WBU holds spring commencement

May 5, 2012

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University held its spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, in Hutcherson Center, conferring degrees on 117 graduates.

Following a welcome from Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes, Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Bobby Hall recognized Mrs. Christa Smith for her 43 years of service to Wayland, bestowing on her the title of Emeritus Professor of Modern Languages and Literature.

Dr. Armes then recognized Ross Harriman as the highest ranking graduate. Harriman, from Fritch, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in religion, maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

Daniel Bassing, from Farmington, N.M., served as the senior class speaker, challenging his classmates to “take it to the next level.”

“Life is extremely difficult,” said Bassing, who graduated with a double-major in religion and history. “Where do we go now? What comes next?”

Bassing urged his fellow graduates to consider their time and Wayland. He pointed out how much has changed since they all started their college career at Wayland. As students, they have seen the addition of new athletics programs and a new dorm. And they were here during Wayland’s Centennial year in 2008.

“Like Wayland,” he said, “our lives are in constant change. It is our responsibility to change and adapt.”

Secondly, Bassing challenged his classmates to persevere and not give up at the first sign of trouble. He said success comes through perseverance.
“I’m scared to death of what the future holds,” Bassing said. “But God has a plan for my life. He has a plan for your life as well.”

Dr. Armes echoed Bassing’s challenge in his brief, three-point charge to the students.

“Don’t let today be the finish line,” Armes said. “Make today a new beginning.”

In his first charge, Armes challenged student to continue to learn and to grow. Through their continued education and growth, he challenged them to not underestimate the power they have to change the world.

“To those who are called to serve and to share, you have limitless possibilities,” he said.

The third point Armes made to students is the importance of seeking God’s will through which they will find meaning, purpose and peace.

The following students received diplomas on Saturday:
Master of Arts in English: Traci Jimenez, Lubbock; Amy Nelson, Lubbock
Master of Arts in History: Vicki De Leon, Clovis, N.M.; Robert Fortner, Plainview

Master of Arts in Counseling: Cynthia Bowen, Lubbock; Carey Bridgeman, Fluvanna; Kimberlee Brinkley, Shallowater; Roberta Godsey, Stratford; J. Jerome Johnson, El Paso; Orva Ledbetter, Lubbock; Alyssa Lindsey, Greenville; Tamela Long, Aledo; Whytney Mask, Whitewright; Laci Merrell, Hereford; Teresa Moore, Plainview; Courtney Pinkerton-Samsel, Lubbock; Sheila Russell, Seminole; heather Schueler, Friona; Alice Sladek, Stratford; Karis White-Tanner, Odessa; Jennifer Whitten, Wolfforth; Hether Woolsey, Clovis, N.M.

Master of Business Administration: Elizabeth Hoffman, Rotan.

Master of Christian Ministry: Nathan Keller, Amarillo; Damon Pearce, Lamesa

Master of Education: Alyse Anthony, Plainview; Lucia Arellano, Plainview; Tina Bettis, Plainview; Jenna Fitzgerald, Dimmitt; Charmaine Love, Kansas City, Mo.; Kalum McKay, Commerce; Amy Rendon, Midland; Buck Watkins, Hunker, Penn.

Master of Public Administration: Daniel Mendoza, Burkburnett; Nolita Oliveira, Mertzon

Bachelor of Applied Science: Allen Edward, Plainview; Mirandi Edwards, Houston; Jennifer Falcon, Plainview; Jonathan Fleming, Brady; Trinity Ford, Lockney; Nic Shadle, Puyallup, Wash.; Katie Wright, Levellland.

Bachelor of Arts: Chase Aycock, Lorenzo; Daniel Bassing, Farmington, N.M.; Casey Brazell, Lubbock; Corinna Browning, Channing; Kayleen Cox, Haxtun, Colo.; Robert Estes, Highland Ranch, Colo.; Ross Harriman, Fritch; Lance Heinen, Plainview; Lesley Gatlin Hoffman, Graham; James Holder, Channelview; Jess Huckabay, College Station; Zachary Johnson, Itasca; Kate Trejos, Bogota, Colombia; Kennith Lydick, Yuma, Colo.; Andrew Marquez, Petersburg; Hector Martinez, Floydada; Krystal Noggler McCune, Canyon; Morgan Metcalf, Big Spring; Allie Miles, Hobbs, N.M.; Landon Miller, Amarillo; Rachel Morrison, Turkey; Marcos Navarrete, Spearman; Shawn Pebsworth, Shallowater; Tatiana Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia; Meghan Swanson, Midland; Aaron Urlaub, Wickenburg, Ariz.; Matthew Vaquera, Plainview; Craig Woody, Vernon.

Bachelor of Business Administration: Darren Ash, Gunnison, Colo.; Bianca Grant, Needville; John Keith IV, Lubbock; Ayne Magombe, Dar es salaam, Tanzania; Tad Nixon, Plainview; Rodrigo de Jesus Silva, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bradley Sinnett, Johannesburg, South Africa; Joshua Teague, Pensacola, Fla.; Sarah Wason, Plainview; Bobby Watkins, Amarillo; Alexandria Williams, Amarillo; Tiffany Williams, San Angelo; Silvia Zahn, Muleshoe.

Bachelor of Music: Elizabeth Carleo, Irving; Caleb McLean, Colleyville; Tiffany Mosier, Amarillo; Kendra Ortego-Nelson, Marble Falls; James Roberts, Clarendon; Matthew Whitson, Lubbock; Daniel Williams, Hobbs, N.M.

Bachelor of Science: Brittany Anderle, Lindsay; Najuka Anderson, Lubbock; Danielle Arnold, Panhandle; Colby Coleman, Plainview; Katherine Duran, Greenwood; Emily Gibson, Early; Beronica Griego, Plainview; Kimberli Harger, Lubbock; Scott Keane, San Angelo; Lucius Lopez, Mesquite; Cody McClary, Amarillo; Latanya Nation, Clarendon, Jamaica; Corin Olivas, Hobbs, N.M.; Roxanne Paslay, Garland; Erika Raymond, Plainview; Dustin Sanders, Plainview; Rebekah Slentz, Levelland; Corben Water, Bovina; Stephanie Whitaker, Chico; Adam Zepeda, Floydada.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Rebekah Collins, Granbury; Laura Higgs, Keller; Lindsey Mireles, Gruver; Rachel Stanfield, Plainview.

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education: Alisa Jimenez, Plainview; Felicia Salinas, Plainview.

Associate of Arts: Emmanuel Brown, Yuma, Ariz.