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Some of MTSU’s finest students celebrated their spring 2017 graduation and discussed their futures with President Sidney A. McPhee during a photo session early this month in the Cope Administration Building. The students graduated with honors May 6 after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade-point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.

featured photo above by GradImages.com; spring 2017 honor graduate photos by J. Intintoli, MTSU Creative and Visual Services

 

Davidson County Honor Graduates – Spring 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee joins three Davidson County residents, who graduated with honors during the university's spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss their future plans.

President McPhee, seated at left, joins three Davidson County residents, who graduated with honors during the university’s spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Lina Mikhaylichenko of Nashville, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Standing are, from left, Jasmine C. Dowell of Nashville, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies, and Laquenta S. Lucas of Antioch, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Professional Science degree in information technology.

Mikhaylichenko, a native of Kharkiev, Ukraine, was a repeat Dean’s List honoree at MTSU. She plans a career as a software developer. Her relatives include Sergey Mikhaylichenko and the Mikhaylichenko family and the Rakhnins family, which includes Tamara, Viacheslav and Andriy.

Dowell, a repeat Dean’s List honoree at MTSU, is a 2013 graduate of East Nashville High School. She plans to serve as an elementary- or middle-school English teacher here in Tennessee. Her family includes her parents, Pleas Jr. and Peggy Dowell, and her sister, Bri Dowell, all of Nashville.

Lucas, a native of Springfield, Tennessee, and an alumna of Aaron Academy, also is a repeat Dean’s List honoree at MTSU. She plans to use her new degree to become a cybersecurity analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency or Federal Bureau of Investigation. Her family includes her sons, Adrien and Rayan Hasan, both of Nashville, and her parents, Millicent Hassell and Quentin Ray Lucas, both of Springfield.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates – Spring 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, seated at left, joins five Rutherford County residents, who graduated with honors during the university's spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss their future plans.

President McPhee, seated at left, joins five Rutherford County residents, who graduated with honors during the university’s spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Sabrina A. Sutherland of Smyrna, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign languages and literature. Standing are, from left, Brianna K. Booker of Murfreesboro, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in film and TV production; Sequence A. McCollough of Murfreesboro, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry; Lacee E. Hurley of Murfreesboro, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in speech/language pathology and audiology; and Jaclyn VanderWoude of Murfreesboro, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in integrated studies.

Sutherland, a 2013 Oakland High School alumna who minored in economics and finance at MTSU, plans a career in the insurance field, specifically claims and underwriting. Her parents are Giselle and Steve Sutherland of Smyrna.

Booker, a repeat Dean’s List honoree at MTSU, is a 2013 graduate of Oakland High School and a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. She minored in Spanish while at MTSU and plans a career in Nashville’s film industry. She’s the daughter of Tameka Graham of Oak Ridge.

McCollough, an alumna of Shelbyville Central High School, also was a repeat Dean’s List honoree while at MTSU. She plans a career in environmental chemistry and also intends to earn a master’s degree in geochemistry. She is the daughter of Sueretta McCollough of Murfreesboro and Anthony McCollough of Shelbyville.

Hurley, a 2013 Blackman High School alumna and a repeat Dean’s List honoree at MTSU, minored in special education and received the Commitment to People with Disabilities Award from the VSA Tennessee board of directors. She plans to continue her education in speech-language pathology and earn a graduate degree, then become a travel therapist and work with pediatrics in a medical clinic setting. She also intends to remain involved in community service work for organizations for children and adults with disabilities. She’s the daughter of April Hurley of Murfreesboro and Martin Hurley of Nashville.

VanderWoude, an alumna of Farmington High School in Escondido, California, minored in leadership and sociology while at MTSU. She’s the daughter of William and Catherine Carroll of Lake Elsinore, California, and the daughter-in-law of Richard and Tana VanderWoude of Escondido.

 

Sumner County Honor Graduate – Spring 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Gallatin, Tennessee, resident Twanda P. Scott, who graduated with honors during the university's spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her future plans.

President McPhee, left, joins Gallatin, Tennessee, resident Twanda P. Scott, who graduated with honors during the university’s spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her future plans. Scott, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree specializing in healthcare administration, is an alumna of Gallatin Senior High School. She plans to continue her work in Meharry Medical College’s HBCU Wellness Project as a program assistant and work toward becoming a department administrator. She’s also considering enrollment in a Master of Public Health degree program this fall. Her family includes her husband, Charles A. Scott; her son and granddaughter, Jarrick T. Malone and Marissa J. Bush; and her parents, Homer and Barbara Malone, all of Gallatin.

 

Wilson County Honor Graduate – Spring 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Lebanon, Tennessee, resident Caleb J. Snider, who graduated with highest honors during the university's spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his future plans.

President McPhee, left, joins Lebanon, Tennessee, resident Caleb J. Snider, who graduated with highest honors during the university’s spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his future plans. Snider, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting, is an alumnus of Friendship Christian School. While at MTSU, Snider was a repeat Dean’s List honoree and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society. He plans a career as a certified public accountant with a public accounting firm. He’s the son of Caron and Jackie Snider of Lebanon.

You can see full news coverage of MTSU’s spring 2017 commencement ceremonies, including photos and videos, here.


Fall 2016 Honor Graduates

More of MTSU’s finest students celebrated their fall 2016 graduation and discussed their futures with President Sidney A. McPhee during a pre-commencement photo session in the Cope Administration Building. The students graduated with honors Dec. 10 after years of dedicated study to earn the highest grade-point averages in their class: cum laude, which denotes a 3.5-3.74 GPA; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.89 GPA; and summa cum laude, 3.9-4.0 GPA.

photos by Eric B. Sutton, MTSU Creative and Visual Services

 

Bedford County Honor Graduate – Fall 2016

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President McPhee, left, joins Shelbyville, Tennessee, resident Lori Grimes, who graduated with honors during the university’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony, to discuss her future plans.

Grimes, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication, is an alumna of Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, California. While at MTSU, Grimes, a repeat Dean’s List honoree, was a two-time recipient of the university’s prestigious June S. Anderson Foundation Scholarship.V

She plans a career as the connection/assimilation coordinator at the Experience Community Church in Murfreesboro. Her family includes her husband, Billy Grimes of Shelbyville, and children, Alyssa and William Grimes of Murfreesboro.

Coffee County Honor Graduate – Fall 2016

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Manchester, Tennessee, resident Rebecca Lapczynski, right, who graduated with honors during the university’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony, joins President McPhee to discuss her future plans.

Lapczynski, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, is an alumna of Coffee County Central High School. While at MTSU, Lapczynski, a repeat Dean’s List honoree, was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing.

She plans a career with Saint Thomas Health Systems. Her family includes her husband, Jake Lapczynski, and daughters, Emily, Delaney, Haley and Kendall, all of Manchester; her parents, Ray and Gail Spry, and her in-laws, Dave and Kate Lapczynski, all of Lynchburg, Tennessee.

 

Davidson County Honor Graduate – Fall 2016

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Antioch, Tennessee, resident Ritika Arora, right, who graduated with honors during the university’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony, joins President McPhee to discuss her future plans.

Arora, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting, is a 2011 alumna of Turner Fenton Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. While at MTSU, Arora majored in accounting and minored in business administration in the university’s Jennings A. Jones College of Business. She was a repeat Dean’s List honoree at MTSU and now plans to become a certified public accountant.

Her family includes her parents, Vanita Arora and Rick Sethi, both of Nashville, Tennessee.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates – Fall 2016

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President McPhee, seated at left, joins five Rutherford County residents, who graduated with honors during the university’s fall 2016 commencement ceremonies, to discuss their future plans. Seated with McPhee is Benjamin Bearden of Murfreesboro, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in exercise science. Standing are, from left, Michael Tweedie of Readyville, Tennessee, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in professional studies; Journey Button-Hale of Smyrna, Tennessee, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology; Aneeqa Thiele of Murfreesboro, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial and organizational psychology; and Chase Prater of Rockvale, Tennessee, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry.

Bearden, a repeat Dean’s List honoree at MTSU, is a 2009 graduate of Blackman High School. He plans to earn a doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. His family includes his mother, Robin Bearden, and father, Stephen Bearden, both of Murfreesboro.

fqqvTweedie, a native of North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and an alumnus of North Kingstown Senior High School there, majored in information technology in MTSU’s University College. He plans to use his new information technology degree with his radiology degree to develop IT systems for radiology. His family includes his wife, Jennifer Tweedie, also of Readyville.

Button-Hale, a 2012 alumna of The Farm School in Summertown, Tennessee, was a repeat Dean’s List honoree at MTSU and minored in journalism and health. While at the university, she was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She plans to attend medical school and become a trauma surgeon. Her family includes her parents, Laura Button and Jeff Hale, and siblings, Bliss Button-Hale and Adam Hale, all of Smyrna, and her grandmother, Brara Shelton of Nolensville, Tennessee.

Thiele, a repeat Dean’s List honoree at MTSU, is a 2009 alumna of Hendersonville High School and a native of Chennai, India. While at MTSU, Thiele, who minored in fine art, was a recipient of an MT Diversity Scholarship. She plans to earn her doctorate in industrial and organizational psychology and become a university professor. Her family includes her husband, Derek Thiele of Murfreesboro; her parents, Hafsa Aijaz and Aijaz Ahmed, of Chennai; and her sister, Atheeqa Aijaz of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Prater, who maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA at MTSU, is a 2012 graduate of Riverdale High School. His family includes his grandmother, Grace Prater of Murfreesboro; his parents, Susan Davenport of Rockvale and Greg Prater of Nashville; and his girlfriend, Tira Carbiener of Murfreesboro.

 

Sumner County Honor Graduates – Fall 2016

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Gallatin, Tennessee, resident Lana Alexander, right, who graduated with honors during the university’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony, joins President McPhee to discuss her future plans.

A cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Alexander is a 2013 alumna of White House Heritage High School and a native of White House, Tennessee. While at MTSU, Alexander majored in marketing and minored in business administration, and she now plans a career in marketing with FirstOnSite Restoration Disaster & Emergency Services.

Her family includes her mother, Lori Short, and stepfather, Billy Short, both of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

 

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White House, Tennessee, resident Shantele Kempvanee, who graduated with high honors during the university’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony, joins President McPhee to discuss her future plans.

Kempvanee, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, is an alumna of Sanger High School in Sanger, California, and a former paramedic in Modesto, California. While at MTSU, Kempvanee, a repeat Dean’s List honoree, was a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society for nursing, the Golden Key Honor Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

She plans to work as an emergency room nurse while pursuing graduate-level science education and research. Her family includes her husband, James Kempvanee, also of White House; her parents, Marv and Linda Rosseau of Jackson, Tennessee; her sister, Shelby Turner of Medina, Tennessee; and her brother, Marv Rosseau II of Cottontown, Tennessee.

 

Williamson County Honor Graduate – Fall 2016

Williamson fall 2016 honor grad

Franklin, Tennessee, resident Silvia Bermudez, who graduated with honors during the university’s fall 2016 commencement ceremony, joins President McPhee to discuss her future plans.

Bermudez, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal arts, is an alumna of North Salinas High School in Salinas, California. While at MTSU, Bermudez was a repeat Dean’s List honoree.

She plans a career with nonprofit organizations. Her family includes her husband, Everardo Bermudez, also of Franklin.

You can see full news coverage of MTSU’s fall 2016 commencement, including photos and videos, here.


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