Huntingdon graduates largest class in College history

Members of the Huntingdon College Class of 2017 collected their diplomas in two separate ceremonies Saturday, May 6. With day and evening graduates combined, this is the first time Huntingdon graduates in a single year have totaled more than 300 students.


May 10, 2017

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Huntingdon graduates largest class in College history

Montgomery, Ala.—Members of the Huntingdon College Class of 2017 collected their diplomas in two separate ceremonies Saturday, May 6. With day and evening graduates combined, this is the first time Huntingdon graduates in a single year have totaled more than 300 students. The Commencement Address was given by pollster/political commentator Kristen Soltis Anderson, author of The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials are Leading America. The graduate address was given by Jaylen Ware, Class of 2017, from Rome, Georgia.

During the traditional day student ceremony, the following awards were given:

  • The Margaret Read Scholarship Medal, given to the students who earned the highest grade point averages (4.0) in the graduating class:
    • Zachary Andre’ den Besten, Enterprise, Alabama
    • Courtney Paige Harville, Morristown, Tennessee
    • Chandler Jordan Kemp, Jacksonville, Florida
    • Margaret Virginia Murphy, Montgomery, Alabama
    • Alexis Rae Ofe, Montgomery, Alabama
    • Julia Renae Shappert, Commercial Point, Ohio
    • Hannah Danielle Shirley, Prattville, Alabama
    • Emily Noel Simon, Montgomery, Alabama
  • The Loyalty Award, voted by members of the graduating class and reflecting the person deemed by his/her peers as “the most loyal and dedicated senior”: Victoria Ann Krupa, Bradenton, Florida
  • The Willard D. Top Award, given to a graduate who exemplifies the highest commitment to academics and service: Zachary Andre’ den Besten, Enterprise, Alabama
  • The Julia Lightfoot Sellers Award, voted by members of the junior and senior classes as “that member of the teaching faculty who … has done much this year toward inspiring them to nobility of purpose and integrity of character, and rekindling within them a deeper desire for learning”: Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, Professor of Biology and Dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • The Winn and Gordon Chappell Academic Enrichment Award, given to the member of the faculty who has demonstrated exceptional student engagement and student achievement in the arts and sciences: Dr. Lisa Clark, Assistant Professor of Sport Science and Physical Education
  • The Rhoda Coleman Ellison Distinguished Faculty Lifetime Service Award, given upon retirement to a member of the faculty who has devoted his or her entire teaching career to bettering the academic life of Huntingdon College students: The Reverend Dr. Frank Buckner, Professor of Religion and Associate Provost for Curriculum and Faculty Development

The following students, presented in alphabetical order, graduated in the Class of 2017 traditional day program at Huntingdon College:

First Middle Last Home City Home State
Peyton Nicole Allen Gulf Breeze Florida
Robert Alan Amunds Ft. Walton Beach Florida
Diggan André Jacksonville Florida
Laural Elise Anthony Montgomery Alabama
Aubree Kaitlin Archie Kinston Alabama
Marc Richard Arguello Castle Rock Colorado
Raheem Devonta Armstrong Highland home Alabama
Luke Oneal Bailey Cullman Alabama
Morgan Taylor Townley Baines Luverne Alabama
Allison Danielle Barger Tuscaloosa Alabama
Clarke Stewart Berry Pensacola Florida
Jamichael Bibb Montgomery Alabama
Laurel Elizabeth Billy Brewton Alabama
Taylor Nicole Blackwell Columbiana Alabama
Brandi Nicole Blair Acworth Georgia
Kira Jo Bohlke McDonough Georgia
Jeffrey Hunter Booth Reform Alabama
Lauren Elizabeth Bosch Tuscaloosa Alabama
Sara Frances Bowden Pike Road Alabama
Linsley Paige Bowlan Brantley Alabama
Mikalah Brooks Bowman Littleton Colorado
Anna Catherine Boyd Monroeville Alabama
Ashton Elizabeth Brinley Geneva Alabama
Joseph Lee Brooks Tuscaloosa Alabama
Kayla Alyce Browder Prattville Alabama
Alexander Campbell Brown Bloomfield Hills Alabama
Luke Austin Brown Phenix City Alabama
Sheridan LeeAnn Cahoon Prattville Alabama
Zachary Carrington Camp Yulee Florida
Alexandra Elizabeth Goulet Carroll Pensacola Florida
Jonah Mason Casteel Muscle Shoals Alabama
Karyn Marie Causey Wetumpka Alabama
Nolan Scott Clark Montgomery Alabama
Joshua K. Clayton Birmingham Alabama
John Coley Montgomery Alabama
Christian Cade Conville Sylacauga Alabama
Courtney Lee Curenton Montgomery Alabama
Natalie Kay Curenton Montgomery Alabama
Caleb Andrew Dailey Newnan Georgia
Devin Dale Montgomery Alabama
Zachary Austin Darby Prattville Alabama
Christian Alexander Davis Midland City Alabama
Jerome Davis Tuskegee Alabama
Taylor Alexander Day Huntersville North Carolina
Katrina Dean Montgomery Alabama
Ryan Odair Dean Uriah Alabama
Zachary André den Besten Enterprise Alabama
Jenna Rae Dorman Highland Home Alabama
Rachel Morgan Dunlay Hobe Sound Florida
Jesse Lauren Dunn McCalla Alabama
John Michael Dunn Highland Home Alabama
Bradley Scott Eckmyre Pinson Alabama
Colton John Edwards Grant Alabama
Madison Lynne Elkins Springville Alabama
Anna Leigh Ergenbright Montgomery Alabama
Emily Kiersten Fike Magnolia Alabama
Jordan O’Neal Freeman Prattville Alabama
Emily Juliette Gaines Johns Creek Georgia
Mackenzie Dakota Garmany Birmingham Alabama
Matthew Noles Gatewood Trussville Alabama
Jacob Robert Green Yulee Florida
Fabien Gutierrez Oceanside California
Nicholas Ryan Haas Madison Alabama
Seth Vincent Harding Montgomery Alabama
Jon Layton Harrelson Hazel Green Alabama
Octavis DeAndre Harris Prattville Alabama
William Mckinley Harris Gurley Alabama
Courtney Paige Harville Morristown Tennessee
Karson Richt Hastings Fayetteville Georgia
Kathryn Avery Heinrichs Huntsville Alabama
Daisha Nichelle Henderson Montgomery Alabama
Jacob Anthony Hiebel Montgomery Alabama
Mary-Stewart Hinds Montgomery Alabama
Joshua Allen Hines Pinson Alabama
Abigail H. Hinson Prattville Alabama
Payton Heath Holmes Hoover Alabama
Donald MacDonald Horner Brownsboro Alabama
Alexander Paul Houston Fyffe Alabama
Hannah Ruth Howard Lowndesboro Alabama
John David Iwaniec Crystal River Florida
Allison Nicole Johnson Prattville Alabama
Ashley Nicole Johnson Milton Florida
Charles Harris Johnson Auburn Alabama
John Malone Kaak Auburn Alabama
Chandler Jordan Kemp Jacksonville Florida
Jane Delyn Killian Prattville Alabama
Victoria Ann Krupa Bradenton Florida
Addison Luke Lambeth Browns Summit North Carolina
Jamie Lin Langford Birmingham Alabama
Stacie Lynn Lee Montgomery Alabama
Mary Elizabeth Lormand Autaugaville Alabama
Jai’Lyn Chaniese Lover Montgomery Alabama
Alexandria Michelle Manning Montgomery Alabama
Brandon Michael Mattox Callahan Florida
Christopher William McCain Skipperville Alabama
Parker Linwood McClain Montgomery Alabama
Phillip Seth McClendon Alexander City Alabama
Ashlee Lauren McCluskey Birmingham Alabama
Heath Levon McCray Ashford Alabama
Jalen Deion McDonald Madison Mississippi
Murrey Kneeland McDonald Montgomery Alabama
Zachary Mark McGrady Fayetteville Alabama
Justin McQueen Fairview Tennessee
Benjamin Fitzgerald Mercer Birmingham Alabama
Chelsea Danielle Messer Opelika Alabama
Halston Kohl Michaud Gulf Breeze Florida
Aspen-Faith Miller Titus Alabama
LeChristopher Matthew Mims Prattville Alabama
Brett Paul Montgomery Butler Georgia
Brakia Keyonna Moore Dothan Alabama
Jake Bryant Moore Foley Alabama
Kalen Taylor Morgan Deatsville Alabama
HallieGrace Augusta Muncher Jasper Alabama
Matthew D. Munroe Wetumpka Alabama
Lonzettea Niccora Murchison Montgomery Alabama
Adrienne Nicole Murer Wilsonville Alabama
Margaret Virginia Murphy Montgomery Alabama
Alexa Murray Thompsons Station Tennessee
Travis John Murry Pike Road Alabama
Wesley Scott Nail Birmingham Alabama
Hayley Nicole Naker Navarre Florida
Peyton Elizabeth Nelson Tallassee Alabama
Andrew Bohdan Neswiacheny Orange Park Florida
Bonnie Louise Nicholson Prattville Alabama
Alexis Rae Ofe Montgomery Alabama
Katelin Marie Pattillo Alexander City Alabama
Matthew Gunnar Peters Dothan Alabama
Garrick Antonio Pimienta Tampa Florida
Lorraine Marie Porath Montgomery Alabama
Nichole Irene Porras Dallas Texas
Karter Edward Porter Olive Branch Mississippi
Hope Elizabeth Posmituck Prattville Alabama
Jeffery Devonn Postell Montgomery Alabama
Charles Michael Pridgen Hazel Green Alabama
Eva Christine Reardon Phenix City Alabama
Kimberly Joanna Reid Prattville Alabama
Jacob Tyler Rhodes Prattville Alabama
Benjamin Clark Richardson Montgomery Alabama
Buchanan Nicholas Robinson Darien Georgia
Lake Guthrie Romine Anderson Alabama
Kala Wynne Rooney Prattville Alabama
Blakeley Rae Rowland Leroy Alabama
Ryan Joseph Runager Moulton Alabama
Allison Taylor Sasser Montgomery Alabama
Cameron James Sauce Montgomery Alabama
Anna Grace Schmidt Montgomery Alabama
Julia Renae Shappert Commercial Point Ohio
Jordan Turner Shelby Fairhope Alabama
Hannah Danielle Shirley Prattville Alabama
Emily Noel Simon Montgomery Alabama
Eathan Cody Wilson Small Fort Walton Beach Florida
Jordan RaShaun Smith Millport Alabama
Caitlin Frances Sparks Montgomery Alabama
Anthony Lasella Spivey Phenix City Alabama
Jonathan Austin Stacey Pensacola Florida
Margaret Dawson Starr Montgomery Alabama
Kaitlyn Marie Stokes Gaylesville Alabama
Jordan Keith Storms Montgomery Alabama
Merita Alleena Stovall Montgomery Alabama
Ian M. Sullivan Destin Florida
Sierra Magnolia Sumrall Montgomery Alabama
Clara Irene Tapplin Winder Georgia
Tiffany Dawn Taylor Andalusia Alabama
Joe Henry Thomas Pinson Alabama
Alton William Thrash Prattville Alabama
Mason Lang Throneberry Madison Alabama
Wallace Angus Timms Wetumpka Alabama
Aaron Mitchell Triplett Guntersville Alabama
Eric James Turner Fort Walton Beach Florida
Brendon Michael VanEmelen Pensacola Florida
Jake Clinton Walker Wetumpka Alabama
Jaylen Ware Rome Georgia
Dustin Emerson Watson Quincy Florida
Angelica Leshaun Weatherspoon Tuscaloosa Alabama
Michael Andrew Wheeler Jacksonville Florida
Anthony Monques White Montgomery Alabama
Mark Edward White Washington Georgia
Bobie Yui Wilson Okinawa City Other
Alexis Leigh Butterworth Wineman Cut Bank Montana
Austin Blake Wood Valley Alabama
Baylee Mackenzie Wood Montgomery Alabama

Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college recognized among “The Fastest Growing Colleges in America”  by The Chronicle of Higher Education; among the top 10 regional colleges and top 10 best regional values by U.S. News and World Report; among the top tier of regional colleges by the Princeton Review; among “Colleges that Contribute to the Public Good,” by Washington Monthly; and on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The Huntingdon campus, a Tree Campus USA, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

— Suellen (Su) Ofe Associate
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Huntingdon College
1500 E. Fairview Ave., Montgomery, AL 36106
(334) 833-4515; Cell (334) 324-6591

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Suellen (Su) Ofe

Vice President
for Marketing and Communications
(334) 833-4515 |

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