OBU will confer degrees upon 65 undergraduate and 27 graduate students during OBU's Winter Commencement Friday, Dec. 12. The ceremony will take place in Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium on the OBU campus in Shawnee at 2 p.m. Dr. Hance Dilbeck, senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, president of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and 1987 OBU alumnus, will deliver the commencement address.
The graduating students will take their symbolic final walk across the campus as OBU students when they file into Raley Chapel's Potter Auditorium for the 2 p.m. ceremony. The students, in academic regalia, will proceed from the Geiger Center to the chapel, passing through rows of OBU faculty members before reaching the chapel's east steps.
OBU President David W. Whitlock will preside over the ceremonies and deliver the charge to the graduates. The program will include a presentation of the graduating class by Cody Moser, president of the OBU Student Government Association, and Dr. Stan Norman, provost and executive vice president for campus life.
Junior Class Marshals will escort the graduating class to their seats in Raley Chapel. The top-ranking junior men and women, based on overall grade-point average, serve as marshals. This group includes Blaine Atchley, Colin Bergeron, Jeremy Bernhardt, Nolan Cannon, Sheridan Cofford, Marissa Crowson, Allison Everett, Hannah Godsy, Bruna Gomes, Lydia Hodges, Courtney King, Kelsey Linsenmeyer, Emily Montgomery, Christopher Sanford, Hannah Slater, Victoria Smith, Jordan Spence and Marcus Titterington.
In addition to the address from Dilbeck, the program includes greetings by Dr. Anthony Jordan, executive director/treasurer of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, and induction of the graduates into the OBU Alumni Association by Lori Hagans, executive director of the alumni association.
Candidates for bachelor's degrees from OBU's Paul Dickinson College of Business, with academic majors and hometowns, include Taylor Lanae Clifton, management, Mountain Grove, Missouri; Francisco Xavier Palermo da Silva, international business, Jacarei, Brazil; Raquel Drummond Dudzevich, international business, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Andrew David Hackett, marketing, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Nicol Macarena Olivares Lagos, international business, Niteroi, Chile; and Lisa Elaine MacManus, interdisciplinary, Shawnee, Oklahoma.
From the Warren M. Angell College of Fine Arts, candidates for bachelor's degrees include Cigi Ranea Back, interdisciplinary, Reeds Spring, Missouri; Robyn Nicole Blanchard, music education, instrumental Cert, K-12, Prosper, Texas; Lauren Ann Buss, communication studies, Henryetta, Oklahoma; Jake Alexander Embry, digital media arts, Crandall, Texas; Devon Ann Hale, news and information, Oklahoma City; Mackenzie Tess Herman, art, Shawnee; Melissa Lauren Leckie, art, Aurora, Colorado; Samantha Ann Medlin, communication studies, Overland Park, Kansas; Jannette Lucia Morales Medina, news and information, Mexico; Ariel V. Overstreet, studio art, Spencer, Oklahoma; and Kathleen Meredith Thompson, news and information, Granbury, Texas.
Candidates for bachelor's degrees from OBU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences include Marissa Lynn Angell, elementary education, Plains, Kansas; Erika Leigh Bass, early childhood / elementary education, Shawnee; Turner Ray Bass, anthropology / cross cultural ministry, Shawnee; Shelby Lynn Blagg, special education / elementary education, Sayre, Oklahoma; Courtney Taylor Brady, pre-allied health and rehabilitation services, Shawnee; Miranda Lynn Cartledge, early childhood education, Oklahoma City; Grant Isaac Collins, elementary education, Yukon, Oklahoma; Jennifer Elise Comodeca, sociology, Leawood, Kansas; Taryn Nichole Coots, elementary education, Shawnee; Andre Caldas Costa, personal training / strength and conditioning, Natal, Brazil; Kathleen May Debus, political science, Woodlands, Texas; Alyssa Michelle Deeds, history, Oklahoma City; Michael Alan Ebbers, personal training / strength and conditioning, Owego, New York; Emma Elizabeth Fritz, history, Edmond, Oklahoma; Joshua James Galbraith, philosophy / anthropology / natural science, Norman, Oklahoma; Sienna Darcey Golden, family life track, Sparks, Oklahoma; Lauren Ashley Haskins, elementary education, Shawnee; Dylan C. Hays, psychology pre-counseling, Tecumseh, Oklahoma; and Sara Beth Heffington, family life track, Duncan, Oklahoma.
Additional candidates for bachelor's degrees from OBU's College of Humanities and Social Sciences include Nicholas Ross Johnson, pre-allied health and rehabilitation services, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Christine Nicole Kelley, psychology pre-counseling, Issaquah, Washington; Emily Ann Long, early childhood education, Jenks, Oklahoma; Joseph Floyd McConnell, sports and recreation management, Miramar Beach, Florida; Mereta Ruth Monsen, exercise physiology and wellness, Shawnee; Ayla Rabecca Myers, psychology pre-counseling, Sapulpa, Oklahoma; Kayla Ryan Nye, elementary education, Lavon, Texas; Gregory Robert Penny, sports and recreation management, Tuttle, Oklahoma; Alexandria Michele Ruble, elementary education, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Blanca Ysela Salinas, English, Shawnee; Cissili A'Don Sample, elementary education, Shawnee; Lenae' Marie Sanchez, sociology, Arcadia, California; Audrey Marie Southworth, special education / elementary education, Wichita, Kansas; Bailee Beth Steele, early childhood education, Edmond, Oklahoma; Holly Louise Trumble, pre-allied health and rehabilitation services, Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Jennifer Lauranne Wambolt, elementary / early childhood education, Frederick, Oklahoma; Stacy Renee Warrior, personal training / strength and conditioning, Wewoka, Oklahoma; and Melissa Jane Weddle, personal training / strength and conditioning, Prague, Oklahoma.
Students receiving bachelor's degrees from the James E. Hurley College of Science and Mathematics include Henry Anthony Caster, Jr., natural science, Oklahoma City; Denise Mae Hall, natural science, Shawnee; and Ben Romine Reed, natural science, Arapaho, Oklahoma.
Candidates for bachelor's degrees from the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry include Lacey N. Arteberry, cross-cultural ministry, McAlester, Oklahoma; Brayden Levi Buss, Christian ministry pastoral ministry, Henryetta, Oklahoma; Karlie Ann Collins, religion: Bible, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Tyler Scott Fink, religion: Bible, Dewey, Oklahoma; Jacob Goff, Christian ministry student ministry, Shawnee; Alex Christopher Myers, Christian ministry student ministry, Stroud, Oklahoma; and Kevin Ryan Robertson, Christian ministry student ministry, Arapaho, Oklahoma.
Candidates for the Master of Business Administration from OBU's College of Graduate and Professional Studies include Barry Don Ballard, Harrah, Oklahoma; Douglas Shane Barron, Edmond, Oklahoma; Donovan Budde, Shawnee; Dustin Hayt, Oklahoma City; Jacob Oan Jennings, Oak Ridge North, Texas; Richard Brian Levings, Oklahoma City; Jason Kyle Ramsey, Yukon, Oklahoma; Michael John Snowdon, Norman, Oklahoma; Andrew Reed Struck, Yukon, Oklahoma; Jelani K Toure, Oklahoma; Zachary J. Vargas, Oklahoma; Brian Wayland, Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Leslie Patrick Williams, Oklahoma City.
Candidates for the Master of Science in Nursing from OBU's College of Graduate and Professional Studies include Denise Sharon Aska-Brown, Yukon, Oklahoma; Deanne Renee Branch, Mustang, Oklahoma; Lizber Lita Bryan, Shawnee; Karen Corriea, Oklahoma City; Glenna Kay Davis, Lookeba, Oklahoma; Taylor Ryne Dickinson, Norman, Oklahoma; Katara Mone' Eason, Moore, Oklahoma; Clara Edwards, Yukon, Oklahoma; Nicole Lynn Hughey, Newalla, Oklahoma; Rhea Ann Lee, Oklahoma City; Tonya R Orahood, Oklahoma City; Cristina L Pickle, Edmond, Oklahoma; Megan Smith, Edmond, Oklahoma; and Martin Lorgio Villafana, Blanchard, Oklahoma.