Commencement Ceremony


Festive Music for Organ


“Pomp and Circumstance,” Edward Elgar


The Reverend Janet F. Fuller, University Chaplain


Aswani Volety, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Introduction of the Speaker

K. Alexis Moore, Assistant Professor of Physician Assistant Studies


Dr. Gary Smith, Emergency Medicine/Family Medicine, Maria Parham Health Duke LifePoint Healthcare

Recognition of the Tracy Salisbury Honoree

Melissa M. Murfin, Associate Professor, Research Coordinator of Physician Assistant Studies and Director of Educational Strategies for School of Health Sciences

Pi Alpha Honor Society Inductees

Tracey Thurnes, Associate Professor and Director of Accelerated Pathways Program

Presentation of Candidates for Degree

Provost Volety

Conferring of Degrees

Connie Ledoux Book, President

Awarding of Diplomas

C. Kim Stokes, Associate Professor, Department Chair and Program Director
Rodney L. Parks, University Registrar
President Book

Charge to the Graduating Class

President Book


“Sortie,” César Franck


W. Thomas Jones, University Organist

Class of 2021

Name Previous Institution(s)
Aaron Matthew Wyatt B.A., Utah State University
Jillian Herma Van Essendelft B.S., Western Carolina University
Elizabeth Thompson Smith B.S., North Carolina State University
Mariah Teague B.S., North Carolina State University
Anna Nicole Powell Sullivan B.S., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Morgan Jeanette Stonewall B.S., Iowa State University
George Harper Stevenson B.A., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Rebekah Ruth Sponseller B.S., Taylor University
Celeste Snediker B.S.N., University of Massachusetts
Lucille Sepic B.S., East Carolina University
Maxwell Bentley Saranen B.S., Michigan State University
Caitlin Jernigan Rodgers B.A., B.S., Appalachian State University
M.S., University of South Florida
Misha Raza B.S., North Carolina Central University
Hannah Elizabeth Porter B.S., Union University
Lizet Pacheco B.S., Loyola Marymount University
* Cara Noelle Monforton B.S., College of Charleston
Erin Elizabeth Mecum B.S., Western Carolina University
M.H.S., Western Carolina University
Larry Bauman McCauley III B.S., Elon University
Julie Holman McCarter B.S., Samford University
M.S., Appalachian State University
Monica Chen Li B.A., University of California-San Diego
Kunhee Lee B.A., DePauw University
* Lindsey Jones B.S., Clemson University
Chelsea Kim Cyr Johnson B.S., East Carolina University
Silvestre Jaimes B.S.R.S., Adventist University of Health Sciences
Jenna Kristine Hatzenbuhler B.A., University of Wisconsin
Laura Elizabeth Graham B.B.A., The College of William & Mary
Bethany Lagle Foster B.S., University of South Carolina
William Joseph Faulkner B.S., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
* Claire Elizabeth Elenteny B.S., University of Dayton
Hailey Rebecca Einck B.S., Oregon State University
Jessie Anacelia Ehrisman B.A., Duke University
Hannah Brooke Morris Denson B.A., The University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Audrey De Los Reyes B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara
* Staci Lea Cohen B.S., University of Maryland School of Dentistry
* Celeste Craft Cantwell B.A., Miami University
Elisabeth Rose Bristow B.S., Eureka College
Catherine Joann Betack B.S., Southern Methodist University
* Deborah Joy Barnett B.A., Taylor University
  • * Pi Alpha Honor Society
  • Degree will be awarded upon completion of final requirement