Wayland celebrates with graduates at commencement
May 9, 2015
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University held its spring commencement exercises Saturday afternoon in Hutcherson center with 113 students receiving their diplomas.
Emileigh Willems, a bachelor of science with honors major from Lubbock, and Katherine Teinert, a media communications specialist major from Portland, Texas, were recognized as highest ranking graduates. Each completed their undergraduate degrees with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.
Sarah Wennersten, of Marysville, Wash., who earned a degree in fitness management, served as the senior class speaker, challenging her fellow graduates to “take the oars.” Quoting a Latin proverb that translated states, “If the wind will not surf, take to the oars,” Wennersten said that in this ocean of life, there are endless possibilities and places to go. She challenged her classmates to choose the direction they want to go and work to get there.
“Once in a while, a breeze comes. It fills our sails and takes us places we never thought we’d go,” she said. “Other times it seems we sit in the middle of nowhere and we have a choice to make. We can either sit, not move and wait to see of a breeze will come and take us somewhere, or we can take to the oars.”
Wennersten said not only is it important to steer in the desired direction, but also taking what was learned and applying it to life.
“Everyone of us will have to decide on a daily basis if we will do just enough to get by or if we will go above and beyond to find success in our careers and in life,” she said. “Hard work pays off. We are evidence of that today.”
Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes expressed pride in the students for their accomplishments and charged the students to not look at commencement as an ending, but a beginning.
“This is not the last time you’ll learn something new,” he said. “Probably not the last time you’ll take an exam of one kind or another. I challenge you to look for those opportunities that stretch you and expand you and make you consider more profoundly and personally than ever before what it is God really wants to do in and through your life. You will find joy in that journey that you will not find in anything else.”
Those receiving degrees on Saturday were:
Master of Arts in Counseling: Erin Bagwell, Lubbock; Stephanie Boydstun, Vega; Amber Chapman, Midland; Francis Daniels, Crosbyton; Brandy Heads, Plainview; Lauren Jones, Lubbock; Adrin King, Altus, Okla.; Linda Podzemny, Amarillo; Armida Rivas, Lubbock
Master of Arts in English: Ashley Barros, Woodward, Okla.; Mary Coleman, Plainview
Master of Arts in History: Nicole Line, Littlefield
Master of Arts in Management: Amber Smith, Plainview
Master of Business Administration: Loli Gonzales-Hill, San Antonio; Trey Isaacson, Plainview; Nathalia Jordan, Cali, Colombia; Padmapriya Penmatcha, Lubbock; Jennifer Salter, Mariett, Ga.
Master of Divinity: Damon Pearce, Clovis, N.M.
Master of Education: JoAnn Chavarria, Floydada; Brandi Cook, Texline; Brett Cook, Plainview; James Darnell, Jr., Artesia N.M.; Jerrie Darnell, Artesia, N.M.; Katrina Garrett, Plainview; Julie Horner, Artesia, N.M.; Yesenia Pardo, Plainview; Marci Street, Andrews; Tricia Teran, Midland; Michael Weldon, Carlsbad, N.M.
Master of Public Administration: John Hungerford, Fort Worth; Robert Wachter, Clovis, N.M.
Bachelor of Applied Science: Cynthia Castillo, Plainview; Royal Crouch, Gary, Ind.; Holly Davis, Shreveport, La.; Laura Diaz, Hart; Kendall Durant, Washington, D.C.; Mariah Glenn, Lynwood, Cal.; James Hannan, Brea, Cal.; Samuel Juarez, Floydada; Fedha Mohamed-Elyas, Comores Islands; Tyrone Murray, Orange, N.J.; Rosa Rodriguez, Heidelberg, Germany; John Ulrey, Plainview
Bachelor of Arts: Brandon Allen, Omaha, Neb.; LaTericka Anderson, Mesquite; Brinton Askins, Amarillo; Logan Askins, Amarillo; Andrews Cosper, Borger; Whitney Fernandez, Garland; Manuel Freeland, Edna; Alyssa Guerra, Lubbock; Kamber Hayes, Plainview; Johnny Hendrixson, Rowlett; Robert Hovey, Miami; Claire Jacobsma, Midland; Ross James, Post; Tessa Kendrick, Big Spring; Blair Magee, Idalou; Samuel Martin, Plainview; Danielle Mondragon, Plainview; Biatris Montelongo, Plainview; Jon-Lucas Poe, Midland; Katherine Teinert, Portland; Shalee White, Plainview; Benjamin Whiteside, Lake Dallas; Lance Williams, Amarillo; Sarah Williams, Plainview
Bachelor of Business Administration: Carissa Cox, Plainview; Thomas DiCarlo Phoenix, Ariz.; Darryn Els, Durban, South Africa; Maria Hernandez, Plainview; Victor Hernandez, Plainview; Grecia Herrera, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico; Andi James, Lubbock; Dusty Ledbetter, Plainview; Karaleigh Mason, Plainview; Amanda Ramirez, Plainview; Jovany Reyes, Caguas, Puerto Rico; Lamin Sawaneh, Atlanta, Ga.
Bachelor of Christian Ministry: Edward LeCompte, Jr., Shelbyville, Ken.; Bartlett Staton, Perryton
Bachelor of Music: Pedro Hernandez, Lubbock; Thomas Yeates, Lubbock
Bachelor of Science With Honors: Jessica Kenneson, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Emileigh Willems, Lubbock
Bachelor of Science: Nicole Adams, Amarillo; Kevin Alexander, Memphis; Christopher Buitron, Brownsville; Melissa Cejas, Fort Worth; Trudi Cooke, Plainview; Michael Cowan, Glendale, Ariz.; Iesha Greer, Reno, Nev.; Evan Hearn, Plainview; Justin Januta, Plainview; Kaylee Lawrence, Crowley; Damian Lovato, Farmington, N.M.; Thomas McElwain, Pampa; Jordan Nelson, Cavecreek, Ariz.; Tami Patterson, Dodson; Ashley Rivera, Plainview; Jarrod Smith, Springtown; Megan Speer, Abernathy; Denard Steele, Detroit, Mich.; Angela Vyborny, Citrus Heights, Cal.; Colt Welch, Canyon; Sara Wennersten, Marysville, Wash.; Ashlyn Westerman, Liberal, Kan.
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Timothy Drew, Plainview; Sarah Langford, Tucson, Ariz.; Chasity Mooney, Plainview;
Haley Reiser, Amarillo; Kaye Rillera, Silver Spring, M.D.
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