WKU recognized top students, doctoral graduates and ROTC cadets at its 182nd Commencement on Saturday.
Ogden Foundation Scholar
Kelly Burgess, a Hospitality Management and Dietetics major and graduate of the Mahurin Honors College, was recognized as the Ogden Foundation Scholar at the morning ceremony. The award, WKU’s top graduation honor, is presented to one graduating baccalaureate degree senior who has demonstrated exceptional academic achievement and outstanding university and civic engagement. (More: Class of 2017 encouraged to make a good life; photos from Commencement activities are posted on the WKU Facebook page.)
Burgess, the daughter of Keith and Beth Burgess of Franklin, Tennessee, also was recognized as a scholar of the College of Health and Human Services.
Scholars of the College
WKU recognized 12 other Scholars of the College, who had the highest GPAs in their colleges while completing at least 60 credit hours at WKU.
Seven Army ROTC cadets were commissioned as second lieutenants and are beginning careers in the U.S. Army and the National Guard. They are (name, hometown, first duty assignment): Kyle Baker of Danville, assigned to Kentucky National Guard; Clayton Cassidy of Hopkinsville, assigned to Fort Lee, Virginia; Joseph Gray of Springfield, Tennessee, assigned to Fort Rucker, Alabama; Thomas Mitchel of Atlanta, Georgia, assigned to Fort Benning, Georgia; Jordan Neumann of Finchville, assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Nicholas Reif of Radcliff, assigned to Maryland National Guard; and Alexandrea Rogers of Louisville, assigned to Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Educational Leadership Doctoral Program graduates
Graduates of WKU’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership participated in a hooding ceremony Saturday morning and were recognized at the afternoon commencement ceremony.
They are (name/dissertation title): Eugene Basil, Developing a Blended Learning Model in Advanced Manufacturing Programs: Faculty Development Through Action Research; Lori Elliott Buchanan, A Narrative Policy Analysis of the Responses to Tennessee Promise and Plans to Provide Transfer Receptivity by Six Tennessee Public Universities' Presidents and Provosts; John-Patrick G. Clark, Engagement's Mediation of the Relationship Between Personalized Learning and Engagement; Jennifer M. Hein, Litigation in Search of Educational Opportunity: An Analysis of Abbeville County School District, et al. v. the State of South Carolina, et al.; Richard L. Hunt, Overcoming Failure: Characteristics of Leaders Who Have Successfully Recovered From A Significant Setback; Kanglei Meng, The Perception of Chinese Higher Educators Toward Leadership Effectiveness in Regard to Gender; Christy L. Spurlock, Best Practices in Parent and Family Engagement: Implications for Student Success; Scott W. Taylor, The Evolution of College Algebra: Competencies and Themes of a Quantitative Reasoning Course at the University of Kentucky; Cheryl L. Wright, Confabulation in Individuals with Disorders of the Corpus Callosum: Educational Implications; and Betty ShengHuei Yu, A Case Study of Hanban's Chinese Language Teaching Program at Western Kentucky University: Developmental History and Preliminary Outcomes.
More: Commencement program; for social media posts about Commencement, follow #WKUGrad
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