Ottawa University’s Kansas residential campus had 131 students that were presented with their degrees during the 154th commencement ceremony on May 11.

There were 22 students that earned graduate degrees while 109 students earned their undergraduate degrees. Several students also graduated with honors and/or distinction within their discipline. The degrees were conferred by Wynndee Lee ‘89, board of trustees member. OU President Dr. Reggies Wenyika awarded the diplomas, and University Chancellor Kevin Eichner ‘73 gave the charge to graduates.

At OU, students who graduate cum laude must achieve a 3.5 to 3.799 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Magna cum laude honors require a 3.8 to 3.899 GPA. For the highest honors, summa cum laude, students must achieve a 3.9 or higher GPA. To qualify for honors, students must complete 40 semester credit hours in residence at Ottawa University. Distinction in the comprehensive examination or project is earned by students at OU and judged by faculty.

Local students receiving degrees were:

Ottawa

Ross A. Anderson, Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education; Jerminic D. Anthony, Bachelor of Arts in Sport Studies; Maranda Renee Badeaux, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Cum Laude; Daniel Walter Carney, Master of Business Administration in Leadership Development; Kelcie Marie Evans, Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, Psychology; Holly Lynn Ewert, Bachelor of Arts in Human Services, Psychology; MyKenna P. Sharp-Hadl, Bachelor of Arts in Communication; Kurt Alan Hamilton, Master of Business Administration in Leadership Development; Michael Eugene Jensen III, Bachelor of Science in Engineering; Kodie Kathryn Johnson, Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science; Alexei Lopez Ramirez, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Jacob Andrew Martin, Master of Business Administration in Leadership Development; Kevin Lee McCurdy, Master of Business Administration in Strategic Innovation; Lukas Michenka, Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Cum Laude; Myles R. Rutledge, Bachelor of Arts in Biology; Ryuta Sakai, Master of Business Administration in Population Health/Health Care; Leslie Kay Speer, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, Summa Cum Laude; Brianna C. Stephenson, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Amber Zanib Tahir, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; LaMoine Ryleigh Tatum, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Keith K. Tyner, Bachelor of Science in Engineering; Lewis I. Verdouw, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Summa Cum Laude; Lauren Marie White-Jacoby, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Eric E. Wright, I, Bachelor of Arts in History; Lance H. Zeno, Bachelor of Arts in Mgmt of Info Systems.

Pomona

Oaklee James Homer, Bachelor of Arts in Marketing, Business Administration.

Princeton

Sydney Anne Meyer, Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Summa Cum Laude.

Rantoul

Amanda Ann Stevenson, Bachelor of Arts in Accounting.