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ֱ-Meridian recognizes outstanding graduates for fall 2023 semester

Contact: Carl Smith

MERIDIAN, Miss.—Five graduates at ֱ-Meridian are being recognized as outstanding students for the 2023 fall semester. They are among 84 students, including 10 honor graduates, receiving diplomas Thursday [Dec. 7] at 11 a.m. at the ֱ Riley Center.

ֱ-Meridian outstanding fall 2023 graduates
ֱ-Meridian is recognizing five outstanding graduates for the fall 2023 semester, including, from left to right, Luke Shin of Hattiesburg, Erin Smith of Lawrence, Kristen Miley of Pulaski and Jeremy Chase of Meridian. Not pictured is Apryl Butler of Meridian. (Submitted photo)

The honorees include:

—Erin Smith of Lawrence, Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the Division of Arts and Sciences and recipient of the Dennis J. Mitchell Award of Excellence. This summer, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree. Smith is currently working toward a master’s degree in teaching at ֱ-Meridian.

—Kristen Miley of Pulaski, Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the Division of Business. She is a Summa Cum Laude Bachelor of Business Administration graduate.

—Luke Shin of Hattiesburg, Outstanding Graduate Student for the Division of Business. Shin is a Master of Business Administration graduate who plans to pursue a Ph.D. in marketing in the future.

—Apryl Butler of Meridian, Outstanding Undergraduate Student for the Division of Education. This summer, she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in middle school education.

—Jeremy Chase of Meridian, Outstanding Graduate Student for the Division of Education. A clinical psychology doctoral student, Chase graduated from ֱ-Meridian in 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is receiving his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling this semester.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2023 - 8:28 am