Eighty-five WBU graduates participate in commencement ceremony

PLAINVIEW – Eighty-five graduates participated Saturday, May 20, 2023, in commencement ceremonies held at Wayland Baptist University’s main campus in Plainview, Texas.

Wayland graduates received diplomas during ceremonies held at 2 p.m., in Hutcherson Center. Dr. Cindy McClenagan, Vice president for Academic Affairs, presented the candidates for degrees to Dr. Bobby Hall, President, who conferred degrees with assistance from Mark Jones, chairman of Wayland’s Board of Trustees.

Among candidates for graduation are 20 students receiving master’s degrees and 65 receiving bachelor’s degrees. Sixty-four candidates for graduation are from Texas, including 11 from Plainview. Nine students are from other states, including four from New Mexico and one each from New York, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, and Colorado.

Hall gave the President’s Charge, and Sara Elyse Diaz, a graduating senior from Midland, Texas, presented the Student Address. Rylee R. Biggs, a graduating senior from Midland, read Colossians 3:23 from the Bible, and Jacob Stephen Garcia, a graduating senior from Clovis, NM, directed the singing of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Following an invocation by Brody E. Williams, a graduating senior from Fritch, Justin Porter, a graduating senior from Montgomery, AL, led the “Pledge to the United States Flag”, and Joshua Smedema, a graduating senior from Cape Town, South Africa, led the “Pledge to the Christian Flag”. The benediction was led by Lizette Flores Garcia, graduating senior from Plainview, Texas.

Here is a list of the graduates by degree, including their major, and hometown:

Master of Arts in Counseling — Emily Madison Collins, Clinical Counseling, Plainview; Jonathan Roy Forkner, Clinical Counseling, Lubbock; Britney Levy, Clinical Counseling, Belton; Estrella Mendez, Clinical Counseling, Lubbock; Muriam Qaseem Monir, Clinical Counseling, Fort Worth; Anna Leigh Morgan, Clinical Counseling, Lubbock; Whitney L. Sales, Clinical Counseling, Idalou; and Rae Cee Vallejos, Clinical Counseling, Belen, NM.

Master of Arts in Human Services — Zkia Monique Johnson, Idalou, TX.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies — Elizabeth C. Hoffman, Rotan, TX.

Master of Business Administration — Chelsea De’Ane Hunter, Accounting, Lubbock, TX; Dharmil Jatinkumar Khandhar, Management/General Business, Ahmedabad, India; Briana Ann Moore, General Business, Odessa, TX; Luis F. Toro Perdomo, Project Management, Cali, Columbia; Mario Perez, Jr., General Business, Plainview, TX; Luis Daniel Torres Serrano, Management/Digital Marketing, Bucaramanga, Columbia; and Natalie Ann Terry Weg, Digital Marketing, Odessa, TX.

Master of Education — Sarah A. Descamps, Professional Studies, Tahoka, TX; and Julia Sasha Franklin, Elementary Education, Plainview, TX.

Master of Public Administration — Samantha Inez Roybal, Justice Administration, Amarillo, TX.

Bachelor of Applied Science — Isaiah Don Baker, Sports Management, Arlington, TX; Derek Isaiic Dominguez, Digital Marketing, Plainview, TX; Brendan Cory Fisk, Applied Science, Matador, TX; Jacoby Wayne Hunt, Applied Science, Sweetwater, TX; Jackson Lane Kent, Business Administration, Huffman, TX. Johnathan Tyler Latham, Applied Science, Wichita Falls, TX; Rodrick D. Mason, Jr., Personal Training, Dallas; Christopher Daniel McClellan, Justice Administration, Conroe, TX; Tamiko F. Mosley, Human Services, Greenwood, FL; Maria Pesina, Criminal Justice Administration, Dimmitt, TX; James N. Shows, Management, Lubbock, TX; Andrea S. Soliz, Management, Amarillo, TX; Brenden Floyd Strickland, Business Administration, Hobbs, NM; and KayCee Michelle Thiebaud, Business Administration, Lockney, TX.

Bachelor of Arts — Madeline Lee Alison, Graphic Design, Houston, TX; Manuel Alejandro Arguijo, Justice Administration, Del Rio, TX; Danijel Bozic, Business Administration, Karlsruhe, Germany; Sara Elyse Diaz, Sociology/Theological Studies, Midland, TX; Deborah Lynn Basia Weiss DiSalvo, Music, Plainview, TX; Jacob Stephen Garcia, Music, Clovis, NM; Dezirae Serna Guitron, Criminal Justice Administration, Plainview, TX; Justin Porter, Media Communication Specialist, Montgomery, AL; Alissa Michelle Sanchez, Criminal Justice  Administration; Denton, TX; Darian Angel Torres, Media Communication Specialist, El Paso, TX; and Ashley D. Treviño, Justice Administration, Hale Center, TX.

Bachelor of Business Administration — Bryan Alfaro, Economics/Finance, Houston, TX; Kayla Renae Cobbley, Management/Marketing, Huffman, TX; Rene Arturo Nunez Feliz, Business Administration, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Luis Felipe Soares Fernandes, Business Administration, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Steven Anthony Flowers, Jr., Cyber Security, Rowlett, TX; Cesar Lopez, Management/Marketing, Mexico City, Mexico; Milo Munguia, Jr., Business Administration, Cuyamel, Honduras; Ryan Naidoo, Management/Marketing, Johannesburg, South Africa; Flor Cristina Pantoja, Accounting, Plainview, TX; Jaxon King Recer, Sports Management, Pottsboro, TX; Cole C. Rubac, Accounting, Kennedale, TX; Zachary Clifford Stevens, Sports Management, Fairport, NY; Gabriel Aplicano Tito, Management/Marketing, Rowlett, TX, Brody E. Williams, Accounting, Fritch, TX; and Edgar Rene Zamarripa, Jr., Business Administration, Plainview, TX.

Bachelor of Christian Ministry — Jesse Bennett, Co-Vocational Ministry, Brownwood, TX; and David Kennith McDougle, Christian Ministry, Monahans, TX.

Bachelor of Science with Honors — Devin H. Davis, Thesis: “Phalanx Warfare in Ancient Greece”, History, Dallas, TX.

Bachelor of Science — Rylee R. Biggs, Biological Sciences, Midland, TX; Jesus Cano, Mathematics, Artesia, NM; Hannah Cardy, Justice Administration, Plainview, TX; Dennis James Daugherty, V, Molecular Biology, Broomfield, CO; Gerrit R. Deatherage, History, Iowa Park, TX; Ricardo Flores, Molecular Biology, Plainview, TX; Kaitlin C. Garcia, Biological Sciences, Lubbock, TX; Ilan D. Joffe, Computer Science, Sydney, Australia; Carsen Shea Miles, Psychology, Nashville, TN; Ajacia Kara Mojica, Biological Sciences, Lubbock, TX, Kanade Morita, Exercise and Sport Science, Kanagawa, Japan; Olivia G. Ricci, Justice Administration, Fort Worth, TX; Joshua D. Servantez, Biological Sciences, Lubbock, TX; Hope Ashley Shatto, Psychology, Wichita Falls, TX; Ashlyn Jade Shelley, Biological Sciences, Idalou, TX; Joshua Smedema, Exercise and Sport Science, Cape Town, South Africa; Alexander E. Spencer, Computer Science, Lubbock, TX; Araceli Torres, Molecular Biology, Odessa, TX; and Schkiria K. Weatherton, Molecular Biology, Clarendon, TX.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies — Brandon C. Chapin, Middle School Social Studies, Arlington, TX; Lizette Flores Garcia, Middle School Mathematics, Plainview, TX; and Kevin Lee White, Jr., Middle School Social Studies, Tahoka, TX.

Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging, learning-focused, and distinctively Christian environment for professional success and service to God and humankind. The university was established in 1908 by pioneer physician Dr. James Henry Wayland, who believed that education should be accessible to all and that it should be grounded in faith in Christ. Wayland is the oldest institution of higher education in continuous existence on the High Plains of Texas and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

In addition to the home campus in Plainview, Texas, Wayland operates campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and San Antonio, Texas; Phoenix and Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; and Mililani, Hawaii. The university also offers full degree programs online, as well as a nursing program through Wayland’s San Antonio campus.