BELTON — The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor fall commencement was Friday in the Bell County Expo. The university’s 156th graduating class included 262 students — 201 received baccalaureate degrees, 56 received master’s degrees and five earned doctoral degrees.

Student awards given during the ceremony included the Provost Medal for highest overall GPA, which was split between three students who each graduated with perfect 4.0 GPAs: Ellen Buhrow of Rowlett, Erin Hattemer of Temple and John McDonald of Lampasas. The Loyalty Cup for the student who is most representative of the ideals, traditions and spirit of the university went to Jenna Jones of Rockwall. The President’s Award for meritorious service went to Shaina Ryan of Temple.

Local graduates included:


Cameron Cline Arnett-BBA-Marketing; Angela Ruth Baker-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Paul Anthony Beachum-BA-Political Science; Alexandra Beth Borgeson-BBA-Finance; Jessica Danniele Camp-BS-Psychology; Crystal Michelle Carlson-BSN-Nursing; Lauren McKenzie Cross-BFA-Art; Robert Everett Curl-BA-Business Administration; Lyndsay Blake Dammon-BS-Sociology; Russell Troy Davis-BS-Criminal Justice; Sarah Allison Diaz-Long-BPS-Professional Studies; Teresa Marie Drake-BSN-Nursing; Dustin Dean Engelbrecht-BSN-Nursing; Gianna Dawn Flores-BM-Music Education; Raymond Taylor Flores, Jr.-BS-EC-6 Generalist; Frank William Hagaman-BS-Exercise and Sport Science; Timothy Aaron Hardwick-BA-Business Administration; Antoine Mario Hicks-BBA-Marketing; Caleb Dean Hill-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Melinda Lee Hill-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Jerry Ryan Hilliard-BSN-Nursing; Stacy Dawn Hillin-BBA-International Business; Brittney Rene Kaiser-BA-History; Garrett Lane McLaughlin-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Dillon Kade Mogford-BA-Computer Graphics Design; LaToya Renee Moore-BSN-Nursing; Tiphani Jo Morris-BS-EC-6 Generalist; Dean Kale Pele-BBA-Management; Trevor Dayne Shoppach-BBA-Accounting; Alexandra Elise Smith-BS-Biology; Caroline Christine Stanley-BSN-Nursing; Cynthia Taylor Tryon-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Jessica Noelle Whitley-BSN-Nursing; Nathan Carl Zajicek-BSN-Nursing; Kristina Graece Zufall-BS-Psychology

Copperas Cove

Kirstie Ryan Curry-BA-Speech; Celia Rose Johnson-BS-Psychology

Fort Hood

Dayna Lyn Flynn-BSW-Social Work; Laura Elizabeth Mejean-BSN-Nursing; Stephanie Parada-Estrada-BA-Spanish

Harker Heights

Shannon Denise Aardal-BA-English Language Arts; Christine June Bockin-BSN-Nursing; Emily Catrina Ceballos-BFA-Art; Jerry Thomas Charles-BS-Exercise Science; Ocheze Miriam Chikezie-Darron-BS-Biology; Holly Rose Landis-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Lauren Leigh Reider-BBA-Management; Kyle William Smith-BA-Computer Science


DeSheena Grace Armstrong-BSN-Nursing; Marissa Lynn Betts-BA-English; Passion LaTonya Brown-BS-Psychology Sociology; Maribel Zoraida Castro-Turin-BSN-Nursing; Amber L. Crimmings-BA-Art; Xcaret Duran-Fernandez-BS-Biology; Nicole Rochele Denise Fortune-BS-Biology; Kimberly Shawn Graham-BBA-Management; Stephanie Marie Grant-BS-Biology; Megan Leigh Jalbert-BS-History; Jayna Marie Jansen-BSN-Nursing; Scott Raymond Lantis-BBA-Finance; Kari Lynn Larson-BS-Psychology; Anna Marie Lavern-BFA-Art; LaTonya Yvonne Lazenby-BSN-Nursing; Annjelica Rae Madali-BSN-Nursing; April Murphy-BS-Sociology; Heidi Quashie-Mckie-BS-Psychology Sociology; Consuella LaNell Ross-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Alvia Tamara Serrano-BS-Psychology; Amy Lynn Tointon-Bee-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Stepheni Nichole Tolbert-BSN-Nursing; Stacy Lynn Williams-BSN-Nursing


Ashley Danielle Filippuzzi-BSN-Nursing; John William McDonald-BS-Computer Science; Jason Dale Romine-BSN-Nursing


Cody Joe Cook-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; LeeAnn Sadie White-BSN-Nursing


Clayton Thomas Aker-BA-Christian Ministry; Michael Lawrence Archa-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Kayla Dawn Kirchmeier-BS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Thomas Adam Sirkis-BA-Criminal Justice



Deepthi Nama Alexander-MSIS-Information Systems; Soon Cao-MBA-Business Administration; Benjamin David Carder-MBA-Business Administration; Pradeep Chalmani-MSIS-Information Systems; Yun Cui-MBA-Business Administration; Raja Bharat Reddy Duggimpudi-MSIS-Information Systems; Bharath Guduguntla-MSIS-Information Systems; Kyle William Johnson-MA-Marriage & Family Christian Counseling; Claudia Michelle Knox-MED-Educational Administration; Gordon Michael McCarthy, Jr.-MED-Educational Administration; Lee Cody Munn-MSED-Exercise and Sport Science; Rakesh Reddy Pasnuru-MSIS-Information Systems; Karteek Reddy-MSIS-Information Systems; Yuling Shi-MBA-Business Administration; Qian Qian Song-MBA-Business Administration; Natasha Rae Villegas-MA-Marriage & Family Christian Counseling; Ruotian Wang-MBA-Business Administration; Britney Lian Williams-MA-Marriage & Family Christian Counseling; Erica Kay Winekauf-MBA-Business Administration; Yang Xu-MBA-Business Administration


Adam Richard Miller-MBA-Business Administration

Harker Heights

Roslyn Antonnett Brown-MA-Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Irene Cordero Montalvo-MED-Administration of Intervention Programs


Tonya Lanette Garcia-MED-Curriculum and Instruction; Yolanda C Jones-MA-School Psychology & Counseling; Kevin Paul Leitch-MSED-Exercise and Sport Science; James Daniel Mejias-MA-Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Emmanuel Obiechina Osakwe-MSIS-Information Systems; Tiara Nicole Walz-MSED-Exercise and Sport Science


Wanda Lashell O’Neal-Glass-MSN-Nursing



Cheryl Anne Smith-EDD-Educational Administration


Elizabeth J. Barragan-EDD-Educational Administration; Richard Mason Fletcher-EDD-Educational Administration


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