State University honored more than 1,100 degree candidates at its two spring
commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 10, at the Academic-Athletic Center.
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were smiles, cheers and lots of photographs taken as the newest alumni took the
ceremonial walk across the stage, signifying the completion of their college
degrees. They were greeted by MSU President Wayne D. Andrews who offered a
congratulatory handshake to each of those completing graduate and undergraduate
from the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and
Social Sciences and College of Education participated in the first
program Saturday morning, while College of Business and Public Affairs and
College of Science and Technology took part in the afternoon program.
Elizabeth Brown of Liberty Township, Ohio, was the morning student speaker.
is a candidate for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish education with a minor
in international studies.
was homeschooled through high school while she attended Lakota East High School
part-time. At Lakota East, she was a member of the National Honor Society,
played junior varsity soccer, and was on the High Honor Roll.
of standing up here and thanking all the people in my life who have helped me
get to this point, and trust me, there are a lot, I would like to encourage
each and every one of you to find your own people after this commencement
ceremony eventually ends and thank them for all their hard work in helping you
to walk across this stage today,” said Brown. “As a future educator, I can
attest to the fact that a little thank you can go a long way.”
her arrival to Morehead State University, she was awarded a full academic
scholarship through the George M. Luckey Jr. Academic Honors Program. During
her time at MSU, Brown has retained a cumulative grade-point-average of 4 .0,
been named Outstanding Student of Spanish, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in
Secondary Education, Outstanding Undergraduate Student in the Department of
International and Interdisciplinary Studies, and has made the dean’s list every
seeing the way people around here support and care about each other, I realized
what a special place Morehead truly is. You all understand that it isn’t the
material things like shopping and entertainment that really matter. Sure, those
things are nice, but you do not have to have everything you want in order to
have everything you need. At the same time, you also understand that everything
you need is not handed to you on a silver platter. Life takes effort if you
aren’t afraid to work for it,” said Brown.
graduation, she plans to teach English in Spain for a year.
during the morning ceremony, Buckner (Buck) Hinkle Jr. of Lexington was presented
an Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.
is a member of Stites and Harbison PLLC, where he has practiced law since 1974,
primarily in the fields of construction law and business litigation.
served two terms as a member of MSU’s Board of Regents (1991-2004), including
chair from 2001-04.
earned his J.D. degree from the University of Kentucky in 1974 and his B.A.
degree from Sewanee: The University of the South in 1970.
Pettersson of Täby, Sweden, was the afternoon student speaker.
have gotten to experience many great things that I will never forget. I have
grown so much from this whole experience and I am so grateful to 18-year-old me
for choosing to travel across the ocean to attend Morehead State University,”
said Pattersson. “Not only have I learned another language and received a great
education, but I have gotten to meet amazing people, travel across the United
States with the golf team and I have learned so much about myself. Just like
Morehead State’s motto is “much more,” this journey turned out to be much more
than I ever imagined. “
is a candidate for a bachelor’s degree in sport management.
came to MSU in 2010 to be a part of the women’s golf team under coach Stephanie
Barker. She was a part of the Ohio Valley Conference championship team in 2011
and participated in the NCAA tournament. She is a three-time All-American
attending MSU, Pettersson has maintained a 4.0 grade-point-average and she has
been awarded Outstanding Undergraduate Sport Management Student. She also has
been selected to represent the sport management program for the School of
Business Administration Student Advisory Council.
graduation, she is looking forward to working with event planning, media
relations or marketing in the sports industry. This summer, she has landed an
internship with the American Junior Golf Association where she will be a
traveling communications intern.
we are here today, we have all come a long way, whether metaphorically or
literally. I’m sure many of you have wanted to quit from time to time, but
since you are here at this moment, this means that you didn’t. And for that
congratulations, congratulations for not taking the easy way out,
congratulations for overcoming your failures, congratulations on being a 2014
Morehead State University Graduate,” added Pettersson.
Chamber Singers sang the national anthem while the Concert Choir performed the
alma mater and special music during the commencement programs.
students were commissioned as part of each program.
each ceremony, the newest alumni were inducted into the MSU Alumni Association.
Vice President of University Advancement James Shaw did the honor in the
morning program while Sen. Robin Webb, Alumni Association president, welcomed
the newest graduates in the afternoon program.
marshals were Dr. Frances L. Helphinstine, professor of English, Dr. Martha
Decker, associate professor of education, and
Dr. Dora Ahmadi, chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and
marshals were Anthony Sarcione Tange and
Desiree Awbrey, Graduate Programs; Zoe Becerra and April Everman, College
of Science and Technology; Holly E. Wells and Kyle B. Smith, College of
Business and Public Affairs; Jaime Allyn Chapman and Rachel Walker, College of Education; Carly
Saunders and Sarah Woodall, Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social
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