Murray State Celebrates Spring Commencement
By MSU Public Relations
MURRAY - Murray State University celebrated Spring 2019 Commencement on Saturday.

A total of 1,406 degree applicants made up the two ceremonies — including doctoral, specialist, master's, baccalaureate and associate degrees — with 31 states and 19 countries represented.

Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson presided over the ceremonies. 

"Leave here motivated and inspired today," Jackson said. "You have a new responsibility to lead and work hard. Go out and make a difference in the passionate about your calling no matter what it is, and remember to always give back."   

The first included degree candidates from the Bauernfeind College of Business, College of Humanities and Fine Arts and Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology. The second included degree candidates from the College of Education and Human Services, Hutson School of Agriculture, School of Nursing and Health Professions and Center for Adult and Regional Education. 

The outstanding seniors for spring, Morgan Pulliam and J.T. Payne, led the degree candidates for the conferral of degrees. Pulliam provided the morning ceremony valediction; she graduated with the honors medallion and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business. Payne delivered the valediction at the afternoon ceremony while receiving a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with an agricultural education track.

Also featured during each ceremony was the Presentation of Colors by the Murray State University Army ROTC Color Guard, while Distinguished Professor Stephen Lacewell, professor of finance in the Department of Economics and Finance, served as the mace-bearer.

Murray State faculty in attendance were led into the arena for both ceremonies by the recipients of the Regents Teaching Award for Excellence: Crystal Coel (also the Max Carman Teaching Excellence Recipient), Katherine Hancock, Michael Bordieri, Aaron Irvin, Yousif Abulhassan, Michelle Casey, Kathy Stanczyk and Jeffrey Henry. They were joined by the University Distinguished Mentor Daniel Wann, Distinguished Researcher Alexey Arkov, University Emerging Scholars Danielle Muzina and Bikram Subedi and Faculty Advisor of the Year Patty Parish.

Faculty marshals assisting with the overall ceremonies included Susana Bloomdahl, Traci Byrd, Heath Keller, Michael Kemp, Robert Lyons, Melony Shemberger, Matthew Shultz and F. Gilland Welsch.

Published 07:00 AM, Sunday May. 12, 2019
Updated 09:40 PM, Sunday May. 12, 2019

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