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Drexel Graduation at Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia

Congratulations to the Goodwin Class of 2021!

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Don't miss our Goodwin Virtual Commencement! Hear from Drexel and Goodwin leadership, student speakers and our keynote speaker, Marilou Watson, RPH, JD.

Goodwin 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Tuesday, June 8 at 5 p.m. EDT

Goodwin College of Professional Studies Keynote Speaker

Marilou Watson, RPH, JD

Marilou Watson

Co-Chair of the Life Sciences Practice at the national law firm of Fox Rothschild LLP, Marilou Watson is an accomplished intellectual property attorney who leverages degrees in pharmacy and biology to help major chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry clients capitalize on and protect their most valuable assets – their ideas. A former pharmaceutical researcher and in-house patent attorney, Marilou assists clients with patent prosecution, infringement analysis and patent invalidity and freedom-to-operate studies, as well as licensing, due diligence and divestiture matters in the chemical and pharmaceutical arts.

Through her work on the Drexel University Goodwin College Advisory Board and the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders via the U.S. State Department, Marilou invests time, legal knowledge, and resources in supporting projects aimed at improving the lives of others, particularly people in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her work has included supporting a drive to provide food aid to struggling villages and an internship program for young girls in South Sudan and the launch of a pre- and post-natal clinic in a remote area of Ghana.

Dedicated to community service, Marilou mentors multiple students, aspiring lawyers and new attorneys who come to her through a variety of avenues including the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, Fox Rothschild’s Summer Associate program and the Montgomery Bar Association’s internship program for first-year law students. A strong advocate for public education, she is the creator of the Montgomery Bar Association’s award-winning Day in Court Program, which provides high school students from diverse backgrounds an up-close, in-person look at the legal system and an introduction to careers in the profession. She also previously served since 2008 on the Pennsylvania’s Early Learning Investment Commission.

Marilou is the recipient of multiple professional and community honors over the past several years, including more recently the Montgomery Bar Association’s 2019 Honorable Horace A. Davenport Diversity Award. She was also named a 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award winner by Philadelphia’s Legal Intelligencer newspaper, a 2020 Minority Business Leader by the Philadelphia Business Journal, and a 2021 “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine.

Goodwin Commencement Student Speakers

Selena A. Lopez McKenzie, MS in Non-Profit Management

Selena McKenzie Selena Lopez-McKenzie is graduating with her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management, with a focus in Public, Professional and Social Sectors. She previously received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Drexel University and worked as an early childhood educator focused on securing resources for disadvantaged students before pivoting to higher education, and she currently works as a graduate academic advisor in Drexel’s School of Education. During her coursework in Goodwin’s Nonprofit Management program, she worked with the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office through for-credit, immersive nonprofit workshop courses, on projects studying service-year opportunities and on the faith-based community in Southwest Philadelphia. She also served as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters and participated in Days of Service through Drexel’s Lindy Center for Civic Engagement. She plans to continue to work as an advocate in her community, including serving on the board of Philly Kicking Cancer and as a Founders Fellow for IMPACT 100, a local collective-giving nonprofit.

Michelle K. Riordan, BS in General Studies

Michelle Riordan

Michelle Riordan is receiving her Bachelor’s degree in general studies with dual minors in business administration and client development/customer service. She has worked at Drexel University in various roles since 2016 and currently serves as the Associate Director, Scholarship Stewardship on the Donor Relations team within the Institutional Advancement office. Her primary responsibilities involve overseeing the timing and accuracy of scholarship awarding and communications to donors regarding these awards. Working closely with development officers, college partners, and the Financial Aid office, she has found a true passion in making sure Drexel University donors see firsthand the impact that their gifts make, and experience the happiness and fulfillment that comes with contributing to a student's education.


All undergraduate students, whether full-time or part-time, on campus or online who have earned a minimum of 75 institutional (not transfer) credits and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher are eligible to receive Latin Honors on their transcripts upon completion of all degree credits.

GPA requirements for honors by categories are:

  • Cum Laude 3.500-3.699
  • Magna Cum Laude 3.700-3.899
  • Summa Cum Laude 3.900-4.000

Bachelor of Science in General Studies

  • Michelle Katherine Riordan, Summa Cum Laude
  • Walter Pinkas, Magna Cum Laude
  • Peter Clair Adams
  • Kwesi Allen
  • Edward Robert Amaba
  • Sergio Alberto Arboleda
  • Tanisha Barnes
  • Jason C. Behl
  • Vanessa L. Bender
  • Rebecka Burrows Bennett
  • Brooke M. Boucher
  • Lauren M. Carden
  • Thomas Chifunda
  • Maureen Elizabeth Conner
  • Myles Corcoran
  • Jessica L. Diienno
  • Tonisha Inez Dorsey
  • Mar'Cell La'Mar Edwards II
  • Denae A. El
  • Leah Marie Freiling
  • Devon Matthew Froeder
  • Aleea Fuller
  • Anton William Golding
  • Tiffany D. Helfrich
  • Jennifer Rose Hyde
  • Thomas E. Joyce
  • Anna M. Kearns
  • Aubrey Kordelski
  • Angela Grace Korrell
  • Linh M. Le
  • Dontae Omar Leaf
  • Martin F. Leaf
  • Spencer Makow
  • Joseph Marshaleck
  • DaiJzanaee Martinez-Black
  • Lyn Marie Mazzarella*
  • Kevin Michael McElroy
  • Caitlyn Marie McGonigal
  • Brian Thomas McNulty
  • Angel Rose Meyers
  • Bisrat Engida Moges
  • Angela Marie Mullen
  • Jamilah F. Perry
  • Andrea Simone Reid
  • Jason Riggleman
  • Martin Paul Roy
  • Dino Scotland
  • Ksenia S. Smirnova
  • Brooke Solomon
  • Andrew William Stoffer
  • Katherine Marie Swiderski
  • Sin Van Tran

Master of Science in Nonprofit Management: Public, Professional & Social Sectors

  • Alison Houghton 
  • Gina M. Kerwin
  • Christe Elizabeth Konopitski
  • Selena A. Lopez McKenzie*
  • Kelley M. Nolan*
  • Jennifer Lynn Valentine*

Master of Science in Professional Studies

  • Jessica A. Barr
  • Ali Khan Bertot
  • Crystal Yin Patton
  • Geneviene Chiu*

Master of Science in Project Management & Graduate Certificate in Project Management

Master of Science

  • Alex Q. Camps
  • Jeff S. Dilday
  • Jennifer Anne Duve
  • David M. Hurst
  • Abdulrahman Sheikh Keita
  • Donna M. Maier
  • Julia Elizabeth Maltz
  • Bency Oonnoonny
  • Monica D'Shonda Rawlings
  • Takesha Alysha Richards
  • Theodor Florentin Simion
  • Nicole Gabrielle Ward
  • Lisa Williams
  • Drake Patrick Wilson

Graduate Certificate

  • David Armando Kilgallon
  • Amanda Osborne
  • Brian Varcos

*Indicates summer and fall term graduates who will be participating in Commencement


Brian Ellis

Dear Goodwin Graduates,

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! On behalf of everyone at the Goodwin College of Professional Studies, I want to acknowledge all that you’ve achieved, as well as the path you’ve taken to get here. The dream of a college degree, or of advancing your career, has stayed with you throughout the years, and today, you have reached that long-sought goal. While I wish that we were able to gather in person to celebrate this milestone, you have the pride and entire Goodwin community behind you, and I know that you will go on to make a positive difference in your chosen field and in the world.

With pride and best wishes,

Brian Ellis, PhD
Executive Director
Goodwin College of Professional Studies

Letters to the Class of 2021

Goodwin College of Professional Studies is incredibly proud of all that our graduates have achieved. Our academic leadership shares their words to the historic Class of 2021:

Lamont Wilson

Lamont Wilson, Senior Director, Degree Completion Programs

Anne Converse Willkomm

Anne Converse Willkomm, Department Head, Graduate Studies

Kena Sears-Brown

Kena Sears-Brown, Director, Continuing Professional Education

Marna Mozeff

Marna Mozeff, Managing Director and Faculty, Division for Exploring Students

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Cheers to you, Goodwin Grads!

You are now #ForeverDragons! The Goodwin community will always be here to support you through your next academic and career steps. Welcome to the Drexel Alumni community and we can't wait to see you flourish.