Summer Commencement Held


Bethel President Bob Prosser poses with mother and daughter graduates Ronda Pruitt of Murray, Ky., and Sherry Wells of Cadiz, Ky., during summer 2011 Commencement held Aug. 6 on Bethel's McKenzie campus.

Bethel University held its summer 2011 Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the school's McKenzie campus. The Rev. Don Tabor, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, was the Commencement speaker and 213 degrees were presented.
     Rev. Tabor’s speech focused on the Bible verse, John 10:10, which says “I’m come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.”
     “There will be times when your comfort zone will be disturbed and you will be challenged on what you are doing,” Tabor said. “There will be times when you experience turmoil, but God will bring you comfort.
     “Today we think about God walking with us even when we are about to lose heart,” he said.
     Tabor reminded graduates that they were not going to be done with homework and presentations – that they would still have these things in their careers. But he reminded graduates that what they would have would be heightened abilities as a result of their experience at Bethel University.
     Tabor also talked about a list of items he wanted graduates to take away from the day.
     “Be a person of integrity,” Tabor said. “This is when people come to trust you. If you lose your credibility, you can never retain it.”
     Tabor also told graduates to develop a strong work ethic and to be the kind of people who would go the second mile.
     “Also be a confident person,” Tabor said. “If you don’t have confidence, find ways to develop it. You are going to need it.”
     Tabor went on to tell graduates to also be enthusiastic.
     “Some say, whatever!” he said. “Then there are those who say whatever it takes! Be that person.
     “Finally, be positive and be a good lover. Love your spouse, and your children and your family.”
     Those graduating with a bachelor of arts degree included: Caleb Alan Hampton of Huntingdon and Brittany Elyse Presson of McLemoresville.
     Those graduating with a bachelor of science degree from Bethel’s College of Liberal Arts included: Terrance Lynn Bell of Whites Creek; Teena Marie Carter of Milan; Aleksandr Emelyanov of McKenzie; Ashley L. Hisiro of McKenzie; Jennifer Lee Hollingsworth of Bruceton; Jenna M. Smith of McKenzie; David D. Stricklin of Selmer; Reginald LeAndre Taber of McKenzie; Anna Elizabeth Trull (Magna Cum Laude) of McKenzie; and Phillip M. White of McKenzie.
     Those graduating with a bachelor of science degree from Bethel’s College of Professional Studies included: Shawn Allen (Cum Laude) of Lebanon; Bonita Louise Anderson of Dunlap; Brenda G. Anderson (Cum Laude) of Mt. Juliet; James Washington Atkins, Jr. of Clarksville; Frances A. Banks (Cum Laude) of Clarksville; Marilyn Talley Bell of LaVergne; Christopher Bingham of Lexington; James Ali Boone of Antioch; Jacqueline Boyland-Cox of Memphis; Susan Bray (Summa Cum Laude) of McKenzie; Jason Wayne Britt of Lexington; Natasha Yvette Brooks of Jackson; Jennifer M. Brou of Jackson; Shakinta L. Buggs of Olive Branch; Catrina Clark of Memphis; Mark William Clark (Summa Cum Laude) of Lexington; Jackie Wade Coffer (Summa Cum Laude) of Hornbeak; Lindsey Beth Coleman (Summa Cum Laude) of Cedar Grove; Ghislain W. Compaore of Chattanooga; Angela Cook (Cum Laude) of Gadsden; Tammy L. Crawford (Cum Laude) of Dyer; Harrison Crump Jr. of Clarksville; Chasisty Dolley-Jones of Memphis; Jennifer Dianne Dorris of Murfreesboro; Angela Mavies Dowdy-Boyd of Antioch; Terri L. Duff Obey of Brentwood; Brenda B. Edwards of Jackson; Laritha Y. Fentress (Cum Laude) of Nashville; Kimberly M. Flowers of Memphis; Nicole Denice Ford of Memphis; Angela Denise Foust (Summa Cum Laude) of Paris; Lori Janine Gambill (Cum Laude) of Huron; Stephanie Jeanell Gamble of Clarksville; Sheila Gates of Memphis; William Joseph Glorioso (Cum Laude) of Clarksville; Carsandra Gray of Clarksville; Robert Bradley Gray of Memphis; Carnice Candice Green of Madison; Connie Yvetta Green of Antioch; Christy L. Hammonds of Hixson; James Brian Hinson of Dyersburg; Shawonder Mechelle Hodge of Jackson; Jonathan Wesley Holmes of Dyersburg; Yvonne Holt Goode of Nashville; Michael G. Howard of Clarksville; Argenal Rochelle Huddleston of Henderson; Katrina LaChantz Jordan (Magna Cum Laude) of Clarksville; Nykkeisha Shawntee Jumper of Paris; Michelle Renee King (Magna Cum Laude) of Olive Branch; Shelly Denise Lampley of Dickson; Celeste Marie Lane (Summa Cum Laude) of Southside; Cody Randal Lemons of Collierville; Erica D. Lenore of Southaven, Miss.; Dominique Shaunte Mayo of Lexington; Kasandra D. McNeil of Oakland; Letonya R. McPherson of Murfreesboro; Keri Lynn Means of Bartlett; Bructite Messay of Plano, Texas; Kevin Wayne Miller (Cum Laude) of Chattanooga; Terry Lynn Miller of Cordova; Valerie K. Myers of Memphis; Mildred Danitha Nelson (Summa Cum Laude) of Memphis; Jonathan D. Norwood (Cum Laude) of Springville; Lyndon Bains Owens of Clarksville; Annette Marshella Pettigrew of South Fulton; Robert A. Pollard of Memphis; Stephen D. Pollock (Summa Cum Laude) of Jackson; Jacqueline Y. Porterfield of Memphis; Jonathan M. Price (Cum Laude) of Jackson; Ronda Sherry Pruitt (Summa Cum Laude) of Murray, Ky.; Timothy W. Roach of Jackson; Teresa Lynn Sanders of Memphis; Charles E. Settles, Jr. of Hermitage; Jason Gregory Sharp of Dyersburg; John C. Shephard of Clarksville; Tammy Deneice Skinner of Martin; Yul C. Smith of Cordova; Aldrich Venson Solomon, Sr. of Memphis; Joanne Taylor Springfield of Jackson; Andrea Denise Tate of Cordova; Steven D. Tatro of Olive Branch, Miss.; Jason C. Taylor of Hermitage; Jennifer Lynn Taylor of McKenzie; Lee A. Thomas of Bartlett; Nellie Mae Thomas of Humboldt; Alvin B. Tucker, Jr. of Memphis; Rhonda G. Turner (Summa Cum Laude) of Memphis; Nathan Tyler Vick of Newbern; Torina L. Walker of Chattanooga; Cristi Sawyers-Wallace of Gleason; Gary Dewayne Webber, Jr. of Pleasant View; Sherry Lynn Wells (Summa Cum Laude) of Cadiz, Ky.; Debra Marlene Weston of Memphis; Jenny Elaine Wilson of Nashville; and Howard Kelly Yarbro of Newbern.
     Students graduating with a master of business administration included: Reubin Donnell Allen of Clarksville; Phyllis Staton Anderson of Jackson; JaCarla Denise Armstrong of Milan; Charles Davis Arnett, Jr. of Murfreesboro; Larry D. Autry of Newbern; Eric Wayne Beers of Murfreesboro; Nikia Timone Aaron Boone of Murfreesboro; Carolyn S. Boyle of Bolivar; Shakundala M. Bradshaw of Spring Hill; John R. Burns, Jr. of Marion, Ark.; Melinda Ann Burton of Murfreesboro; Teena A. Butler of Cleveland; Jason D. Canut of Dyersburg; Joshua Lee Carter of Leachville, Ark.; Brian William Cheever of Jackson; Denise Lane Cook of Oakland; Charles Covington of Martin; LaQuinda Shanae Crawford of Jackson; Patricia Crutcher-Brown of Collierville; LaTasha Dianthe Curtis of Tampa, Fla.; Darrell Wayne Davis Jr. of Huron; Vicki Hicks DeBerry of Brownsville; Albert Benton Dennis of Gallatin; Paul Edward Drake of Jackson; Reginald R. Google, Jr. of Chattanooga; Tacara D. Green of Greenville, Miss.; Angela V. Green-Payne of Memphis; Sheryl Haley of Antioch; Andrea Hamilton Williams of Memphis; Tracy Hamm Allen of Spring Hill; Dante J. Harlan of Memphis; Sophia D. Hooks of Memphis; Nadia Hussey of Southaven, Miss.; Andrew S. Jackson of Jackson; Ashley Jeans Henry of Memphis; Wanda Faye Jobe of Clarksville; Misty S. Jones of Whites Creek; Kaye Helen Jordon of Ripley; Jeffrey Wilson Kimble of Hendersonville; Mae Bell Head-Knox of Memphis; Ryan Cory Landwehr of Somerville; Anthony R. Limes of Ridgely; Dale Kirk Lock of Millington; Lemon Love of Antioch; Dennis Mitchell of Lexington; David K. Mobley of Lebanan; Doris L. Montgomery of Parsons; Terry Ray Morris of Clarksville; Adam P. Morrison of Charlotte; William Muhammad of Memphis; Denise S. Myles of Jackson; Chevelle Newby Haley of Charlotte, N.C.; Allyson L. Page of Paris; Matthew Clifford Phillips of Nashville; LaSundra Vashun Price of Bartlett; Allen Rice of Dyersburg; Stephen Ray Saylor of McKenzie; Ashley L. Shaw of Jackson; Anthony Shelton of Jackson; Ashley Nicole Stafford of Atwood; Stephanie Veronica Sumlar of Memphis; Chejuana Denise Taylor of Memphis; Molisa Renee Thomas of Memphis; Ossie M. Thomas of Collierville; Angenette Toler of Memphis; Brent Michael Walters of Murfreesboro; Michael Brady Watlington of Little Rock, Ark.; Chad R. Webb of Dyersburg; Mabern W. Wheeler of Olive Branch, Miss.; Stacy Nicole White of Murfreesboro; Kimberly Bond Wiggins of Clarksville; Deborah L. Womack of Memphis; and Pamela Rozzell Young of Byhalia, Miss.
     Graduating with a master of arts in education were: Leah Catherine Billings of Covington; Yolanda Jean Bishop of Jackson; Christina Renee Brickner of Clarksville; Lesley Burdine of Adams; Dianne Koonce Carter of McKenzie; Erica Q. Cooper of Cordova; James Demba of McKenzie; Dianna Knight Dodd of Clarksville; Cynthia Denise Duncan of Huntingdon; Tieyranna M. Eason-Winbush of Memphis; Stacey Fisher Glover of Humboldt; Callie Taylor Herd of Memphis; Brandi Lynette Lee of Huntingdon; Penny Holmes of Paris; Paige Hughes Vaughn of Paris; Charles Randel Jetton of Gates; Carmen BreeAnn Kilburn of Lawrenceburg; Lesley Michelle Lampkins of Gleason; Noah Blaine Lampkins of Gleason; Tomekia E. Moore of Chattanooga; Sarah Elam Nunn of McKenzie; Kristin Ann Peachey of Jackson; Jennifer L. Rector of Guild; John Penn Ridgeway of Paris; Tami Sue Seat of Sharon; Jacqueline Thweatt-Burton of Lexington; Julie Mitchell Walker of Clarksville; Julie Childress Webb of Paris; Richard Vernard Willis of Jackson; Kaylynn Smith Wilson of Hollow Rock; Michelle Higdon Wolfe of Millington; Abby Dawn Worsham of Jackson; and Leah Shull Yoes of Covington.