In commencement exercises Saturday morning, 173 Lipscomb students received degrees. President L. Randolph Lowry , who presided over commencement exercises for the first time, conferred 28 graduate degrees and 145 undergraduate degrees.
Lowry encouraged students to continually strive to be "the person you need to be."
"When you came to Lipscomb, you left where you were so that you could become who you needed to be. I challenge you to continue to ask yourself 'How can I be the person I need to be if I stay who I am?'" Lowry said in his first commencement address at Lipscomb.
The president said he has three wishes for this class of graduates.
"First, as a graduate of this university, I wish for you to leave with a dynamic faith. I also wish for you to leave with a sense of courage. You're heading into a world that is ever-changing and you need courage to be a part of that world. Finally, I wish you a sense of service — to your family, to your profession, to your church and to your community. This world needs you and what you now have to offer," he said.
Linda Roberson, professor of biology, offered a charge to the students on behalf of the faculty.
"Lipscomb University is a liberal arts university. This type of study empowers you to think critically and encourages you to engage in many fields of studies while going indepth with a major. You will find that your lives will become more focused and specialized. I encourage you to keep learning and studying in areas outside of your career interests — to continue to broaden your horizons and to expand your knowledge," said Roberson, who is retiring at the close of the academic year after being part of the Lipscomb faculty for 25 year and having served as the first dean of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences.
During commencement exercises, three students were honored for graduating with a 4.0 grade point average. Honor graduates for the December 2005 graduating class are Amanda Renée Brown Binkley, a history teaching major from Clarksville, Tenn.; Kelly Ann Nanney, a political science-communication major from Memphis, Tenn.; and Andrea Fielder Ragsdale, a general studies/interdisciplinary teaching major from Lyles, Tenn.
Students receiving graduate degrees:
• Master of Arts: Samuel Turner
• Master of Business Administration: Hannah J. Cofer, Margaret Snowden Johnson Davidson, Grady Worth Folger, Rebecca Steimle Frasier , John Randall Gish, Eric Kenyon Hicklin, Adam James Hodges, Josh Parkes Johnson, Scott A. McConnell, Vidya N. Patel, Steven Dale Rawls, Lance Edward Shelby, Matthew P. Simpson, Kristi Marissa Van Dyke, Brannan Ashley Wilson, Brandon L. Wood.
• Master of Divinity: Jeffrey Lee Fincher
• Master of Education: Holly Michelle Bewley, Andrew W. Bond, John Cunningham Brothers Jr., Shannon M. Crawford, Clinton Lee Cummings Jr., Sharon Brumit Farmer , Cassie Marie Lockhart , Deborah Black Rose, Phyllis Ann Sanders, and Jessica Nicole Taylor
Students receiving bachelor of arts degrees:
Rachel Nicole Anderson, Timothy Lee Armstrong, Elaina Danielle Beecher, Amanda Renée Brown Binkley, summa cum laude; Robin Leigh Clark, cum laude; Grover Christopher Collins; Micah Joel Cost; Elizabeth Gay Costello; Rachel Elizabeth Cresswell; Benjamin Brandon DeFoor; Joseph Andrew Ellis, cum laude; Chad Nicholas Erickson; Christopher Lee Gannon; Carol Marie Hale, magna cum laude; John Christopher Hedge, magna cum laude; Rachel Ann Cline Hedge, summa cum laude; Abigale Jewell Higgs; Jonathan David Houston; Nicole Renee Kennedy; Jane Elizabeth Kittrell, magna cum laude; Andrew Arthur Ling, cum laude; Kariann Manners ; Phillip Alan Mauller; Elizabeth Lindley Medlin, summa cum laude; Sarah Beth Morgan; Richard Lee Moses Jr.; Kelly Ann Nanney, summa cum laude; Megan Kara Olsen; James Joonkyoo Park; Margaret Suzanne Potter, cum laude; Heather Marie Pritchard; Lacey Anne Renfro, cum laude; Carrie Elizabeth Ross, cum laude; Jennifer Kingsley Rowan; Louis Joseph Saggio III; Lucia Alexandria Santisteban; Katherine Laura Shaner; Ryan Nathaniel Smith; Laura Alison Spears, cum laude; Penny S. Tyler, cum laude; David Richard Vaughn, cum laude; April Elizabeth Wallner; Patrice Chanel Webster; Lindsey Kaye White, magna cum laude; Douglas Keith Williams; Jonathan Michael Williams; and Alicia Dawn Williams-Grimes, magna cum laude.
Students receiving bachelor of science degrees:
Adam Abraham Abood, cum laude; Evan Michael Abrahams; Jaime S. Bacalan Jr.; Jason Michael Baggett; Sophonie Bellevue, cum laude; David Peter Biagi; David Clifton Binkley; Reginald Renard Blair; Kathryn Elizabeth Bobo; Ashley LeAnne Brewer; Mitzi Mae Carithers; Jeffrey Allen Castle; Jennifer DeAnn Catron; Jessica Rachel Church, summa cum laude; Martha George Cline, cum laude; Veronica Imelda Coleman; Charles Scott Convery, cum laude; Matthew Allen Cost; Kim Cherie Creasey, summa cum laude; Helen Anne Crosslin; Kristin Michelle Cummins, summa cum laude; Lindsay Ann Daly, cum laude; Stephanie Kristina Davis; Theresa Shelby Dickens; Jessica Elaine DiToro, cum laude; Kelly Dawn Eberle; Ashley Marie Edgecomb; Eric Adam Esters, cum laude; Aaron David Flener; Julie Caroline Foster; Adam Joseph Galloway; Rebecca Lynn Gantt, magna cum laude; Charles Brett Givens; Patrick Sewell Griffy; Benjamin Thomas Grimes; Aida Seyoum Habetmariam; Reem Bassam Halasa; Robert Lee Hauther, Jr., cum laude; Joel Richard Hawkins; Matthew Steven Hawkins; Courtney Greer Hethcoat, summa cum laude; Candace Nicole Holliway; Drew Daniel Jacobs; Matthew William Jarboe; Kalyn Dawn Jones; Melissa Ann Kendrick, magna cum laude; Corey R. King; Rebekah Diane Kinzer; Sarah Catherine Lowe; Nancy Janine Lucas, cum laude; Courtney Lowe Mankin, magna cum laude; William Drew McDonald; William Bennett Miller; Timothy Ryan Myers; Christy Lynn Negas; Justin Matthew Netterville; Stephanie Davis Nipper, magna cum laude; Julia Caroline Orr; Graham Hardison Parnell; James Matthew Patterson; Lauren Nicole Peck; Ian Embree Porter; Emily Lynn Powers, cum laude; Meredith Anne Qualley, magna cum laude; Andrea Fielder Ragsdale, summa cum laude; Steven Daniel Rector; Melisa Louise Reeves, cum laude; Robert Andrew Rice, summa cum laude; Tyka Rosalie Riley; Michelle Smith Roberts; Brittany Diane Rogers, cum laude; Rebekah Lee Russell; Sayena Sajadi, magna cum laude; Tiajuana Shante Sargent; Jessica Lorynn Savage; Adam Lee Semanchik; Karen Lindsey Shyers; Elizabeth Diane Sisson; Cindy Dianne Skinner; Benjamin Jeffrey Smith; Beth Ann Smith; Derek Michael Smith; Amber Frances Sprouse; Dana Renee Stoller, magna cum laude; Adam Michael Swor; Matthew Todd Tanner, cum laude; Clayton Bradley Tate; Jodi Brianna Tucker; April Lynn Urban; Michael Eugene Vannoy, Jr., cum laude; Bailey Elizabeth Vaughn; Chaz Brandon Vetter, cum laude; Scott Henry Wages; Jena Marie Wells; Sean Matthew White; Ashley Dyan Wilson, magna cum laude; Sarah Leanna Wise, cum laude; Thomas Lee Wiser.