SHREVEPORT, LA -- Former First Lady Barbara Bush delivered the address when Centenary College concluded its year-long 175th anniversary celebration with special Year 2000 graduation exercises at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 6, 2000 in Hirsch Coliseum.
Honorary doctorates were awarded to Mrs. Bush and to author Ernest J. Gaines of Lafayette, La., and Centenary trustee Samuel P. Peters of Shreveport. The college also recognized Dr. James Farrar, professor of health and exercise science, who retired in May after 23 years at Centenary.
A total of 193 students earned degrees, including 146 bachelor's degrees and 47 master's.
Graduating with honors were 10 students who earned their diplomas summa cum laude, with grade-point averages of 3.9 or higher; 21 with the magna cum laude designation, 3.7 to 3.89 GPAs; and 22 who achieved cum laude, 3.5 to 3.69 GPAs. They are:
Summa cum laude: Catherine McConnell Cabaniss, Nathan Blaine Hamilton, Melissa Gayle Mayes, John Steven Mudd, Jason Blance Nichols, Yvonne N. Recio, Katherine Cherie Tedesco, Katy Elaine Valentine, Natalie Marie Vaughan and Sarah Elizabeth Wheat.
Magna cum laude: Amber Leigh Baggett, Julia Maureen Biehle, Millicent Amy Burford, Stacy Cox, Sarah Brooke Earles, Jennie Suzanne Edington, Kasey Leigh Hagler, John Thomas Hubbard II, Laura Sorrows Jimerson, Tonya Michelle Jordan, Christopher Ray Martin, Rachel Elaine O'Dell, Carey Ann Olney, Andrea Leigh Reese, Chad Victor Ruffin, Angela Jane Russell, Shelley Nicole Schneider, Katherine Elizabeth Slaikeu, Jennifer Lynn Smith, Jennifer Leigh Taylor and Virginia Kate Valentine.
Cum laude: Tiffany Jenness Adderley, Tracy Lynn Autrey, Torrey Harrison Bertheau, Staci Alana Braden, Joshua Wesley Bridges, Alyson Briggs, Ina Rebecca Brown, Amy Elizabeth Foster, Melissa Tiare Gabriel, Nicole Lea Harris, Jason Michael Hoffman, Caressa Lynn Holloman, Karla Shantel Jackson, Andrew Scott Jones, Virginia Britton Lipscomb, Jessica Joy Mettam, Jeffrey Daniel Pierce, Angela Dara Rowe, Timothy Luke Thompson, Angela Gaye Watkins, Joseph Raymond West Jr. and Kimberly Elaine Wilson.
Year 2000 Centenary graduates, by degrees, are:
Bachelor of Arts -- Heather Suzanne Alexander, dance; Amanda Beth Blackburn, communication (professional writing); Alyson Briggs, English (communication emphasis); Catherine McConnell Cabaniss, political science; James M. Ciaravella III, psychology; Johnathan Steven Clay, history; Virgilio Augusto Davis Jr., art; Rachel Christine Demascal, interdisciplinary: communicating biological sciences; Jamie Carisa Dromgoole, dance; Jenni Suzanne Edington, German; Jacqueline Grace Eiswirth, English (communication emphasis); Samuel Obed Flores, communication (professional writing); Amy Elizabeth Foster, psychology and sociology; Amy Costello Franklin, performing arts; LeVette Dione Fuller, dance; Melissa Tiare Gabriel, theatre; Emily Frances Gannon, communication (professional writing); Margaret Elizabeth Green, communication (professional writing); Kasey Leigh Hagler, music; Nathan Blaine Hamilton, sociology; Pelham Clay Hargett, geology; Nicole Lea Harris, communication (professional writing); William Merritt Hess, interdisciplinary: religion and humanism; Mikisha Lei Hooper, psychology; John Thomas Hubbard II, geology; Betsy Aleece Humphries, political science; Karla Shantel Jackson, political science; Laura Sorrows Jimerson, psychology; Kari Lyn Johnson, communication (professional writing); Tonya Michelle Jordan, history and German; Vanessa Lee Keller, theatre; Chloe Anne Kilman, art; Elizabeth Galen Lagersen Farrell, sociology; Wesley Austin Lee, communication (film, television, video); Virginia Britton Lipscomb, English; Melissa Gayle Mayes, history and Spanish; Melanie Ann Maxey, interdisciplinary: film producing; Lyndsay Anne McDonough, French; Jennifer Melissa Meldrum, sociology; Jessica Joy Mettam, interdisciplinary: comparative literature; John Steven Mudd, economics; Jason Blance Nichols, economics and business administration; Heather Michelle Nolan, Christian education; Stephanie Anne Noullet, English; Carey Ann Olney, political science; Jacob Thomas Porter, music; Jamie Colette Prince, English; Andrew Orland Pylant, French; Lindsay Lee Robinson, economics and mathematics; Angela Dara Rowe, psychology; Elizabeth Ann Rozas, Christian education; Katherine Elizabeth Slaikeu, history; Michael Logan Sledge, theatre; Stephanie Michelle Stodghill, psychology; Jennifer Leigh Taylor, dance; Scott Henry Townsend, English; Katy Elaine Valentine, sociology; Ronald Matthew Vandiver, political science; Maya Bashiri Walker, psychology; Angela Gaye Watkins, communication (professional writing); Danielle Renee West, political science; and Jacintha Beatrice Wick, communication (professional writing).
Bachelor of Music -- Julia Maureen Biehle, orchestral performance; Luis Octavio Cardenas, vocal performance; Sarah Elise Clark, sacred music (vocal); James Granville Eakin III, music composition; Angela Jane Russell, orchestral performance; Jennifer Lynn Smith, sacred music (vocal); Ta Carroll Edwards Townsend, music education (vocal).
Bachelor of Science -- Tiffany Jenness Adderley, applied science and health and exercise science; Timothy Michael Anderson, finance; Tracy Lynn Autrey, business administration; Thomas Vincent Avallone, business administration; Amber Leigh Baggett, physics; Torrey Harrison Bertheau, business administration; Staci Alana Braden, applied science; Joshua Wesley Bridges, accounting and business administration; Ina Rebecca Brown, elementary education; Millicent Amy Burford, accounting; Millicent Amy Burford, business administration; April Christine Carpenter, applied science; Agnieszka Cieslak, business administration; Catherine Elizabeth Conger, biology and psychology; Stacy Cox, accounting; Stephanie Jane Crowl, business administration; Samuel Josiah Denison, physics; Alicia Ellis DuCote, health and exercise science; Sarah Brooke Earles, elementary education; Christopher Ashley Farrell, accounting and business administration; Robert Enrique Fernandez-Vinas, health and exercise science; Thomas Nathaniel Foster, accounting; LaTonyia Michelle Franklin, applied science; Jaime Eduardo Frias, health and physical education; Harry Quitman Gahagan III, business administration and finance; Maura Eileen Gibson, biology; Ann Elizabeth Haggard, biology; Kasey Leigh Hagler, accounting; Jacob Lee Haney, business administration;Cornell Yemon Hardman, mathematics; Robin Dannette Hill, elementary education; Jason Michael Hoffman, biology; Caressa Lynn Holloman, biology; Andrew Scott Jones, business administration and economics; Tasha Waniqua Lacy, health and exercise science; Patricia Michelle Lavin, geology; Timothy Lashawn Law, health and exercise science; Sandra Elaine Lennon, accounting; Shawn Robert Lucchesi, business administration: Christopher Ray Martin, biology and environmental sciences; Joshua Warren McAfee, business administration; Lyndsay Anne McDonough, applied science; Jennifer Melissa Meldrum, business administration; Rachel Elaine O'Dell, elementary education; Vasiliki Andrew Panos, biology; James Todd Patton, finance; Jeffrey Daniel Pierce, business administration; Andrew Orland Pylant, biochemistry; Yvonne N. Recio, elementary education; Andrea Leigh Reese, elementary education; John Marshall Rice, business administration; Elizabeth Ann Roberts, health and exercise science; Steven Christopher Robinson, business administration; Dwayne Paul Roy, business administration; Chad Victor Ruffin, biology; William Leo Schaffler, business administration; Shelley Nicole Schneider, health and exercise science; Shannon Marie Scott, accounting and business administration; Virginia Ann Soileau, business administration; William Spencer Street, business administration; Elizabeth Ann Stubblefield, biophysics; Christopher A. Susilovich, environmental sciences; Katherine Cherie Tedesco, biology; Timothy Luke Thompson, biology and environmental sciences; Jeff Dwight Tietjen, business administration; Eric Joseph Tisdell, health and exercise science; Virginia Kate Valentine, biology; Natalie Marie Vaughan, biology; James McCormick Voisin, business administration; Todd Michael Wagner, business administration; Jaime Ariane Walker, applied science; Ted William Ward Jr., health and exercise science; John Vincent Ware, science education; Joseph Raymond West Jr., chemistry and environmental sciences; Sarah Elizabeth Wheat, biochemistry; Aaron Michael Wicklund, health and physical Education; and Kimberly Elaine Wilson, business administration.
Master of Arts in Teaching -- Reva Diane Cook Inabnett, secondary education; Justin Mathias Kern, secondary education; and Phoebe M. Tyeskey, secondary education.
Master of Education -- Laura Trichell Barron, school administration; Sabrina Mechell Brown, school administration; Tiffany Williams Brown, school administration; Grayson Everett Collins, school administration; Stacy L. Crawford, school administration; Lauren Oberle Culver, elementary education; Greer Pateece Davis, supervision of instruction; Jennifer Davis Douglas, supervision of instruction; Helen LaDon Gaines, elementary education; Sidney Rush Haley, school administration; William D. Knox Jr., school administration; Kristene Brown O'Daniel, school administration; Melinda Motsinger Patty, elementary education; Kamithia DeShay Penton, school administration; Sherri T. Pool, school administration; Jason Bryan Rowland, school administration; Tiffany Salley Toups, supervision of instruction; and Jennifer K. Welch, secondary education.
Master of Business Administration -- Butch Allen Adams, Fairy Belle Allen, Tracie Turner Booras, Dean DeWitt Brown, Jeffrey L. Brown, Debra Bruce Carr, Martin R. Cole Jr., Jillene Parkerson Faulk, William Thomas Gentry, Cregg Stuart Hardwick, Lois J. Harris, Donald L. Hoffman, Troy K. Jeffrey, Ye Liu, Elizabeth Anne Mayo, Stanley Craig Minter, Susie Bowers Murphy, Eric Earl Niemeyer, Thomas Julian Ostendorff III, Michael Fitzgerald Penn. Jeanne K. Phizacklea, Craig George Robinson, Charles Clifton Taylor, Kathy Louise Taylor, Glenn Steven Wood and Kevin Lee Woodard.
Honorary Degrees -- Barbara P. Bush, Doctor of Laws; Ernest J. Gaines, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Samuel P. Peters, Doctor of Laws.
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