SAMFORD UNIVERSITY GRADUATIONS: Several area residents graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., during spring commencement: Claire Michelle Williams, Baton Rouge, bachelor of arts, cum laude; Sloan Lowry Abernathy, Covington, juris doctor; Molly Kathryn Cox, Mandeville, bachelor of arts, cum laude; Camille Kathleen Mula, Mandeville, master of accountancy; and Natalie Louise Nichols, Lafayette, bachelor of science in nursing.
FORT HAYS STATE UNIVERSITY GRADUATION: Sylvia Jones, of Baton Rouge, has graduated from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan., with an master's degree in business administration (health-care management).
WEST POINT GRADUATION: Cadet Chase Brown, son of Randall and Stacey Brown and brother of Cameron Brown, of Central, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy on May 26.
Brown graduated from the Central High School in 2008 where he was Central school system's first high school Student of the Year. While at West Point, he concentrated his studies in life science. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army in the military intelligence branch and will attend his basic officer leadership course beginning in July at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., and will report to Fort Hood, Texas, for his first assignment.
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY GRADUATIONS: Several area students were awarded degrees during SMU's May 2012 commencement ceremonies: Megan Kneipp, Baton Rouge, master of business administration in accounting and finance; Madelaine Fahrmann, Baton Rouge, bachelor of arts in history; Catherine Breaux, Baton Rouge, bachelor of arts in Spanish, bachelor of business administration in management; Nichole Tayeh, Baton Rouge, bachelor of arts in psychology, and bachelor of science in biological sciences; Claire Kinchen, Baton Rouge, bachelor of business administration in accounting; Kayla Porche, Baton Rouge, certificate in learning therapy; Mallorie Wicker, Baker, bachelor of business administration in financial consulting; Courtney Kelly, Zachary, bachelor of science in civil engineering and mathematics; and Yvonne Pitts, Lafayette, bachelor of arts in psychology, bachelor of science in sociology.
BIRMINGHAM-SOUTHERN COLLEGE: Several area residents received degrees from Birmingham-Southern College in May. Receiving bachelor of arts degrees were Leslie Dupre, Baton Rouge, cum laude; and John Morris, Lafayette. Receiving bachelor of science degrees were Rebecca Broussard and Jennifer Jeter, Baton Rouge; John-Paul Tortorich, Covington, cum laude; and Caroline Crawford, Madisonville.
COLLINS NAMED DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE: Marine Corps Pfc. Jordan M. Collins, son of Jude M. Collins, of Gonzales, was recently selected as the distinguished graduate from the Marine Corps basic combat engineer course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
During the five-week course, Collins was taught the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. Collins also learned demolition, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques.
Collins is a 2011 graduate of St. Amant High School.
STEPHENSON GRADUATES FROM ENGINEER COURSE: Marine Corps Pvt. Kenneth M. Stephenson, son of Patty and Buddy Stephenson, of Denham Springs, recently graduated from the Marine Corps basic combat engineer course at Marine Corps Engineer School, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
During the five-week course, Stephenson was taught the fundamentals of engineering support for combat units, including the procedures for building and repairing bridges, roads and field fortifications. Stephenson also learned demolition concepts, land mine warfare and camouflage techniques.
Stephenson is a 2009 graduate of Denham Springs High School.
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