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News release prepared by: Julie Fosberg, 785-532-2535, media@k-state.edu
Note to editors: If a county or state is not listed, there were no students earning degrees or honors from that area. 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010


MANHATTAN -- Nearly 550 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this summer, with 28 students earning graduation honors for their outstanding academic work.

Degrees earned include nearly 300 bachelor's degrees, nearly 200 master's degrees, more than 35 doctoral degrees and several associate degrees. Some students earned multiple degrees.

Six students graduated summa cum laude, K-State's top graduation honor. Ten students graduated magna cum laude and 12 graduated cum laude. Summa cum laude graduates earned a 3.95 or higher cumulative academic average at K-State. 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 2010 graduates had the option of participating in K-State's May 2010 commencement ceremony or fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 10-11.

K-State students earning degrees and students earning graduation honors include:




Dundalk: Jennifer T. Lygren-Snyder, master of public health

Severn: Lillian Frances Brzostowski, master of science in agronomy

Silver Spring: Benjamin C. Bolender, doctor of philosophy in sociology

West River: Jason Alexander Youngkin, master of fine arts



Attleboro: Kathleen Marie Dunlea, master of science in academic advising



Greenwood: Hannah Irene Hanson, bachelor of science in apparel and textiles

Hutchinson: Karen Marie Gensmer, bachelor of science in dietetics

Inver Grove Heights: Kathleen Marie Morlok, master of science in food science

Minneapolis: Leif H. Urseth, doctor of philosophy in history

New London: Benjamin W. Wileman, doctor of philosophy in pathobiology

New Ulm: Julie Lynn Commerford, master of arts in geography



Ash Grove: Katie Leigh Fritter, bachelor of science in agriculture

Blue Springs: Lindsey Joy Begnoche, master of science in curriculum and instruction; Christina Joyce Cherry, master of arts in theater; William Cottan Simms, bachelor of science

Columbia: Grace Lee Rosen, bachelor of science

Dexter: Elise Rosanne Hubbard, master of landscape architecture

Easton: Mark Alan Pennington, bachelor of science

Kansas City: Steven R. Baker, master of science in food science; Christine Elizabeth Capp, bachelor of science in human ecology; Andrea Justine Fulks, bachelor of science; Renee Marie Goodfriend, bachelor of science in dietetics; Jasmin Elizabeth Hostin, bachelor of science in family studies and human services; John David Jackson, bachelor of science; Sean Michael Kane, bachelor of science in architectural engineering

Pomona: Logan Doyle Wallace, master of science in animal science

Saint Louis: Luke D. Stricklin, bachelor of architecture

Saint Joseph: Whitney Sue Neely, bachelor of science in family studies and human services

Strafford: Amanda Jean Lile, bachelor of science in agriculture

Webb City: John Brandon Boatwright, master of architecture



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