Speakers encourage graduates to move past roadblocks, live right

PLAINVIEW – Stan Chatman admits that when he first received a letter inviting him to run track at Wayland Baptist University, he didn’t realize exactly what God had in store for his life, nor what he would one day become.

A 1977 WBU graduate, Chatman addressed the common roadblocks to success in his address to the graduating seniors at Wayland during Saturday afternoon ceremonies in Harral Auditorium. Just over 100 students received degrees during the event.

“There are those who believe that they don’t succeed because of their family situation or because of their circumstance, but the reasons people fail lie within themselves,” said Chatman, who serves as executive director for student performance for the Palo Duro cluster of the Amarillo Independent School District.

Chatman said fear, doubt and procrastination are the most common enemies to success and he encouraged graduates to trust in God and lean on scripture to get past those roadblocks.

“You must first admit your fear then turn to your faith. The best cure is to get your eyes off your fear and onto the Lord,” he said. “When you procrastinate, you’re saying there’s something more important than doing what it takes to pursue a godly goal.

“The Lord doesn’t ask us to succeed in the eyes of others but to live a life pleasing to Him.”

Seth Andrews of Lubbock gave the student address for the ceremony, urging his fellow graduates to heed the advice of Aristotle to live lives of justice, temperance and courage.

“Honor yourself by doing the right thing in every situation,” he said. “We must climb over the walls we built here at Wayland and try to be truly great. We won’t all live perfect lives but we can live with courage.”

Three seniors were recognized as having the highest ranking in their class, each finishing with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Joel O’Hair, a mathematics major from Lubbock, was a member of the Pioneer cross country and track team, a four-year Pioneer Scholar and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. He also received the Wallace and Janis Davis Award of the Spirit from the athletics department this spring.

Stacy Teague, a biology major from Albuquerque, N.M., was also honored for her high ranking. Teague was active in student government and was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa women’s service sorority and the Student Alumni Council. She is a four-year Pioneer Scholar and received the award for Outstanding Student in Biology this spring.

Daniel Coutinho, a business and mass communications major from the Comoros Islands of Africa, was recognized for his high ranking as well. Coutinho was involved in the Student Government Association, was named a Spinning Wheel, Who’s Who and a four-year Pioneer Scholar. He worked in the admissions office and for the Traveler staff.

Graduates included the following, listed by degrees granted and with hometown and honors if any:

Master of Arts in Religion: Damon West of Abernathy.

Master of Business Administration: Richard Sandoval of Borger, management.

Master of Christian Ministry: Matthew Garnett of Glen Rose and Jason Stone of Plainview.

Master of Education: Linda Cranmer of Plainview, educational administration; George Guidry of Shallowater, high school certification; Tamara Nuboer of Albuquerque, N.M., elementary education; and Joe Paul Shaffer of Plainview, instructional technology.

Bachelor of Arts: Jacob Bassing of Farmington, N.M., religion; Nate Bridges of Levelland, English/Language Arts; Katherine Butler of Albuquerque, psychology, magna cum laude; Brandon Chancler of Amarillo, religion, magna cum laude; Daniel Coutinho of Comoros Islands, Africa, business and mass communication, summa cum laude; Zach Crook of Albuquerque, English and mass communication, magna cum laude; Brandon Douglas of Woodward, Okla., history; Amanda Dyson of Pampa, English and art, summa cum laude; Timothy Eaves of Plainview, criminal justice; Andrea Evans of Springlake, religious education; Erica Fonseca of Plainview, criminal justice; Stephanie Godino of Plainview; Tabatha Harmonson of Abernathy, criminal justice; Erika Hatla of Clovis, N.M., English; Jodee Helwig of Robert Lee, religion; Milea Huckeby of Wichita Falls, theatre and English; Eric Kaiser of Artesia, N.M., religion, cum laude; Dorothy O’Connell of Lockney, English; Andrew Oglesby of Fort Stockton, mass communication and English; Zane Porter of Lake Havasu City, Ariz., religion and Spanish, magna cum laude; Jennifer Riley of Plainview, theatre, magna cum laude; Natividad Sandoval, Jr. of Olton, history; Shannon Smith of Carrollton, music; Stacey Staples of South Plains, language arts and social studies; Marta Turpin of Carrizo Springs, music, summa cum laude; Richard Varnon of Spearman, criminal justice and Spanish; Adam Wainio of Albuquerque, religion, magna cum laude; Douglas Warren of Plainview, religion and English; and Anne Weaver of Dumas, music.

Bachelor of Business Administration: Sara Allbritton of Tuscola, management and marketing, cum laude; Seth Andrews of Lubbock, accounting, cum laude; James William Barnes of Tulia, management and marketing, cum laude; Brandon Begeman of Electra, agribusiness; Brenda Diego of Hart, accounting; Aaron Ledbetter of Ballinger, management and marketing; Jim Skyler Marr of Plainview, management and marketing; Bo Moore of Arlington, business administration; Trey Roberson of Lubbock, management and marketing, magna cum laude; Cherilyn Serratt-Read of Littlefield, accounting; Sherry Ward of Amarillo, accounting; Kendall Webb of Amarillo, management and marketing; Joann Wright of Lubbock, economics and finance, cum laude.

Bachelor of Christian Ministry: Candess Huber of Brownsville, Christian studies and English; and Valentine Martinez of Olton, Christian studies.

Bachelor of Music: Megan Boone of Clarendon, instrumental education, magna cum laude; Anna Garnett of Fairbanks, Alaska, vocal education, cum laude; Jerod Hon of El Paso, instrumental education; Alan Yarbrough of Andrews, vocal education.

Bachelor of Science: LaVoris Buckner of Wichita Falls, physical education; Christa Condron of Graham, biology, magna cum laude; Tate Criswell of Tulia, physical education; Jessica Faucett of Tijeras, N.M., mathematics, cum laude; Robyn Henderson of Clayton, N.M., chemistry; David Lara, Jr. of Lubbock, physical education; Melanie Mahagan of Plainview, business administration; Chance McMillan of Plainview, physical education; MaryGrace Moore of La Porte, social studies composite, summa cum laude; Joel O’Hair of Lubbock, mathematics, summa cum laude; Kathryn Pearce of Sublette, Kan., chemistry and biology, cum laude; Sheena Shipley of Earth, chemistry and biology; Christie Smith of Kingwood, psychology; Jada Teafatiller of Plainview, physical education; Stacy Teague of Albuquerque, biology, summa cum laude; Chancey Thompson of Anchorage, Alaska, biology; Diana Villarreal of Plainview, biology, cum laude; and Bradley Wuensche of Lubbock, physical education.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Tammy Bownds of Plainview, social studies composite; Laci Bridges of Tulia, elementary education, magna cum laude; Vanessa Garcia of Plainview, elementary education, cum laude; Jennifer Greer of San Antonio, mathematics, cum laude; Sandee Hancock of Plainview, social studies composite, cum laude; Jennifer Hiller of Denver City, mathematics; Sharon Key of Olton, elementary education; Andrea Mendoza of Plainview, elementary education; Debbie Quintana of Plainview, elementary education; Tracy Rosales of Plainview, elementary education, summa cum laude; and Marci Street of Andrews, elementary education.

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education: Elena Azua of Plainview, human services; Juan Campos of Plainview, management; Sheryl Davis of Matador, occupational education; Celestina Espinosa of Plainview, occupational education; Tommie Flick of Kress, occupational education; Martha Garza of Floydada, human services; Michael Lass of Lockney, business administration; Sylvia Luna of Plainview, human services; Victor Madrigal of Hale Center, business administration; Judy Orand of Plainview, occupational education; Chance Perkins of Amarillo, religion, magna cum laude; Dina Ramirez of Plainview, business administration; and Christopher Scales of Farmington, N.M., religion.

Associate of Applied Science: Tiffany Adams of Plainview, business administration; and Judy Orand of Plainview, occupational education.