Burleson area residents earn academic diplomas and recognition

Burleson area residents recently received higher education diplomas and recognitions from colleges and universities.

•Students from 49 states and 70 countries were among candidates for degrees this spring on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.
The candidates included Burleson residents Bryan Alexander Capps with a BC in Computer Science, and Tyler J. Erickson with a BS in Engineering Physics, and Joshua residents Mitchell Moore with a Bachelor of Arts and Colton R. Redden with a Bachelor of Business Administration.

•More than 4,000 Baylor University students were named to the Dean’s Academic Honor List for the 2018 spring semester. Students honored on the Dean’s List are Baylor undergraduates with a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 while enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours.
Students from Burleson named to the Dean’s List are Emily Kathryn Blackaby, College of Arts and Sciences; Angelia Nicole Brown, School of Education; Bailey R. Faubion, Hankamer School of Business; Abigail Lynn Jennings, School of Education, and Delaney Grace Wenger, College of Arts and Sciences.
The oldest continuously operating university in Texas, Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, with a mission to educate students for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment in a caring community.
Nestled along the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Baylor provides numerous educational and research opportunities across various disciplines through 142 undergraduate, 75 master’s and 42 doctoral programs, a juris doctor and education specialist programs.

• LeTourneau University in Longview held Spring 2018 commencement services recently for over 400 graduates who received bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Among them were Jeannie Sisk, of Burleson, who received a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies--Early Childhood - 6th Grade Generalist, with Magna Cum Laude recognition. Graduates with Magna Cum Laude honors maintained grade point averages between 3.6 and 3.79.
LeTourneau is an institution of Christ-centered higher education where educators engage students to nurture Christian virtue, develop competency and ingenuity in their professional fields, integrate faith and work, and serve the local and global community. About 1,300 students study at LETU’s main campus in Longview.

•Lucero Sosa of Burleson was named to Spring 2018 Dean’s List at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y.
Sosa excelled during the Spring 2018 semester, achieving a GPA of at least 3.5 to earn a spot on the Hofstra University Dean’s List.
Hofstra is a nationally ranked and recognized private university that is the only school to ever host three consecutive presidential debates (2008, 2012 and 2016). The campus is a leafy oasis just a quick train ride away from New York City and all its cultural, recreational and professional opportunities.

• More than 280 members of the Austin College Class of 2018 received Bachelor of Arts diplomas from President Steven O’Day in Commencement exercises May 13. Another 12 students earned Master of Arts in Teaching degrees.
Those receiving a BA degree included Tristan Bailey Ortiz of Crowley, who earned Cum Laude recognition with a major in East Asian Languages & Cultures, and a minor in Exercise & Sport Science.
Tristan is the son of Robert Ortiz of Crowley and Pamela Ortiz of Mansfield.
The AC Commencement address was provided by veteran journalist Joyce A. Davis of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She received an honorary doctorate during the ceremony as did Austin College alumni Reverend Melinda Veatch, a Presbyterian minister and community leader who presented the Baccalaureate sermon the previous evening, and John Hitt, the much-honored 26-year president of the University of Central Florida who transitions to president emeritus of that university this summer.


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