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SWU Celebrates May 2023 Graduates

SWU Celebrates May 2023 Graduates

    05.26.23 | Academics Graduation by SWU Marketing

    CENTRAL, S.C. – On Friday, May 5, 2023, Southern Wesleyan University celebrated its on-campus and online graduates at Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the main campus.

    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Robert McFarland, gave the commencement address. He spoke to graduates and their families about commencement as an exercise in beginnings and how to answer the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” 

    Dr. McFarland said, “It’s the wrong question. You see, we are defined not by what we do; we define what we do by who we are. The right question for you today is, ‘Who do you want to be?’ When we turn to that question, we see that the other question is a bit easier to answer. Once you understand who you are, and whose you are, you know that the Lord prepares a way for you.”

    Both the University Brass Ensemble and University Singers provided music for the ceremony. Reverend Mike Hilson led the invocation, and Reverend Ken Dill led the Litany of Servanthood. Dr. Sandra McLendon, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, presented the graduates, and Dr. William Barker, University President, conferred the degrees.

    School of Education

    Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Assessment
    Candice Yarbray Brucke
    Loriann Hudson
    Bradley Dewitt Martin
    Leslie Kouvolo Martin
    Rebecca Ellen McCall
    Bailey O’Brien McCarley
    Erica D. Tate

    Benson School of Business and Social Sciences

    Master of Business Administration
    Charles Bennett
    Tate Lee Savoie
    William Shaw

    Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
    David Matthew Fields
    Samantha Dale Mason

    Master of Science in Management and Leadership
    Joshua Sims Asbill
    Christopher Lycett
    Haley Elizabeth McLaughlin
    Konner Palacios
    Josh Richard Quarandillo
    Kelsie Smith
    Keyanna Janay Williams

    School of Education and Music Studies

    Master of Education

    Administration and Supervision
    Misty Abercrombie
    Emily Michelle Gravley
    Sabrina Koutsos
    Beth Anne Spence
    Mallory Margaret Turner

    Classroom Leadership
    Kelsey Lynn Ramey Brezeale
    Cierra Cartee
    Erin Donoghue
    Ashley Jones

    e-Learning and Instructional Design
    Julie Renee Greene
    Tyler James McEvilly

    Benson School of Business and Social Sciences

    Bachelor of Science

    Business Administration
    Jennifer Diane Alexander Magna Cum Laude
    Noah Baker Allen
    Natasha L. Blount
    Devyn Michael Bond Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Christian Luke Boulton Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Claudia Janneth Cadavid-Zapata Summa Cum Laude, Αχ, ΑΣΛ
    Adrenna Cain
    hannon M. Cobb Summa Cum Laude, ΑΣΛ
    Caleb Alan Dover Magna Cum Laude
    Cole Farren
    Dawson Winchester Gilstrap Magna Cum Laude
    Tracy Michelle Gimmi University Honors
    Leah Faith Hopper
    Lisa Murphy Ingram
    Reed Mitchell Jordan Cum Laude
    Garrett Kuczinski Cum Laude
    Bailee M. Locke
    Khristena McClure
    Nicolata J. McKenzie
    Ian Robert McLeod Cum Laude
    Ryan Scott Moore Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Sherry Mullinax
    Andrew Bryson Patterson Cum Laude
    Brittney Paxton Cum Laude
    Sarah Michelle Prater
    Austin Snow
    Rebecca Jean Tankersley Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Lauren Ashley West
    Anya Yegorov
    Blake Haldane Yoder

    Criminal Justice
    Natalie Brooke Kristiansen
    Mikayla G. Littlefield
    Brittany Janay Mack
    Jaiden Marcengill Cum Laude
    Isabelle Starbird
    Audrey Elizabeth Wilson

    Human Services
    Rebekah Anna Arnold Cum Laude
    Victoria Lynn Arnold Summa Cum Laude
    Jennifer Wilson Bagwell
    Yolanda Monique Blassingame
    Turner Sue Corbett
    Bailey Noel Dzvonik
    Savannah Brooke Henricks
    Charles A. Houston
    Sara Krause Summa Cum Laude
    Sarah Elizabeth Leiden Magna Cum Laude
    MacKenzie J. McCray Summa Cum Laude

    Alexis Kaim Cummins Magna Cum Laude
    Lyndsey Makayla Hilley Cum Laude
    Savannah Angel Huff

    Recreation and Sport Management
    Amber Renee Bass Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Brooke L. Cash
    Yael Echeverria Magna Cum Laude
    Aidan Haskell Fincher Evans
    Juan Garcia Morales
    Cayla B. Hughes
    Caroline Elizabeth Reese Magna Cum Laude
    Grace Williams Cum Laude

    School of Education and Music

    Bachelor of Arts

    Nathan Reid Blair
    Christopher Scott Gilbert Summa Cum Laude
    Robert Allen Gilbert Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Gabriel Allen Rollins Cum Laude

    Bachelor of Science

    Early Childhood Education
    Sydney Leigh Baker Magna Cum Laude
    Allison Brooke Holladay Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Emileigh Reagan Swords
    Taliyah Turner

    Early Childhood and Family Studies
    Ruth Brown
    Eva Mechelle Cox
    Margaret Kathleen Dyer
    Elizabeth Miranda Hobson
    Tamra Ann Thompson Ramey
    Karen Louise Leddy Weber Summa Cum Laude, Αχ, ΑΣΛ, ΣΤΔ
    Helen V. Welch
    Lycia Zavala

    Elementary Education
    Sydney Leight Baker Magna Cum Laude
    Abigail Morgan Dodgens (Early Childhood Education) Summa Cum Laude
    Savannah Grace Wade Summa Cum Laude

    Physical Education
    Giorgi Lamb Magna Cum Laude
    Zion Malik Robinson

    Special Education
    Emily Caroline Herndon Summa Cum Laude, Αχ,
    Allison Brooke Holladay Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Emily Pliauplis Summa Cum Laude

    School of Religion and Humanities

    Bachelor of Arts

    Media Communication
    Kyle Mason Clardy Magna Cum Laude
    August Farmer Garcia
    Isabel Angela Matos Summa Cum LaudeSydney Elizabeth Owens Cum Laude
    Julia Charis Reid Summa Cum Laude
    James Wagher Cum Laude

    Victoria Lynn Arnold Summa Cum Laude
    Victoria Denise Bailey (Media Communication) Cum Laude
    Christian Luke Boulton Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Caleb Ryan Bowen (Media Communication) Summa Cum Laude
    Alicia L. Brosco (Psychology) Summa Cum Laude
    Zechariah James Copeland Cum Laude
    Scott Davis
    Allyssa Elliott Cum Laude
    Carlos Manual Galarza-Garcia
    William Hughes
    Britton Diane Owens
    Haley R. Quarandillo
    Lleyton Storey Cum Laude
    Barry Alan Van Steenburg III

    School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

    Bachelor of Arts

    Gabriel Scott Carnagey

    Bachelor of Science

    Betsy Davis Hansen
    Bryanna Caroline Pickens Summa Cum Laude, Αχ, BBB
    Morgan Renee Price
    Carry Meagan Sikes Cum Laude
    Emmaline Jo Wolfe Summa Cum Laude, Αχ, BBB

    Anna Renee Pilgrim Magna Cum Laude

    Computer Information Systems
    Diego Cruz
    Noa T. Glover
    Taylor Rouse Summa Cum Laude, Αχ,

    Environmental Studies
    Alexandria Faith Newberry Magna Cum Laude, BBB

    Exercise Science
    Jarena Rajene Byers BBB
    Cooper Russell Davidson
    Ashley Silindiwe Dube Summa Cum Laude, Αχ
    Gary Philip Greenwood III
    Clifton Morris Olmstead, Jr. BBB
    Rachel Patricia Page Magna Cum Laude, BBB

    Forensic Science
    Shavonne Hunt (Pre-Medicine/Dentistry) Magna Cum Laude, BBB
    Melanny Paola Ramirez Mora (Chemistry) Magna Cum Laude
    Natalie Thomson (Chemistry)

    Gabriel Scott Carnagey (Biology)
    Emily Ann McNair (Biology) Summa Cum Laude, Αχ, BBB
    Sarah Ellen Page Cum Laude
    Brayden Andrew Pickens
    Daniel Williams
    Emmaline Jo Wolfe Summa Cum Laude, Αχ, BBB

    General Studies

    Associate of Arts

    General Studies
    Mitchell Maurice Freeman
    McKenzie Georgia LaCount
    Janice Lynn Moseley
    Matthew Ryan Rouch
    Bobbie Jill Williams
    Melissa Wynn

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