Audiology and Deaf Education students celebrate graduation

photo of 2022 PACS graduates

Washington University’s top ranked Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences awarded 14 Doctor of Audiology degrees and eight Master of Science in Deaf Education degrees this year.

Audiology and deaf education graduates walked in a combined in-person ceremony for the School of Medicine on Friday, May 20. The same afternoon, the Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences recognized its own graduates during a Commencement Recognition Ceremony held at the Eric P. Newman Center on the medical school campus. The program also celebrated the graduation of six undergraduate students who received a minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences.

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Amanda Ortmann, PhD, presents a diploma to audiology student Rachelle Levasseur.

According to Director of Audiology Amanda Ortmann, PhD, PACS faculty members are enormously proud of the 22 graduates who have excelled during their training here at Washington University.

“The commencement ceremony was a time to celebrate with the graduates and their families,” she said. “Now, as our colleagues in the field of audiology or deaf education, these graduates are going to take our mission of improving the lives of people who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families to clinics and schools all over the country.”

Graduates with Doctorate in Audiology (AuD)

Director of Audiology: Amanda Ortmann, PhD

Sarah Box

Gretchen Calachan

Amanda Demas

Lauren Jacobs

Courtney Kroeger

Rachelle Levasseur

Tylar McDaniel

Emily Merten

Helen Newport

Lauren Obstarczyk

Victoria Shihadah

Avital Westreich

Abigail Windisch

Veronica Zieba

Graduates with Master of Science in Deaf Education (MSDE)

Director of deaf education: Casey Reimer, PhD

Rachel Bailey

Addison Durbin

Chloe Foppe

McKenzie Gard

Lexi Newman

Hannah Thomas

Katherine Zawislak

Emma Zimmer

“It was wonderful celebrating these 22 graduates who persevered through the last few years of adversity. We are extremely proud of everything they accomplished and can’t wait to see how they impact the lives of so many in the future.”

Casey Reimer, PhD,

Graduates with Minor in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Director of undergraduate studies: Kate McClannahan, PhD

Amya Bell

Eriel Confer

Ava Goldstone

Nathalie Hart

Ryan Kahn

Jessica Kransdorf

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Graduating students are all smiles at their recognition ceremony, from left: Sarah Box, Amanda Demas, Emily Merten, Lauren Obstarczyk and Victoria Shihadah.