Meet our 2022 graduates!

We are delighted to congratulate the Classics Majors of the Class of 2022!

Scroll down to read more about this extraordinary group of Pitt graduates.

Kalan Culver McDonald

Kalan Culver-McDonald, a summa cum laude Spring 2022 graduate, is a Latin language major and has earned a Bachelor of Philosophy with his thesis entitled “The Comparative Impact of Old English and Classical Language on the Poetics of Modern Fantasy.” Kalan’s most memorable experiences in the department have been taking Prof. Bromberg’s ‘Advanced Readings in Ancient Greek Drama’ course, which, due to Prof. Bromberg’s guidance, made him feel more capable in the Ancient Greek language than he ever imagined he would, and Prof. Lee’s ‘Latin Prose Composition’ course, which allowed him to dig deeper into the styles of Latin authors while having fun exploring his own compositional abilities in Latin. He will never forget rewriting Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the Latin style of Pliny at 3am! Kalan believes that his work in the Pitt Classics Department has sharpened his capacity for critical thinking in a way that affects his daily life, a value enhanced by the faculty’s diverse personalities. Starting this summer, Kalan will be pursuing his Master’s degree in secondary education at Mercyhurst University, and he hopes to teach high school history and Latin and, perhaps, to complete a PhD in English or Classics. He also plans to continue reading, traveling, and gardening. 

Isaiah Elliott

Isaiah Elliott, a Spring 2022 graduate, is a Latin language major. His most memorable experiences in the Classics department have been getting to be part of such a knowledgeable community of scholars and classmates, who all bring their life experiences with them, enriching both the field of Classics with different perspectives, as well as each others' lives. Isaiah believes that studying Classics has afforded him the ability to think critically about accepted information and to discern for himself purpose, context, and potential veracity, abilities which have allowed him to appreciate the nuance vital for effective scholarship and a more learned life in general. Isaiah hopes to spend some time traveling and, perhaps, studying languages abroad before attending law school in the future.

Eric M. Jordahl 

Eric Jordahl, a summa cum laude Spring 2022 graduate, is a Classical Civilizations major. Eric’s most memorable experience in the Classics department was working with Dr. Jacques Bromberg and the graduate students of the ‘Global Studies Through Classics’ seminar. Connecting his love for Classical history, mythology, and more to world issues was an experience he enjoyed but never expected when entering the Classics department at Pitt. He has enjoyed the program’s flexibility in allowing him to pursue his interests in Greek mythology, bringing enjoyment to the general education requirements so many dread. In the future, Eric will be pursuing a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of California San Diego.

Erica Kaiser

Erica Kaiser, a Spring 2022 graduate, is a Classical Civilizations major. Erica has loved having the opportunity to explore the topics that interested her while making connections with professors and fellow students. She particularly valued her ‘First Experiences in Research’ project with Dr. Edwin Floyd entitled: “Alternative Ancient Readings in the Text of Homer, Iliad.” In the future, Erica hopes to pursue a Master’s in library science.

Beatrice Milnes

Beatrice Milnes, a Spring 2022 graduate, is a Classical Civilizations and Biological Sciences major and a recipient of the Robert S. Marshall Prize in Writing. One of the best experiences of Beatrice’s undergraduate career was studying abroad through the Pitt in Sicily program, which allowed her to learn and explore with other Classics students as they compared a site’s historical description to its reality, while standing in the middle of it. She particularly values having taken on Classics as part of a dual major. Learning how to do research across disciplines and approaching a single topic through various lenses are skills she will always value from her studies in Classics. This fall, Beatrice will start graduate school in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Washington.

Natasha Skorupski

Natasha Skorupski, a Spring 2022 graduate, is a Classics major and has earned Departmental Honors with her thesis: “The Oracle of Delphi: Its Influence in Ancient Warfare.” Natasha has found her experiences studying and working in the Classics department on the 15th floor of Cathy particularly memorable. She has most valued the size of the department. The ability to get to know all the faculty and most of her peers before even entering a class fostered an environment that allowed her to learn and grow as a Classics student. In the Fall, Natasha will pursue a Master’s degree in Education and teaching certificate at Villanova University, with the goal of becoming a Latin teacher.

Ryan Steinly

Ryan Steinly, a Spring 2022 graduate, is a Latin language major and has earned a Bachelor of Philosophy with his thesis entitled “Cultural Exchange and Colonization: Considering Roman-Italian Relations within the Context of Contemporary Postcolonial Literature and Theory.” Ryan loves how welcoming and collaborative his Classics classrooms have been, an atmosphere which has allowed him to learn from both his professors and his peers. Studying Classics opened his eyes to a whole new world of perspectives, making him a more critical thinker and emboldening his desire to attend law school. After a two-year deferral, Ryan will attend Harvard Law School.

Sarah C. Street 

Sarah Street, a Fall 2021 graduate, is a Latin language major and earned a Bachelor of Philosophy with her thesis entitled “Fair to See, Soon to Fall: The Classical Heroine and Tolkien’s “Unmortal” Women.” Other than completing her BPhil, Sarah’s most memorable experience in the department has been presenting her paper, “A Matchless Spirit: The ‘Othering’ of Warrior Women and Vergil’s Camilla,” (a recipient of the Robert S. Marshall Prize in Writing) at the Classical Association of the Middle West and South conference this Spring, which was one of the highlights of her year. Sarah most values the mentorship and relationships she cultivated with her professors in the Classics department, who, she believes, care about every student’s success. Her experiences in the Classics department nurtured the interdisciplinary part of her research, leading her towards the accomplishments she’s most proud of, including her BPhil, which allowed her to pursue her interests in the fields of both Classics and English. In the Fall, she will be attending New York University’s English Master’s program, where she will continue her study of Latin as part of her medieval studies path.  

Emily Wiley

Emily Wiley, a Spring 2022 graduate, is a Classics major and has earned a Bachelor of Philosophy with her thesis entitled “Gender Roles and Non-Binary Representation in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt.” Emily’s work as our Ancient Greek tutor has provided some of her most memorable experiences in the department. She has valued and will forever appreciate the support she’s received from her professors here in Pitt’s Classics department. Next year, Emily will be joining the Classics department at Rutgers University to pursue her PhD.

Lyonas Xu

Lyonas Xu, a Spring 2022 graduate, is a Latin language major. Lyonas has found her experiences getting to know and learning from our faculty, like her internship in Archives and Special Collections, particularly memorable. She values the knowledge she has gained in the department, which has enriched her imagination and inspired her. Lyonas has a rich variety of future plans, including learning about book preservation, working in an antique bookstore, and pursuing a career in the hospitality or culinary industries.