MSU Meridian Awards 164 Degrees

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

Mississippi State University-Meridian handed out 164 diplomas Friday, acknowledging the hard work and effort of the graduates in their fields of study.

But for some, this graduation may be bittersweet. These students are graduating and entering what may be one of the toughest job markets ever. Some of them are lucky enough to have jobs already, but others may be looking for a while.

"I just think there are not a lot of jobs there to be gotten," said Regina Parks, who earned a degree in Business with a concentration in accounting.

She has already begun her job search and so far she says she has had no luck.

"I have a lot of work experience," said Parks. "I've worked in accounting in the different administration areas before."

Guest speaker, Robert Deen, Jr., is a Mississippi State engineering graduate and a Vanderbilt Law graduate. He is also a Riley Foundation board member. He reminded graduates that this isn't the first time the job market has made getting a job tough.

"The economic climate, and the job market of 1950, were similar to what you will be facing today," Deen said. "I found out that there was no great demand for new law graduates."

Deen also offered some words of encouragement in his commencement address to the graduates.

"Job hunting is a stressful activity, especially if you are unemployed. Determination and perseverance are required in large doses," said Dean.

Of the 164 degrees awarded, 81 were in the field of education.

The graduates included Wayne Pace, the first person to complete a new degree program, a bachelor's in business with a concentration in health care administration.

"I think the program will be very useful, just because it really does expose you to things that you're going to deal with in the field, compared to if you just went general business trying to get into health care," said Pace. "I mean, it'll be a big boost."

Pace advises students to make the most of internship opportunities. Currently employed by Rush, Pace said he's hoping his educational advancement leads to a promotion.

Mississippi State University-Meridian provided the following list of
2009 Summer Graduates and Fall Degree Candidates:

AL, Butler
Sylvia Grace James, M.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Bailey
Gary Wayne Pace, B.B.A. - Healthcare Administration
MS, Brandon
Kimberly Nicole Brown (2), B.S. - Elementary Education
Emily S. Holly (3), B.S. - Elementary Education
Elaine McDermott Norris, B.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Carthage
Mary Kathleen Corley, B.S. - Elementary Education
Shumonica LaShell Dodd, M.S. - Elementary Education
Yolanda Verna Jones, M.S. - Counselor Education
MS, Clara
Drew Michael Holifield, B.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Collinsville
Janet Moore Fortner, Ed.S. - School Administration
Sommer Nicole Jones, B.S. - Elementary Education
Katie Beth McAlister (1), B.S. - Elementary Education
John Wesley Northam, M.B.A. - Business Administration
Christine P. Rowcliff, Ed.S. - School Administration
MS, Conehatta
Heather Loper Bounds (1), B.S. - Elementary Education
Kitty Marie Thrash Ladner, B.S. - Elementary Education
Tracy LeAnn Shoemake, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Mallory Joyce Shumake, B.A. - Psychology
MS, DeKalb
Bertha Deaton, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Angela Granger- Hull, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Brandy Walden Hill (1), B.B.A. - Accounting
Yolanda Denise Rush, B.B.A. - Accounting
MS, Decatur
Whitney Harris Amis, M.S. - School Administration
Kristina Danielle Harrison, B.S. - Secondary Education
Krissi Harris Munn, M.S. - School Administration
Christian Bryden Reed, M.B.A. - Business Administration
John C. Walton, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Amanda Lanier Walton, M.A.T. - Community College Education
MS, Ellisville
Loria Langley Newsome, Ed.S. - School Administration
MS, Enterprise
John Michael Peavy, B.B.A. - Information Systems
Amanda Parker Randall, B.S. - Elementary Education
Kelli Mallard Speed, M.S. - School Administration
MS, Forest
Karen J. Bloodsaw, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Heather Jo Compton, M.S. - Elementary Education
Ginger Anne Cruz, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Tamekia Ann Griffin, B.B.A. - Management
Michael A. Johnson, B.B.A. - Information Systems
Mervyn Louis Slay, Jr. (2), B.B.A. - Accounting
MS, Hattiesburg
Sara Elizabeth Elston, Ed.S. - School Administration
Chamberli Claire Kane, Ed.S. - Counselor Education
MS, Heidelberg
Belinda Jones Morgan, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
MS, Kosciusko
Lucinda Mosley (3), B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Dorothy Regina Parks (3), B.B.A. - Accounting
MS, Lake
Wynona G. Moore, B.B.A. - Management
MS, Laurel
Nicholas Clark Pressly, B.B.A. - Marketing
Milton Morris Smith, Ed.S. - School Administration
Jodi Hulon Welch, M.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Lawrence
Lakisha Chanel Davis, B.B.A. - Business Administration
John T. Shellenback (3), B.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Louin
Jessica Maranna Robinson, M.S. - Counselor Education
MS, Madison
Gregory Hunter Scott, B.B.A. - Marketing
MS, Magee
Megan Elaine Frith, B.A. - History
MS, Marion
John Adam Carlberg, B.S. - Secondary Education
Christopher Cody Fuller, B.B.A. - Business Administration
MS, Meridian
Laura Elizabeth Alexander, M.B.A. - Business Administration
Charles Jason Armstrong, M.A.T. - Community College Education
Mary Denise Beard, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Tifanee Michelle Bender, B.B.A. - Information Systems
Samuel Bennett, Jr., B.S. - Elementary Education
Kendra Larrisha Blakely, M.S. - Counselor Education
Angela Roshonda Bradley, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Cassondra Lynn Brent, M.S. - Elementary Education
Shearmaine Larmount Calaway (3), B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
LaTonya Horne-Cook, M.S. - Counselor Education
Tyneise L. Daniels (1), B.A. - Psychology
William McKinley Davidson II, M.A.T. - Community College Education
Brenda R. Fortson, Ed.S. - Elementary Education
Vonda Brook Gillette, M.S. - Elementary Education
Dawn Suzanne Goodman (2), B.S. - Elementary Education
Keraneisha Jeanetta Green, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Rebecca Bergeron Greenwood, M.S. - Counselor Education
Sydney Brooke Gressett, B.A. - Psychology
Chad Ryan Haarala, M.B.A. - Business Administration
David William Haggard Jr., B.B.A. - Business Administration
Linda Sue Hicks, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Erin Anderson Honeycutt, M.S. - Elementary Education
Patricia Antoinette Brown-Horne, M.A.T. - Community College Education
William Jason Hudnell, B.A. - Psychology
Engret Myesha Jenkins, M.S. - Counselor Education
Elizabeth Virginia Jones (1), B.B.A. - Business Administration
Gabrielle S. Jones, M.A.T. - Community College Education
William Wilson Kahlmus, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Hailey Carryl Lewis, B.B.A. - Marketing
Charles William Luther, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Frank Edward Marascalco, B.B.A. - Management
William Tyler Maxwell, B.B.A. - Information Systems
Madison Leigh McAdams, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Danielle Miles McAlister, M.S. - Secondary Education
Lillian C. McFarland, Ed.S. - School Administration
Shronda Rushun McFarland, M.S. - Counselor Education
Karyn Mary McGuire (1), B.B.A. - Accounting
Megan Mila Mendiola, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Maurice Robert Naylor, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Edie Lannette Nicholson, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Gerald Ricardo Pickering (3), B.S. - Secondary Education
Tabatha Faye Ramey (2), B.B.A. - Accounting
Marsha Fields Ramia, Ed.S. - School Administration
Kristoffer Scott Randall, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Cheryl H. Reed, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Tristan S. Rowell, B.B.A. - Accounting
Jennifer Hester Russell, M.A.T.S. - Secondary Education
Brandon Keith Rutledge, M.S. - Counselor Education
Edith King Simmons, M.S. - Counselor Education
Lasonja Thomas-Stevens, M.S. - Elementary Education
Stacye Jackson Stevens, M.S. - Elementary Education
Olivia LeAnn Vick, M.A.T.S. - Secondary Education
Trinity Merteal Ward, Ed.S. - Counselor Education
Ashley Benet White, B.B.A. - Accounting
Shontonia Willis, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Allen Wiant Wilson, M.A.T.S. - Secondary Education
Deanna Leigh Wilson, M.A.T. - Community College Education
MS, Morton
Megan Westberry McCaughn, B.S. - Elementary Education
Brittney Muriel McCurdy, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Timothy Michael Smith, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Rodney Scott Wells, M.S. - School Administration
MS, Newton
Shunda Nicole Bogan, M.B.A. - Business Administration
Jacqueline Denise Irby Hardy, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Jenna Talbert Mosley, M.B.A. - Business Administration
Zachary Kirk Thames, B.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Noxapater
Timothy Glen Shurden, M.S. - School Administration
MS, Pearl
Victoria Loper Carr (1), B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Tawana Chantel Neese Prejean, B.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Pelahatchie
Shellie Nicole Pennypacker, M.S. - Counselor Education
Tonya Peoples Wuestefeld, B.B.A. - Accounting
MS, Philadelphia
Felecia Raquel Moore Boler, B.A. - Psychology
William Lundy Brantley, Ed.S. - School Administration
Mia Trussell Colston, B.A. - General Liberal Arts
Ashley Shaunna Davidson, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Stacey Marie Durant, B.A. - Psychology
Elizabeth Gail Henderson, B.B.A. - Accounting
Willie LaShon Horne, M.S. - School Administration
Darlene Hunter, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Shayla Chantal Kirksey, M.S. - Counselor Education
April Schulz Mann, M.B.A. - Business Administration
Benjamin Joseph Peebles, M.B.A. - Business Administration
Gail Jones Whitlock, M.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Quitman
Troy M. Graves, M.S. - Secondary Education
Ramey McCarra May (3), B.S. - Elementary Education
Kimberly Smith Reeves, M.S. - Counselor Education
MS, Raleigh
Gracie Nicole Thompson (1), B.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Rose Hill
Jeana Renee Brooks, M.B.A. - Business Administration
MS, Scooba
Genetrice Genean Robertson, M.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Shuqualak
Angela Kay Ratcliff (3), B.B.A. - Business Administration
MS, Southaven
Ashley Elizabeth Guthrie, B.B.A. - Accounting
MS, Stonewall
Veronica April Antoinett Lyons (3), B.S. - Elementary Education
Cynthia Frances Shows Martin (3), B.S. - Elementary Education
MS, Toomsuba
Kedrick Delarence Betts, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Lori Ann Clark, B.B.A. - Business Administration
Michael B. Harrison, B.B.A. - Accounting
Jessie Octavia Houston, B.B.A. - Accounting
Randall Scott Owen, B.B.A. - Accounting
MS, Union
Melissa Carol Adkins (1), B.S. - Elementary Education
Ginger Bethan Burns, M.A.T.S. - Secondary Education
George H. Hedgepeth (3), B.B.A. - Accounting
Austin Lee Killen, M.S. - School Administration
Jill Fitzgibbons Killen, M.S. - School Administration
Belinda Pierce, B.S. - Elementary Education
Candy LeHoma Moore (1), B.S. - Elementary Education
Andrew William Nichols, M.B.A. - Business Administration
Shellie G. Talbert, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Treasure Laura Anna Vance (3), B.B.A. - Accounting
Pamela Kay Winstead, M.A.T.S. - Secondary Education
MS, Waynesboro
Belinda Ann Chapman, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Paula Denise Pearson Davis, B.S. - Interdisciplinary Studies

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