Graduates participate in May commencement ceremony

PLAINVIEW, TX — Graduates participated Saturday, May 18, in commencement ceremonies held at Wayland Baptist University’s main campus in Plainview, Texas.

Ninety-eight Wayland graduates received diplomas during the ceremony 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. He was assisted by Mark Jones, chair of Wayland’s Board of Trustees.

Graduates included seven students receiving doctoral degrees, 17 students receiving master’s degrees, and 74 students receiving bachelor’s degrees. There were 66 graduates from Texas, including 12 from Plainview. Among the graduates were 16 students from 14 others states and one student from American Samoa. In addition to the United States, 12 countries were represented among 15 candidates for graduation.

Hall gave the President’s Charge, and Luke J. Brockway, a graduating senior from Kilgore, presented the Student Address. Dylan Lee Jerden, a graduating senior from New Deal, read Philippians 1:6 from the Bible. Dr. Sarah Herrington, Assistant Professor of Music Education and Director of Choral Studies, directed the singing of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing and then later the singing of the Alma Mater.

Following an invocation by Paten Czarina Denton, a graduating senior from Conway, AR, Hans Christian Doughtie, a graduating senior from Houston, led the “Pledge to the United States Flag” and the “Pledge to the Christian Flag”. Aubrey Jaramillo, a graduating senior from Clarendon, gave the benediction.

For a limited time, livestream coverage of the ceremony is available at

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

Doctor of Management — Michael Wayne Diehl, Cumberland, MD; Erma J. Huey, Lubbock, TX; Michelle Alexandra Koontz, Eagle River, AK; Jordan Nicolle Payton, San Antonio, TX; Melissa Marie Perez, Plainview, TX; Erlee J. Rodriguez, Houston, TX; and Victoria Vazquez, Helotes, TX.

Master of Arts in Counseling — Ryiann Araujo, Clinical Counseling, Lockney, TX; Mark Sheldon Cobb, Clinical Counseling, Amarillo, TX; Lauren Meredith Etheredge, Clinical Counseling, Lubbock, TX; and Tanya Ivette Pavez, Clinical Counseling, Panhandle, TX.

Master of Arts in Criminal Justice — Carlos Anthony Martinez, Las Vegas, NV; Gilbert R Sanchez, Lubbock, TX; and Anthony Sollano, Cypress, TX.

Master of Arts in English — Matthew Caleb Race, Levelland, TX.

Master of Arts in Human Services — Melanie Fitz-Hugh Knabe, Lubbock, TX; and Nicolas J. Quintero, San Antonio, TX.

Master of Arts in Management — Melisa Calderón Holguín, Human Resource Management, Cali, Colombia.

Master of Business Administration — Jovanny Andres Cortes-Ochoa, General Business, Humble, TX; Kali Maxine Garza, Accounting, Plainview, TX; Jahvonta Jones, Digital Marketing, Seattle, WA; and Mason Powers, Health Care Administration, Plainview, TX.

Master of Divinity — E. Clint Wren, Midland, TX.

Master of Education — Aute Ma’a Tupuola, Professional Studies, Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Bachelor of Applied Science — Rodney L. Carson, Jr., Business Administration, Cheltenham, PA; Stephanie Diaz, Justice Administration, Plainview, TX; Nayshona Viola Givens, Business Administration, Olathe, KS; Baby Jeudy, Applied Science, Anchorage, AK; Jose Angel Martinez, Business Administration, Plainview, TX; Yoherlian Bejarano Molina, Sports Management; Palmira, Colombia; Hudson James Sackett, Sports Management, Slaton, TX; Zachary Shanklin III, Business Administration, Houston, TX; Owen Peter Thomas, Applied Science, Birmingham, England; Yvonne Gamez Tristan, Applied Science, Plainview, TX; and Da’Tarion Temarr York, Business Administration, Willis, TX.

Bachelor of Arts with Honors — Ethan Byers, History, Lubbock, TX.

Bachelor of Arts — D’Michael Escabar Bellfield, Criminal Justice Administration, Palestine, TX; Paten Czarina Denton, Art, Conway, AR; Lillian Grace Jolly, Humanities, Plainview, TX; Jesus A. Soto, Business Administration/Spanish, Juan Aldama, México; Perla Yulisa Trujillo, Spanish Education, Plainview, TX; and Angel D. Vega, Media Arts, Chicago, IL.

Bachelor of Business Administration — Lucero Jazmin Angel, Digital Marketing, Plainview, TX; James Daniel Arambula, Management, Fort Worth, TX; Nathan Josiah Baca, Management/Marketing, Pecos, TX; Edwin O. Benavides, Management/Marketing, Houston, TX; William K. Bundy, Cyber Security, Roanoke, TX; Bianca Rachelle Cunningham, Management/Marketing, Forney, TX; Hans Christian Doughtie, Accounting, Houston, TX; Hayden S. Ingram, Digital Marketing, Sachse, TX; Brodrick Andrae Jackson II, Sports Management, Plainview, TX; Caleb Lex Jennings, Economics/Finance, Lockhart, TX; Jeffrey Thomas Lucido, Management/Marketing, Colorado Springs, CO; Bryan I. Mena, Business Administration, Crystal City, TX; Vlastimil Miler, Sports Management, Hýskov, Czech Republic; Jay Nathwani, Management/Marketing, Arusha, Tanzania; Gabriel de Pauli Paglioni, Economics/Finance, São Paulo, Brazil; Monet Sierra Parker, Health Care Administration, Plainview, TX; Matthew James Unangst, Sports Management, San Jose, CA; and Daniel Ruiz Vallejo, Management/Marketing, Santander, Spain.

Bachelor of Christian Ministry — Jeremy Bates, Christian Ministry, Amarillo, TX; Christopher Colby Chadwick, Theological Studies, Tulia, TX; Sean Christopher Chambers, Christian Ministry, Faribault, MN; and Abbie Lyn Drake, Christian Ministry, Plainview, TX.

Bachelor of Science with Honors — Christian Aaron Ortega, Computer Science, Midland, TX.

Bachelor of Science — Marchelle C. Bowden, Psychology, Milwaukee, WI; Luke J. Brockway, Molecular Biology, Kilgore, TX; Garrett L. Bush, Fitness Management, Eunice, NM; Faith Jasmin Castillo, Criminal Justice Administration, Sunray, TX; Hope Divine Castillo, Fitness Management, Sunray, TX; Kaden J. Cleavinger, Exercise and Sport Science, Nazareth, TX; Adriano Massimo C. Coppolecchia, Exercise and Sport Science, Brussels, Belguim; Jesse Dominic Diaz, Jr., Environmental Science, Amarillo, TX; Cody S. Dixon, Life Science, Hereford, TX; Tori Dawn Dronet, Exercise and Sport Science, Biloxi, MS; Isaiah J. Edgerton, Criminal Justice Administration, El Paso, TX; Harry James Garbutt, Exercise and Sport Science, Warrington, England; Maria Ghaleb, Fitness Management, Zgharta, Lebanon; Jesus M. Gomez, Justice Administration, El Paso, TX; Francisca Castelló González, Environmental Science, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Hector Hernandez, Jr., Psychology, Olney, TX; Aubrey Jaramillo, Sociology, Clarendon, TX; James Cooper Jauz, Exercise and Sport Science Education, Midland, TX; Dylan Lee Jerden, Life Science Education, New Deal, TX; Kaitlyn D. Jerden, Fitness Management, Littlefield, TX; Celeste Emma Lozano, Biological Sciences, Christoval, TX; Lindsey Elise Suffle Martinez, Biological Sciences, El Paso, TX; Manuella Donmeza Nanmetio, Computer Science, Douala, Cameroon; Jamie Rinquest, Biological Sciences, Cape Town, South Africa; Morgan Rutledge, Environmental Science, Melanchthon, Canada; Jace Sanchez, Exercise and Sport Science, Dimmitt, TX;  John Harper Terry, Exercise and Sport Science, Odessa, TX; Ashlynn Nicole Watley, Exercise and Sport Science, Bastrop, TX; Caleb B. Wilson, Environmental Science, Sudan, TX; and Elizabeth Grace Wirth, Chemistry, Houston, TX.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies — Reagan Jewell Cordell, Middle School Social Studies, Farmington, NM; Ryan Keaton Davis, Middle School Social Studies; Perryton, TX; Evan Mickens, Middle School Social Studies, Houston, TX.