Wayland Recognizes December Graduates

December 18, 2017


Roger Barr standing at a podium
Graduating senior Roger Barr of Hobbs, N.M. gives the graduation address at Wayland Baptist University’s December Commencement on Saturday. Barr graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in two-dimensional art.

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University recognized 65 graduating students at commencement exercises on Saturday afternoon in Harral Memorial Auditorium. Along with 14 earning master’s degrees, 51 undergraduates participated in the ceremony.

Levi Brown, Sierra Carter, Kaitlyn Nichols and Courtney Pruett were recognized as highest ranking graduates, each graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Brown, from Plainview, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, as did Carter of Prescott, Ariz. Nichols, from Taos, N.M., earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management information systems, and Pruett graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in fitness management.

Roger Barr, a two-dimensional art major from Hobbs, N.M., addressed his fellow graduates, challenging them to take advantage of time. Barr said it should come as no surprise that when you take time for granted or are constantly battling against it, time has a “subtle way of pushing back.”

“I’ll admit that with some of my projects, I made the mistake of trying to speed things along a bit,” Barr said. “While I finished and did well in most of my projects, I’m left knowing that I might not have done my best. The truth is, when we cut corners, we cut ourselves short of our best work.”

Barr encouraged graduates to set goals no matter where life leads and to work diligently to accomplish those goals.

“I look forward to the great things that you will all accomplish as we set foot into the real world,” he said. “It’s a dark place, but we are Pioneers, and I’m confident that each of you will carry the light Wayland has helped you – has helped us – fan into flames.”

Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall added to Barr’s charge, encouraging graduates to change the world by doing the work that God has called them to do.

“It’s your turn,” Hall said. “It’s your time. It’s your responsibility, and you’re going to do it very well.”

 

December 2017 Graduates

Master of Arts in Counseling: Kaitlyn Margaret Chavez, Lorreta Ann Gonzales, Kimberly Louise Hibbitts, Erin Lindsey Thompson, Kayla Marie Wells.

Master of Arts in English: Carolyn Michelle Bowers

Master of Arts in History: Emily F. Norton

Master of Arts in Management: Edward H. LeCompte, Jr.

Master of Business Administration: Joshua Caleb Amador, Corrina Sha’nae Bryant, Kayla Fore, Ashley Gwendolyn O’Connor

Master of Education: Brinton Nathan Askins, Logan Le’Ann Askins

Bachelor of Applied Science: Joshua Caleb Cheatham, Terry Keith Timms

Bachelor of Arts: Levi Tucker Brown, Caleb A. Burnett, Sierra B. Carter, Kendra Rashon Castillo-Bates, Kieantae Gabrile Marqui Czarnek, Kelsey Suzanne Delashaw, Virjinia Maria Espinoza, Steven Fernandez, Faustino Garcia, Anthony James Garcia, Jade Alexus Jones, Travis Sean Murdock, Maddie Murphree, Tessa Cheyenne Spargo, Haley Annette Stone, Matthew James Summers, James Boyce Sypert, Seth Wayne Wilhite

Bachelor of Business Administration: David Ignazio Herrera, Matthew Collin Holloway, Marina Gallegos Marsal, Kaitlyn Nicole Nichols, Veronica S. Ponce, Dawaan Dontay Raglin, Lizette Jaelynn Ramirez, T’Aerious Trey Rowe, Joao Pedro Souza, Sarah Ashley Walton

Bachelor of Fine Arts: Roger Ryan Barr

Bachelor of Music: Carlos Leo Camarena, Morghan McKenzie Dryden, Elizabeth Danielle Johnson, Jonathan C. Trevino

Bachelor of Science: Payson Bray Bain, Chelsea Elizabeth Beaubouef, Kierra Marie-Lynn Boyce, Blake Bennett Burkhart, Holden Caleb Chadick, Hugo Alejandro Gallegos, Drake M. Lovvorn, Chloe Ozada Manning, Justy Danele Pena, Courtney Lynn Pruett, Talyssa Renae Valencia

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Madyson K. Bradshaw, Stetson Michael Casey, Ulises Lopez Martinez, Rebecca Michelle Mince, Sarah Lenea Perry