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A-State Summer Graduates Receive Diplomas


JONESBORO – More than 1,600 students were awarded diplomas during Arkansas State University’s 2019 summer commencement ceremony Friday evening at the First National Bank Arena on the A-State campus.

Chancellor Kelly Damphousse conferred degrees on graduates representing seven colleges and Undergraduate Studies, including the College of Agriculture; Neil Griffin College of Business; College of Education and Behavioral Science; College of Engineering and Computer Science; College of Liberal Arts and Communication; College of Nursing and Health Professions; and College of Sciences and Mathematics.

“Commencement is always a time of excitement here at Arkansas State as we celebrate along with you a milestone achievement,” Damphousse said. “Like me, many of you are the first in your family to earn a college degree. Others among you represent the second, third, fourth or fifth generation in your family to have attended Arkansas State. All of you have had to work hard to get here today, overcoming challenges while balancing your studies and other responsibilities. Congratulations and job well done.”

Katie Hall of Steele, Mo., spoke on behalf the graduating class. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in radiologic sciences. Hall achieved a 4.00 grade point average to graduate summa cum laude. She has also appeared on the Chancellor’s List numerous times.

Representing the faculty, Dr. Xiuzhen Huang offered remarks. Dr. Huang, professor of computer science, received the Faculty Achievement Award for Scholarship in April. She is principal investigator or co-PI on seven active grants, including an Arkansas Research Alliance Fellowship, and biomedical computing and informatics strategies. She also published several scholarly articles, including four in high impact journals. Huang joined the faculty in 2004.

In addition, 14 students with a GPA of 3.80-3.99 graduated magna cum laude, and 28 earned a GPA of 3.60-3.79 to graduate cum laude. A-State also recognized two students who graduated in University Honors and seven who graduated in Honors.

To close, Damphousse noted, “It was a special evening to see all of you being your own success stories walking across the stage.”