Local residents receive degrees during University of Texas at Tyler 2017 Fall Commencement ceremonies

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The University of Texas at Tyler held its 2017 Fall Commencement ceremonies Friday and Saturday, Dec. 15-16, with numerous local residents receiving various degrees.

A total of 1,482 degree candidates were recognized at the Commencement ceremonies, held inside the UT Tyler R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center.

Commencement speakers for the UT Tyler 2017 Fall Commencement ceremonies were John E. Soules, Sr., chairman of the board at John Soules Foods, speaking at the graduations for the Colleges of Nursing and Health Sciences and Arts and Sciences; and James I. Perkins, president and chairman of Citizens First Bank, addressing graduates of the Colleges of Business and Technology, Education and Psychology and Engineering.

Local graduates receiving degrees from the UT Tyler College of Arts and Sciences included Eric James Whitener, of Bullard, Master of Arts degree in history, Cristina Camin Blau, of Flint, Master of Art degree in art; Haleigh Savanna Cecil, of Bullard, Bachelor of Arts degree in English; Audrey Elizabeth Dukes, of Bullard, Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications; Timothy Allen Webb, of Bullard, Bachelor of Science degree in social sciences; Jessica Lopez Shaw, of Bullard, Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice; Rachel LeeAnn Faulkner, of Flint, Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry; Amber Michelle Patrick, of Flint, Bachelor of Science degree in social sciences; and Kayla Ashley Marie Odland, of Flint, Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.

UT Tyler College of Business and Technology degrees were bestowed on several local residents, including Michael Dean Atkinson and Teresa Castillo Sharp, both of Flint, Master of Business Administration degrees; Jarrod Manoy, of Flint, Master of Science degree in industrial management; Christi Elizabeth Baggett, of Flint, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree; Harrison C. Dukes, of Bullard, Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting; Jenifer Kaye French, of Bullard, Bachelor of Science degree in general business; Ian Camblin, of Bullard, Bachelor of Science degree in industrial technology; Alyssa Nicole Finley, of Flint, Bachelor of Science degree in human resource development; Anthony Ray Scroggins, Jr., of Flint, Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems; and Matthew H. Covey, of Flint, Bachelor of Science degree in information technology.

Local graduates receiving degrees from the UT Tyler College of Education and Psychology included Lonna Cathleen Stewart, of Flint, Master of Arts degree in clinical mental health counseling; Jill M. Newsome, of Bullard, Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction; Samantha Ann Crow and Miranda Leann Johnston, both of Flint, Master of Education degrees in curriculum and instruction; Rebecca Lee Clements and Amy June Hopson, both of Bullard, Master of Education degrees in educational administration; Rashaunda Denise Campbell, of Flint, Bachelor of Arts and Applied Sciences degree; and Katelyn Leuer, of Flint, Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies.

The lone area resident receiving a diploma from UT Tyler during the College of Engineering commencement was Joe S. Cotton, of Flint, Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering.

Degrees from the UT Tyler College of Nursing and Health Sciences were presented to a number of local residents, including Stephanie Ann Wood, of Flint, Master of Science degree in nursing – nursing administration; Dona Kay Atkins and Juli Ann Cotter, both of Flint, Master of Science degrees in nursing – nursing education; Jenise Michelle Harris, of Bullard, Bachelor of Science degree in health studies; Steven Dwaine Langston, of Bullard, Bachelor of Science degree in kinesiology; Kristie Lynn Morris, Connor Grant Newsome, and Rachel Colleen Mutcher, all of Flint, Bachelor of Science degrees In kinesiology; and Alyssa Morgan Hight and Mary Beth Wicks, both of Bullard, Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing.

One of the 14 campuses of the UT System, The University of Texas at Tyler features excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at The University of Texas at Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 10,000 high-ability students.

The University of Texas at Tyler offers courses at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine as well as a location in Houston. For more information, visit www.uttyler.edu.

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