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MTSU undergraduate students listen carefully to instructions Saturday, May 5, at the university’s spring 2018 morning commencement ceremony in Murphy Center. MTSU presented a record 2,641 degrees — 425 graduate and 2,206 undergraduate — during the two-day event. (MTSU photo by GradImages.com)

Some of MTSU’s finest students celebrated their spring 2018 graduation and discussed their futures with President Sidney A. McPhee during a photo session earlier 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 2018 honor graduate photos by Andy Heidt, MTSU Creative and Visual Services)

 

Coffee County Honor Graduate – Spring 2018

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Manchester, Tennessee, resident Michael Chase McCullough, who graduated with high honors during the university's spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. McCullough, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, is an alumnus of Coffee County Central High School. He’s the son of Shelia L. McCullough of Manchester. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

President McPhee, seated at left, joins Manchester, Tennessee, resident Michael Chase McCullough, who graduated with high honors during the university’s spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. McCullough, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, is an alumnus of Coffee County Central High School. He’s the son of Shelia L. McCullough of Manchester.

 

Davidson County Honor Graduates – Spring 2018

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Nashville resident Tranae' Chatman, who graduated with honors during the university's spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Chatman, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in psychology, is an alumna of Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School. She’s the daughter of Danielle Gaines of Nashville and Troy Chatman of Springfield, Tennessee. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Nashville resident Tranae’ Chatman, right, who graduated with honors during the university’s spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, sits with President McPhee to discuss her plans. Chatman, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history with a minor in psychology, is an alumna of Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School. She’s the daughter of Danielle Gaines of Nashville and Troy Chatman of Springfield, Tennessee.

 

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Nashville resident Malissa Gwaltney, who graduated with honors during the university's spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Gwaltney, a cum laude graduate and native of New Harmony, Indiana, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in special education, is an alumna of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. She’s the daughter of Gwen and Chris Gwaltney of Nashville. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

President McPhee, left, talks with Nashville resident Malissa Gwaltney, who graduated with honors during the university’s spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, about her plans. Gwaltney, a cum laude graduate and native of New Harmony, Indiana, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in special education, is an alumna of Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. She’s the daughter of Gwen and Chris Gwaltney of Nashville.

 

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Nashville resident Kyeisha Jones, who graduated with honors during the university's spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Jones, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice administration and minored in paralegal studies, is an alumna of East Nashville Magnet High School. She’s the daughter of Tonja Jones and Ronnie Wallace, both of Nashville. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Nashville resident Kyeisha Jones, right, who graduated with honors during the university’s spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, talks with President McPhee about her plans. Jones, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice administration and minored in paralegal studies, is an alumna of East Nashville Magnet High School. She’s the daughter of Tonja Jones and Ronnie Wallace, both of Nashville.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduates – Spring 2018

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Murfreesboro resident Bianka Gavidia, who graduated with high honors during the university's spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Gavidia, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in computer information systems with a minor in business administration, is an alumna of La Vergne High School. Her family includes her parents, Nina Hurd of La Vergne, Tenn., and Nelson Gavidia of Murfreesboro; and her sister, Brithany Gavidia, and brother, Matteo Gavidia, both of Murfreesboro. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

President McPhee, left, joins Murfreesboro resident Bianka Gavidia, who graduated with high honors during the university’s spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Gavidia, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in computer information systems with a minor in business administration, is an alumna of La Vergne High School. Her family includes her parents, Nina Hurd of La Vergne, Tennessee, and Nelson Gavidia of Murfreesboro; and her sister, Brithany Gavidia, and brother, Matteo Gavidia, both of Murfreesboro.

 

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Murfreesboro resident Martha Lopez, who graduated with high honors during the university's spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Lopez is a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology with minors in Spanish and psychology. Her family includes her husband, Israel Flores; sons, Jonathan Flores and Jesse Loveless; and daughters, Kaylee Flores, Jaimie Flores and Lylah Garcia-Lopez, all of Murfreesboro. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Murfreesboro resident Martha Lopez, right, who graduated with high honors during the university’s spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, talks with President McPhee about her plans. Lopez is a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology with minors in Spanish and psychology. Her family includes her husband, Israel Flores; sons, Jonathan Flores and Jesse Loveless; and daughters, Kaylee Flores, Jaimie Flores and Lylah Garcia-Lopez, all of Murfreesboro.

 

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Murfreesboro resident Conner Moss, who graduated with highest honors during the university's spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Moss, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, is an alumnus of Siegel High School. His family includes his mother, Kellie Moss, and father, Steve Moss, and brothers, Tanner Moss, Cooper Moss and Tucker Moss, all of Murfreesboro. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

President McPhee, left, joins Murfreesboro resident Conner Moss, who graduated with highest honors during the university’s spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Moss, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in chemistry, is an alumnus of Siegel High School. His family includes his parents, Kellie and Steve Moss, and his brothers, Tanner Moss, Cooper Moss and Tucker Moss, all of Murfreesboro.

 

Williamson County Honor Graduate – Spring 2018

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Brentwood, Tennessee, resident Savannah Fiedor, who graduated with honors during the university's spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Fiedor, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a minor in economics and finance, is an alumna of Ravenwood High School. Her family includes her parents, Wendy Fiedor and Eric Fiedor of Brentwood, and her grandparents, Florene and Greg Fiedor of Carrollton, Alabama, and Larkin and Pat Wade of Auburn, Alabama. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Brentwood, Tennessee, resident Savannah Fiedor, right, who graduated with honors during the university’s spring 2018 commencement ceremonies, talks with President McPhee about her plans. Fiedor, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a minor in economics and finance, is an alumna of Ravenwood High School. Her family includes her parents, Wendy and Eric Fiedor of Brentwood, and her grandparents, Florene and Greg Fiedor of Carrollton, Alabama, and Larkin and Pat Wade of Auburn, Alabama.

You can see full news coverage of MTSU’s spring 2018 commencement, including photos and videos, here.

 


Fall 2017 Honor Graduates

Some of MTSU’s finest students celebrated their fall 2017 graduation and discussed their futures with University Provost Mark Byrnes during a photo session earlier this month in the Cope Administration Building. The students graduated with honors Dec. 16, 2017, 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.

(Fall 2017 honor graduate photos by Andy Heidt, MTSU Creative and Visual Services)

 

Bedford County Honor Graduate – Fall 2017

MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes, left, joins Shelbyville, Tennessee resident Fernando Valenzuela, who graduated with honors during the university's fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Valenzuela, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering, is an alumnus of Shelbyville Central High School. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Provost Byrnes, left, joins Shelbyville, Tennessee, resident Fernando Valenzuela, who graduated with honors during the university’s fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Valenzuela, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering, is an alumnus of Shelbyville Central High School.

 

Coffee County Honor Graduate – Fall 2017

MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes, left, joins Tullahoma, Tennessee, resident Ryan Matthew Traversa, who graduated with high honors during the university's fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Traversa, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in aviation management, is an alumnus of Tullahoma High School. He’s the son of Jancy and Douglas Traversa, and his family also includes his wife, Natalie Traversa, and daughter, Alexa Traversa, all of Tullahoma. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Tullahoma, Tennessee, resident Ryan Matthew Traversa, right, who graduated with high honors during the university’s fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, jokes with Provost Byrnes while discussing his plans. Traversa, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in aviation management, is an alumnus of Tullahoma High School. He’s the son of Jancy and Douglas Traversa; his family also includes his wife, Natalie Traversa, and daughter, Alexa Traversa, all of Tullahoma.

 

Sumner County Honor Graduate – Fall 2017

MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes, left, joins Castalian Springs, Tennessee, resident Carrie Jones, who graduated with high honors during the university's fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Jones, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work, is an alumna of White County High School and the daughter of Charles B. and Jean Bryant of Sparta. Her family also includes her husband, Brett Jones of Castalian Springs; sons Spencer Jones of Castalian Springs, Karyll Smith of Seattle, Washington, and Zachery Smith of Stockton, California; brother Curt Bryant, sister-in-law Angela Bryant and niece Cassie Bryant, all of Castalian Springs; brother Danny Bryant, sister-in-law Pam Bryant and niece Jeana Bryant, all of Sparta; and mother and father-in-law, Ginger and Kelly Simpson, of Baxter, Tennessee. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Provost Byrnes, left, joins Castalian Springs, Tennessee, resident Carrie Jones, who graduated with high honors during the university’s fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Jones, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work, is an alumna of White County High School and the daughter of Charles B. and Jean Bryant of Sparta, Tennessee. Her family also includes her husband, Brett Jones of Castalian Springs; sons Spencer Jones of Castalian Springs, Karyll Smith of Seattle, Washington, and Zachery Smith of Stockton, California; brother Curt Bryant, sister-in-law Angela Bryant and niece Cassie Bryant, all of Castalian Springs; brother Danny Bryant, sister-in-law Pam Bryant and niece Jeana Bryant, all of Sparta; and mother- and father-in-law, Ginger and Kelly Simpson, of Baxter, Tennessee.

 

Wilson County Honor Graduates – Fall 2017

MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes, left, joins Lebanon, Tennessee, resident Charles Worth Bridgers IV, who graduated with highest honors during the university's fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Bridgers, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in audio production with a minor in African-American studies, is an alumnus of Hume-Fogg Academic High School. His family includes his wife, Shauna Bridgers, and daughter, Londen Bridgers, of Lebanon; sister, Kimberly Creech of Lucama, North Carolina; his parents, Charles and Gloria Bridgers, and mother- and father-in-law, Ron and Evelyn Haskin, all of Lebanon, Tennessee. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Lebanon, Tennessee, resident Charles Worth Bridgers IV, right, who graduated with highest honors during the university’s fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, discusses his plans with Provost Byrnes. Bridgers, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in audio production with a minor in African-American studies, is an alumnus of Hume-Fogg Academic High School. His family includes his wife, Shauna Bridgers, and daughter, Londen Bridgers, of Lebanon; sister, Kimberly Creech of Lucama, North Carolina; his parents, Charles and Gloria Bridgers, and mother- and father-in-law, Ron and Evelyn Haskin, all of Lebanon.

 

MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes, left, joins Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, resident Holly Nicole Randolph, who graduated with highest honors during the university's fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Randolph, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work, is an alumna of Wilson Central High School. Her family includes her husband, Brandon Randolph, of Mt. Juliet; her mother and stepfather, Debbie Grisham and Lyndon Grisham, both of Mt. Juliet; and her father, David Akin, of Franklin, Kentucky. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Provost Byrnes, left, joins Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, resident Holly Nicole Randolph, who graduated with highest honors during the university’s fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Randolph, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in social work, is an alumna of Wilson Central High School. Her family includes her husband, Brandon Randolph, of Mt. Juliet; her mother and stepfather, Debbie and Lyndon Grisham, both of Mt. Juliet; and her father, David Akin, of Franklin, Kentucky.

 

MTSU Provost Mark Byrnes, left, joins Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, resident Je Suis’ Andrew Scott, who graduated with high honors during the university's fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Scott, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace, is an alumnus of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. He is the son of Morgan and Mary Scott of Mt. Juliet. (MTSU photo by Andy Heidt)

Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, resident Je Suis’ Andrew Scott, right, who graduated with high honors during the university’s fall 2017 commencement ceremonies, talks about his plans with Provost Byrnes. Scott, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace, is an alumnus of Mt. Juliet Christian Academy. He is the son of Morgan and Mary Scott of Mt. Juliet.

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

 


Summer 2017 Honor Graduates

Some of MTSU’s finest students celebrated their summer 2017 graduation and discussed their futures with President Sidney A. McPhee during a photo session earlier this month in the Cope Administration Building. The students graduated with honors Aug. 12, 2017, 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.

(Summer 2017 honor graduate photos by J. Intintoli, MTSU Creative and Visual Services)

 

Cheatham County Honor Graduate – Summer 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Pleasant View, Tennessee, resident Jessica Barnes, who graduated with highest honors during the university's summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Barnes, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree specializing in healthcare administration, is an alumna of Sycamore High School. Her family includes her husband, Derrick Barnes, and her son, Riley, and she is the daughter of the late Virginia Jones and Tim and Darlene Barnes of Joelton, Tennessee. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

President McPhee, left, joins Pleasant View, Tennessee, resident Jessica Barnes, who graduated with highest honors during the university’s summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Barnes, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree specializing in healthcare administration, is an alumna of Sycamore High School. Her family includes her husband, Derrick Barnes, and son, Riley, and she is the daughter of the late Virginia Jones and Tim and Darlene Barnes of Joelton, Tennessee.

 

Coffee County Honor Graduate – Summer 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Manchester, Tennessee, resident Austin Graf, who graduated with honors during the university's summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Graf, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in English and Spanish, is an alumnus of Coffee County Central High School and is the son of Mary and Anthony Graf of Manchester. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Manchester, Tennessee, resident Austin Graf, right, who graduated with honors during the university’s summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, discusses his plans with President McPhee. Graf, a cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree with a dual major in English and Spanish, is an alumnus of Coffee County Central High School and is the son of Mary and Anthony Graf of Manchester.

 

Rutherford County Honor Graduate – Summer 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Murfreesboro resident Bryan Punyon, a native of Seattle, Washington, who graduated with high honors during the university's summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Punyon, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology, is an alumnus of Eastside Catholic High School. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

President McPhee, left, joins Murfreesboro resident Bryan Punyon, a native of Seattle, Washington, who graduated with high honors during the university’s summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Punyon, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology, is an alumnus of Eastside Catholic High School.

 

Sumner County Honor Graduate – Summer 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Goodlettsville, Tennessee, resident Erin Bauer, who graduated with high honors during the university's summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss her plans. Bauer, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in computer information systems, is an alumna of White House High School. Her family includes her parents, Sandra and David Bauer of Goodlettsville, and fiancé, Mark Wrigley of Nashville. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Goodlettsville, Tennessee, resident Erin Bauer, right, who graduated with high honors during the university’s summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, talks with President McPhee about her plans. Bauer, a magna cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in computer information systems, is an alumna of White House High School. Her family includes her parents, Sandra and David Bauer of Goodlettsville, and her fiancé, Mark Wrigley of Nashville.

 

Williamson County Honor Graduate – Summer 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Spring Hill, Tennessee, resident William L.C. Harrison, who graduated with highest honors during the university's summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Harrison, a summa cum laude graduate who received a received a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree specializing in organizational leadership, is an alumnus of Antioch High School. His family includes his wife, Tiffany Harrison of Spring Hill, and his parents, Marsha LaFollette of Mt. Juliet and Charlie Harrison of Murfreesboro. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

President McPhee, left, joins Spring Hill, Tennessee, resident William L.C. Harrison, who graduated with highest honors during the university’s summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Harrison, a summa cum laude graduate who received a received a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies degree specializing in organizational leadership, is an alumnus of Antioch High School. His family includes his wife, Tiffany Harrison of Spring Hill, and his parents, Marsha LaFollette of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and Charlie Harrison of Murfreesboro.

 

Wilson County Honor Graduates – Summer 2017

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Mt. Juliet resident Paul Douglas Johnson III, who graduated with high honors during the university's summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Johnson, a magna cum laude graduate and native of Tampa, Florida, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal studies, is an alumnus of Armwood High School. His family includes his wife, Maranda “Randee” Stines-Johnson, his son, Coleman Johnson, and daughter, Abigail Johnson, all of Mt. Juliet, and his mother, Katherine Blanton, of Tampa. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, resident Paul Douglas Johnson III, right, who graduated with high honors during the university’s summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, talks with President McPhee about his plans. Johnson, a magna cum laude graduate and native of Tampa, Florida, who received a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal studies, is an alumnus of Armwood High School. His family includes his wife, Maranda “Randee” Stines-Johnson; his son, Coleman Johnson, and daughter, Abigail Johnson, all of Mt. Juliet; and his mother, Katherine Blanton of Tampa.

 

MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, joins Lascassas, Tennessee, resident Kyle Tate, who graduated with highest honors during the university's summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Tate, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in leisure, sport and tourism studies, is an alumnus of Oakland High School and plans a career in Christian ministry. He’s the son of Lisa and Tony Tate of Auburntown, and his family also includes his wife, Brittney Tate; son, Wake Tate; and sister, Jessica Lynn, all of Lascassas. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

President McPhee, left, joins Lascassas, Tennessee, resident Kyle Tate, who graduated with highest honors during the university’s summer 2017 commencement ceremonies, to discuss his plans. Tate, a summa cum laude graduate who received a Bachelor of Science degree in leisure, sport and tourism studies, is an alumnus of Oakland High School and plans a career in Christian ministry. He’s the son of Lisa and Tony Tate of Auburntown, Tennessee, and his family also includes his wife, Brittney Tate; son, Wake Tate; and sister, Jessica T. Lynn, all of Lascassas.

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


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