2016 with a Master of Education degree in Creative Arts .

Erika Vite of Sturtevant, WI, graduated in December 2016 with a Master of Education degree in Special Education .

Michaela Gutierrez of Racine, WI, graduated in May 2017 with a Master of Education degree in Teacher Leadership .

The 2017 Carthage commencement ceremony was held Sunday, May 21, in the N. E. Tarble Athletic and Recreation Center Field House.

Carthage College combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. A four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, Carthage has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.