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Spring Commencement Ceremony


April 30, 2013



Averett held its spring Commencement ceremony Saturday, April 27 at its E. Stuart James Grant Convocation Center. More than 300 students received their diplomas during the ceremony. Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks awarded 87 master's degree and 222 bachelor's degrees to the graduating class.

Seven students were recognized for the academic achievements and community involvement. Tamarah Means Lynn of Newport News received the Malcolm Knowles Award for having the highest grade point average (GPA) in the graduating class for the Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Program. John Lewis Flanagan of Fredericksburg received the Frank R. Campbell Award for having the second highest GPA in the graduating class for the GPS Program.

Elizabeth Paige Aaron of Danville received the Mary C. Fugate Award for having the highest GPA in the graduating class for the traditional program. Aaron also received the C.L. Davenport Award for Excellence. Noelle Marie Hill of Hurt was awarded the Grace V. Crenshaw Award for having the second highest GPA in the graduating class for the traditional program.

The Curtis Bishop Award was given to Shanequa Nyia Sanders-West of Charleston, S.C. Owen Paschall Hayden of Raleigh, N.C. received the American Legion Citizenship Award.

The University also announced faculty members who were promoted. Those who were promoted were Dr. Lee Burton, who was promoted to professor, Dr. Lyle Cady, who was promoted to professor, Dr. John Guarino, who was promoted to professor, Dr. Chung Kwon, who was promoted to associate professor, Dr. Alice Obenchain-Leeson, who was promoted to professor, Susan Osborne, who was promoted to associate professor and Brian Turner, who was promoted to associate professor.