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Forty-One Students to Graduate with Honors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 15, 2011

CONTACT: Cheryl Dobson, Registrar
417.625.9336
e-mail: Dobson-c@mssu.edu

JOPLIN, MO (SNS) - Missouri Southern State University’s 57th graduating class includes 41 students who will graduate with honors at the University’s Commencement ceremonies beginning at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Twelve students earned a four-year grade point average of 3.9 or above on a 4.0 scale and will graduate Summa Cum Laude.
 
Three of those students had a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Those students are Amanda Betts, Secondary Education major from Carthage, Kisa Clark, Mass Communications major from Neosho and Calib Ryan Van Dorn, Secondary Education major from Neosho.

Twelve students will graduate Magna Cum Laude with grade point averages of 3.80 to 3.89.

Thirteen students will graduate Cum Laude with grade point averages of 3.70 to 3.79.

Two students receiving an Associate Degree will graduate with First Honors, indicating a grade point average of 3.90 or above.

Two students receiving Associate Degrees will with Third Honors indicating a grade point average of 3.70-3.79.

KGCS will televise Saturday's commencement live. Viewers may see it over the air on digital channel 22, Cable One channel7 and Mediacom channel 77.
 
DVD copies of the ceremony are also available. Graduates have received order forms. For more information, contact Judy Stiles, KGCS General Manager, at (417-625-9777 or e-mail stiles-j@mssu.edu.

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Candidates for Honors & Degrees
Baccalaureate Degrees

Note: All students are from Missouri if not otherwise mentioned.
 
Summa Cum Laude
Grade Point Average 3.90 or above
Amanda J. Betts (4.0 GPA)
BSE, Sec Ed-Soc Sci-Sociology 9-12
Carthage
 
Kisa Marie Clark (4.0 GPA)
BA, Communications-Mass
Neosho, Mo.
 
Katrina J.  Farmer
AS, Law Enforcement-Opt A
BS, Criminal Justice Adm.
Joplin
 
Sarah Elizabeth Golubski
BSE, Elem Ed-Social Studies
Billings
 
Ashley Dawn Hurlbut
BSE, Elem. Ed-Social Studies
Carthage
 
Hope Kristin Miller
BSE, Secondary Ed-Vocal K-12
Joplin
 
Kristina Edna Outhouse
BS, Psychology
Seligman
 
Cara Dawn Pier
BSE, Mid.School-Eng/Math (5-9)
Joplin
 
Madeline Carol Sneed
BS, Criminal Justice Adm.
AS, Law Enforcement-Opt A
Sheldon
 
Erin E. Stewart
BA, English-Lit Studies
Joplin
 
Erick Douglas Studyvin
BS, Biology-Preprof-Pharmacy
Carthage
 
Calib Ryan Van Dorn (4.0 GPA)
BSE, Sec. Ed-Physical Educ. (K-12)
Neosho
 
Magna Cum Laude
Grade Point Average 3.80-3.89
Ravindra Edirisooriya, Ravindara
BSBA, Accounting
BSBA, Fin/Econ-CertFin Mgmt.
Webb City
 
Kelly Louise Foster
BSE, Secondary Ed-Biology (9-12)
Belton
 
Alex R. Fust
BA, English-Literature Studies
Pittsburg, Kan.
 
Fei Gao
BSBA, Accounting
Joplin
 
Amanda Lichelle Hobbs
BGS, Bachelor of Gen. Studies
Joplin
 
Kellen Hoover
BSE, Sec. Ed-Phys. Ed (K-12)
El Dorado Springs
 
Josephine M. Lutton
BSE, Elem. Ed-Social Studies
Ozark
 
Linda Virginia Morgan
BSE, Secondary Educ.-Eng (9-12)
Seligman
 
Caleb R. Reed
BA, English-General Writing
Neosho
 
Kerry D. Rose
BGS, Bachelor of Gen. Studies
Liberal
 
Luke J. Smith
BA, English-General Writing
BA, English-Literary Studies
Joplin
 
Cortney Anne Yount
BGS, Bachelor of Gen. Studies
Holts Summit
 
Cum Laude
Grade Point Average 3.70-3.79
Alex Joseph Barchak
BS, Criminal Justice Adm.
AS, Law Enforcement-Opt. A
Wentworth

Rebecka S. Bornhoft
BSE, Elem. Ed-Social Studies
Neosho
 
Ashley Lauren Butler
BSE, Secondary Educ-Eng. (9-12)
Carthage
 
Jessica Michelle Currier
BS, Communication-Speech
Joplin
 
Keisha R. Donnel
AS, Law Enforcement-Opt. A
BS, Criminal Justice Adm.
Greenfield
 
Kelsie Jo Farley
BA, Psychology
Neosho
 
Katherine Anne Inman
BA, Communication-Mass
Walnut, Kan.
 
Meredith J. Jenkins
BS, Biology-Prefrof-Medicine
Neosho
 
Mary-Claire Jennings
BSBA, Management
Fayetteville, Georgia
 
Stacey Michelle Kunce
BSE, Elem. Educ.- Early Childhood (Birth-3)
Joplin

Katie Elizabeth Millard
BSE, Elem. Educ.-Early Childhood (Birth-3)
Joplin
 
Cindy Marie Smith
BS, Health Science
Joplin

Flint Ray Whitehead
BSE, Sec. Educ-Soc. Sci/History (9-12)
Seneca
Associate Degrees

First Honors-Grade Point Average 3.90 or above
Katrina J. Farmer
AS, Law Enforcement-Opt. A
Joplin
 
Madeline Carol Sneed
AS, Law Enforcement-Opt A
Sheldon, Mo.
 
Third Honors-Grade Point Average 3.70-3.79
Alex Joseph Barchak
AS, Law Enforcement-Opt A

Wentworth
Keisha R. Donnel
AS, Law Enforcement-Opt A
Greenfield

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