William Woods University announces winter graduates

William Woods University in Fulton, Mo., held commencement ceremonies Dec. 13 and 14.

Amber Walker of Cape Girardeau and her daughter, Macy, 9, enjoy the post-graduation reception.  Walker, who teaches third grade at Barbara Blanchard Elementary School, received her Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at William Woods University Dec. 13.
Amber Walker of Cape Girardeau and her daughter, Macy, 9, enjoy the post-graduation reception. Walker, who teaches third grade at Barbara Blanchard Elementary School, received her Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree at William Woods University Dec. 13.

Altogether 545 graduates were recognized at the December ceremony. A total of 293 December degrees were conferred. Another 252 graduates whose degrees were conferred in August were eligible to participate in the winter ceremony. A combined total of 885 students in all disciplines have graduated from WWU in the past 12 months.

Degrees earned by December and August graduates combined are three Associate of Arts, nine Bachelor of Arts, one Bachelor of Fine Arts, 78 Bachelor of Science, 107 Master of Business Administration (MBA), 229 Master of Education (M.Ed.), 114 Education Specialist (Ed.S.) and four Doctor of Education degrees.

In addition to students from the Fulton campus, students from cohorts in 21Missouri communities will receive their diplomas: Belton, Blue Springs, Bowling Green, Branson, Cape Girardeau, Chillicothe, Columbia, Dexter, Grain Valley, Hannibal, Independence, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Macon, Marshall, Monett, Neosho, New Madrid, Perryville, Salem and Tipton.

Nicole Ebersole Langston, a graduate of William Woods University, spoke at the Friday commencement ceremony for students receiving graduate education degrees. Langston is principal of Southwest Early Childhood Center, the home of the non-traditional pre-kindergarten and elementary programs for Jefferson City Public Schools. The center serves about 1,200 children each school year.

Dr. Julian Hertzog, professor of education and psychology at WWU, spoke at the Saturday ceremony, addressing undergraduate and Master of Business Administration degree recipients.

Hertzog, who came to William Woods in 1976, has been rewarded through the years for his dedication to teaching. He received the Dads’ Association-Louis D. Beaumont Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1989 and 2012. In 1996 he received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Founded in 1870, William Woods University expanded its mission in 1992 to address the educational needs of working adults. WWU is located on 180 scenic acres in Fulton, Mo., but serves students at locations statewide and in Arkansas. William Woods is a coeducational, independent, professions-oriented, liberal arts-based institution committed to developing students for professional life.

Graduates who requested their information be sent to hometown newspapers are:

Sharon Acree-Frausto Jefferson City Mo. Bachelor of Science
Matthew Alger Quincy Ill. Master of Business Administration
Kyle Allen Jefferson City Mo. Bachelor of Science
Donna Amundson Sedalia Mo. Specialist of Education
Paige Baysinger Fulton Mo. Bachelor of Science summa cum laude
Laura Berkbigler Perryville Mo. Master of Education
Tiffany Berndt Princeton Mo. Master of Business Administration
Jennifer Bond Eldon Mo. Master of Education
Cynthia Booker Cabot Ark. Specialist of Education
Kimberly Bowden Hartsburg Mo. Master of Education
Crystal Branch Ashland Mo. Master of Education
Robert Brandenburg Montgomery City Mo. Bachelor of Science
Stephanie Brandt Chamois Mo. Master of Education
Heather Brown Auxvasse Mo. Master of Business Administration
Jenna Brown Fulton Mo. Bachelor of Science
Mallory Brown Columbia Mo. Master of Education
Sarah-Rose Brush Paso Robles Calif. Bachelor of Science cum laude
Ashley Bryant Sikeston Mo. Master of Business Administration
Shaun Buck Joplin Mo. Master of Education
Stacy Buschman Holts Summit Mo. Master of Education
Christy Campbell Newburg Mo. Master of Education
Stephanie Cannon Clarksville Mo. Master of Education
Melissa Conley Westphalia Mo. Bachelor of Science magna cum laude
Kathy Cowan-Smith Auxvasse Mo. Master of Business Administration
Jenna Crabtree Quincy Ill. Master of Business Administration
Elizabeth Curtin Stockton N.J. Bachelor of Science
Ashley Dameron Center Mo. Bachelor of Science summa cum laude
Travis Davis Carrollton Ill. Specialist of Education
Jenna Dawson St. Louis Mo. Master of Business Administration
Barbara Dietrich Holthaus Quincy Ill. Master of Business Administration
Terry Donner Holts Summit Mo. Bachelor of Science
Annette Ekeanyanwu Jefferson city Mo. Master of Business Administration
Charlotte Eubank Poplar Bluff Mo. Master of Business Administration
Erica Flanigan Columbia Mo. Bachelor of Science magna cum laude
Brenda Folak Fulton Mo. Bachelor of Science
Barbara Forck Fulton Mo. Bachelor of Science
Deborah Francis California Mo. Specialist of Education
Hannah Fritsche-Donze Perryville Mo. Specialist of Education
Nathan Gibbons New London Mo. Master of Education
Jessica Gibson Holts Summit Mo. Bachelor of Science
Angela Gillette Fulton Mo. Master of Business Administration
Shannon Gilliland Kansas City Mo. Specialist of Education
Jami Glas Columbia Mo. Master of Business Administration
Rebecca Grimes Savannah Mo. Specialist of Education
Ashley Gross Holts summit Mo. Bachelor of Science cum laude
Elissa Grossman Olathe Kan. Bachelor of Science cum laude
Nick Hansen Chillicothe Mo. Master of Business Administration
Rebecca Hargus Jefferson City Mo. Master of Business Administration
Jordan Hazelhorst New Bloomfield Mo. Bachelor of Science
Rachel Hees Jamestown Mo. Master of Education
John Helbig Valles Mines Mo. Master of Business Administration
Gwendolyn Hendrickson Jefferson City Mo. Specialist of Education
Robert Henson Poplar Bluff Mo. Master of Business Administration
Niccole Howard Jefferson City Mo. Master of Business Administration
Chevi Ingalls Fowler Ill. Master of Education
Ryan Johnson Quincy Ill. Master of Business Administration
Cody Kern New Hamburg Mo. Bachelor of Science summa cum laude
Janet King Lebanon Mo. Specialist of Education
Natalie Kirchhoff Lee’s Summit Mo. Master of Education
Brittany Kline Columbia Mo. Bachelor of Science
Stephanie Koehler Doniphan Mo. Master of Business Administration
Joan Kramer Jefferson City Mo. Master of Business Administration
Brenda LaBella Holts Summit Mo. Bachelor of Science
Sabrina Lambrecht Columbia Mo. Master of Business Administration
Jill LeGrand Cape Girardeau Mo. Master of Business Administration
Jason Leriche Jefferson City Mo. Master of Business Administration
Gilbert Long Jefferson City Mo. Master of Business Administration
Rebekah Lucas Fulton Mo. Master of Business Administration
Matthew Luecke Poplar Bluff Mo. Master of Business Administration
K. Mackey Fulton Mo. Master of Business Administration
Lauren Maddox Jefferson City Mo. Master of Business Administration
Kyle Matthews Simi Valley Calif. Bachelor of Science summa cum laude
Cynthia Maynard East Prairie Mo. Specialist of Education
Kierra McCartney Columbia Mo. Bachelor of Science
Kathleen McDaniel Wildwood Mo. Bachelor of Science cum laude
Stephany McDowell Eldon Mo. Master of Education
Mallory Means-Morice Fulton Mo. Bachelor of Science
Crystal Miller Clarksburg Mo. Master of Business Administration
Kristen Miller Fulton Mo. Master of Business Administration
Lindsey Mitchell Paris Mo. Bachelor of Science
Tricia Moore Perry Mo. Master of Education
Jennifer Morris Overland Park Kan. Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude
Maria Morrison Otterville Mo. Specialist of Education
Bushra Musarrat Columbia Mo. Master of Business Administration
James Muska Florissant Mo. Master of Education
Ryan Neal Camdenton Mo. Doctorate in Educational Leadership
Ariane O’Day Marshall Mo. Specialist of Education
Katie Owens Savannah Mo. Specialist of Education
Tanisha Patterson-Happy Jefferson City Mo. Master of Business Administration
Michael Pease Branson Mo. Master of Business Administration
Tessa Peebles Nixa Mo. Master of Education
Holly Pekkala Centralia Mo. Master of Business Administration
Patricia Peterson New Cambria Mo. Master of Business Administration
Janna Phillips Jefferson City Mo. Master of Education
Shannon Preston Gallatin Tenn. Master of Education
Kayla Pulliam Bloomington Ill. Bachelor of Arts
Robin Rees-Love Kingdom City Mo. Bachelor of Science
Melinda Richardson Boonville Mo. Master of Business Administration
Robert Riehn Jr. Perryville Mo. Specialist of Education
Catherine Robinett Eldon Mo. Master of Education
Lauren Robinson Sturgeon Mo. Master of Business Administration
Tommye Robinson Fort Smith Ark. Master of Education
Heather Rogers Mexico Mo. Bachelor of Science summa cum laude
Ruth Rosenkrans Palmyra Mo. Master of Business Administration
April Rothweil OFallon Mo. Master of Education
Rachel Rowles Jefferson City Mo. Bachelor of Science
Shane Salmon Hermitage Mo. Master of Education
Steven Schellenberger Canton Mo. Master of Education
Sarah Schwantes Camdenton Mo. Master of Education
Chelsea Smith Russellville Mo. Master of Business Administration
Ryan Smith Sr. Kansas City Kan. Specialist of Education
Melissa Sorrill Adams Ill. Master of Business Administration
Anne Stacy Columbia Mo. Bachelor of Science
Monica Sukovaty Fair Play Mo. Master of Education
Lacey Sweeten Columbia Mo. Master of Business Administration
Jennifer Thomas Poplar Bluff Mo. Master of Business Administration
Kristin Thomas Ashland Mo. Master of Business Administration
Adriane Todd Trenton Mo. Master of Education
Andrew Turner Tipton Mo. Specialist of Education
Chelsea Vieceli Springfield Mo. Master of Education
Amber Walker Jackson Mo. Master of Education
Parker Watkins Wardell Mo. Bachelor of Science
Christy Weisel- Brookins Columbia Mo. Master of Business Administration
Sarah Wellman Quincy Ill. Master of Business Administration
Vivian Welters Monett Mo. Master of Education
Amber Williams (Darting) Trenton Mo. Master of Business Administration
Krista Wilson Versailles Mo. Specialist of Education
Rebecca Winford Liberty Mo. Master of Education
Jessica Yeley Poplar Bluff Mo. Master of Business Administration
Kristine Young Madison Mo. Master of Education
Angela Zarrillo Independence Mo. Master of Education
Katherine Zimmer Barrimgton Ill. Bachelor of Science