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Record Number of Students Graduate from UMHB


The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor held spring Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 7, at the Bell County Expo Center. This was the university’s 155th graduating class. A record 346 students were awarded degrees. Of these, 304 students received baccalaureate degrees, 29 students received master’s degrees and 13 graduates earned their doctoral degrees from the university.

Several awards were given during the ceremony. The awards included the Provost Award for highest overall GPA (4.0) which went to Yesenie Ester Murray of Harker Heights, Erica Lee Surrency of Georgetown, Melanie Rose Waldman of Killeen, Nathan Edward Wilson of Harker Heights and Katherine Anne Cipriani of Kingwood.

The Loyalty Cup, for the student who is most representative of the ideals, tradition and spirit of the university, went to Zachary Christopher Raygoza of Cibolo and to Andra Lee Holbrooks of Belton.

The President’s Award, for meritorious service, went to Mark Thomas Wilson, Jr., of Belton and to Mark Aaron Miller of Wichita Falls.

The Honor Program Summa Cum Laude award, for students that have completed the Honors Program classes and seminars and have maintained a GPA of 3.5 or above, went to Evangeline Grace Ciupek of Temple.

Also during the ceremony Major Chris Jay, ROTC program director and assistant professor of military science at UMHB, held a commissioning ceremony for two graduating seniors. The two graduates were Second Lieutenants Yesenia Murray of Harker Heights and Zachary Santos of Puyallup, Washington.