Burleson residents earn higher education diplomas and academic recognition

Burleson residents have received higher education diplomas and academic recognition.

Erika Kirstin Pope of Burleson has received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Alabama. She was one of 5,436 degrees awarded by UA during spring 2018 commencement May 4-6.

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education.

Taonga Lise Nyirenda and Jacob Andrew Sherrill, both of Burleson, graduated from Midwestern State University in May. Nyirenda earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing while Sherrill earned a Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care with magna cum laude honors.

Midwestern State University had 702 undergraduate and graduate students who were awarded degrees. Honor graduates receiving bachelor’s degrees included 52 summa cum laude, 71 magna cum laude, and 87 cum laude. Honor requirements are a grade point average of 3.7-3.89 for magna cum laude.

Richele Walker of Crowley was among the largest graduating class in University of Massachusetts in the university’s history in Lowell, Mass.
Walker received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

The university held two Commencement ceremonies on May 19 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell for the Class of 2018, 4,358 strong. The record number of graduates for the 11th consecutive year is the result of UMass Lowell’s 57 percent increase in enrollment since 2007 and climbing student success rates.

Both ceremonies were presided over by UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, who is a two-time UMass Lowell graduate. The Commencement addresses were delivered by award-winning author and historian Jon Meacham, whose latest book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list, and U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, who has represented Massachusetts’ 3rd District, which includes the university, for more than a decade and received a Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Service. Meacham was presented with an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

Curtis Alfonzo Fisher of Crowley was one of 28 graduates to receive a bachelor’s degree from Park University’s Minot Air Force Base Campus in North Dakota. Fisher earned a degree in Criminal Justice Administration/Security.

Brooklyne Nicole Oliveira of Godley, a member of the Class of 21 at Washington and Lee University, has earned President’s List status for the recently ended academic year.

Washington and Lee is located in Lexington, Va.

The President’s List comprises the top echelon of students among full-time, degree-seeking undergraduates, as determined from those with at least 24 W&L-graded credits contributing to the GPA.

Washington and Lee University, the nation’s ninth oldest institution of higher education, is among the nation’s premier liberal arts colleges and universities. Washington and Lee University provides a liberal arts education that develops students’ capacity to think freely, critically and humanely and to conduct themselves with honor, integrity and civility. Graduates are prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society.

Weston Hunter, Boston McNair and Aeryana Romero, all of Burleson, have been accepted to McMurry University in Abilene for entrance in fall 2018.
McMurry University was founded in 1923 as a United Methodist institution, and is a vibrant and comprehensive center of higher education. McMurry has a national reputation for excellence and value through the achievements of its faculty, students and graduates. The University enrolls more than 1,000 students and has an average class size of 16.

McMurry is guided by our core values: Christian Faith as the foundation of life, Personal Relationships as the catalyst for life, Learning as the journey of life, Excellence as the goal of life, and Service as the measure of life. Our students are equipped to exceed expectations and go on to make their mark in the world, through scholarship, leadership and service.

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