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Lyon College confers 145 degrees to 2022 graduating class

Keynote speaker Dr. Brooks Blevins, ‘92, Noel Boyd Professor of Ozarks Studies in the history department at Missouri State University, used the life stories of three Lyon alumni to illustrate the value of perseverance, patience and pragmatism: detailing the turbulence that Lyon College has faced, yet highlighting what it means to survive.

“You should not be here. I should not be here. WE should not be here. This college should not be here, and the fact that we are here today, in the 150th year of the life of Lyon College, defies logic,” said Blevins.

He continued,”Lyon College is a survivor and a thriver, and I would like to think we, as the people of Lyon, represent the tenacity, the doggedness, the plain ol’ cussed grit poured into the foundations of this place. I am convinced that we imbibe the very marrow of this school and its history, that we pack it in our suitcases when we say goodbye to Spragins and the apartments and Wilson and Rogers and head off into the world.”

Senior Class President Olivia Echols shared reflections from the senior class, asking students to ponder the question, “What is the best investment you can make?” Quoting Warren Buffet, Echols succinctly illustrated what it truly means to strive for one’s own excellence.

“The best investment you can make is an investment in yourself. If you invest in yourself, no one can take it away from you,” said Echols.

Perry Wilson, chairman of the Lyon College Board of Trustees, announced Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Tharanga Wijetunge as the recipient of the Lamar Williamson Prize for Faculty Excellence. The Board of Trustees established the Williamson Prize in 1979 in memory of Lamar Williamson. A memorial fund established by the late J. Gaston Williamson supports the silver cup and stipend awarded to the Williamson Prize recipient.

 

Eight graduates also received special honors and awards during the ceremony:

  • Zachary Blake - The Lester Award

  • Johnathan Brightwell - Alma Cole Metcalf Endowed Scholarship Award

  • Brittany Cook - The Mosley Fellowship

  • Taylor Fitterling - The Dr. and Mrs. John D. Spragins Memorial Award

  • Michael Jorgensen - The Dr. Samuel W. Williams Fellowship

  • Benjamin Norton - The Seibert Fellowship

  • Hannah Wu - The Charles H. Coffin Scholarship Medal

  • Hakeem Yatim - The Dahlquist Scholar Athlete Award

  • Hakeem Yatim - The Mathematical and Chemical Family Graduate School Scholarship

 

The full Lyon College 2022 Commencement Ceremony Album will be released within the following days.

 

The following graduates were awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees:

  • Peyton Matthew Alexander

  • Gracie Lee Allen

  • Elizabeth Atkinson

  • José Nathaneal Balderas

  • Samantha Kay Baxley

  • Alesha D. Cambell

  • Jonathan Kevin Dias Carrere

  • Christian Crull Chappell

  • Brittany Marie Cook

  • Nicholas Czerwinski

  • Jordan Nicole Davis

  • Eli Rowan Dunlap

  • Thalia R. Eason

  • Alley Ray Edwards

  • Lexi Claire Edwards

  • Paul-Florian Efang

  • Hayden Ekenes

  • Courtney Erby

  • Marcos Fernandez de Oliveira

  • Taylor Fitterling

  • Daria Nicolette Giles

  • Hailey Gonzales

  • Raul Gonzalez, Jr.

  • Benjamin Parker Grafton

  • Wylie Greer

  • Daisy Hall

  • Josephine Antoinette Hammersley

  • Owen Sanford Hardin

  • Faith Hargis

  • Jonathan Henderson

  • Jasmine Hernandez

  • John David Horn

  • Logan Hubberd

  • Blake Z.F. Huffman

  • Kaitlyn Alexis Jackson

  • Weston M. Klein

  • Michelle Lewis

  • Alexis Lyons

  • Eleodoro Martinez, Jr.

  • Amber Inez McClurg

  • Zachery Dalton McCormack

  • Molly Kathleen Mellor

  • Sebastián Musiet Mocarquer

  • Debjanee Protyasha Nandy

  • Brock Newman

  • Benjamin J. Norton

  • Nicholas Troy Norwood

  • Dat Tuan O

  • Moise Occulis

  • Shyanne Pedroza

  • Kassidy Ramirez

  • Carson Olivia Reed

  • Christopher E. Reese, Jr.

  • Johnathan Dane Roach

  • Bonnie M. Roberts

  • William Robertson

  • Yazmin Elizabeth Rodriguez

  • Óscar Ernesto Rosas-Manzo

  • Jacob Wyatt Sampley

  • Brianna Morgan Sanchez

  • Riley Elise Shaw

  • Dakota Daniele Smith

  • William L. Sonnier

  • Troy Daniel Strack

  • Lillian Graham Sullivan

  • Sawyer Swaim

  • Sarah Elizabeth Tallents

  • Cole Taylor

  • Cassia M. Thomas

  • Brooklyn Michelle Trammell

  • Hannah Louise Walz

  • Dylan Mosé Wyatt

  • Hakeem Rahniady Putra Ady Yatim

  • Willie Daniel Ybanez

The following graduates were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees:

  • Clayton Alyea

  • Maria Eleni Bampiri

  • Nicholas G. Beausoleil

  • Madison Lea Brown

  • Raimundo Nicolás Cabello Villagrán 

  • Jasmine Jacel Carlos

  • Blake William Clifford Carr

  • Carlos Carvalho

  • Jorge Cayo Zelada

  • Spencer M. Childress

  • Samuel R. Chumley

  • Faith Marie Cornmesser

  • Nathan Couch

  • Michaela Crawford

  • Zackary Curlee

  • James Micheal Dalton

  • Kaleah J. Davis

  • Marleigh Nicole Dodson

  • Olivia Grace Echols

  • Kolbea Alexis Eppes

  • Sarah Marie Evans

  • Julia Darlene Ganus

  • Omar Sven Gasmann

  • Jade Marie Giron

  • Sarah Jo Guerrero

  • Addison Susannah Harmon

  • Vanessa Hendricks

  • Samuel Lee Hoggard

  • Aaron Kendall Hurd

  • Evan Hylek

  • Tyler Kaylynn Jackson

  • Michael Jorgensen

  • Eric Koludrovic

  • Breanna Nicole Langford

  • Kelsey Lynette Lorch

  • Juliette Mantooth

  • Diego Ignacio Mendez Sandoval

  • Briar Ray Miller

  • Hattie Milligan

  • Patrick Allen Mitchell

  • Melanie Elizabeth Mooney

  • Ryan Moxley

  • Ricardo Alfonso Navia Flores

  • Jordan Olivera

  • Anthony Overpeck

  • David Overpeck

  • Grant Palmer Patterson

  • Colin Phillips

  • Kassidy Yvette Robinson

  • Punya M. Saleekul

  • Scott Oaks Schmidt

  • Adia Sherbeyn

  • Jake Garrett Smith

  • Mariah Anela O Mele O Nalani Rosaldo Spix

  • Ashtyn Stevens

  • Amarius Kentrell Stinnett

  • Clara Joan Taylor

  • Kaitlin Dawn Towell

  • Ethan Everett Turner

  • Katie Richelle Turner

  • Haley LeeAnne Wesley

  • Alan Thomas West

  • Nathan Bernard Wilson

  • Celsey Shyanne Wood

  • Hannah Wu