WBU to Graduate First Doctoral Students

December 10, 2018


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PLAINVIEW – Graduation at Wayland Baptist University this December will be unlike any that has been held in the 110-year history of the school. At 2 p.m. on Dec. 15, three students will graduate with the Doctor of Management degree, the first students to do so at the Plainview campus. Graduation will be held in Harral Memorial Auditorium.

Wayland opened the Doctor of Management program in the summer of 2016, enrolling the first cohort. One member of that group participated in a graduation ceremony in Hawaii in November. Others will be participating at campus locations nearest them.

For one student, however, participating at Wayland’s home campus in Plainview was an important part of the graduation process. Angelica Landry lives in Arizona and attended the Sierra Vista campus for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. As she was completing her MBA, she knew her next step would be the pursuit of her doctorate.

“I saw a poster for the Doctor of Management program,” Landry said. “That program would start when I would be finishing my MBA. I got as much information as I could and told the advisor in Sierra Vista that I want to be in the first cohort.”

Landry submitted her paper and was accepted to be one of the first through the program. On Dec. 15, that pursuit will culminate in graduation on the Plainview campus. For Landry, the process was  --  balancing home life, work and education -- but she says it was well worth it.

“I feel like I’m a completely different person from when I started,” she said, hoping to put her education to good use. “I want to be more involved in my community. I really love my community and that is what I would like to do.”

Landry is one of 81 students scheduled to participate in commencement. She will be joined by fellow doctoral graduates Christian Homan, of Albuquerque, and Jessica Williams, from Lubbock. Dania Martinez Diaz, a Spanish Education major from San Andrés Michoacán, Mexico will provide the student address.