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The University of Nevada, Reno’s choir sings in masks on the Nightingale Concert Hall stage while recording the Alma Mater for the upcoming virtual Commencement ceremonies.
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CARSON VALLEY UNR GRADUATES Master's degrees School of Community Health Sciences Mackenzie Abramson School of Medicine Rhiannon Broersma Brianne Madsen School of Social Work Erin Allison College of Liberal Arts Parker Cole Bachelor’s degrees College of Liberal Arts Skylar Lorraine Swartz Mithchell George Russell Guyot Aimee Rose Santos College of Science Sarina Lynn Deitch Lara Noel Brown   School of Community Health Daniella Rusty Eugene Alexander Krista Marie Baumgartner   College of Business Benjamin Russell Nolting Sarah R. Jarrett Esteicy Citlaly Rodriguez-Gonzalez Brin Ryan Hill College of Engineering Collin Ronald Bilger Carlos Caro College of Education Bailey Faye Gansberg

Five Gardnerville residents received their master’s degrees Saturday at virtual graduation for the University of Nevada, Reno.

They make up a quarter of the Douglas County residents who are graduating.

Graduating with a masters of public health is Mackenzie Abramson.  Rhiannon Broersma and Brianne Madsen are graduating from the UNR School of Medicine with masters in physician assistant studies.



Broersma is a Douglas native and 2005 Douglas High School graduate. She received a full-ride Berner Memorial Scholarship to attend the university. She also worked as a seasonal firefighter in Carson Valley.

Erin Allison is receiving her masters degree in social work. A 2010 Douglas High graduate, who played volleyball for Marymount University, Allison is the daughter of photographer Cathleen Allison. Parker Cole is receiving a masters of arts.



The university held two virtual commencement ceremonies on Saturday to confer 5,092 degrees.

Graduation exercises included Spring 2020 graduates in a morning ceremony and Summer and Winter graduates in the afternoon. This past spring, the University conferred 3,143 degrees and certificates. With the combination of 550 summer and 1,399 fall degrees, the university will confer 1,949 degrees and certificates. 

“We are very proud of our graduates and wish each and every one a future filled with success,” Associate Vice President for Enrollment Services Melisa Choroszy said. “The Class of 2020, in particular, has shown that they can overcome obstacles at every turn. A big thank you to all the faculty and staff who supported these students throughout their journey.”

The University only includes those Douglas residents who are currently living here. 

Several Douglas High graduates who moved away from the county during their university career. Anyone who would like to share news of their graduate with The R-C is welcome to email editor@recordcourier.com