Spring 2023 Graduates

The Department of Political Science congratulates our Spring 2023 Graduates! We are so proud of each and every one of you. We wish you the best in your future endeavors. As alumni of the department, we love to hear about what you are doing, so keep in touch with us through our social media pages linked below!



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Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Rachel Davis
Zoe Eischen
Brittany Espino Sosa
Adrian Flores Rosas
Emma Frinsko
Andrew Griffin
After graduation, I would like to briefly catch my breath. In addition, for the summer of 2023, I will attend the Student Action with Farmworkers Internship, and afterward, I look forward to serving in the United States Marine Corps.
Joined the National Guard and deployed overseas for the year 2019-2020 in support of Operation Spartan Shield, earning numerous medals and veteran status. Plan to join active duty Coast Guard and continue military service.
Nathaniel Horton
Phillip Lewis
Mason Mattox
Nathaniel will be graduating with a major in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. Nathaniel served as a section leader and Drum Major for the ECU Marching Pirates and has been a leader with the Cooperative Baptist Student Fellowship group at ECU. Nathaniel will be continuing his education at Campbell Divinity School as he will be pursuing a Master of Divinity degree.
Phillip intends to continue his education at East Carolina University by pursuing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice as well as subsequently attending law school.

Mason served as President of the Student Planners’ Action Network during his senior year. The planning faculty nominated him for an Outstanding Student Award at the American Planning Association (national award).

Mason will begin his career with Pitt County Planning Department starting in May 2023. He plans on staying in the area, close to his family.

Konstantin Melkishev
Reagan Pearson
Daja Wright

Daja Renee Wright will be graduating from East Carolina University with a double major in Political Science and Sociology. Daja has served as the Vice President and Social Media Coordinator for the Undergraduate Sociology Club. She was also a member of the GOLD Leadership Club. After graduation, she is planning to attend law school. Then later on she wants to run for president of the US.

I would like to give a special thank you to all her professors who have helped her along the way. Especially Dr. Kassab and Dr. Eamon, these professors have provided me with so much wisdom and confidence to take on the world. Lastly, I would like to give thanks to my Mom and God for carrying me all the way through.

Joseph Young


Bachelor of Science, Political Science

Christian Anderson
Stephen Colican
Montgomery Coudriet

I am thankful for all of the good times I have had at East Carolina. Likewise, I am grateful for everyone who has helped me get to this point. Including my family, my professors, and my friends. It is because of their support that I am able to graduate a year early. I plan to continue my education and pursue a career in law in the future.

My future plans include sitting for the bar, but I’m not sure if it will be a test or tequila in front of me. We call one useless person a disgrace, two are called a law firm, and three or more are known as Congress.
Montgomery is graduating with a B.S. in Political Science with a double minor in Criminal Justice and Philosophy. During her time at ECU, she has been an active member of the College Republicans, where she served as president from 2022 until the present. Following graduation, Montgomery plans to continue to follow her passion for politics at the national and state level.
Gage Cuthbertson
Kathryn Durant
Lawrence Feraca
Taking the summer to travel and spend time with family before starting his job in August.
While at ECU, Kate served on the executive boards of Epsilon Sigma Alpha and ECU College Democrats. After graduation, she will spend the summer in Northern Virginia working on a political campaign. In the fall, Kate will be moving to Raleigh to pursue a career in the North Carolina General Assembly.
Hope Gatwood
Bethany Gonzalez
Taylor Harris
Bethany is graduating with her Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a concentration in Pre-Law and a minor in Economics. During her time at ECU, Bethany was a member of the Pre-law society, and after graduation, Bethany will be working in the legal field with plans to pursue law school.
Matthew Haskell
William Helms
Elizabeth McCormick
As my time at ECU ends, I’m thankful for the opportunities that this University has given me, such as working with the baseball team, winning multiple Regionals, and making many lifelong friends. One of my favorite memories of ECU was the study abroad program last summer in France, this opportunity gave me a new perspective of learning. I also want to thank my family for all of the love and support that they have given me over the last four years. I am excited to be moving to Charlotte to start the next chapter of my life. Go, Pirates!
Sophie McDaniel
Morgan Miller
Mikenna Morrison

Sophie McDaniel is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in History with a Minor in Philosophy all while being a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma for all four years.

During her time at ECU, Morgan has participated in many clubs and honor societies, including serving as Chapter President of her sorority Kappa Delta. Morgan will be attending North Carolina Central University School of Law this coming Fall 2023. Morgan is very grateful for the friends and memories she has made during her time at ECU.
Uosra Nasser
Oluwatomi Olasunkanmi
Morgan Probasco
I plan on taking a year off to obtain more experience and then head back to school for my Masters.
Oluwatomi will be graduating with a degree in Political Science and Criminal Justice after four amazing years at East Carolina University. During her time at ECU, Oluwatomi became a member of Delta Zeta and Distributive Education Clubs of America. Oluwatomi is happy that four years ago, she decided to apply to ECU because it became her second home and gave her long-lasting relationships.
Morgan will be graduating with a major in Political Science, a minor in Gender Studies and a concentration in Pre-Law. During her time at ECU, Morgan was a part of the Women’s Club Lacrosse team and various intramural sports. She’s also extremely thankful for everyone who has helped her through this journey. Go, pirates!
Zaeba Razai
Madison Rhodes
McKenzie Roberson
Graduation days are always very exciting and emotional, I hope to have one last graduation when I graduate from law school!
Madison will be graduating with a B.S. in political science & a minor in Multidisciplinary studies. Madison will be continuing her education by attending law school in the fall.
Through God, all things are possible!
Janel Sanchez
Parker Scott
Joseph Sigman


In four short years here at East Carolina University, I was granted countless opportunities, memories, and friendships. I am thankful for my time spent at ECU but remain eager to see where life takes me after this. A special thank you goes out to all my professors and family who helped me throughout this journey.
I’m originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and I’m happy to call Greenville my home.
Asa Simmons
Stanley Song
Joseph Stankiewicz
Asa Simmons is a student-athlete who has participated in track and field all four years. Asa has been a part of three clubs and served as the vice president of the pre-law society during his junior year.  After graduating, he plans on starting a job in the medical sales field.
Carson Stanley
Shalea Vanhoose
Alma Vasquez
Completed a double major in Political Science and Great Books. I will be attending Duke University for my Master of Public Policy (MPP) and NC Central Law (J.D.) in the Fall.
I will be working in the nonprofit sector for a year in Greenville before applying to law school and hopefully becoming an immigration attorney one day. I am a proud first-generation Mexican-American college graduate and want to thank my parents for all the support they have given me.


Bachelor of Arts, Multidisciplinary Studies: International Studies

Hannah Mwangi
Luke Voytecki
Graduating in Multidisciplinary Studies BA, Minor in Business Administration, and Certificate in Global Understanding. Plans to move to Raleigh for an internship and then continue their education abroad in Europe.

Bachelor of Arts in Multidisciplinary Studies: International Studies

May The Force Be With You!


Bachelor of Arts, Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies

Rebecca McGaughey
Rebecca was in Kappa Delta and served on the council as Vice President of Learning and Development. She was also a member of Psi Chi (psychology honors society) and plans on continuing her education at NC State.


Bachelor of Science, Multidisciplinary Studies: Security Studies

Mason Cowman
Cheyenne Futrell
Cody Hardin

Mason is going to be studying abroad in France over the summer, learning more about Europe. As well as will be doing an internship as a drone pilot while waiting to hear if he gets into grad school in the UK.

I am a security studies major with a minor in criminal justice. I plan to go into disaster relief for my career.
Stephen Richey


Graduate Certificate of Security Studies

Chyna Crawford


Master of Science in Security Studies

Ethan Brinkley
Shyheem Carmon
Mackenzie Gregor
Ethan will receive a Master of Science in Security Studies degree with a concentration in International Security. During his time at ECU, Ethan served on the Student Conduct Board and was a Graduate Assistant Residential Advisor. He was a member of the ECU Men’s Club Soccer Team and also coached youth soccer for the local Pitt-Greenville Soccer Association. For the past two summers, Ethan worked as a communications and special projects intern in the North Carolina Lieutenant Governor’s Office. He will begin a new position next month, working in the Government Relations Department of the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation. Ethan will always cherish his wonderful memories of ECU and is specifically thankful to the Honors College for their continuous support.
I am incredibly proud to have achieved a Master’s degree in Security Studies as a first-generation graduate. I am excited to continue my education and pursue a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice-Homeland Security, with the goal of using my skills and knowledge to make a meaningful contribution to society through a government job. I am thrilled to see where this journey takes me and eager to make a positive impact in the field of security.
Pravin Kamath
Kenneth McLaughlin
Kevin Serpico
I would like to give special thanks to my family and friends for their support and encouragement.  I would also like to thank the ECU staff and professors for their constant helpfulness and determination.
I would like to thank my family for their patience and understanding.
Caroline Snyder
Cody Storie
Caroline will be graduating with a 4.0 GPA after attending school and working part-time. She has the intention to pursue a future career involving threat prevention and intelligence analysis. Caroline thanks her professors for making distance education courses seamless, worthwhile, and captivating.

Graduate Certificate of Public Management and Leadership

Jamal Pitt
Zachary Ray


Master of Public Administration

Ayman Alzahrani
Abbi Cash
Tonia Joyner

Tonia will continue her service in the public sector.  She has over 20 years of working in government and non-profits.  She looks forward to discovering the new experiences her Master of Public Administration will grant her exposure to.

Jakub Jurasek
Christopher Kelly
Paula Loftin
An international student from the Czech Republic, Former college athlete, Worked as a GA for the Department of Political Science, Future occupation: human resources.
Chris Kelly plans on being a city manager working towards improving rural towns in North Carolina.
This journey has been long but worth every step of the way. When I started college in 2006 at the age of 35, the goal was to earn my bachelor’s degree.  With the support and encouragement of friends, family, and especially my husband (Melvin), two sons (Connor and Zachary), and mother (Judy), I reached my goal in 2015 but forged on to earn this master’s degree and am thankful for the opportunity.  It is not lost on me that my success has been in large part due to my mentor and friend, Melonie Bryan.  I will be forever grateful for the support she has given to me academically and professionally. Go, Pirates!
Enass Mahmoud
Vania Pate
Kenneth Talton
I am my ancestor’s wildest dream, a first-generation graduate student! Breaking generational curses and creating generational wealth for my baby girl & I