Note to editors: Students are listed by county and hometown. If a student is receiving more than one degree, all degrees to be earned are listed with the student's name. If a Manhattan area address was given as a permanent address, the student will be listed in the permanent address county and also in the county for the high school of record. If a county or state is not listed, there were no graduates from that area.

Written by: Stephanie Jacques, 785-532-3452, sjacques@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013

Sweet success: Students earn degrees, honors over summer

MANHATTAN -- Nearly 630 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this summer. The graduates hail from 61 Kansas counties, 41 states and 31 countries. Of the university's newest graduates 18 also earned graduation honors for their outstanding academic work.

Degrees earned include more than 340 bachelor's, more than 250 master's, 42 doctorates and three associate degrees. Some students earned multiple degrees.

For outstanding academic, two students graduated summa cum laude, the university's top graduation honor; eight students graduated magna cum laude; and eight graduated cum laude. Summa cum laude graduates earned a 3.95 or higher cumulative academic average at Kansas State University. Students qualify for magna cum laude with an average of 3.85 to 3.949, and students with averages of 3.75 to 3.849 graduate cum laude.

Summer 2013 graduates had the option of participating in the university's 2013 spring or fall commencement ceremonies.

Students earning degrees and students earning graduation honors include:

Chase County

Strong City: Cole Mushrush, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

Cherokee County

Columbus: Bobbi Shanks, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Cum Laude

Clark County

Minneola: Natalie Marshall, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Clay County

Morganville: Kara Bergsten, Master of Music

Wakefield: Preston Cannizzo, Bachelor of Science

Cloud County

Aurora: Katelyn Nelsen, Bachelor of Science

Clyde: Brett Matheu, Bachelor of Science

Concordia: Christian Fazel, Bachelor of Science

Cowley County

Arkansas City: Elizabeth Stevens, Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services

Winfield: Corey Conklin, Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management

Crawford County

Arma: Donald Wadell, Master of Music

Franklin: Aaron Widmar, Master of Science