34 students to graduate with honors Saturday

Missouri Southern homecoming queen Ashley Hendrix is one of 34 students set to graduate with honors Saturday.

Missouri Southern homecoming queen Ashley Hendrix is one of 34 students set to graduate with honors Saturday.

Missouri Southern State University’s 47th graduating class includes 34 students who will graduate with honors at the University’s Commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Seven students earned a four-year grade point average of 3.9 or above on a 4.0 scale and will graduate Summa Cum Laude. One had a perfect 4.0 grade point average.Ten students will graduate Magna Cum Laude with grade point averages of 3.80 to 3.89.Fifteen students will graduate Cum Laude with grade point averages of 3.70 to 3.79.

Two students are receiving Associate Degrees graduating with third honors indicating a grade point average of 3.70-3.79.


Sarah Beth BranhamB.S., Elementary EducationNevada

Emilie Ann GouldB.S, Business Adm. – AccountingFairland , Okla.

Jessica Lee MillerB.S., Elementary EducationLamar

Krista Shannon ScottonB.S., Elementary EducationNevada

Christina Lynn SkaggsB.S., Business Adm. – AccountingNoel

Therese Dianne SortorsB.S., Business Adm. – AccountingSheldon

Suzanne Jane WilsonB.A., FrenchJoplin


Cary R. AinsworthB.S., ManagmentJoplin

Roxanna A. BrittonB.S., Criminal JusticeNeosho

Bobette S. DevineB.S., Business Adm. – AccountingOronogo

Alice Christine EnsorB.A., EnglishJoplin

Ashley Anne HendrixB.A., CommunicationsWashburn

Brook Elizabeth HoenshellB.S., Sec. Education-BusinessJoplin

Elisabeth R. HumphreysB.A., ArtJoplin

Jennifer Rose McCrackenB.A., PsychologyJoplin

Logan Blaine MonahanB.S., Criminal JusticeKimberling City

Kayla WardB.A., PsychologyGoodman


Raymond Alan CaddyBachelor of General StudiesNeosho

Kriya S. CallahanB.S., Elementary EducationCassville

Jeanette R. Campbell-LageB.S., Art EducationCarthage

Melissa Kay HoferB.S., ManagementHarrisonville

Sarah Elizabeth HolmesB.S., Elementary EducationCassville

Laura Adelle HunterB.S., Environmental HealthCarthage

Melissa Marie KarstenB.A., ArtBaxter Springs , Kan.

Jacob Edward LongB.S., Industrial Technology EducationCaulfield

Stephen W. LongB.S., Social Science EducationWebb City

Joseph Ford MuliaB.A., French/International StudiesRolla

Laticia Maree NjoumeB.S., Elementary EducationJoplin

Melissa Jeanette PowersB.A., HistorySeneca

Crystal Gayle SkilesB.S., Education – Middle School EnglishJoplin

Brek Connor SteeleB.S., Environmental HealthStockton

Tessa Norene WoodsB.S., BiochemistryB.A., SpanishJoplin


Third Honors

Charles Dean DepresteA.S., General BusinessSarcoxie

Jessica Danielle HarrellB.S., Respiratory TherapyBella Vista , Ark.

The ceremony will include graduates from the Robert W. Plaster School of Business Administration, school of education, school of arts and sciences and school of technology and those receiving associate degrees.

A total of 272 degrees will be awarded to 261 students.

The speaker for graduation will be Dr. Ron Lankford, Webb City superintendent of schools.

Following the ceremony, a reception will be held in Robert Ellis Young Gymnasium.KGCS-TV at Southern will videotape the ceremony. Graduates will be able to purchase video remembrances of the ceremony.