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The University of Alabama

Area Residents Among UA Graduates

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama is awarding some 2,400 degrees at joint May-August commencement ceremonies to be held May 6-7 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Sela Ward, award winning actress and UA alumna, will be the featured speaker. Ward, best-known for her television roles as Lily Sammler on “Once and Again” and Teddy Reed on “Sisters,” is a 1977 graduate of the UA College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, will give the commencement address for the UA Law School.

With this graduating class, UA will have awarded more than 193,000 degrees since its founding in 1831 as the state’s first public university.

The following students from the Tuscaloosa area are listed as candidates to receive degrees:

JURIS DOCTOR DEGREE

COTTONDALE-Bradley Mark West

LIVINGSTON-Robert Garner Upchurch

NORTHPORT-Nicholas Andrew Hamner, Ashley Nicole McIntyre, Alline Aylia McKee, David Lewis Powell

TUSCALOOSA-Stephanie C. Blackburn, Rashad L. Blossom, Joy Ann Boyd, Mary Allison Boyd, Bryan Arthur Coleman, Matthew Edward Crockett, Dana Renee Dachelet, William Lee Elebash, Hugh Michael Flanagan, James Alexander Foley, Kelly Anne Freeman, Kelvin Clay Gosa, William Claude Grayson, Leah Moren Green, Sean Frederick Hampton, Daryl Patrick Harris, James Edward Hill III, Jennifer Dudley Jackson, Victor Herng-Chin Kang, David Forrest Lasseter, Jereme Charles Logan, Jonathan William Macklem, Sean Ward Marshall, Amanda Dawn Mulkey, Richard Mason Pittman, Timothy Paul Pittman, Ann Harriet Reardon, Lori Margaret Schultz, Christopher Lee Shaeffer, Austin Evans Smith, Renee Marie Smith, Rebekah McAdory Wales, Tonia Nanette Winfrey, Onwotta Tameka Wren

DOCTORAL DEGREE

NORTHPORT-Susan Beth Lucas, Ridha Yasser

TUSCALOOSA-Mary Beth Bradford, Kairui Chen, Julia Adelaide Cherry, Cyleste Cassandra Collins, Qiu Fang, Jayoung Koo, Shaohua Li, Dong Liu, Alexander Maestre-Martinez, Robert Volney Riser II, Jia Sun, Richard Patrick Swatloski, Li Yang

MASTER’S DEGREE

BROOKWOOD-Stephanie Dawn Elswick

BUHL-Virginia Elaine Viator

CARROLLTON-Sherry Dale Matthews

COTTONDALE-Mary Frances Burnette, C’Kiimba Margo Hobbs, Jaena Marie Hollingsworth, Melanie Laurel Meyle, Andy M. Milstead

DEMOPOLIS-Meredith Lindbergh Giles, Robert Alan Stamback Jr.

DETROIT-Cindy Karr McNeill

DUNCANVILLE-Robert Michael Gibson

ELROD-Brandon L. Harbin

GREENSBORO-Eric Demetrius Blackburn, Dondrea Dionne Brownlow, Jamellia F. Fields, Ashley Diana Fondren

MARION-Sherwanna K. Dunnican, Constance Larae Phillips, Tabitha K. Reedy

MOUNDVILLE-Suzanne S. Tucker

NORTHPORT-William Thomas Adams, Steven Joshua Bailey, Jason Miles Brashier, William Allen Carter, Haley Marie Clark, James Travis Clough, Adriana Nicole Coates, Annie Michol Deming, Arthur Lewis Festa, Tammy Jean Foster, David Lawrence Gober, John Deigh Harden, Patrice Topazia Johnson, Seoung Woo Lee, Karen Yvette Lilly, Juanita Franklin McMath, Brian Anthony Peirano, Margaret Hartley Saylor, Melissa Snarski, Mandy Marie Stowers, Alfred John Thorington, Lisa Michelle Waldrop, Blair Ross Watson, Antoinette Sloan Wilkinson, Pamela Clark Williams

PETERSON-Steve Bryant Darby

SULLIGENT-Jaime McLemore Coleman, Emily Caroline Perkins

TUSCALOOSA-Bridget Anne Abboud, Sushil Chandra Ammula, Heng An, Julius W. Anderson, Julie Ann Atchison, Kathleen Anne Babcock, Hitesh Ghanshyam Bagaria, Elizabeth Ann Baker, Barbara L. Bass, Stephen Paul Benton, Owen Acton Bradley, John Franklin Brannon Jr., Carmen Shea Brown, Kimberly Dawn Burns, Lorena Ramos Cabral, Bill Falwell Carter, Mary Quitman Chandler, Li Chen, Clarence Bard Cole, April Leigh Coleman, Joshua Reed Colvin, James Brannon Cook, Timothy D. Croft, Okon Dale, Amy Camille-Lee Doctrie, Elina Viktorvna Erzikova, Ergin Esirgemez, Hugh Michael Flanagan, Shashi Kiran Gireddy, Laurel Ashley Goldman, Rebecca Diane Grouchy, Swapna Sanjeevaraja Gupta, Claudia Jeanette Hamilton, D’Acquisto Alexi Hamner, Sean Frederick Hampton, Daphne Elaine Harding-Smith, Muffin Dill Hartsfield,

Veronica Lynette Harvey, Nita D. Hestevold, Lisa Ann Hill-Moton, Kathryne Wilna Hines, Amber Killian Hobson, Matthew Colin Hocking, Leigh Bristol Holden, Matthew M. Holtzendorff, Redelle Easley Howell, James Langston Hughes, Allen Cleveland Jacobs III, Jorge E. Jimenez Pizarro, Michael David Johns, Casey Vaughan Jones, Jason Lakeith Jones, Teresha Maya Jones, Annah Marshall Joseph, Pranoti Vinayak Kale, Apinan Kanyalak, Rebecca Kathleen Kelso, Marco Lam, Hong Lin, Yu Liu, Ginger Miller Loggins, James Thomas Manning Jr., Andrew Barron Marcum, Francia E. Martinez Valencia, Alanna Patricia McCorkle, Chato Martiez McCormick, Joyce Lynn Meyer, Lisa Marie Michitti, Gautam Jayantilal Mistry, Kuppal Malathy Nadarajan, Ashok Kumar Natarajan, Malini Natarajarathinam, Jenifer Lynn Newberry, Brian Christopher Odom, Dong-Yop Oh, Lance Yocom Orr, Koichi Oshida, Chul-Hong Park, Mitchum Bradley Parker, Ty Patterson, Sarah McLeod Paulk, Paul Reza Pedram, Jennifer C. Pemberton, Kelly B. Phillips-Welborn, Margaret Jim Phillips, Lance Holliman Poole, Tian Qiu, Dominic F. Qualley, Aarthi Radhakrishnan, Gina Marie Raineri, Meliza Jacqueline Ramirez, Stephen Dwayne Ray, Serita Nash Reed, Lisa Meszaros Rhiney, Veronica Stephanie Roberts, Todd Alan Rodgers, Adam Miller Rogers, Jonathan Kyle Rowe, Sarah Marie Ryan, Robert Frederick Schuckert, Monikia Neshay Scott, Julie Michelle Sheehan, Junxia Shi, Cynthia Lane Simpson, Amrinder Singh, Robert Frank Singleton Jr., Renee Marie Smith, Timothy Wayne Smithson, Alexander Ivanov Sotirov, Erika A. Stewart, Sara Elizabeth Strong, Marie Ase Svensson, Brendan Derrick Taff, Li Tang, Tian Tang, James Lloyd Thomas, Renarda Shanel Tolbert, Sebastian Damon Toney, Andrea Trazsi, Julie Marie Turner, James Abram Vandermeer, Aaron Jonathan Vold, Kunal Vyas, Rachel Susan Walker, Aaron Brock Welborn, Laura Michelle Wise, Timella Noelle Witherspoon, Jie Xu, Yi Zhang

BACHELOR’S DEGREE

AKRON-Julie L. Cook

ALICEVILLE-Melissa Little, Robert Ford Somerville

BANKSTON-Michael Kingston Amster

BEAVERTOWN-Jana C. Hughes

BERRY-Brigette Sutherland Gann, Kaci Lane Handley, Mary E. Magouirk, Sandahlyn R. Moore

BRENT-Anita Marie Underwood

CARROLLTON-Christopher Herbert Owens

CENTREVILLE-Kevin Lee James, Kimberly Dawn Johnson, Heather Nichole Levert, Angela Faith Stewart

COKER-Beverly Jean Davis, Robert Louis Lemons, Shanna Emily McIntosh, Justin Lloyd Ray, Kenneth Albert Watkins

COTTONDALE-Kandice M. Chesnutt-Nolen, Daniel Valayat Drennen, Matthew Clark Fanning,

Andrea Celeste Hood, Kelly Renee’ Lenn, Gretchen Renee McGinnis, Jonathan Daniel McQuary, Jonathan McClish Mitchell, Rachael Lynn Pope, Dustin E. Skelton

CUBA-Martha Annette Hardin

DAYTON-Mary Katherine Poole

DEMOPOLIS-Matthew Clarence Champion, Robert Whitman Howell, Emily Collins Turner

DIXONS MILLS-Jonathan Andrew Strickland

DUNCANVILLE-Bradley Heath Atchenson, Kimberly Marie Chaudoin, Tracy M. Farley, John Phillip Hayes, Russell Victor Hubbard, Wesley Bryan Hubbard, Stormy Ciara Miller, Rodney Levert Tolbert, Elizabeth Ann Welborn

ELROD-Brian Heath Gurley

ETHELSVILLE-Ashley Lycurglus Petty, Jennifer Lynn Shambly

EUTAW-Jessica Lynette Alexander, Lee Reynolds Banks

FAUNSDALE-Tillman Ray Lewis

FAYETTE-Carla Jalaine Anthony, Jeremy Alfred Benton, Larry Ecter Burnette, Katherine Ann Collins, Charlie V. Davis, Jennifer Lee Dean, Kimberly Suzanne Downing, Zachary D. Hindman, Jennie Nicole Holmes, Emily Crimm Hubbert, Derek Jason Johnson, Natalie C. Watkins, Rachel E. White

FOSTERS-Kari Haley Lancaster, Byron Bradford Moffett, Letisha D. Samuel-Gordon

GALLION-Daniel John Avery, Kristy L. Braswell, Stephen Duanne Davis II

GORDO-Jamie Lyn Cargile, Staci Jo Duffy, Amanda Leann Elmore, Starla Shea Fulgham, Kimberly Burns Junkin, Matthew Thomas Martin, Errica Rena Thomas

GREENSBORO-Felicia Y. Rupert, Adaryll Leon Thomas, Shakondra Deboris Warren, Shalandria Le’Nell White, Meredith Latonya Wiggins

LINDEN-Charles Andrew Burge, Shenae Michelle Herd

MARION-Brandon Swann Taylor

MILLPORT-Darren Keith Morgan

MOUNDVILLE-Gregory Scott Brown, James Bradley Johnson, Kristy Leigh King, Cassandra Lafaye Lee, Antonius Dequan Mills, Katherine Delia Neill, Kimberly Leighann Walker, Amanda Faye Woolbright

NORTHPORT-Amy Jean Acklin, Troy Gene Bannerman, Brad Wayne Baty, David C. Bell, Chanwoo Bin, Angela Evans Boswell, Patrick Ethan Boswell, Justin M. Brady,

Teresa Ann Brady, Jennifer L. Brownlee, Carrie E. Byrd, Jeremiah J. Case, Jonathan David Chesnut, Mitzi Ward Cockrell, Nicholas B. Coker, Marvin Andrew Croy, Brenda Covington Davis, Tiffany Diane Dodd, William Lance Dogan, Crayton Adam Fargason, Sefi Louise Follosco, Tyera Monique Ford, Sharon Ashcraft Freeman, David A. Freistaedter, Michael Andrew Gore, Erin Mele Gregg, Garrett Austin Guidroz, Jeffrey Jerome Hayes, Jennifer Lauren Henry, Marc Ryan Hollingsworth, Amanda Ellen Hollyhand, Deborah Elaine Honeycutt, Dana Renee’ Houston, Cecelia M. Hubbert, Robert B. Hutchinson, Rachel D. Hutchison, Brittni Nicole Kimbrell, Elizabeth Faith Kincaid, Corey Breard Kline, Eric Naoum Liddy, Joseph Naoum Liddy, Kathleen Susan Linden-Jones, Hannah B. Maroney, Amy Elizabeth Materson, Brandi Leigh Mathis, Tiffany Michelle Maxwell, Joshua Michael McCullough, Anika C. Meadows, Eric Michael Nix, Kellie Dawn Oakes, Christopher K. Osberry, Orville Ernest Parker III, Lauren Anne Pearson, Amanda Marie Pool, Shannon Forrest Reed, Meridith Noland Rice, Wendy Renee Romine, Kimberly Renee’ Russell, Angela Marie Scott, Vickie Jane Simpson, Kim Dell Stamps, Lisa A. Stamps, Karen A. Steimle, Anna Michelle Sutton, James Robert Tanner, Nicholas Glenn Taylor, Jamie Renee’ Trimble, Clayton F. Waldrop, Laura J. Whiting, Jonah McCall Wible, Alethea Nichelle Williams

RALPH-Brent Lewis Burns, Mary Grace Rogers

REFORM-Meredith Ann Finney, Jimmy Tavares Sanders, Joseph Ethan Simpson, Nita Meg Tilley

SAWYERVILLE-Nikkita Jamala Wilcher

SPROTT-Megan Grey Nichols, Laura L. Shipley

SULLIGENT-Christin Michelle Hallman

SWEET WATER-Brandy Cherray Burnett, Patrick Douglas Robison

TUSCALOOSA-Maria Ann Accomando, Jill D. Adams, Justin Michael Adamson, Can Akbas, Sara Beth Aldridge, James Tipton Alexander, Nathaniel Thomas Arrasmith, Sonya E. Asher, Laura F. Ashley, Cynthia Leigh Ausley, Marie Avera-Hatto, Margaret Suzanne Avery, Avanti Chimere Baker, Keisha Lashae Banks, Joanna Michele Barge, Leslie Ann Bartlett, Michelle Marie Bauman, Megan Elaine Bedwell, Katherine C. Benefield, Kimberly M. Berry, Jonathan Curtis Beveridge, Wen Bin, Kathleen Elizabeth Bissot, Bradley Heath Blount, Alice Leanne Bohannon, Elizabeth E. Boler, Joseph Boumah, Justin Lee Branch, Kristi Lee Brannen, Marshall Breece Breland, Clarissa Elaine Brown, Brittany Leslee Bryant, Lauren Elizabeth Bryant, Christine Isadora Bullock, Terry Jackson Bunn Jr., Hillary Elizabeth Burke, Billy S. Burton, Richard Gilbert Burton, David Lavincent Caddell, Jennifer Leigh Callahan, Wesley Brooks Chapman, Hollie A. Clements, Kimberly Renee Colburn, James Walker Cole, April Lee Coleman, Belinda Awuor Coleman, Cesar A. Coleman, Jennifer Lynn Conant, Eric Jamaal Cooks, Ashley Ryan Cornelius, Russell Townsend Cross, Sabrina Lakela Crowder, Ethel Cheyenne Crowders, Laurie Christine Crunk, Emily Nicole Currie, Jennifer Anne Cusimano, Heather Bryan Davis, Lakenya Day, Leila Fariba Deravi, Katherine Della Dettl, James N. Dickey, Shaleda Dixon, Shekira E. Dodd, Samuel Shamus Drake, Laura Michelle Duren, Jessica Marie Dykes, Christine Leslie Earles, Teleka Renee Edwards, Eyad Eiban, Joanna Kiersten Ellis, Vanessa Michelle Espinoza, Rodney Lee Etheridge, Mara Smith Filetti, Leah Elizabeth Finley, Adrienne Marie Flannigan, Jonathan Michael Flowers, Stephanie Allyson Flowers, William Lloyd Fonde Jr., Gabriel Timothy Ford, Joseph Erick Forsyth, Lauren Marie Frankenbach, Eurie B. Garner, Stephen Christopher Gibson, Ruth Christine Gillispie, Stacey Lynn Glass, Hannah M. Golden, John Edward Gordon Jr., Walter Lawrence Gordy, Courtney Hummer Graham, Desiree’ Shantal Graves, Matthew Brian Gray, Bryant Ray Grice, Matt Bradley Grice, Lindsey Cole Griffin, Ramona Elizabeth Guffin, Darryl Glenn Guy Jr., Mary Katherine Hales, Jessica Kincheloe Hanners, Herbert F. Hargroves Jr., Molly Ann Harris, Gerard Kelly Harrison, Jacqueline Marie Higdon, Stacey Aleita Higdon, Lauren Elizabeth Hocutt, David Austin Hodges, Peter Jason Holiday, Rachel Gail Hollingsworth, James Robert Horn, Kenneth Clayton Houston, Edward Lee Howard Jr., Tamyra Lynn Howard, Jennifer Huggins, Katie Michelle Huggins, Raymond Lee Hutchins Jr., Deborah Roberta Johnson, Paul William Johnson, Seth Lyon Johnson, Stacy Melinda Johnson, Josiah Warren Joiner, Angel Michelle Jones, Kara Christian Jones, Meredith Ashley Jones, Richard Pendleton Jones, Ronald Christopher Jones, Rebecca Elizabeth Joyner, Kristin Michelle Junkin, Kristofor Wyatt Kavanaugh, Cassie A. Kell, Kerri Cristen Key, Alicia K. Kimbrell, William Hunter Kirkpatrick, Ru Da Ko, Kristofer Lynn Koenemann, Megan Marie Lagasse, Kelly Marie Lambert, Jennifer Leigh Lancaster, Michele Catherine Lancaster, April Marie Langford, Joshua Brandon Lard, Gina M. Larisey, Christopher W. Lee, Rebecca Neill Lewellyn, Christie Michelle Lewis, Christopher Darnell Lewis, Dwight William Lewis, Lisa McCarley Lockridge, Riley Patrick Logan, Hadi Luguja, Anthony David Madison, Daniel Myles Martin, Kyson Stephen Mauter, Nailah Densua May, Kimberly Kathleen Maze, Kevin Christopher McAbee, Michael Jason McDonald, John Robertson McIlwain, Brittany Hannah McKinney, Shelley Marie McLain, Martha Camille Mendle, Iris Yanette Merida, Robert Crawford Meriwether, Anthony K. Middlebrook, Landon Cabell Miller Jr., April N. Minor, Jessica Leigh Minton, Janice Marie Mize, Robert Michael Moran, Brian Anthony Morris, Jashanda Evita Morrow, Colby B. Mouchette, Bethany Donell Mutzberg, Benjamin Andrew Myers, Tarin Joyce Nix, Stephen Mutonyi Njege, Whitney Lane Noland, Martha Ashley Norris, Stephen C. Norris,

James Frankie Pace, Shicago Chantel Page, Thaddeus Lee Pate, Tracy M. Patton, Constance L. Pewee, Erica Lynne Pezent, Walter Windham Phillips, Graham Stewart Pilsch, Morgan H. Plott, Kyle Edwin Pugh, Robert Charles Puppione, Paul Hartmann Rand, Jennifer Taylor Ray, Sheri Alana Ray, Lila Razavi, Michael Brandon Reese, Cassandra Leigh Riffer, Katrina Faye Roan, Lindsay Wright Robertson, Tammy Yvonne Robertson, Rebecca Denise Robinson, Alexia D. Ruffin, Christopher Kamal Sahawneh, Donna Latrae Scott, Everett Gabriel Scott, Ashley Elizabeth Scruggs, Lindsey Brooke Seale, Ranita Parin Sharif, Justin Ryan Sheffield, Nataliya Shkolnyk, April Denise Sledge, Megan Sherrill Smalley, Adam B. Smelser, Abigail L. Smith, Derek D. Smith, Kaleena L. Smith, Matthew King Smith, Terri Leann Smith, Tonya Stange Smith, April Lynn Southern, Ashleigh J. Speer, Jason Michael Spruell, Layita Keaun Stallworth, William H. Stewart III, Jennifer B. Taylor, Katrina Yvette Taylor, Maridi Leigh Thompson, Arnar Thors, Akiko Tomita, Todd William Tragemann, Tara Teresa Trent, Chadwick Jacob Troutman, Kim Leslie Turner, Derek Logan Tuten, Stephanie Nicole Tuten, Heekun Peter Uhn, Jesika Quevous Washington, Brian Howard Weaver, Benjamin Knight Wilkin, Tamekia Rana Wilkins, Lucky Williams, David Christopher Wilson, Leah Rebekah Wilson, Jennifer Ann Wingenter, Victor Lamont Winters, Stephanie Nicole Woods, Denise D. Yoder, Tetsutaro Yokota

UNIONTOWN-Tywania Nashae Dudley, Melodia Lewis Harris

VANCE-Monalisa M. Harbin, Philip Alexander Price

WARD-Leigh A Curtis

WOODSTOCK-Chasity Amanda Reach

YORK-Jason J. Johnson

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.