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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2002 News Archive > December graduation

ACU presents degrees, student awards

For immediate release
Dec. 16, 2002

Abilene Christian University awarded 271 degrees Friday as friends and family of the graduates filled Moody Coliseum for Commencement.

Dr. Charles Mattis, dean of the First-Year Program and director of university academic advising, delivered the charge to the class.

Dr. Royce Money, president, and Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, provost, initiated the hooding of the graduates, where a person of each senior's choice symbolically draped a cowl over the neck of the senior.

Traditionally, the person hooding the senior was a parent, grandparent, spouse or fiancÚ.

Awards were presented, including the Board of Trustees awards for the honor and recognition the recipients have brought ACU through their achievements, character and devotion. The recipients included Nicole Brenner, broadcast journalism major from Austin; Felicia Hazelip, secondary education major from Kemp; Carrie Peter, agriculture major from El Campo; and Alan Wages, sociology major from Abilene.

The Dean Adams Achievement awards were presented to students who overcame some type of obstacle to achieve their ACU education. Recipients included Michael Potthoff, Christian ministry major from League City; Rana Travieso, applied studies major from Abilene; and Amy Woods, communication disorders major from Denton.

Two seniors were honored with Alpha Chi awards for perfect 4.0 grade point averages: Jessica Engle, chemistry major from El Cajon, Calif.; and Audrey Williams, history major from Abilene.

Awards were also presented Friday night at Senior Dinner including the B Sherrod Scholarship awards for the overall contribution to the university, which includes a $500 scholarship for graduate school. The recipients were April Baker, communication disorders major from Snyder; and Laura Gore, sociology major from Orange.

The Honor Man and Honor Woman awards were presented to students who exemplified character, scholarship and were recognized as the example of an ideal student. Honor Man was Brian Hailey, vocational missions major from Coleman, and Honor Woman was Molly Carrigan, vocal music major from Abilene.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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