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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, as are any graduation honors. 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.
News release prepared by: Stephanie Jacques, 785-532-3452, sjacques@k-state.edu

Monday, Sept. 10, 2012

Summer graduates: More than 580 students earn degrees

MANHATTAN -- More than 580 students completed degree requirements from Kansas State University this summer. The graduates hail from 68 Kansas counties, 37 states and 25 countries. Of K-State's newest graduates, 35 also earned graduation honors for their outstanding academic work.

Degrees earned include more than 335 bachelor's, more than 200 master's, 45 doctorates and five associate degrees. Some students earned multiple degrees.

For outstanding academic work, 10 students graduated summa cum laude, K-State's top graduation honor. Eleven students graduated magna cum laude and 14 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 2012 graduates had the option of participating in K-State's spring or fall 2012 commencement ceremonies.

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


Idaho Falls: Christopher Youderian, Doctor of Philosophy



Bourbonnais: Lisa Helm, Master of Science

Champaign: Eric George Houston, Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness; Kelly Marie Sotak, Master of Science; Karie Ann Vander Werf, Master of Science

Chicago: Aaron Robert Graham, Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Industry

DeKalb: Whitney Erin Bandel, Bachelor of Fine Arts

Rochester: Jennifer Lynn Wyatt, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture



Bloomington: Sean Patrick Webeck, Master of Arts

West Lafayette: Ralph Paul Millard, Master of Science

Westfield: Kyle Jackson Messmore, Master of Science



Ames: Adam Michael Larson, Doctor of Philosophy

Bedford: Chelsea Lynn Bird, magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science

Decorah: Luke Russell Severson, Master of Fine Arts

Runnells: Mark Daniel Boatwright, Master of Science

Waukee: Victoria Anne McCarthy, Master of Science