Special to the Daily Herald

BELTON — Seventy-two students were awarded degrees Saturday as the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor held summer commencement exercises in the Mayborn Campus Center. The university’s 156th graduating class included 57 baccalaureate degrees, 14 master’s degrees and one doctoral degree.

Student awards given during the ceremony included the Provost Medal for highest overall GPA, which went to Sheshan Ratnam of Belton.

The Loyalty Cup for the student who is most representative of the ideals, traditions and spirit of the university went to Joe Don Giles of Dickinson. The President’s Award for meritorious service went to Charles Maxwell Taylor of Belton.

Local UMHB graduates included:

Bachelor’s degrees


Teresa Marie Massenge-BA-English; Aaron Michael McBride-BBA-Accounting; KhimbiaNjiani Owens-BS-Exercise Sport Science; Shawn Joseph Prettyman-BBA-International Business; Zachary Samuel Pustka-BS-Sport Management; SheshanAsiriRatnam-BS-Computer Science; Wesley Joseph Rogers-BBA-International Business; Stacie Renee Stephens-BA-Special Education; Charles Maxwell Taylor-BBA-Management; Daniel Lamarcus Turner-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Mark Thomas Wilson, Jr.-BBA-International Business; Linda S. Wolf-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Courtney Diane Wolfe-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies; Kristina Jean Young-BS-Biology


Phillip Michael Welden-BCM-Christian Ministry


Michelle Jean Cabeza-BBA-Accounting; Rochelle CharisseDeVastey-BA-Psychology; Jennifer Robin Singletary-BPS-Professional Studies; Wendy Ann Zitkus-BSW-Social Work


Brittany Lea King-BIS-Interdisciplinary Studies


Clayton Thomas Aker-BCM-Christian Ministry; Kelsey MekaylaGobin-BS-Exercise Science


Stephanie Ann Alvarado-BS-Exercise and Sport Science; DelanaAhrenEngelhardt-BA-History; Ching-Fang Liao-BBA-Accounting; Jessica LeAnne Morgan-BS-Biology; Trenton Ross Vaughan-BSN-Nursing; Scott David Williams-BA-Biblical Studies

Master’s degrees


Anthony Alexander Bowen-MBA-Management; Fanny Dufour Oliver-MSEd-Exercise and Sport Science; Stefanie Lynette Hausenfluck-MA-Marriage & Family Christian Counseling; PrabhakerRaoMahorker-MS-Information Systems; Simone Anja Tucker-MSEd-Exercise and Sport Science


Gina Marie Smith-MA-Marriage & Family Christian Counseling


Daniel James Bryant-MBA-Management; Tori Lineberry Collins-M Ed-Curriculum and Instruction; Carrie Lee Williams-MBA-Accounting