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 14th annual CU Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 4, at 3 p.m. Master’s candidates Melissa Fourroux, Altus, and Leanne Perales, Lawton, 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.  Parking is available on the west side of the CETES Conference Center, on the west side of Burch Hall, and on the east side of Howell Hall.

“Cameron’s annual hooding ceremony is truly a celebration of accomplishment,” says Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It is a joy to recognize our graduate students. The act of placing the master’s hood over the head of the candidate symbolizes the completion of the graduate program. On behalf of the faculty and staff at Cameron, I want to congratulate our master’s students for their accomplishments. We look forward to learning about their continued success.”

Fourroux, who has completed coursework for a Master of Science in Educational Leadership, credits her son and her volunteer work at his school, L. Mendel Rivers, for her desire to become an educator. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Cameron in 2011, then began her teaching career at L. Mendel Rivers, the very school that inspired her. Five years later, she was selected as the L. Mendel Rivers Teacher of Year. She initially taught second grade, then moved to fourth grade after one year. Fourroux is a member of Kappa Delta Pi and Rivers Parent Teacher Organization. She also serves as a volunteer for the Salvation Army. Her future goal is to become a school administrator.

Perales will receive a Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Marriage and Family. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Perales plans to pursue a doctorate in clinical/counseling psychology and obtain licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. She has served in a leadership role in the CU chapter of Psi Chi and is also on the student board of the Oklahoma Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. Perales is a member of the Social Learning and Perceptions Lab as well as the Science of Protective Factors lab, and a student member of the Southwest Psychological Association, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. .

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 Admin

Blanchard: Heather Vaughn

Bradenton, Fla: Cynthia Capps

Central High: Lacey Flaig

Chattanooga: Lacey Gretsinger

Duncan: Amanda Barkheimer, Alicia Sampley

Fort Worth, Texas: Sudip Koirala

Hoboken, N.J.: Alexander Torres

Jeffersonville, Vt.: Teelah Churchill

Jhapa, Nepal: Rakshya Bajgain

Kathmandu, Nepal: Pratap Basnet, Anima Bhurtel, Ambika Singh Dhanuki, Rosha Shakya  

Lawton/Fort Sill: Roberto Aita, Aaron Cobb, Alex Dangol, Dennis Dierker, Fowood Gebhart, Diksha Khadka, Solu Pathak, Dorcas Salami, Eustus Saunders, Tara Stevens, Emerald Torres

Morang, Nepal: Astha Shrestha

Oklahoma City: Maegan Bohon

Velma: Kyle Tilley


Master of Education

Allenhurst, Ga.: Jessica Guida

Anadarko: Kerrie Edwards

Cache: Mendie Cargill, Kelly Clark

Cement: Lori Salyer

Duncan: Renea Lawler

Elgin: Judith Bridges, Lillian Chew

Lawton/Fort Sill: Amber Bain, Amelia Barr, Alexandra Cunningham, Angela Kimbrell, Stefany McAvoy, Cameron McConnell, Bethany Morlett, Sarah Olinghouse, Nancy Wallace, Paul Williams


Master of Science

Altus:  Brandon Atwood, Teddie Carpenter, Melissa Fourroux, Janet Harms

Apache:  Megan Washburn

Duncan:  Kelli Heinrich, Colleen Hice, Christy Jarboe, Kelle Jeffrey, Dakota Kaus, Chantelle Prince-Cowan, Danielle Sims

Faxon:  Leonard Whitcomb

Ikorodu, Lagos, Nigeria: Oluchi Uduma

Jhapa, Nepal: Anamika Pokhrel

Kanchanpur, Nepal: Surekha Bohara

Lawton/Fort Sill:  Elon Allen, Tina Alley, Amanda Berber, Denis Blackburn, Preston Brethour, Kimberly Buckner, Shannon Burkholder, Christina Caddy, Kimberly Clark, Caitlin Cunningham, Shalena Dawson, Kelly Hayes, Tessa Jesus, Susan Jones, Yoonhee Kang , Prabha Lamichhane, Juan Martinez, Brittany Meredith, Nicole Merriweather, Christine Moore, Chantelle Muse, Lori Newell, John Nichols, Aieosha Oliver, Antonio Pereira, Nabita Pokharel, Alissa Reed, Rachel Rochell, Bipin Singh, Cecilia Skinner, Jennifer Tadlock, Carlos Taylor, Frederick Thomas, Jonathan Vann, Megan Veldhuizen, Christopher Walker, Amanda Watkins, Shantwynice Wright, Tabbitha Wright

Manang, Nepal: Karma Gurung

Marlow:  Shaylyn Higginbotham, Cassie Hill,Trevor Mackey, Christi Williams

Midlothian, Va:  Amanda Smith

Norman:  Stacie Harper

Isolo, Nigeria: Ifeoluwa Egbeyemi

Oklahoma City: Jennifer Lamb

Sterling:  Shelby Carpenter

Tipton:  Travis White

Tulsa: Stephanie Heinen

Walters: Crystal Hightower, Lonnie Snodgrass, Melanie Snodgrass



April 26, 2018