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Press Release

Release Date: May 15, 2008

by Brooke Tidwell



  • Chickasaw students obtaining a 3.0 grade point average or higher received honor stoles at ECU's Spring 2008 Honors Ceremony. Students pictured left to right include Michelle McGee, Tracey Vasquez, Brandy Postoak, Tatum Burris, Staci Johnston, Marissa Moore and Chickasaw Nation Recruitment and Retention Coordinator Renee Hogue.

ADA, Okla. – The East Central University Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society hosted the Spring 2008 Graduation Honors Ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at the East Central University Ballroom.

Along with several other ECU students, many Chickasaw students graduated with honors and were recognized at the ceremony.
Many ECU deans, professors and advisers were present to show their respect for the students.

Chickasaw students received honor stoles during the ceremony for their educational accomplishments. Students obtaining at least a 3.0 grade point average received honor stoles and students obtaining a 3.5 grade point average or higher received a feathered honor stole.

Following the honors ceremony, ECU's Spring 2008 Graduation Commencement Ceremony was conducted at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. where 29 Chickasaw graduates were recognized for completing bachelor and master degrees.

Honor graduates included: Tatum Burris, bachelor of science in education; Jacqueline Clark, master of science in human resources; Dakota Cole, bachelor of science in business administration; Elizabeth Eason, bachelor of science in social work; Natasha Gray, master of education in sports administration; Clovis Hamilton, bachelor of science in kinesiology; Carrie Hurt, master of education – secondary principal ;Tamara Jennings, bachelor of science in nursing; Staci Johnston, bachelor of arts in human service counseling; Tawahnah Love, master of science in human resources; Michelle McGee, bachelor of science in kinesiology; Marissa Moore, bachelor of arts in Native American studies; Lisa Ott, bachelor of arts in human service counseling; Brandy Postoak, master of education in elementary education; Greg Roller, bachelor of arts in political science; Chasity Smith, master of science in human resources; Terry Swopes, master of education in school counseling; Tracey Vasquez, master of science in human resources and Daniel Wyatt, bachelor of arts in human service counseling.

Graduates joining the honor students for the commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. included: Charles Cohee, bachelor of arts in criminal justice; Tara Fall, bachelor of science in nursing; Judy Fowler, bachelor of science in social work; Christopher Harris, bachelor of science in education; Myndy James, bachelor of science in accounting; Camedra Jones, bachelor of arts in human service counseling; Brooke Prentice, bachelor of science in biology; Zachary Presley, bachelor of arts in art; Crystal Underwood, bachelor of science in kinesiology; and Silas Welch, bachelor of science in biology.

For more information about educational services and programs with the Chickasaw Nation, call (580) 421-7711 or visit http://www.chickasaweducationservices.com/.