Lander University graduates 247 at spring commencement ceremonies

July 18, 2011

Lander University conferred degrees upon 247 graduates at the university’s spring commencement ceremonies in April. United States Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-South Carolina) delivered the keynote address to a full house at Lander’s Horne Arena.

Ninety-six graduates received honors at the ceremony. Honors included summa cum laude, magna cum laude and cum laude. Graduates also received Lander’s Golden L award, which is given to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in the last 60 hours of instruction through Lander University.

Graduating with summa cum laude honors, which requires a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 (out of a possible 4.0), were: Julie Irene Amerson, of Riverside, Calif., Golden L; Jeremy F. Babb, of North Augusta, Golden L; Paula Birch Billingsley, of Fairfax, Golden L; Kendra R. Gallman, of Spartanburg, Golden L; Jeffrey C. Maxwell, of Greenville; Anthony J. Nunziato, of South Setauket, NY, Golden L; Amber Nicole Scates, of Greenwood, Golden L; Joseph Tebaldi, of Seaford, NY; Logan Christopher Woodall, of Honea Path, Golden L; Lucas Timothy Woodall, of Honea Path, Golden L; and Sarah Kathryn Woodall, of Honea Path, Golden L.

Graduating with magna cum laude honors, a distinction accorded to students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75-3.89, were: Kevin Carrigan Blackmon, of Chapin, Golden L; Catherine C. Blackwell, of Greer, Golden L; Catherine Alice Corley, of Clinton, Golden L; Rachel Rebecca Datz, of Tega Cay, Golden L; James Daryl Guffey, of Anderson, Golden L; Kelly M. Hammond, of Greenwood, Golden L; Naomi Marie Lollis, of Honea Path, Golden L; Juan Pablo Manrique, of Bogota, Colombia, Golden L; Wesley A. Owings, of Mountville, Golden L; Patrick Jonathan Price, of Belton, Golden L; Dillon Breer Robertson, of Abbeville, Golden L; Kelley McCravy Robertson, of Greenwood, Golden L; Jesenia Iris Rodriguez, of Greenville, Golden L; Haley Wynn Scott, of Easley, Golden L; Dylan Timothy Snyder, of Newberry, Golden L; and Andrew Durham Willis, of Williston, Golden L.

Graduating with cum laude honors, which requires a grade point average of 3.50-3.74, were: Kevin M. Babson, of Gray Court, Golden L; Christine C. Bedenbaugh, of Prosperity, Golden L; Emily Ann Berry, of Inman; Thomas David Bidwell, of Belton, Golden L; Erica Denise Blackmon, of Greenville; Briana J. Boyd, of Sumter; Emily Grace Burch, of Greenwood, Golden L; Jennifer Nicole Burdette, of Iva, Golden L; Brittany Rachel Cox, of Columbia, Golden L; Cressia Marie Ellison, of McColl, Golden L; Jessica Lauren Garrett, of Honea Path, Golden L; Samantha C. Greer, of Belton, Golden L; Nora L. Hooks, of North Augusta, Golden L; Amanda Lynn Jefferson, of Anderson, Golden L; Ashley L. Kaney, of Langley, Golden L; Courtney A. Kesler, of Ninety Six, Golden L; Candace Ashley LaRocca, of St. Louis, Mo., Golden L; Kristen Lauren Louden, of Greenwood, Golden L; Brittany Nicole Lusk, of Salem, Golden L; Georgianna Marie Mahon, of Lakeland, Fla., Golden L; Carlos Teixeira Marques, of Uba, Brazil, Golden L; Rebecca Brooke McKay, of Graniteville, Golden L; Lindsay Suzanne Miller, of Lexington, Golden L; Tiffany R. Moore, of Greenwood, Golden L; Melissa Anne Reynolds, of Pomaria Golden L; Jared W. Simmons, of Belton, Golden L; Jobeth R. White, of Abbeville; Brandi Lynn Williams, of Greer, Golden L; and Katelyn Paisley Williams, of Abbeville, Golden L.

Other recipients of the Golden L were: Jennifer Sims Bagwell, of Greenville; Brandi O. Bagwell, of Laurens; Jessica Simone Belcher, of Abbeville; Evan M. Boney, of Greenwood; Abby M. Bryant, of Hodges; Erin Alyssa Castle, of Columbia; Alexander J. Cooper, of Okinawa, Japan; Taylor Culbertson, of Greenwood; Laura Catherine Davis, of Greenwood; Mistie Dawn Hart, of Laurens; Ongela Nicole Hill, of Plum Branch; Vanessa Noel Hill, of Calhoun Falls; Olivia Shanta Jackson, of North Augusta; Kendall L. Jenkins, of Pageland; Meghan Norma Jiunnies, of Florence; Danessa Alison Kilpatrick, of Anderson; Martha Elizabeth King, of Laurens; Kristin Elizabeth Kneece, of Saluda; Paris La'Delle Knotts, of Columbia; Shannon Lominick, of Greenwood; Bethany Marie Long, of Prosperity; Emily Kathryn McLeod, of Columbia; Laura W. New, of Abbeville; Katelen M.Osborne, of Greenwood; Rachel Annette Perry, of Saluda; Aerin Marie Phillips, of York; Leroy Shepherd Platt, of Bennettsville; Austin Brooks Powell, of Ellijay, Ga.; Rebecca Caroline Pruitt, of Spartanburg; Brittany Lynn Reed, of Greenwood; Sarah Reese, of Greenwood; Carole Angela Ricciuti-Kimball, of Greenwood; Tiara S. Riser, of Greenwood; Kristi Lynn Rushton, of Ninety Six; Jessica Lynn Skowron, of Magnolia, Texas; Kennedy Robin Spangler, of Bryan, Ohio; Latesha Safeya Stone, of Clinton; Kelli Stroud, of West Columbia; Anna Marie Taylor, of Saluda; and Morgan E. Wright, of Lexington.

The Following document contains a listing of spring 2011 Lander graduates, along with their hometowns, degrees and majors.

 
Graduation List Screen Capture  2011 Spring Graduation List