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Lewis To Present Keynote Address For BU’s 27th Winter Commencement

by | Dec 6, 2018

Bluefield University will hold its 27th Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Harman Chapel.

Bluefield University will hold its 27th Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 8, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the Harman Chapel. 96 undergraduate candidates along with 14 graduate candidates will receive diplomas during the commencement ceremony. Dr. Carolyn K. Lewis, the founding Dean of the Bluefield University School of Nursing will provide the keynote address for the ceremony.

Carolyn K. Lewis RN, Ph.D., NEA, BC, is a nurse with more than 45 years of experience in health care service and management, administration, association management, and education. Dr. Lewis is also a skilled leader in organizational transformation and has an extensive background in formal education strategies and substantive knowledge of state and national policy planning.

Dr. Lewis was the recipient of a gubernatorial appointment and served as Chair of the Kentucky Apprenticeship and Training Commission. In addition, Dr. Lewis received the Pioneer Nursing award from the Virginia Nurses Association, Governor’s Fellow Award from the Virginia Council of Higher Education and the Distinguished Alumna Award from Mason University. She was also an intern with Senator Pryor in 1993 working on the reauthorization of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.

Mr. John B. Beckett, Jr. will bring greetings to the graduates from Bluefield University’s Board of Trustees. A special prayer will be delivered to the graduates by Professor Doug Minnix and Professor Maria Zalduondo will provide a scripture reading. The ceremony will also include student addresses from Mr. Evan Abbey, of Bluefield, West Virginia, from the College of Sciences; and Mrs. Beverly White, of Bluefield, Virginia, from the School of Nursing. Special music will be led by Dr. Charles Priest and Dr. John Moir.

Candidates for graduation will participate in the ceremony based on their fields of study. The ceremony will include candidates for Master of Arts in Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. Bluefield University President Dr. David W. Olive will confer the degrees.

Bluefield University candidates for graduation for winter 2018 as of December 5, 2018 include:

  • Angela Maria Mutter, Grundy Virginia
  • Jessica Reenee Akers, Lindside, West Virginia
  • Shelley Thornton-Butler, Christiansburg, Virginia
  • Heather Dotson Childress, Clintwood, Virginia
  • Nolie Gregory Conner, Union Hall, Virginia
  • Michael James Dean, Bristol, Virginia
  • Lorinda Dawn Hart, Cool Ridge, West Virginia
  • Joe H. Hendricks, Jr, Princeton, West Virginia
  • Nichole M. Linzy, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
  • Mary Kathleen Long, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia
  • Amy Lyn Marshall, Cheraw, South Carolina
  • Savannah Nicole Mullins, Whitesburg, Kentucky
  • Laura Beth Repass, Wytheville, Virginia
  • Beverly Joyce White, Bluefield, Virginia
  • Evan Mark Abbey, Bluefield, West Virginia
  • Dagoberto D. Acevedo, Cojutepeque, El Savador
  • Nathalia Emile De Lima Elias, Belem, Brazil
  • Tyler J. Hutton, Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Arminda Kate Dolinger Jones, Bristol, Virginia
  • Shelbiana Lee Adair, Rocky Gap, Virginia
  • Robert Andrew Altizer, Richlands, Virginia
  • Emily S. Anderson, Bluefield, Virginia
  • Kayla Danielle Anderson, Austinville, Virginia
  • Lauren I. Anderson, Lynch Station, Virginia
  • Tomasa Ceres Asuelo, Bristol, Virginia
  • Samantha Marie Bales, Bluefield, West Virginia
  • Jenna L. Blankenship, Bland, Virginia
  • MaKenzie Jade Bledsoe, Grundy, Virginia
  • Shawna Nicole Bledsoe, Pennington Gap, Virginia
  • Robert Shannon Brewer, Draper, Virginia
  • Amanda Brown, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Paula Francine Brown, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Austin John Browning, Yuma, Arizona
  • Hannah Laken Burnette, Galax, Virginia
  • Dawn M. Camacho, Dublin, Virginia
  • Corbin Cash, Jr., Ashland, Virginia
  • Dustin R. Childress, Grundy, Virginia
  • Nathan Robert Cline, Tazewell, Virginia
  • Mary Denise Smith Cook, Tazewell, Virginia
  • Erin Marie Cunningham, Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Courtney Daniel-Newman, Colonial Heights, Virginia
  • Carrie Alane Davison, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Isaiah Zechariah Fenner, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Channel Julia Flores, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Andres R. Fourie, Bluefield, Virginia
  • Andrew Garrett, Glade Spring, Virginia
  • Isiah Marquise Gill, Sontag, Virginia
  • Shannon Graves, Danville, Virginia
  • Kayla Lynn Grubb, Galax, Virginia
  • Amber M. Gurganus, Franklin, Virginia
  • Leyna Starr Hansley, Lexington, Virginia
  • Ellen Burton Hawks, Pearisburg, Virginia
  • Shannon Hayes, Tannersville, Virginia
  • Quante Lovelle Hines, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Danielle Jackson, Marion, Virginia
  • Janelle Knobloch, Friendship, New York
  • Kristen Nicole Lundy, Galax, Virginia
  • Cassandra Eve Miller, Palmyra, Virginia
  • Terry L. Miller, Christiansburg, Virginia
  • Caden Wayne Minnix, Bluefield, Virginia
  • Kenneth John Miranda, Jr., Loxahatchee, Florida
  • Nichole Moore, Bristow, Virginia
  • Morgan KcKinley Olds, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Marlena Gail Owens, Barren Springs, Virginia
  • Amelia Rose Porter, Fort Chiswell, Virginia
  • Rachel Allison Radford, Bland, Virginia
  • Alicia Craig-Reese, Houston, Texas
  • Edgar Reyes, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Trina P. Richardson, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Danielle Nicole Rowland, Christiansburg, Virginia
  • William Antonio Seltz, III, Fontana, California
  • Kelsey Larue Shick, Hyde Park, Pennsylvania
  • Rashad Short, Richmond, Virginia
  • Keith Aaron Shortridge, Oakwood, Virginia
  • Kisha Na Shawn Simmons, Wytheville, Virginia
  • Sarah L. Sparks, Bluefield, Virginia
  • Jessica Dawn Stultz, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Craig A. Thibault, Savannah, Georgia
  • Kenneth Arnold Trent, Jr., Charlotte Court House, Virginia
  • Matthew William Trent, Abingdon, Virginia
  • Brenda H. Vineyard, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Christalina Marie White, Fort Chiswell, Virginia
  • Jason “Cason” Whitt, Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Luzette Demoorea Williams, Tazewell, Virginia
  • Jaclyn Paige Willis, Rocky Gap, Virginia
  • Cynthia Dawn Allen, Richlands, Virginia
  • Chase P. Asbury, Bristol, Virginia
  • Amanda Karie Bowen, Clintwood, Virginia
  • Gerald J. DeLotto, Jr., Roanoke, Virginia
  • Katie Lynn Edmonson, Louisa, Virginia
  • Abby Renee Fischer, Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Mariana Foster, Travis AFB, California
  • Naranda Horn, Lebanon, Virginia
  • Jeffrey C. Lay, Callaway, Virginia
  • Brandi Noelle McClellan, Coeburn, Virginia
  • Kelly Miller, Roanoke, Virginia
  • David Morton, Fredericksburg, Virginia
  • Aldrin Noces, Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Rebecca Sue O’Quinn, Wise, Virginia
  • Meagan Nichole Radford, Ridgeway, Virginia
  • Ashton Elizabeth Rasnick, Bristol, Virginia
  • Kala R. Stapleton, Jonesville, Virginia
  • Heather Paige Stevans, Wise, Virginia
  • Wesley Allen Stickley, Bristol, Tennessee
  • Robby Denton Trivette, Bristol, Tennessee
  • Linda De’Nae Williams, Floyd, Virginia
  • Sunshine K. Wilmoth, Lebanon, Virginia
  • Antonio L. Dawkins, Shelby, North Carolina
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