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:

Tennessee

Cookeville: Jennifer Joyner, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Gallatin: James Petrowicz, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Jonesborough: Stephen Nettelhorst, Doctor of Philosophy

Murfreesboro: Jody Partin, Master of Science

Shelbyville: Laura Teague, Master of Science

Texas

Austin: Olatokunbo Okubanjo, Master of Science; Shawn Westmoreland, Master of Science

Bushland: Sarah Schwartz, Bachelor of Science

Coppell: Michael Boger, Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management

Euless: Patrick Ptomey, Master of Landscape Architecture

Fort Worth: Lindsey Mathes, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Hewitt: Jill Hamilton, Bachelor of Science in Dietetics

Houston: Lindsey Burkhart, Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and Human Services

Irving: Kala Raglin, Master of Regional and Community Planning

Missouri City: Debbie Harper, Master of Science

Pearland: Charles Karels, Master of Science

Round Rock: Camille Thomas, Master of Science

Temple: Danya Bailey, Master of Science; Heather Stanley, Bachelor of Science in Apparel and Textiles

Tomball: Brandon Austin, Master of Science