Speakers encourage 'no fear' attitude to new Wayland graduates 

May 8, 2010

PLAINVIEW – While events of the past few months may bring plenty of reason for anxiety, Russell Daniel urged his fellow graduates of Wayland Baptist University to have a “no fear” attitude toward the future.

As the senior class speaker for the Plainview commencement ceremony held at Hutcherson Center, Daniel mentioned that while the fear of the Lord is the beginning of true wisdom as the Proverb says, that doesn’t mean life is to be feared.

“The last few years of our lives have been pretty predictable, but the future is never really predictable,” Daniel said. “We experience a lot of fear and uncertainty in life, but there is one who knows the future and that is the Lord God almighty.”

Daniel encouraged his classmates with the words of Joshua, to “be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

“God gives us hope and a peace that passes all understanding. But we have to trust in Him,” Daniel said. “Our world needs people to stand up for what’s right, offer them hope and something solid.”

Wayland president Dr. Paul Armes gave a brief charge to graduates as well, urging them not to underestimate their power to change the world or the impact of faith in Christ on their lives. 

“And it really does matter how you live,” he said. “It speaks to who you are.”

The ceremony also included conferring of an honorary Bachelor of Letters degree on Delbert McDougal, a member of Wayland’s Board of Trustees and a longtime developer in Lubbock. Dr. Patricia Herman, who retired in 2009 after 16 years as professor of education, was presented the honor of emeritus status. In a departure from the printed program, Armes also led the audience in a brief moment of silence for James Hogue, a member of the School of Business faculty who died unexpectedly on Thursday. His seat in the faculty lineup was left empty in his memory.           

Seniors participating in the ceremony included Kevin Burrow of Tulia, leading the invocation; Kiana Bullard of Borger, leading the pledge; Khrystyne Eckerd of Ruidoso, N.M., reading the scripture; Jon Michael Clifton of Sunrise Beach, leading the hymn; Jordan Nelson of Ralls introducing the senior speaker; Terra Watson of Plainview, presenting special music; and Rebecca Ballinger of Lubbock, directing the alma mater.

Armes recognized four seniors as highest ranking, all graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. They are Lauren Davis of Red Oak, Kirby Dunn of Bowie, Vincent Robles of Post and Alayna Siebman of Childress.

Earning degrees during the ceremony were the following, listed by degree and with hometowns, majors and any applicable Latin honors:

Master of Arts in Counseling: Krysta Jan Cecil, Lubbock; Patricia Gayle Coleman, Borger; Michael S. Cox, Plainview; Jessica Kay Gower, Littlefield; Patricia Marie Morales, Lubbock; Pete Cris Ramos, Plainview; Staci Lea Rocha, Lubbock; Amelia Salazar, Lubbock; DeAnna Lee Sheets, Canyon.

Master of Arts in Management: Hayley A. Cox Anderson, Organization Management, Plainview

Master of Business Administration: Jason Omar Carter, International Management, Christ Church, Barbados; Oliver Paul Koen, General Business, Plainview; Ty Reed Nixon, Management Information Systems, Plainview

Master of Christian Ministry: Kristopher James Knippa, Christian Ministry, Dallas

Master of Education: Amanda G. Cornett, Science Education, Hale Center; Rita Maree Cox, Secondary Education, Plainview; Michelle Ann Daily, Educational Diagnostics, Plainview; Dana Lea Herrington, Educational Administration, Floydada; Dalton Wayne Jennings II, Secondary Education, Plainview; Christopher Russ Paddock, Educational Administration, Amarillo; Timothy Ray Wylie, Instructional Leadership, Missouri City

Master of Science: Juannah S Brice, Silverton; Belinda Webster Craig, Sunray; Renee George Hartman, Sunray; Jan May Reeves, Plainview; Jamie Byrd Scarborough, Silverton; Dorothy Frances Young, Halfway.

Bachelor of Arts with Honors: Lauren Marie Davis, History/English, Red Oak, Summa Cum Laude; Vincent David Robles, English, Post, Summa Cum Laude.

Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors: Russell Gordon Daniel, Economics/Finance, Hillsboro, Summa Cum Laude. 

Bachelor of Applied Science: Ernesto Ramirez Amaya, Justice Administration, Plainview; Cory G. Baker, Business Administration, Princeton, La.; Rosa Maria Hernandez, Business Administration, Plainview; Emily Lamar Mercado, Business Administration, Lockney; Manuel Prieto, Business Administration, Abernathy; Gwendolyn Annette Ratheal, Business Administration, Stamford; Cher Wilson, Applied Science, Plainview.

Bachelor of Arts: Timothy Ross Barnes, Art, Tulia; Douglas Wayne Brown, Music Theory/Composition, Brownwood, Cum Laude; Kiana Elise Bullard, Spanish, Borger, Magna Cum Laude; Kevin Brian Burrow, Religion, Tulia, Magna Cum Laude; Sean Donovan Ditmore, Mass Communication/Political Science, Plainview, Cum Laude; Allen Scott Duncan, Religion/Business Administration, Rio Vista, Cum Laude;

Khrystyne Corina Eckerd, Religion, Ruidoso, N.M., Summa Cum Laude; Julia Sasha Franklin, Music, Plainview; Jason Jamaal Griffin, Business Administration, Friendswood; Jackie F. Guerrero, Sociology, Plainview; Amber Nicole Hamilton, Religious Education, Meridian, Cum Laude; Meredith Michelle Hardy, Spanish, Lubbock, Magna Cum Laude; Daurie Emmaly Harris, English, Perryton, Summa Cum Laude; Aaron Ray Highsmith, English, Lubbock; Elizabeth Carol Hoffman, Business Administration, Rotan; Lauren Hough, Business Administration, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Whytney Rene’e Mask         , Psychology, Whitewright; Jordan Trey Nelson, Religion, Ralls; Tyson J. Nolen, History Education, Weatherford; Jodi Lee Patterson, English/Language Arts, Southland, Cum Laude; Elva Yecenia Pedroza, Business Administration/Spanish, Seymour; Alyssa Victoria Perez, Psychology, Greenville; Brandy Marie Reyes, Criminal Justice, Plainview; Edgar A. Rollins, Music/Business Administration, Canadian; Alayna Laura Siebman, English/Language Arts, Childress, Summa Cum Laude; Carl Edward Slaton, Psychology, Grand Prairie, Summa Cum Laude; Melanie Grace Vasquez, Religion, Hobbs, N.M.; Sabrina Weller, English/Language Arts, Plainview; Joshua Young, Composite Religion, Houston.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Shyla Maurine Ott, Middle School Language Arts, Palo Pinto

Bachelor of Business Administration: Lucia Arellano, Management/Marketing, Plainview; Amanda Michelle Beals, Management/Marketing, Mansfield; Timothy Don Conner, Accounting, Muleshoe; Laura Elena Cortazar, Management Information Systems, Plainview; Russell Gordon Daniel, Economics/Finance, Hillsboro; Kirby Andrew Dunn, Business Administration, Bowie, Summa Cum Laude; Robert James Guerra, Economics/Finance, Plainview; Evelyn M. Jaime, Business Administration, Hale Center; Edite Kresa, International Management, Riga, Latvia; Valerie Lopez, Business Administration, Plainview; Daryl Ann Lowry, Management/Marketing, Chico; Rose A. Ouma, Accounting, Eldoret, Kenya; John D. Palmer, Management Information Systems, Houston; Keliesha Ronnette Ross, Management/Marketing, Arlington; Johneric Ruben Rubio, Management/Marketing, Plainview; Brett Michael Swett, Economics/Finance, Riddle, Ore.; Alesha Rose Taulbee, Economics/Finance, Plainview; Terra Laurett Watson, Management/Marketing, Plainview; Joshua Lehman Delonge Weiss, Management/Marketing, Moriarty, N.M.; Kevin James Weller, Accounting, Plainview;

Kristal Wilson, Management Information Systems, Floydada.

Bachelor of Christian Ministry: Bryan Thomas Trotter, Littlefield.

Bachelor of Music: Matthew Ryan Anderson, Music Education, Anchorage, Magna Cum Laude, Alaska; Rebecca Ann Ballinger, Vocal Performance, Lubbock; Jon Michael Clifton, Music Education, Sunrise Beach, Cum Laude; Barbara Jeanne Reynolds, Music Education, Rome, N.Y., Magna Cum Laude; Rachel Anne Williams, Vocal Performance/Theatre, Plainview.

Bachelor of Science: Michael Cason Almon, Mathematics, Plainview; Kimberly Christeen Berry, Psychology, Plainview; Noe Josue Chaparro, Molecular Biology, Perryton, Magna Cum Laude; Bobby Lynn Curtis, Biology, Allen; Kydia LeAn Echols, Physical Education, Harleton, Magna Cum Laude; Analicia Estrada, Physical Education, El Paso; Zachariah James Hawkins, Molecular Biology, Burkburnett; Kasandra Leann Hughes, Chemistry, Plainview; Victoria Catherine Hund-Stewart, Psychology, Plainview; Dean Allen Kellum, Mathematics Education, Plainview; Jarrod Lynn Lindsey, Mathematics, Grady, N.M.; Armando Martinez, Physical Education, Plainview; Arthur Michael Prell II, Exercise and Sport Science, Carlsbad, N.M.; Andrew Leon Pruitt; Exercise and Sport Science, Plainview.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Kami K. Nicole Allen, Elementary Education, Mesquite; Kristin Blakely, Elementary Education, Borger, Cum Laude; Katherine Mae Brown, Elementary Education, Plainview, Cum Laude; Susie Kay Garcia, Elementary Education, Hart; Odilia Maldonado, Elementary Education, Floydada; Lauren Grice Massey, Elementary Education, Clinton, N.C.; Timmy Eugene McCune, Middle School Mathematics, Denver City; Suzanne Noel, Elementary Education, Plainview; Lucas Roush Oliver, Elementary Education, Kenai, Alaska; Dominga Garza Rodriguez, Elementary Education, Plainview; Misty Lynn Stone-Williams, Elementary Education, Plainview.

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education: Jeremy Lane Huffhines, Occupational Education, Hale Center; Laura Ann Hill Moran, Occupational Education, Plainview.