UWA announces Fall 2019 graduates
The University of West Alabama held fall commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 14, with President Ken Tucker conferring undergraduate, master, and education specialist degrees to students of the colleges of business, education, liberal arts, and natural sciences and mathematics, , and to the school of graduate studies. Nearly 1,000 students in the graduating class represent some 26 states across the U.S. and abroad.
Micah McGaha of Milton, Florida, received the Ralph M. Lyon Award, which is given to the graduating senior with the highest grade point average. McGaha received a bachelor of business administration.
Graduating summa cum laude, with a GPA of 3.9 or above, were Nora Keehn, Micah McGaha, Shaun Patten and Mikaela Utsey.
Graduating magna cum laude, with a GPA of 3.75 to 3.89, were Peyton Black and Olivia Dunlap.
Graduating cum laude, with a GPA of 3.5 to 3.74 were Sonya Burroughs, Meaghan Jackson, John Joyner, Amanda Kirkman, Destiny Langford, Griffin Ricketson, Kaitlyn Rose, Aubrie Smith, Bryce Turner, Zachary Tyson, Jordan Varney, and Christiana Williamson.
Four individuals were inducted into the Society of the Golden Key, a prestigious organization established to honor University alumni, faculty, and staff who have brought distinction to their alma mater through exceptional service in their fields. The four new inductees are Harvey B. Kuykendall of Cumming, Georgia; Scott Lewis of Thomasville, Alabama; Ted Mashburn of Fairhope, Alabama.; and Scott Stadthagen of Hartselle, Alabama.
For nearly 185 years, the University of West Alabama has served the west central Alabama area and beyond through educational opportunity, academic research and public outreach. Founded in February 1835 as Livingston Female Academy, the school is currently home to students from around the world.