U of A announces spring 2017 graduates

By Staff Reports
This article was published July 16, 2017 at 4:00 a.m.

FAYETTEVILLE -- Almost 4,200 students at the University of Arkansas walked during commencement ceremonies May 12-13 on campus for undergraduate and graduate students.

J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences was the only college to recognize its graduates on May 12 at Bud Walton Arena. More than 1,000 students attended the ceremony. Ariel Romero, a Fulbright honors student pursuing a degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design, served as the speaker.

An all university commencement was held May 13 in Bud Walton for more than 900 graduates. Honorary degrees were presented to retired judge L. Clifford Davis and William T. Dillard II. Rev. Becca Stevens, founder and president of Thistle Farms in Tennessee, served as the speaker.

The College of Engineering conferred degrees to 425 students in Barnhill Arena. Novozymes Americas President Adam Monroe served as the speaker.

Almost 800 students were honored during the Sam M. Walton College of Business ceremony in Bud Walton. The guest speaker was Ed Wilson, CEO and founder of Dreamcatcher Media LLC.

Almost 60 students were recognized during the ceremony for the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center. The ceremony speaker was Cheryl Durst, executive vice president and CEO of the International Interior Design Association of Chicago.

More than 300 students attended the ceremony for the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences in Barnhill Arena. The Outstanding Alumnus speaker was John Paul Pendergrass, co-owner of Pendergrass Cattle Co. in Charleston. The Outstanding Young Alumna was Courtney Meyers, associate professor of agricultural communications at Texas Tech University.

Sandy Edwards, deputy director of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and former associate vice chancellor for development at the University of Arkansas, served as the guest speaker for the College of Education and Health Professions commencement. More than 560 students were honored in Bud Walton.

Commencement for the School of Law is traditionally held a week after other ceremonies. More than 125 students attended the ceremony on May 20 at the Fayetteville Town Center. The guest speaker was Kristine Baker, U.S. District judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Area graduates were:

Amity

John Kirksey, Bumpers, Bachelor of Science in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences.

Hot Springs

Madelyn Albright, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Melissa Auduong, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, with highest distinction; Chantz Bellamy, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in History; Sawyer Burgener, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology; Amanda Carter, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Melissa Conry, Walton, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Gabe Devaux, School of Law, Juris Doctor; Joseph Dobson, Walton, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Marketing; Natalie Ellis, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in International Relations; Rhonda Harris, Engineering, Master of Science in Operations Management; Shanda Hood, Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Systems; Lexie Huddleston, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology; Bryce Imhoff, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; Elijah Jones, Fulbright, Bachelor of Sciences in Mathematics; Madison Kelly, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Clare King, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, magna cum laude; Emmelia Kitkoski, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; William Kitkoski, Fay Jones, Bachelor of Architecture; Justin Lee, Fulbright, Bachelor of Social Work; Larissa Markwardt, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Physics, summa cum laude; George Messersmith, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Stephan Mitchell, Fulbright, Bachelor of Music; Erik Monson, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Physics, summa cum laude; Bryce Montgomery, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; Katherine Montgomery, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, summa cum laude; Karla Morrissey, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, summa cum laude; Regan Pelloquin, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Anthropology, magna cum laude; Melissa Plumley, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Biology, cum laude; Taylor Pray, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude; Hailey Pullin, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, magna cum laude; Hannah Rucker, School of Law, Juris Doctor; Edward Rudisill, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Biology, magna cum laude; Xeniya Rudolf, Graduate School, Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology; Dillon Self, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, cum laude; Thomas Selig, Walton, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance, summa cum laude; Alexander Shell, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies, magna cum laude; Jacob Shirley, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering; Neil Simmons, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Biology, cum laude; Karam Sra, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, summa cum laude; Sean Street, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering; Logan Sublett, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics; Miranda Sunderland, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Communication; Greyson Teague, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, magna cum laude; Ezra Tollett, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Economics; Caleb Weaver, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with distinction; Leigh Winston, Education and Health Professions, Master of Science in Rehabilitation; Kayleigh Wooten, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Amy Zhu, Walton, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting, cum laude.

Jessieville

Brooke Hobbs, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Communication; Jill Tyler, Fulbright, Bachelor of Science in Anthropology.

Malvern

Taja Caddy, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

Mount Ida

Joshua Cole, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology; Whitney Wilson, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science.

Pearcy

John Dunn, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with high distinction; Amanda Elmore, Fulbright, Master of Arts in English; Brendan Frazier, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering; Deborah Henderson, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Nursing; Jacob Hudson, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology; Jeffrey Johnson, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Computer Science; Erin Kandlbinder, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science Education in Elementary Education; Joseph Klatt, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Art; Jessica Larson, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Biology; Hannah Lee, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Public Health; Cory Leonhard, Walton, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management; Theresa McCruden, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, cum laude; Daniel Mogovan, Engineering, Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering; Janice Peterson, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, summa cum laude; Katherine Sargent, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, summa cum laude; Kimberley Smith, Engineering, Master of Science in Operations Management; Lauren Tilley, Education and Health Professions, Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, magna cum laude; Noel Wheeler, Fulbright, Bachelor of Arts in English, cum laude.

School on 07/16/2017
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