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Record Number of Graduating Seniors to be Recognized by Honors College


JONESBORO – The Honors College at Arkansas State University will host the eighth annual Honors Recognition Ceremony and Reception on Friday, May 12, at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Cooper Alumni Center, 2600 Alumni Blvd. 

The 4 p.m. ceremony is for graduates from Agriculture, Engineering, & Technology, Liberal Arts & Communication, and Nursing & Health Professions.  The 6 p.m. ceremony is for graduates from Business, Education & Behavioral Science, Sciences & Mathematics, and Undergraduate Studies.

A record 171 graduating honors students will be recognized in the company of their parents, families, guests, and university dignitaries.  Graduation distinctions for each student are noted below along with their hometown.

Graduating seniors Arnelle Jones of Osceola and Austin Sandy of Jonesboro will make remarks on behalf of their Honors peers at the 4 p.m. ceremony, along with Erin Langley of Beebe and Jared Gowen of Garner at the 6 p.m. ceremony.

In addition, the Honors Professor of the Year 2017 will be announced.  Honors students nominate professors and vote to select the recipient.

There are three distinctions in graduating from the Honors College -- Graduating in University Honors, Graduating in Honors, and earning the Honors Certificate.

Graduating in University Honors

Those designated ‘Graduating in University Honors’ have successfully defended an Honors senior thesis, completed a minimum of 24 credit hours in Honors coursework, and are graduating with a 3.50 or higher cumulative grade point average. This distinction is recognized on their diplomas and their formal academic transcripts.  These students are also presented with a gold Honors medallion and a certificate in recognition of their accomplishment.

Those graduating in University Honors are:

Erica Bearden of Paragould, Hunter Brock of Cabot, Paige Caraway of Harrison, Jordan Cox of Jacksonville, Clare Doss of Berryville, Jordan Eanes of Jonesboro, Ashley Fox of Searcy, Lindsey George of Violet Hill, Ania Golaway of Jonesboro, Christian Helms of Pocahontas, Samuel Hicks of Cabot, Eric Jackson of Trumann, Arnelle Jones of Osceola, Kaitlyn Jones of Benton, Erin Langley of Beebe, Logan Meurer of Lake City, Brandi Mize of Paragould, Emily Moody of Jonesboro, Mallory Ousley of Jonesboro, Shelby Richards of Bryant, Kelsey Rivers of Benton, Carissa Rogers of Harrison, Madison Rowe of Paragould, Christopher Saldivar of Marion, Caleb Silvey of Magnolia, Michaela Supple of Albuquerque, N.M., Daniel Wigley of Monticello, Allie Wilbourn Clark of Searcy, John Williams of Paragould and Adara Williford of Sherwood.

Graduating in Honors

Students ‘Graduating in Honors’ have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours in Honors coursework and are graduating with a 3.50 or higher cumulative grade point average.  This distinction is recognized on their diplomas and their formal academic transcripts. These students are also presented with a silver Honors medallion and a certificate in recognition of their accomplishment.

Those graduating in Honors are:

Justin Alexander of Greenbrier, Aundrea Allen of Hot Springs, Matthew Austin of Conway, Gracie Bain of Searcy, Ryan Baker of Royal, Grant Baldwin of Little Rock, Alexis Balisterri of Bryant, Courtney Baltz of Pocahontas, Seth Bayird of Paragould, Sarah Beauchamp of Marianna, Nicole Beckwith of Jonesboro, Hunter Biram of Floral, Madison Blancaflor of Hot Springs, Lorie Bontrager of Paragould, Blake Bowen of Humphrey, Brandi Bowler of Lake City, Matthew Brandon of Jonesboro, Haven Cagle of Rector, Jade Caldwell of Kennett, Mo., Haley Cooper of Little Rock, Allison Crittenden of Piggott, Victoria Davis of El Dorado, Evan Delancey of Osceola, Patrick Jared Dietz of Searcy, Rebekah Dillon of Jonesboro, Nicole Duty of Jonesboro, Shelby Eddy of Cabot, Cassie Ferrell of Jonesboro, William Fickle of Collierville, Tenn., Gabriela Flores of Jonesboro, Elaina Fox of Greenbrier, Bailey Gartrell of Bryant, Alexa Gates of Jacksonville, Jared Gowen of Garner, Kelly Hamly of Fairdealing, Mo., Riley Hancock of Russellville, Jennifer Hannah of Jonesboro, Lindsey Hefner of Russellville, Brooklyn Hinson of Arlington, Tenn., Cody Hutchison of Jonesboro, Meagan Jackson of Blytheville, Bailey Keaton of Benton, Breanna Keith of Conway, Mackenzie Lee of Barnhart, Mo., Jordan Lewis of Bono, Hollie Locke of Benton, Nicole Logan of Harrison, Britten Lovelace of Bryant, Morgan Lowe of Mammoth Spring, Jordan Lyerly of Paragould, Joshua Manning of Paragould, Caleb Marsh of Pearcy, Skyler McKissock of Bryant, Audrey Miles of Bono, Lindsey Mills of Hot Springs, Adrienne Moore of Mountain Home, Jordan Moore of Hensley, Elizabeth Morris of Mabelvale, Sarah Morrow of Wynne, Monica Norman of Hot Springs, Micah Odom of Cabot, Gracie Orfanos of Little Rock, Blake Organ of Cabot, Raj Patel of Bryant, John Person of Arkadelphia, Rachel Pillow of Paragould, Hunter Augustus Ramey of Dardanelle, Sarah Robertson of Jonesboro, Austin Sandy of Jonesboro, Kristen Scarlett of Benton, Alaina Smith of Benton, Conner Smith of Benton, Garrett Smith of Cave City, Katy Smith of De Queen, Merideth Smith of Russellville, Danielle Spence of Beebe, Madison Stalnaker of Cabot, Molly Stoll of Jonesboro, Marina Swanson of Jonesboro, Kaycie Taylor of Benton, Sarah Thompson of Greenbrier, Vanessa Thompson of Hot Springs, Hannah Todd of Mountain Home, Clay Turner of Leachville, Joseph Vanscoy of Jonesboro, Shelby Wallace of Manila, Meghan Warford of Benton, Chandler Weber of Jacksonville, Julia Williams of McRae, Maryellen Wollschlager of Williford and Rhegan Wright of Paragould.

Students earning the Honors Certificate

Those earning an Honors Certificate have completed a minimum of 18 credit hours in Honors coursework and are graduating with a 3.00 or higher cumulative grade point average. These students are presented with a certificate in recognition of their accomplishment.

Those earning the Honors Certificate are:

Rebecca Adams of Morrilton, McKinzie Allen of Charleston, Jamie Alvord of Paragould, Micalah Atkins of Arkadelphia, Ramona Kelly Bass of Hot Springs, Elijah Bauer of Jonesboro, Amanda Butler of Mabelvale, Jessica Cagle of Carlisle, Devon Childers of Beebe, Jade Collins of Hector, Kolton Crawford of Searcy, Carson Day of Cave City, Abbigale Drake of Marion, Hunter Egan of Pocahontas, Colton Eubanks of Jonesboro, Benjamin Ford of Hamburg, Courtney Francois of Little Rock, Shelby Gage of Cabot, Ross Grant of Benton, Arron Gray of Pine Bluff, Michael Dalton Henson of Hoxie, Ivy Hildebrand of Stuttgart, Nikayla Hughes Bowen of Holly Grove, Brittney Igleheart of Jonesboro, Weston Jones of Jonesboro, Sara Lequieu of Bryant, Angel Livingston of Dumas, Kristen Lovelady of Hot Springs, Emily Marshall of Harrison, Lukas Mayberry of Prattsville, Ellen Morris of Pottsville, Julie Mullen of Jacksonville, Robert Noble of Hot Springs, Kara Oliver of Henderson, Joshua Perry of Cabot, Robert Powell of Imboden, Hannah Rice of Hot Springs, Kenneth Riddle of Magazine, Brandon Roe of Jonesboro, Sarah Shackelford of Highland, Loren Snook of Bradford, Madison Stewart of Mountain View, Rachel Stewart of Bryant, Ian Thompson of Cabot, Peyton Tillman of Walnut Ridge, Dominic Williams of Forrest City, Kerrie Wilson of Cave City, Grace Winkelman of Little Rock, Jesse Wolf of Alexander and Hunter Wood of Searcy.

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