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The University of Alabama

Huntsville Area Residents Among UA Graduates

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama awarded some 1,100 degrees at commencement ceremonies held Saturday, Dec. 18, in Coleman Coliseum on the Tuscaloosa campus.

Millard Fuller, founder and president of Habitat for Humanity International, was the featured speaker. Fuller, an alumnus of the UA School of Law, also received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree during the ceremony. Approximately 1,100 degrees were conferred.

With this graduating class, UA has awarded more than 191,000 degrees since its founding in 1831 as the state’s first public university. UA holds commencement ceremonies three times a year.

The following students from the Huntsville area were listed as candidates to receive degrees:


HUNTSVILLE — Nathan Alexander Wake


ATHENS — Michael Edward Stovall



BOAZ — Sonya Renee New

DECATUR — Angela Michelle Bledsoe, Judy Irene Caudle, Bruce Owen Wilhite

GUNTERSVILLE — Charlotte Kathryn Smith

GURLEY — Shelia Karen Medlen

HAZEL GREEN — Holly Michelle Franklin, Sandra Conn Lasater

HUNTSVILLE — Benita Shene Lee, Stephanie Elise Phillips, Emily Barfield Wolfe

MADISON — Barbara Ebert Ross

NEW HOPE — Tanya Leigh Clement, Susan Darlene Smith, Evie Hutchens Whitaker

NEW MARKET — Amy Brooks Chandler

OWENS CROSSROADS — Myra Michele Ange, Danielle W. Paseur

SCOTTSBORO — Christy Marie Campbell, Richard Eric Ledwell, Teresa Lynne Zimmer

SOMERVILLE — Tiffany Lashea Brooks

TONEY — Rebecca Ann Zark

TRINITY — Leah Nanette Hembree

WOODVILLE — Pamela Layne Childers, John Michael Hahn Jr., Sherry Lynn West


ALBERTVILLE — Heather L. Robinson, Jonathan Patrick Spear, Lauren Ashley Strange, Megan Michelle Waldrop

ATHENS — Myra Carissa Green, Joshua Miller Magnusson, Tiffany Dianne Poole, Allison Lynn Robison

DECATUR — Zachary Lee Cameron, Jennifer K. Clark, Christopher M. Descher, Andrew Walker Evans, David Brian Hovater, Patrick McCracken Link, Josh Aaron McMahan, Hunter Campbell Sartin, Heather Delynn Vinson, Amy Caroline Whittier, Guy Bentley Wilder IV, Hartwell Bradley Woods

ELKMONT — Matthew Wyn Smith

FALKVILLE — Patrick Alan Thompson

GRANT — Brandy J. Campbell

GUNTERSVILLE — Paige M. Liles, Brooke Garner Morrow, Lea Linn Mosley, James Blake Tully, Olivia Lauren Woodall

GURLEY — Jennifer Lauren Moody

HARTSELLE — Clayton B. Howell, Jonathon Douglas Oswalt, Katherine A. Peebles, Tina Renea White

HAZEL GREEN — Lauren A. Ashton

HORTON — Tara D. Gilmer

HUNTSVILLE — Elizabeth Foster Adams, Todd Johnson Anderson, Amy Louise Beavers, Susan Berkeley Bishop, Robert Hunter Blackwell, Catherine E. Castellano, Melissa Jane Cook, Kenneth Ray Cowan Jr., Mark Derek Dunham, Samuel Summers Fleming, Daniel Reid Harris, Elizabeth Frances Heard, Suzanne Marie Howard, Lacey Gray Hyche, Chad Michael Looser, Pranteek Kumar Patnaik, Matthew T. Ragland, Jamie L. Roach, Dennis James Smith, Jeffrey Brian Smith, Bryan Joel Thackston, Roberto Rafeal Vaz III, Renee Dawn White

MADISON — Pamela Hightower, Anthony William Moretti, Brian Justin Ortner, Julie Paulette Pounders, Jennifer Anne Sendral, Andrew Joseph Shea, Jennifer Kim Stierwalt

MERIDIANVILLE — Lauren Olivia Corlew

NEW MARKET — Melissa Lynne Avila

PISGAH — Sheenia Lea Pickett, Tiffany Celes Roden

SECTION — Dustin W. Terry

SOMERVILLE — Christopher James Alley

TANNER — Melanie R. Bridgeforth

TONEY — Michael Francis Obrien

TRINITY — Brooke Lee Dutton

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.