Oklahoma Baptist University

Semester Ends With Dec. 14 Winter Commencement

Thirty-five students will receive diplomas during Oklahoma Baptist Universityís 2007 Winter Commencement on Friday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m., in the universityís Raley Chapel.

Dr. Justin Hardin, OBUís Rowena Strickland assistant professor of religion and recipient of OBUís 2007 Most Promising Teacher Award, will deliver the Commencement address.

Prior to coming to OBU in the fall of 2005, Hardin and his family were in Cambridge, England, for four years while he was a postgraduate student at the University of Cambridge. Hardin completed his bachelorís degree at Ouachita Baptist University and earned a masterís degree from the Beeson School of Divinity at Samford University.

The program also will include greetings by officials from the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and the OBU Alumni Association.

Kristen Kimberly Webb, an art major from Muskogee, Okla., will graduate with the scholastic predicate Summa Cum Laude for maintaining at least a 3.95 grade point average on all work offered for their degrees.

Four graduates maintained at least a 3.70 GPA on work toward their degrees and will be designated Magna Cum Laude.

These students are Megan Noel Maddox, an art major from Fort Worth, Texas; Lauren DíEtte Sumerall, a secondary social sciences education major from Smithville, Mo.; Kristin Leigh Weir, a musical arts: piano major from Edmond, Okla.; and Kyta Muran Willets, a mathematics major from Shawnee, Okla.

Five students are designated Cum Laude, maintaining at least a 3.40 GPA on work toward their degrees. They are Kristi Michell Budka, a special and elementary education major from Shawnee, Okla.; Colby J. Corsaut, a Christian studies major from Durant, Okla.; Kendra Janice Grasser, an anthropology major from Shawnee, Okla.; Meisha Leonette Prince, an elementary education major from Heavener, Okla.; and Nicole Kristine Hudson, a religion: departmental/family relations major from Haskell, Okla.

From the College of Arts and Sciences, candidates for bachelorís degrees include Deena Lynne Almohandis, an exercise and sports science: sports medicine major from Shawnee, Okla.; Stephen Bryce Bell, a health, physical education and recreation PK-12 major from Ardmore, Okla.; Daniel Ryan Davis, an English major from Andover, Kan.; Dustin Wayne Gray, a biology/English major from The Colony, Texas; Jesse Morris Griffin III, an interdisciplinary major from Ama, La.; Elsie Nadine Little, an elementary education major from Shawnee, Okla.; Felicia Rena Huffiness Lucas, an exercise and sports science: sports medicine major from Shawnee, Okla.; Joseph J. Magana III, a history major from Texarkana, Ark.; Kendra Lynn Ray, a health, physical education and recreation PK-12 major from Tonkawa, Okla.; Melissa Sue Ann Snider, an exercise and sports science: pre-physical therapy major from McLoud, Okla.; Lauren Renee Topliffe, an English, secondary education major from San Diego, Calif.; Zachary Watts, a political science major from Shawnee, Okla.; and Tamara Rachelle Whitley, a special education, mild/moderate disabilities PK-12 major from Norman, Okla.

From the Paul Dickinson School of Business, candidates include Taranne N. Burton, a management major from Tulsa, Okla.; and Robert Byaruhanga, an international business major from Kigali, Rwanda.

From the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, candidates include Jeffrey Scott Barros, an applied ministry: youth major from Woodward, Okla.; Zachariah R.L. Blaine, an applied ministry: cross-cultural with orality studies major from Oklahoma City, Okla.; Emery Ray Caudill Jr., an applied ministry: youth major from Winfield, Kan.; Julie Elizabeth Davis, an applied ministry: cross cultural major from Portland, Texas; Roger D. DeCoster, a Bible major from Shawnee, Okla.; Caroly A. Schultz, an applied ministry: cross cultural with orality studies major from Lancaster, Calif.; Darrell Wayne Tiger, an applied ministry: pastoral major from Shawnee, Okla.; and Marvin James Tyler, a Christian studies major from Midwest City, Okla.

From the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, candidates include Hannah Elise Day, a communication studies major from Princeton, Texas; and Elizabeth Michelle Luckett, a communication studies major from Grapevine, Texas.

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