LLCC announces 2020 graduates

Lincoln Land Community College conferred more than 1,500 degrees and certificates at the college’s virtual commencement ceremony Friday, May 15. Also recognized at the ceremony were the recipients of the 2020 Honored Alumni and Outstanding Graduate awards.

The recipient of the 2020 Honored Alumni Award is Tyson Manker of Jacksonville. Manker first came to LLCC in 2004 following overseas service with the United States Marine Corps. Following several setbacks, he earned his associate degree in liberal arts from LLCC in 2009. He then attended University of Illinois Springfield and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science. In 2014, he graduated from Western Michigan Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. He taught business law courses for four years at LLCC. Currently, Maker continues to practice law in central Illinois and advocate for veterans. He will be presented with a work of art created by LLCC alum and artist Bryon Hartley.

The 2020 Outstanding Graduate, who was honored earlier at the college’s virtual Student Recognition Ceremony, is Erica Lay of Jacksonville, who was chosen for her outstanding leadership of LLCC’s Jacksonville Activity Board, membership in Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society, and involvement and leadership in community service projects. Lay plans to transfer to UIS and major in business.

The graduate list below is in alphabetical order by hometown and includes degrees and certificates conferred.

Note: One asterisk indicates a graduate with honors (3.50-3.74 grade point average). Two asterisks indicate a graduate with high honors (3.75 and higher grade point average). A student meeting the requirements for two or more of the same certificate but in different areas of study is indicated with a number in parentheses behind their name.


Certificate of Completion – Alexia M. Christison


Associate in Arts – Alexander M. Harbin

Certificate of Completion – Courtney M. Greer, Abigail F. Perry


Associate in Applied Science – Kailey C. Knox

Associate in Arts – Lane F. Rahe**

Certificate of Completion – Elizabeth D. Morgan


Certificate of Completion – Rusty G. Waid


Associate in Applied Science – Amanda Lynn Thatcher

Associate in Arts – Mason Landess


Associate in Applied Science – Brooke O. Beets, Lexi M. Burton, Mickie L. Clark, Ashley K. Griffin, Maggee R. Howell, Angela D. Hurst, Patricia A. Jones, Hailey N. Lomelino, Berit E. Lorton, Brittney M. Petefish*, Roberta A. Platt*, Matthew T. Smith*, Cody L. Vedder**, Kaitlin T. Westrope

Associate in Arts – Cody D. Acker, Nicholas A. Bauer**, Jarod M. Beams, David C. Berkley, Cierra Nicole Burns*, Bradyn G. Coad, Ashton J. Cook**, Jacie E. Coultas**, Mikayla E. Cox*, Jonathan T. Culbertson, Morgan T. Green, Ashley K. Griffin, Sara L. Hadlock*, Cassie D. Huey, Robert L. Jacques, Jacob H. James, Robert J. Kaufmann, Erica M. Lay**, Emily B. Lyons, Katie L. McDannald, Christina A. Miller, Emily L. Mitchell*, Joseph H. Orr**, Beau R. Parkevich, Jonathan D. Pattie, Brock M. Ripple, Christopher Roman, Matthew J. Von Der Heyde*, Kevin L. Walker, Michael C. Walls**, Alexa M. Warning

Associate in General Education – Ashley K. Griffin, Cody L. Vedder**

Certificate of Achievement – Laura N. Benz, Alecia L. Claybrook, Casey Deford, Sara L. Nash, John D. Oakes** (2), John Fitzgerald Poiner, Stephanie D. Snyder, Michael Z. Sprague**, Cody L. Vedder**, Cheyenne M. Watts, Christopher D. Werries, Joseph A. Williams*

Certificate of Completion – Steven M. Albers, Austin Lynn Andres, Christopher C. Andrews, Floryan Lutumba Baseya (2), Kayleb A. Baumgart, Madisen P. Beard, Shalonda R. Blan, Paul Calmese, Talon M. Coad (2), Jamie D. Cox, April D. Diden, Andrew M. Dorwart, Deanna D. Edwards, Andrew C. Frields, Cody M. Furlow, Danielle K. Greene, Bradley R. Haptonstall, Jacob J. Hart (3), Angela L. Hearold, Anthony Kondracki, Alexis N. Lewis, Joseph S. Nix, Alison R. Orris, Andy Peacock, Jessica J. Ruble, Logan M. Smock (3), Michael K. Spradlin, Ashton C. Swift, Severa T. Watters, Joseph A. Williams (3)


Associate in Applied Science – Brennan L. Moore, Patrick M. Sipes

Associate in General Education – Patrick M. Sipes

Certificate of Completion – Brandy M. Broaddus, Kayla J. Coumbes, Brennan L. Moore


Associate in Applied Science – Colin D. Rhea*, Ericka L. Smith*

Associate in Arts – Nicholas W. Andresen, Brooklyne C. Batterson, Katherine M. Broida

Associate in General Education – Ericka L. Smith*

Certificate of Completion – Kaitlyn E. Baker, Chrystian C. Curtis, Christopher M. Keeney


Associate in Applied Science – Javonn S. Gardner

Associate in Arts – Jordan A. Gizdic**

Associate in General Education – Haylee J. Zachary

Associate in Science – Sean L. Cowhick*

Certificate of Completion – Nicholas M. Foster, Kaitlin E. Himmel, Lexie R. Holmes, Jordan A. Wyatt

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