Graduates encouraged to keep learning, be grateful

July 26, 2010

AMARILLO – In his brief remarks to the graduates of Wayland Baptist University’s Amarillo campus on Friday, Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson encouraged the group to show gratitude to those who helped them achieve the milestone of a college degree and to become lifelong learners.

“You didn’t get here by yourself,” said Richardson, encouraging graduates to thank their family members and friends for their support and sacrifice during their college journey. “And while your classes may be over, your education isn’t.”

Richardson also spoke of the importance of service to one’s fellow man, using an illustration from the sheriff’s office but noting that service related to everyone, regardless of their profession or interests.

Held at Amarillo’s First Baptist Church, the Friday ceremony featured the conferring of degrees on 44 students, including four graduate students, with Dr. Elane Seebo, vice president of external campuses and graduate services, doing the honors. The program also featured special music by Alexis Hall, a senior music student from Wayland’s Plainview campus; prayers by Amarillo campus academic advisor James Tudman and adjunct religion instructor Charles Davenport; and the welcome by campus executive director Dr. J.B. Boren. Leslie Boyd, assistant professor of business for the campus, introduced Richardson before his address.

Graduates included the following, listed by degree received:

Master’s degrees: Rose Marie Anthony-Shaw and Brandon Morrison, Master of Business Administration; Michael Arellano, Master of Arts in Management; and Vanette Barnett, Master of Education.

Bachelor of Applied Science: Daniel Aguilar-Torres, Rose Marie Akins, Howard E. Allen, Angelica Maria Arellano, Sarah Ann Artho, Tiffany Denise Clark, with honors; Lynette Warden Hayhurst, Fidelia Hernandez, Rachel Quintana Hernandez, with honors; Shannon Marie Lee, Rosemary Koemptgen McWilliams, with honors; Anthony M. Mendez, with honors; Lissa Lynn Merchant, Katherine Ann Northcutt, Lance Permenter, with honors; Carlton G. Pippin, Jr., cum laude; Diana Adella Quiroz, Veronica P. Reyes, Robin Ross, Esteven Solis, Angela M. Soto, Susi Wallace and Michael S. Williams.

Bachelor of Christian Ministry: Jonathan Michael Wayne Ray, cum laude.

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education: Taylor M. Allen, Carrie A. Buttram, Melanie D. Castro, Curtis L. Chamberlain, Bruce Anthony Dick, Jr., Robert T. Gabel, Jr., Cheri Burke Griffith, Tonja Antwine Hester, with honors; Angelia Lea Jerome, Daniel C. Johnson, with honors; Matt Johnson, Jason Kyle Lee, Israel Martinez, Jason Michael Myers, Chad Austin Parsons, and Dona Jo Williams, with honors.

Wayland’s Amarillo campus caters primarily to adult students with evening, weekend and online courses to accommodate work schedules and other duties. The campus offers degrees in several majors and is located off I-27 at 4530 Canyon Drive.