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The University of Alabama

Dothan Area Residents Among UA Graduates

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama awarded some 1,231 degrees to students in August.

With this graduating class, UA has awarded more than 194,000 degrees since its founding in 1831 as the state’s first public university.

A joint May-August commencement ceremony was held in May in Bryant-Denny Stadium. Sela Ward, award winning actress and UA alumna, was the featured speaker.

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


ENTERPRISE-Nicholas Shaun Cadden, Leonardo Taarea

MIDLAND CITY-Kerrie Marie Grimmer

OPP-Betsy S. Prior

SLOCOMB-Paul Murray Newton, Randall Marc Price


ANDALUSIA-Ella Adeline Gantt, Jessica Brooke Kelley, Kalli Michelle Smith

COTTONWOOD-Leigh Marie Sewell

DOTHAN-Jacqueline S. Chavez, Naomi L. Coachman, Gary Campbell Ferguson, Charles E. Gardner, Jodi L. Harrell, Ryan Clayton Hendrix, Patrick Douglas Jones, Jay Braxton Marchman, Vickie A. Pierce, Becky Parker Rhodes, Miranda Lenore’ Sutton, Jennifer Katherine Waters

ENTERPRISE- Bridget Diane Cabrera, Adrienne Lee Harrison, Brett Lawson Simmons, Joseph L. Sparks

FLORALA-Lauren Kristen Belcher

GENEVA-Jack Byron Shehee, David Nathan Simmons, Melanie Michelle Simmons

GOSHEN-Heather Nicole Baggett

HARTFORD-Kelli Marie Hamm, Felisa A. Lee

MIDLAND CITY-Mark Wesley Wingate

OPP-Francis N Henson, Jessica Suzanne Reynolds

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.