PLAINVIEW ‑‑ Wayland Baptist University celebrated spring commencement at its Plainview campus on Saturday with 118 students participating in the ceremony in Harral Memorial Auditorium.
Mark Shackelford, Holli Foster, Riley Williams and Justus Brozek were all recognized as highest-ranking graduates. Shackelford, from Cotton Center, graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in environmental studies and business administration. Foster, of Keller, received her Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in sociology and justice administration. Williams, from Chickasha, Okla., completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in religion, and Brozek, from Bovina, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in two-dimensional art.
Dr. Paul Sadler, who retired this semester after 29 years at Wayland, and Dr. Otto B. Schacht, who retired last year after 20 years, were honored with professor emeritus status for their contributions to the university.
Sean Bohnet, from Sherman, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music, served as the student speaker, challenging his classmates on what it means to be successful.
“Seeking prizes, positions and recognitions is dangerous,” Bohnet said. “If we search after these things because of a vain desire, our end will be destructive.”
Bohnet said submission to the will of God will guard against such destruction and lead to a more fulfilling, and successful, life.
“Knowing (God) and have his word applied to your heart through faith is the highest gift for humankind to possess,” he said. “Let integrity that comes from listening to God’s revelation lead your life. Focus upward to God and outward to people. Don’t let any force of this world override that.”
Doctor of Management: Abigail Dodge, Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Sonia Gonzalez, Amarillo; Amy Link, New Braunfels; Patricia Roebuck, Montgomery
Master of Arts in Counseling: Elisabeth Cruz, Roby; Marilyn Glassco, Lubbock; Tammi Hood-Pillow, Lubbock; Haley McElwain, New Home; Melinda Morales, Lockney; Ioane Tafaese, American Samoa; Shalee White, Plainview, Dora Zavala, Lubbock
Master of Arts in History: Lisa Burgeson, Mineral Wells
Master of Arts in Management: Katie Walquist, Center Line, Mich.
Master of Business Administration: Richard Fountain, Springfield, Neb.; Toby Masters, San Antonio; Alma Ramirez, Plainview; Albert Tapia, Jr., Sacramento, Calif.; Paul Zwanzig, Offenbach am Main, Germany
Master of Education: Melody Hoglan, Plainview; Steven Pruitt, Jr., Rowlett; Sara Wallace, Plainview
Master of Public Administration: Tami Denison, Fort Worth
Bachelor of Applied Science: Michael Acevedo, Dimmitt; Luis Almeida, Albufeira, Portugal; Leon Boyd, Orlando, Fla.; Cooper Gaypia, Monrovia, Liberia; Rokas Mazionis, Palanga, Lithuania; Tania Meza, Plainview; Luis Montelongo, Plainview; Julianna Montgomery, Redland, Calif.; Ryan Montgormery, Killyleagh, Ireland; Christina Pantoja, Hart; Heather Parks, Pampa; Ricardo Ramos, Albufeira, Portugal; mark Shackelford, Cotton Center; Devlin Smith, Temple; Noah Williams, Seminole; Marcedes Willis, Plainview
Bachelor of Arts with Honors: Holli Foster, Keller
Bachelor of Arts: Sean Bohnet, Sherman; Key Lynn Boyce, Killeen; Marta Brown, Fort Worth; Marissa Felton, Amarillo; Isaac Givens, Plainview; Sage Gregory, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada; Briana Hernandez, Tahoka; Valerie Hernandez, Plainview; Darryn Hlabangana, Edingurgh, Scotland; Johanna Macha, Plainview; Charity McFarlin, Canyon; Sydnei Morrison, Hale Center; Tanya Pavez, Viña Del Mar, Chile; Michael Pierson, Lubbock; Sheridan Read, Las Vegas, N.M.; Nidia Rodriguez, Plainview; Julian Romero, Plainview; Jacie Seward, Stratford; Nicholas Sotelo, Big Spring; Shelby Stephan, Fort Worth; Susanna Stephan, Fort Worth; Morgan Tiner, Plainview; Michael Topper, Plainview; riley Williams, Chickasha, Okla.
Bachelor of Business Administration: James Balevic, Marietta, Ga.; Bryan Feliz, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Joe Gonzales, Jr., Plainview; Jordan Henry, Amarillo; Tre Hinds, Ashton Hall, Barbados; William Hogan, Lubbock; Jathiya Isaac-Thomas, Houston; Isaac Nix, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Caleb O’Connor, Andrews; James Quinn, Slough, United Kingdom; Benjamin Ratcliffe, Lubbock; Audrey Sierra-Bogan, Riverside, Calif.; Keaton Vawter, Bridgeport; Alexandra Wood, Junction City, Kan.
Bachelor of Christian Ministry: Tony Doss, Kress
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Aimee Brooks, Lubbock; Justus Brozek, Bovina
Bachelor of Music: Jordan Hickerson, Roswell, N.M.; Dylan Hopson, Sanger; Christopher Rodriguez, Lockney
Bachelor of Science with Honors: Leigh Ann DeMerritt, Plainview; Makayla Nicholson, Paris
Bachelor of Science: William Boyles, Plains; Hannah Boyse, Artesia, N.M.; Marina Briceño, Simi Valley, Calif.; Jacob Campa, El Paso; Brian Canida, Amarillo; tiffany Cano, Artesia, N.M.; Alexis Castillo, Dallas; Magdalena Galaviz, Plainview; Kaleb Gonzales, Mansfield; Daniel Klerekoper, Shawnee, Okla.; Kori Loud, Odessa; Jonathan Luna, Plainview; Brittany Marshall, Lewisville; Zachary Mitchell, Oak Hills, Calif.; Matthew Morales, El Paso; Ben Owen, Vernon; Miasha Pride, Odessa; Alana Quackenbush, Lake Mills, Wis.; Joseph Rios, Lubbock; Kristie Rios, Lubbock; Shelby Sandel, San Antonio; Lindsey Schwab, Canon City, Colo.; Simone Swain, Lompoc, Calif.’ Alexandria Weatherly, Lubbock; Aaron White, Louisville, KY; Preston Woodard, Jr., Levelland
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Kelsey Baker, Cedar City, Vt.; Sarah Beasley, Plainview; Shalee Bennett, Plainview; Robyn Fortenberry, Plainview; Betty Jo Garcia, Plainview; Marcos Hinojos, Jr., Plainview; Jesus Mendoza, Jr., Fabens; Mackenzie Parks, Pampa; Shelby Self, Jayton