Methodist University Announces Spring 2015 Graduates

Methodist University announces the graduation of 205 students in the 52nd annual Spring Commencement, which took place on May 9, 2015. The commencement speaker was Judy Woodruff, co-anchor and managing editor at PBS NewsHour. During the commencement, the University also recognized Eleanor B. Manning, a longtime Fayetteville resident, community leader and volunteer, with the University Medallion.

Student Taylor Tipton was awarded the L. Stacy Weaver Award, which is given each semester to an outstanding graduate, as determined by a faculty vote. Distinguished Graduate Jessica Swartz was also recognized and addressed her fellow graduates during the ceremony.

The following list includes the graduating students’ hometown and academic honors.

Academic Honors

  • ***Summa Cum Laude: Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.90 and above
  • **Magna Cum Laude: GPA of 3.70 and above
  • *Cum Laude: GPA of 3.5 and above
Name   City and State   Honors
Ibrahim Alajlan   Saudi Arabia    
Anchalem Alemayehu   Ethiopia    
Renso Almanzar   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Esra Al-Shawafi***   Yemen   President’s List
Daylee Anderson*   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Jada Aponte   Columbus, Ga.    
Cody Ausherman   Kissimmee, Fla.   President’s List
Brittany Balderson   Gloucester, Va.    
Christopher Barger   Severn, Md.    
Camay Barnes   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Suzanne Barron**   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Shanita Bassit   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Kayla Beavers   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Sharon Belflowers   Eastover, N.C.    
Bryan Bennett**   Raeford, N.C.   President’s List
Joseph Black   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Tara Blue**   Hope Mills, N.C.   President’s List
Kyonghwa Bouriaque   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Dallas Bradley*   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Ricky Brayboy   La Grange, N.C.    
Michael Bridgeman   Godwin, N.C.    
Heather Brock*   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Sharron Brown   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Hannah Brown   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Dylan Cain*   Ipswich, Mass.   Dean’s List
Erica Caine   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Raymond Caldwell   Morehead City, N.C.    
Noah Camp   Jacksonville, N.C.   President’s List
Beth Carmickle**   Columbus, Ga.   President’s List
Christa Carroll   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Amber Cartwright   Bahamas    
Catherine Caruso   Southern Pines, N.C.    
Erica Chambliss   Hagerstown, Md.    
Chandler Christensen   Jefferson, N.C.    
Chara Christian   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Mindy Chung   Fresh Meadows, N.Y.    
Christopher Cieri   Glenelg, Md.    
Joshua Clarke*   Capron, Va.   Dean’s List
Robert Clayton   Hilton Head, S.C.    
Cara Cohen   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Mark Collins   UK   Dean’s List
Lazonia Cooper   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Madyson Cooper   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Carlos Cortes**   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
James Cox   Atlantic Beach, N.C.    
Danielle Crawford   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Vaughn Cross   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Austin Dangiolillo   Somerset, N.J.   Dean’s List
Gavin Daniels   Kenly, N.C.    
Andrea Davids*   Raeford, N.C.   President’s List
Asheton Dew   Hope Mills, N.C.    
Ashlyn Diggs   Charlotte, N.C.    
Richard Dooley**   Raeford, N.C.    
Sarah Drizen**   Essex, Mass.    
Allison Efird   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Josiah Elder   Raeford, N.C.    
Jamie Elliott   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Kelly Fair   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Kevin Fairchild   New Providence, N.J.    
Katelyn Foster   Lexington, N.C.    
Joshua Franklin   Raeford, N.C.    
Michelle Free   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Alexandria Garcia   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Pedro Garcia   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Gabriel Gaweda*   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Nahom Gebremariyam   Ethiopia    
Blaze Gillespie   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Melanie Giovannetti**   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Melissa Gravely   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Amanda Gray   Pennington Gap, Va.    
Donovan Grierson   Hope Mills, N.C.    
Allyson Griffin   Wilmington, N.C.   Dean’s List
Travis Griffin   Wade, N.C.    
Andres Guzman   Stockbridge, Ga.   Dean’s List
Stephanie Halbleib   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Cassandra Hall   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Nicole Hardin   Jonesborough, Tenn.    
Zachary Hazzard   Jessup, Md.    
Cara Hendricks   Mocksville, N.C.    
Matthew Hensley   Gastonia, N.C.    
John Hoover   Whispering Pines, N.C.    
Michael Hosier   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Bethany Huff*   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Stephanie Hunter   Sanford, N.C.   Dean’s List
Brian Hunzeker   Verona, Pa.    
Amber Imme   Raeford, N.C.    
Michael Inman   Tar Heel, N.C.    
Gabrielle Isaac**   Mooresville, N.C.   President’s List
Mark Ivansek   Raleigh, N.C.    
Mariama Jabati**   Sierra Leone    Dean’s List
Theresa Jackson   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Gloria Johnson   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Jasmine Jones   Dunn, N.C.   Dean’s List
Megan Jones   Reidsville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Heather Joslin*   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Thomas June   New Bern, N.C.    
Benjamin Khammar   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Christopher Kirkland   Spring Lake, N.C.   President’s List
Carly Klinedinst   Wilmington, N.C.   President’s List
Andrew Kocsis   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Kaitlyn Lahr   Fort Bragg, N.C.    
Julieta Lainez-Barahona   Spring Lake, N.C.    
Lorraine Lamola   South Africa     
Cheryl Little   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Brandon Loux*   Clarksville, Tenn.    
Patrina Lowrie*   Miami, Fla.    
Kalie Ludvigsen   Atlanta, Ga.    
Layton Lumsden   Fayetteville, N.C.    
David Lutz   Gloucester, Va.    
Nicholas Maestretti   New Bern, N.C.    
Charles Maness   Troy, N.C.    
Stefanie Mansfield**   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Kirsten Markow   Beaumont, Texas    
Angelina Martzolff   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Jenna May**   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Patrick McDonough   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Katie McDowell   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Erin McGuffee   Raeford, N.C.   Dean’s List
Bardrick McGuire   Hope Mills, N.C.    
Michael McIver   Garner, N.C.    
Lorenzo McKenzie   Bahamas    
Tara McKnight   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Henrietta Mckoy   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Harley McLamb   Dunn, N.C.    
Dayna McLaughlin*   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Richard Meffert   Raeford, N.C.    
Morgan Miles   Spring Lake, N.C.    
Bernard Minter   Raleigh, N.C.    
Ariel Mitchell   Trinidad    
Cody Molosky   Bayboro, N.C.    
Jamie Mulkern*   Fort Bragg, N.C.    
Taylor Murphy   Fort Myers, Fla.   Dean’s List
Brandy Nalbone***   Hope Mills, N.C.    
Alexandria Nance   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Velemseni Ndzimandze   Swaziland    
Colin Neal   Holly Springs, N.C.    
Rachel Nelson   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Charles Nettles   Effingham, S.C.    
Jessica Oder*   Chesapeake, Va.    
Rylie Osborn   Jacksonville, N.C.    
Julia Pabst   Linden, N.C.    
Adam Parker   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Stephanie Perez   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Brandon Peters   Newport, N.C.    
Hillary Petruska   Gastonia, N.C.    
Leigh Philbee   Raeford, N.C.   Dean’s List
Allison Phipps**   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Vivian Pigford   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Faith Pletcher   Roseboro, N.C.   Dean’s List
Mekala Poirier**   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Aleksandra Przulj   Bosnia and Herzegovina     
Jessica Puckett**   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Ariel Rains Pattillo   Henrico, Va.    
Fitore Rama*    Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Max Reber   St. Augustine, Fla.    
Patience Richardson   Fort Bragg, N.C.   Dean’s List
James Rigsbee   Colfax, N.C.    
Ashley Robinson*   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Tashara Robinson   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Mildred Romeu   Hope Mills, N.C.    
Delrico Rowe   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Daniel Royer   York, Pa.    
Komba Sam-Sumana   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Brittany Savageau*   Parkton, N.C.    
Sara Self*   Hope Mills, N.C.   Dean’s List
Shivaksh Sharma**   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Luke Sheetz   Grand Rapids, Minn.    
Brandon Simmons   Clinton, N.C.    
Caleb Simpson   Morganton, N.C.    
Crystal Sloan*   Cameron, N.C.   Dean’s List
Shelby Smelcer   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Lorie Smith   Clayton, N.C.    
Derek Smith   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Henrik Smith   Kernersville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Bonnie Snell   Hope Mills, N.C.    
Lindsay Stinson*   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Heather Strickland*   Fayetteville, N.C.   Dean’s List
Dillon Sullivan   Wilmington, N.C.    
Jessica Swartz***   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Michael Tagliabue   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Emily Talley*   San Angelo, Texas    
Miguel Tevez Rosales**   El Salvador   President’s List
Benjamin Thomason   Chapel Hill, N.C.    
Rebekah Thompson**   Carthage, N.C.    
Lindsay Tippett**   Middlesex, N.C.    
Taylor Tipton***    Saint Joseph, Mont.   President’s List
Joshua Tulledge   Lakeside, Calif.   Dean’s List
Tamra Turner   Riverview, Fla.   Dean’s List
Sandra Tyler   Autryville, N.C.    
Jessica Velasquez   Fayetteville, N.C.   President’s List
Jarrod Velazquez   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Alexandra Walter   La Plata, Md.    
Cassandra Walter   La Plata, Md.    
Christopher Webster*   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Jason Weireter   Richmond, Ind.    
Jeffrey Wells   Redondo Beach, Calif.    
Justin Wells   Godwin, N.C.   Dean’s List
Lisa Whalen   Sanford, N.C.    
Joseph Willoughby   Fairmont, N.C.    
Benjamin Wise   Godwin, N.C.    
Ann Zaremski   Fayetteville, N.C.    
Krista Zentner   Seaford, Va.    
Crystalyn Zoquier   Fayetteville, N.C.    
         
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