Cameron University to celebrate master’s graduates at annual hooding ceremony

Cameron University will honor students who have completed requirements for a master’s degree at the 13th annual CU Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 5, at 3 p.m. Master’s candidates Shannon Hanks, Walters, and Aayusha Palanchoke, Kathmandu, Nepal, will speak on behalf of this year’s slate of graduate recipients. The ceremony will take place in Aggie Gym. A reception for graduates and their guests will follow the ceremony in the CETES Conference Center.  

“Cameron’s annual hooding ceremony is one of the highlights of our academic year,” says Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We are proud to celebrate the 2017 hooding candidates and look forward to their continued success.”

Hanks has completed coursework for a Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Marriage and Family.  He is a retired Army combat veteran who spent the last 10 years of his 23 years of service as a Career Counselor. Hanks found his calling as a Career Counselor but felt there was something missing. He enrolled in CU’s graduate program in 2014 and is among the first group of students to complete his practicum at the Cameron Psychology Clinic. He has already received an offer of employment at a local community mental health agency.  He plans to pursue candidacy to become a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist.

A native of Kathmandu, Nepal, Palanchoke will receive a Master of Business Administration degree. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration from Apex College in Kathmandu, she aspired to study in the U.S., a goal she achieved when she was admitted to Cameron. She has been active in the International Club and in the Diversity Club. Under her leadership as President, that organization grew from five to 35 members. She has also excelled in academics. Palanchoke participated in the graduate level stock and bond analysis classes and joined her classmates in presenting their investment portfolio work at professional conferences in Las Vegas and New York. She hopes to utilize the Optional Practical Training program to gain a year of hands-on work experience and then plans to pursue a doctorate in finance and ultimately establish a career in financial advising for a large media company.

More than 150 Cameron students are eligible to participate in the ceremony. Post-graduate degrees include Master of Business Administration, Master of Education with various fields of specialization, Master of Education in Reading, Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences with various fields of specialization, Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Hooding candidates who have authorized publication of their names are listed below by degree and hometown.

Master of Business Administration 

Cameron, N.C.:   Robert Workman

Carson. Calif.:  Nana Osei

Central High:  Lacey Flaig

Elgin:  Shaun Fant

Gorkha, Nepal:  Bibek Pant

Jeffersonville, Vt.: Teelah Churchill

Jhapa, Nepal:  Sanjay Bista

Kathmandu, Nepal:  Baibhav Puri,Manish Sunam

Kavrepalanchok, Nepal:  Aayusha Palanchoke

Lawton/Fort Sill:  Roberto Aita, James Billings, Gregory Ford, Alexander Torres, Emerald Torres

Lexington: Bailey Hayes

Livermore, Calif.: Emily Croasmun

Oklahoma City: Amy Lucas

Rajbiraj, Nepal:  Jayant Chaudhary

San Gabriel, Calif.:   Phillip Smith

Velma: Kyle Tilley

Weatherford: LaVeta Coakley


Master of Education 

Apache: Alaina McNeill

Elgin: Isabel Allen

Lawton/Fort Sill: Angela Baumann, Dillon Bryant, Bonnie Flonnory, Jessica Guida, Keesha Holcomb, Krista Hubbard, Susan Jones, Stefany McAvoy, Sarah Olinghouse, Tammie Phanson, Elizabeth Richter, Steven Wolverton

Randlett: Meredith Miller, Brenette Taylor

Uvalde, Texas:   Kayla Vernor


Master of Science 

Ada: George Clay

Altus: Janet Harms, Taren Ray

Bhaktapur, Nepal:  Sandhya Puri

Cache: Steven Deiorio, Lindsey Hoerbert

Calumet: Jonathan Percival

Duncan: Colleen Hice, Bethany Sullivan, Chad Wilson, Haley Wilson

Elgin: Kristin Greenup, Andrea Hardzog

Frederick: Teresa Mitchell, Marcus Vera

Geronimo: Hailey Crow

Jhapa, Nepal:  Anamika Pokhrel

Kanchanpur, Nepal:  Surekha Bohara

Kathmandu, Nepal:  Sandhya Aryal, Karma Gurung

Lalitpur, Nepal:  Shraddha Dahal

Lawton/Fort Sill:  Elon Allen, Shilo Allen, KC Barrington, David Benner, Mona Bevington, Elizabeth Brown, Bridget Bryson, Vinetta Buchanan, Katheryn Caffee, Jackie Carpenter, Danny Corris, Lesley Davis-Roberts, Sarah Downen, Renatha Edwards, Christy Fitch, Phyllistine Foster, Jennifer Jackson, Jacob Jardel, Sheryl Johnson Bryan, Rosemarie Jones, Jennifer Mason, Brandon Mayer, Kathryn Nichols, Hope Okeke, Nelosha Oliver, Misty Robinson, Kathryn Scheibel, Jordan Sizemore, Cecilia Skinner, Casey Smith, Charity Smith, Jennifer Stringham, Ofelia Svitak, Taylor Thompson, Holly Ugo, Felisha Weldon, Donnet Williams, Shantwynice Wright

Marlow: Jayme Coombs, Trevor Mackey

Martha: Teddie Mitchell

Morang, Nepal:  Sahira Dahal

New Baneshwor, Nepal:  Sargam Ghimire

Paubat, Nepal:  Bindu Paudel

Rush Springs: Kelli Sweat

Shawnee: Travis Lightsey

Tipton: Alton Davis, Sheila Davis

Walters: Shannon Hanks, Heather McElhany

Wichita Falls, Texas:  Amanda Hosmer



April 26, 2017