2020 North Central Graduates

Celebrate the spring 2020 graduates of North Central University with encouraging messages from friends, family, and more.

Aaron Bartlett

Great job Aaron! We are excited for the next steps you take on your journey. God is so, so good. We could not have given you this college experience with out HIS help!

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Courtney Benson

Courtney, we are so very proud of the beautiful woman you are both inside and out. God has used you to impact so many lives and that is because of your obedient heart for Him. We count it a privilege to be your parents and can’t wait to see where God leads you!



Dad & Mom

Courtney Benson

Congratulations Court! So so proud of you!!


-Emily Bauske

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Jordan Boike

We are so incredibly proud of you Jordan and can not wait to see where God will take you next! We love you!

Jordan Boike

I am so proud of you for everything you have accomplished and how confidently you did it. You are a role model in all aspects of your life.

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16


-Bailey Boike

Jordan Boike

Congratulations!!!! We are so proud of you and know that you will be an amazing teacher! You have worked so hard for this and we are so disappointed that you don’t get to have a commencement ceremony! However We will celebrate 🎉YOU when this stupid covid 19 is over! Wishing you the best of Luck on all of the interviews! Follow your Dreams!

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Jasmine Brandon

So proud of you Jasmine becoming a teacher, you will be such a blessing to many children.

Hannah Breitzmann

You are such a blessing to us! We are so proud of the young woman you have become. Your tenacity is contagious!
We pray that God will clearly direct your steps from here, and we also pray that your answer will always be:
“Here I am, send me”




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Allison Bulthuis

Congratulations Allison!! We are so proud of you!!
You have worked very hard and have accomplished a lot already in your life. May God Bless your future plans!

Love you!!

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Allison Bulthuis

Allison I am so proud of you! I love seeing what and how God is using you! You are amazing! Love you! Congratulations!!!

-Ginger Cushman

Gabrielle Carik

Gabs, you have worked so hard to get to this moment and I’m so incredibly proud of you! I know God has incredible things in store for you. Love you long time!


Erika Fox

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Danielle Clarke

We are so proud of you Dani and for your committed life to Jesus Christ. You are an inspiration to all with your loving and compassionate heart for others. We know God has a wonderful plan for your life.

-Dan Ashpole

Danielle Clarke

CONGRATULATIONS! We are so proud of you! Not just for your graduation achievement but for the amazing woman of God you have become! Love you!


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Katelyn Coffman

Katelyn, we are so proud of all your accomplishments! Keep trusting in the Lord as He will guide your path. We can’t wait how He works through you.

Victoria Cortese

Congratulations Bunny! So proud of you. So excited for all the new adventures waiting for you! YAY! Love, love, love YOU!


-Christine Cortese

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Victoria Cortese

Tory, we love you and are so proud of you! We believe God has amazing things in store for you as you enter this next season of life. We love your passion for life and your heart for people. Keep laughing!

Victoria Cortese

Congrats! Keep up all the hard work! I love you!

-Gordon Cortese

Victoria Cortese

You continue to amaze me Tory! Your drive, creativity and the way you encourage others is inspiring. I know you will continue to thrive as you “listen for God’s voice in everything you do”.


I love you!


Victoria Cortese

Congratulations Tory! I’m so proud of you! You are amazing and I’m sure that you will accomplish wonderful things. The future is waiting for you! 💓

-Emily Cortese

Destiny Cregut

I am so very proud of the you and your journey. I am thankful for everyone who has helped you along your path. It was just yesterday that I was helping you figure out which shoe went on which foot.

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Caleb Cruse

Congratulations Caleb! We are proud of you! This is a great accomplishment!

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Ethan Cruse

Congratulations Ethan! We are proud of you! This is a great accomplishment.


We Love you,
Dad and Mom

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Taylor De Boef

Taylor, you are the most amazing, fun, smart, sweet, loving, kind & wacky person and we couldn’t be more proud of you!!! Those who truly know you could not help but fall in love with you! You are such a blessing to us! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments, your future is so bright!

Taylor De Boef

This girl! Taylor has been a leader at NCU from day one. She has a super strong work ethic and will get the job done well! While at the same time Taylor will get you laughing so hard and is truly the “life of a party”.

I’m so blessed by Taylor, and I know she will do great things!


-Mckenzie Biffert

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Rodrigo De Mendoza

The whole Admissions team is so proud of all your hard work! You’ve knocked it out of the park and deserve to be celebrated for all your accomplishments!

-Amanda Bonde

Austin Dietzel

Austin, we are so incredibly proud of you! We’re proud of your determination and your accomplishments. God has ordained your days and He is working in and through you for His glory. You will be the best teacher and you will make a difference in the lives you touch.


We love you,

Mom & Dad

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Jacob Dilger

From the moment I met him his Freshman year, I KNEW Jacob was an absolute gem!! Talk about having the Joy of the Lord! Our whole family is cheering him on!


-Aimee Robertson

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Micah Draeger

A long journey for you degree has come to conclusion with many titles having been earned. Friend, wife, mother, solder, veteran, interpreter and now graduate.

-David Draeger

Jessa Dressel

Jessa is the kindest and strongest leader I know! As a leader she pushes members to be their best while giving them the encouragement to to help them grow! She is also the sweetest friend you will find!


-Hayley Hartwig

Jessica Eberhardt

Congratulations Jessica. You’re finally made it to the end of long and challenging road. Take deep breath, reflect on all that that you have Achieved and celebrate! I’m excited to forward to see you getting a special gift.

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Lucas Ellerbusch

Congratulations Lucas!
We are so blessed and proud that you are our son!
We are excited for you to begin your accounting career at Murry & Associates!

Maddie Fink

Mads you are the sweetest most genuine human being ever! I’m so honored I was able to be on your WL team, you’re the best team lead ever. Congrats on graduating!! Love you !


-Emily Van Natta

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Jacqueline Gonzalez

Congratulations Jackie! It wasn’t easy but you did it! We are very proud of you!



Daniel Green

Congratulations Dan! We are so proud of your hard work, resilience and perseverance. We cannot wait to see what God has for your future. We love you! Mom and Dad

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Nathan Grubbs

Congratulations, Nathan! We are PROUD of YOU! You’re made for this!

Makenzie Hanley

To our dear, sweet Kenzie…you are called, you are anointed and you are equipped. You are MORE than a conqueror. Nothing can stand in your way! We love you!

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Grace Haseltine

Grace: I am so thankful I had the chance to get to know you this year. Your leadership and friendship is irreplaceable. I can’t wait to see everything you do as a member of the Class of 2020! Congratulations!


-Kylee Mongold

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Sable Heimer

Sable, I am so proud of how hard you have worked to achieve this! Not only are you a smart cookie, but you have been such a loyal friend and woman of integrity! Also, you were so brave in all our adventures! Love you to the moon!


Susie Heinrichs

Sable Heimer

Sable: I am so thankful I had the chance to get to know you this year. Your leadership and friendship is irreplaceable. I can’t wait to see everything you do as a member of the Class of 2020! Congratulations!


-Kylee Mongold

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Alex Heltemes

Alex, we love you and are so proud of you! Continue to follow the Lord for your direction.

Moriah Hoeppner

Moriah~We couldn’t be more proud of you! May God keep blessing you and increasing you.
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Celeste Hofstede

Celeste is so wise and one of the strongest people I know. I’m so proud of her obtaining her degree. She will go far, and I’ll be cheering her on every step of the way.


-Haleigh Stratton

Sierra Hunter

Congrats on graduating! And thanks for being a good roommate! Love you!


-Lexi Hunter

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Sierra Hunter

Congratulations on achieving your Bachelor’s degree. It wasn’t easy getting that piece of paper, but with help from God, family, friends, your “ring-by-Spring” fiance, and Caribou coffee you did it! We are so proud of you and love you very much!


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Macy Hyland

We are so proud of you Macy and we know how hard you have worked to accomplish all that you have at North Central. We continually are amazed at how much God is using you to reach people He places in your path and we know that will only increase in the future. Congratulations on earning your degree! We love you so much and are blessed to be your parents.



Mom and Dad

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Mya Johnson

Mya Johnson is the best! She is a strong leader on campus, and her love and care for others is so evident. Mya is always so motivated to do everything with excellence. She has played a huge role in cultivating a strong sense of community on campus and has been a blessing to so many people!


-Mckenzie Biffert

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Sam Joson

CONGRATS SAMMYJO!! This year has been so fun getting to know you, you’ve restored your credit with me since you rejected me on render, but whatever. You’ve got mad jokes keep it up !!!


-Emily Van Natta

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Noah Juve

We are so proud of the young man you are and for finishing strong! We are blessed to have a son that has made such wonderful choices. Your future looks so bright! We love you!


Mom and Dad

Samantha Kethlin

SAMI! You are one of the most incredible people I’ve ever met and I’m so excited for what you’ll do in life! Please stay my friend forever ❤️


-Victoria Cortese

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Andrea Leen

Hi Buddy! I just want to say congrats and I am so proud of you. You’re officially a pastor and I can’t wait for your journey to continue with blessings. I am so happy we got to be neighbors this year in 3C. I LOVE YOU AND CONGRATS AGAIN!!


-MiCayla Jones

Landon Libengood

We are so proud of our son for always being such a Godly example to others. For being the kind, unselfish person he has grown up to be. We love you son and know you and Rachel will truly be blessed in the next chapter of your lives.

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Kara Nickolay

Congratulations on finishing your college education. We (your parents) are so proud of you! We can’t wait to celebrate this huge accomplishment with the rest of NCU’s Class of 2020 in the future.

Nicole Novack

Congratulations on this incredible milestone in your life! We couldn’t be happier for you!

-Danielle Novack

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Nicole Novack

NICOLE!! Congratulations on finishing your Bachelor’s Degree. You will do amazing things, and I cannot wait for you to enter this next phase of your life.
-Sarah Novack

Nicole Novack

Congratulations on this special day, We are very proud of your success. We give you all the glory that you deserve. Our love and support is always with you!

Nicole you should feel so proud of yourself. It was all you. This day is your success, your achievement, your dream, your award , your hard work and your dedication. Trust God with the next chapter of your story.



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Brian Palmer

Congratulations Brian on your well-deserves success! I am so proud of your accomplishments! So again we all say congratulations today and best wishes for all your tomorrows! We Love You!!

Micah Pennington

We love and miss you, Micah “Saningo”! “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
Philippians 4:13

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Holli Porter

I am so darn proud of you! I know deep in my heart you will conquer the world! Congratulations lil’ sister! I love you!!!

-Kaiti Ladwig

Holli Porter

Congratulations Holli!! I am so proud of you and I can’t wait to celebrate your big accomplishment with you soon!!

– Niki Vos

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Holli Porter

I am so proud to witness the close of your college life. You have persevered with strenght and dignity. On to a new chapter of your story! Congratulations! GGT!

Holli Porter

Holly, it is so great that you have reached this important milestone for you. You have worked hard and done your best.

With much love and promise, Uncle Warren and Aunt April.

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Mary Anna Preble

Mary Anna~ We are so thankful to God and the NCU community and celebrate with you in all that has wonderfully been given and done in and through your life these four years at NCU! You are a woman of great beauty, passion, depth, purpose and creativity. We know “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon you to bring good news…” Is.61:1-2 and we bless you with all the desires of your heart to bring glory to him in the next season of your life and each new day as you live it wholly unto Him.#DowntownUforever

Edwin Quinon

Edwin has worked diligently throughout his 4 years at North Central. He has constantly reminded me of what a blessing it is to be able to attend North Central. Edwin has made an impact on many different people at NCU, I know where his next steps will be, he will continue impact and lead others! I’m sooo proud of him!


-Mckenzie Biffert

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Brooke Rayfield

Yo! You did it! We are proud of you! We are excited for your next journey. Keep going!


-Gretchen Maybelle

Brooke Rayfield

Brooke, I am so glad you joined our family. You have been a wonderful friend and little sister. I am proud of you for defeating Statistics and all of the other nonsense. Go be awesome!


-Timothy Daggett

Brooke Rayfield

I’m so proud of you and everything you have accomplished! I cant wait to see what your future holds!


-Danielle Hegwood

Brooke Rayfield

Happy Graduation Brookie, we are all so proud of who you’ve become over the years and can’t wait to see where you go next! Love you to the moon and chips 😉


-Amber Rayfield

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Brooke Rayfield

Oh my sweet friend-God bless you. YOU DID IT! Love you.

-Carolyn Goree

Brooke Rayfield

We are so proud of who you are and what you’ve accomplished. You’re a strong, beautiful, determined woman and your hard work has paid off! Congratulations Brooke! So proud of you! We love you!


Mom and Dad

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Sarah Russ

Sarah, our “thinker” of the family, level-headed and smiling. How the Lord has grown and stretched you at NCU into this wonderful young woman we now see. As you continue to reach for your dreams and goals, we will always be your biggest cheerleaders–we LOVE you!

Leah Russ

Daughter, we remember when you first told us you wanted to take ASL as your foreign language in high school. “What’s ASL?” we asked. Little did we know, coming alongside you on this journey, how the blessings would be beyond our wildest dreams for you. Congrats Leah, we are SO proud of you!

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Ken Schrock

I’ve said it for years: Ken Schrock is a name worth knowing and remembering!! He is an outstanding human and I’m proud to call him my friend!

-Aimee Robertson

Lydia Sheneman

Your tenderness and obedience to the Lord’s calling have been evident in how you have lived your life. We celebrate you and look forward to seeing God work in and through you wherever you go. We love you and are incredibly proud of you and are honored to be your parents. Go boldly into the world! Zephaniah 3:17


Mom and Dad

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Ashley Spratt

Way to finish strong, Ashley! It has been so much fun accomplishing this together! You are going to be a wonderful teacher, my friend. Love you!

-Jordan Boike

Nicole Swanson

I am so proud of you and how hard you worked in all areas of your life these past 4 years – how you dove in to all that God had for you at NCU. I love how you let Him use you and change you and help you grow. You are a true ray of His Sunshine to all those around you and I am excited to see all that He continues to do. Love you so much more than sunshine and chocolate!

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Nicole Swanson

It has been such a joy to see you mature into this loving, diligent, caring young adult who radiates Jesus and lives out His life in her in so many ways. You are to be commended for reaching goals and working hard. God will continue to lead and guide.


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Nicole Swanson

My sweet Nicole, I am so proud of you for all of the hard work and dedication towards achieving a college degree. More importantly, I am extremely happy that you enjoyed your experience, met lifelong friends and grew in your relationship with Jesus. I love you and know you have a bright future wherever God calls you and Tate.


All my love,


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Nicole Swanson

You are beautiful, bright, and powerful. I am so proud of who you are and can’t wait to see what you’ll do.


-Melissa Shuneson

Nicole Swanson

I am so very proud of you and all of your accomplishments! You are such an amazing role model for me and I love you!

-Katie Swanson

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Megan Switala

Wow, Megan! You have persevered, and we could not be more proud of you! Congratulations on your achievement! You did it! We can’t wait to see what your future holds, and for the day that we can properly celebrate your accomplishment!


We love you!

Faith Tennison

Faith we are so proud of you and of the woman of God you have become. We never doubted you and that you would achieve your dream of being a teacher. Go teach those tiny humans!!!!

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Faith Tennison

I’m so proud of everything you’ve accomplished! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do next! I’m so blessed to call you my little sister/best friend! TING!!!!!!


-Meagan Christoffersen

Faith Tennison

Faith: I am so thankful I had the chance to get to know you this year. Your leadership and friendship is irreplaceable. I can’t wait to see everything you do as a member of the Class of 2020! Congratulations!


-Kylee Mongold

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Suraj Thomas

Well done Suraj! I am very proud of you and this is just the beginning of all the adventures, God has for you.

Suraj Thomas

It’s a great thing navigate four years of college and I couldn’t be happier and more proud of you, Suraj, as you take this big step in your life. You are will continue to be a light to the world giving them what they need most, an encounter with Jesus.

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Suraj Thomas

Our dearest Suraj, Congratulations on your graduation! We are happy to share in the joy and excitement of your graduation! We are very proud of you! Blessings on your graduation.
Prov. 16:3


Love, Patti (grandma) and
Chithi (Aunt)

Suraj Thomas

Congrats Suraj! Happy Graduation.


-Issac Asirvatham

Suraj Thomas

I’m so proud of you. I know your gifts are from God, but you recognize them and are so grateful. And you have helped so many people.

-Louise Thomas

Suraj Thomas

Congratulations on finishing this journey in life. I know that this college experience combined with the rest of your ministry endeavors outside of school over the past 5 years have equipped you for the tremendous work you will be doing for the Kingdom of God in the future. We are all so proud of you.

-Previn Thomas

Suraj Thomas

Suraj, you are the coolest nephew! Could not be more proud of you! You are rocking this world up and down. So look forward to seeing how your life progresses. You are always impressing all of us!

Love you,
Jennifer Stacey

Elliana Thompson

Congratulations Elliana on your graduation! We look forward to watching how God uses you throughout your life. We love you!


Mom and Dad

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Mikel Marie Vacek

MiKel Marie,
When you were 18 months, I called you genius. Now as you graduate college Magna Cumlaude, I still believe you are genius, with a precious heart and spirit. So proud of you and the difference you will make in the lives of your students.


Love, Mom & Tim

Ashley Vorpahl

Congratulations Ashley! We are so proud of you! You are going to continue to make a difference in children’s lives! Go Miss Honey!!

Kayla Watson (Horn)

Way to finish strong, Kayla! It has been so much fun getting to know you and accomplishing this together! You are going to be such a wonderful teacher, Mrs. Watson! Love you!

-Jordan Boike

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Grant Weaver

I am so proud of everything you did while at North Central. You grew so much academically and musically, but also as an amazing person to be around. I love you and I’m so glad I get to be your sister. You’re amazing!

-Marissa Weaver

Jenna Willenbring

Jenna, we love you, we are so very proud of you and the amazing, caring, Godly woman you have become! You have impressed professors, fellow students, friends, roommates and us, your parents with your hard work and dedication to achieve the goal of your degree. You have endured incredible grief, dizzying heights of highs and crashing, crushing lows while bringing joy and generosity to others. You touch all who know you, you are a gift from God!

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Bethany Wollman

Bethany, we are grateful for the beautiful, dedicated and grace-filled woman you are becoming. Not only have you successfully completed your music education degree, you also played volleyball, served as Antioch president, worked as a music theory TA, taught private music lessons, directed a church children’s choir, and were very involved in your church. Above all, you prioritize your time with the Lord and with people, building deep and meaningful relationships.


We love you. ~ Mom & Dad

Bethany Wollman

So proud of you Bethany and I cannot wait to see what God has in store for you! Keep on creating beautiful music and leaning on Him!


-Davana Boushele

Moriah Wyre

We are so proud of YOU! 4 years done in 2.5 yrs!!! You amaze us and we are so excited to see what Jesus has for you in this next season!!!


Love You,

Mom and Dad.

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Moriah Wyre

Hey Moriah! I’m proud of how hard you worked to not only graduate but graduate early! I wish so much that we could’ve been able to see you walk across that stage. Love you and remember the world is yours to take! Don’t give up there’s so much in store for you!


-Chloe Spoonemore