How many university degrees are too many? Don’t ask the DenHartogs to count—even if they are math teachers!

In December 2022 four members of the family—mom Denise and daughters Deanna (Certain), Alyssa “Bissie” and Christa—earned Master of Arts degrees in Mathematics Education from Fresno Pacific University. Daughter and sister Corinne sat this one out, but already has an M.A. from the university.

In fact, the women have multiple FPU degrees and certificates in addition to their latest M.A.s:

  • Denise DenHartog (Ainley, teacher credential ’88, BA ’86)
  • Deanna Certain (DenHartog, MA ’15, teacher credential ’13, BA ’12)
  • Corinne DenHartog (MA ’16)
  • Alyssa “Bissie” DenHartog (teacher credential ’19, BS ’17)
  • Christa DenHartog (teacher credential ’19, BS ’18)

This photo was taken at the graduate hooding ceremony December 16, 2022, in the Special Events Center on main FPU campus, 1717 S. Chestnut Ave., Fresno. From left: Christa, Deanna, Bissie and Denise.

The DenHartogs—truly Sunbirds Forever!

Attend commencement virtually at

More graduation-related news at:

*God always has a plan—graduates get the message at Fresno Pacific University Commencement | University News 

Outstanding FPU graduate already helping save lives | University News (


Wayne Steffen
Associate Director of Publications and Media Relations