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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Persevering character defines Fort Polk college graduates

  • Challenges often arise when one decides to push through to pursue a college education. The combination of juggling a career, classes and family can be stressful on anybody. But for many graduates, the journey and sacrifice is nothing compared to the pride of putting on a brand new cap and gown.
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  • Challenges often arise when one decides to push through to pursue a college education. The combination of juggling a career, classes and family can be stressful on anybody. But for many graduates, the journey and sacrifice is nothing compared to the pride of putting on a brand new cap and gown.
    Hard work and dedication paid off for those graduates who maintained the drive to succeed as they gathered Dec. 5 at the Main Post Chapel for the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk College Recognition Ceremony. Students were joined by family members and friends who were there to show support.
    Students from Central Texas College, Upper Iowa University, Northwestern State University, Central Michigan University global campus and Liberty University participated in the event. There was a total of 133 graduates at the commencement ceremony.
    Master of Ceremonies Roger Skluzacek, Fort Polk Education Services officer, introduced guest speaker Lt. Col Michele Callahan, G-6 for JRTC and Fort Polk. Callahan quoted Robert Frost's 1920 poem, 'The Road Not Taken'.
    "I shall be telling this with a sigh, Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."
    "You are all here today and have chosen the road less traveled by," she said. You have set an example for a job well done."
    Callahan reminded graduates that life challenges will always be present but it is how they are approached that determines character.
    "The point is to treat every experience as an opportunity to learn," she said.
    "Learn from that experience and then continue your progression to the field of study and work you choose," she said.
    After students lined up to shake hands, receive their degrees and take pictures, the timeless tradition of commencement ended as each candidate turned their tassel.
    Central Texas College graduates:
    Marie Tripeaux received an associate of applied science in network system administration; Jonathon Cross, Erica Dobbs, Samari Hernandez, David Hess, Briana Lambert and Joseph Pipes received an associate of arts in criminal justice; Sean Anderson, Samuel Beard, Typre Beasley, Rodney Beckey, Tanesha Evans, Monica Garcia, Gino Giardini, Joshua Green, George Greene, Miguel Guajardo, Corinthia Hamilton, Carolina Hendricks, Gloria Isham, Ali-Jamal Judge, Peter Liedman Jr., Jean Magloire, Latarsha McClain, Raylee Miller, Christopher Needham, Onjelique Parker, Joshua Reese, Ramond Smith, Kristopher Tate, Stephany Velasquez, Nygel Walker, Cortlain Waugh, Charde Wilson and Adam Zaleski received an associate of arts in general studies.
    Upper Iowa University graduates:
    Michael Hansens received a bachelor of science in business administration; Cleville Yarbrough received a bachelor of science in business administration and human resources management; Charles Deans, Albert Figueroa-Aponte, Randy Smith Sr. and Dion West received a bachelor of science in business management; Angela Castille, Spring Floyd and Michael Brooks received a bachelor of science in criminal justice; Markell Francis received a bachelor of science in financial management; Angela Savoy received a bachelor of science in human resource management; Joe Haralson received a bachelor of science in management information systems; Phillip Whitty received a bachelor of science in public administration; Annalesha Brannon and India Cannon received a bachelor of science in psychology; Ebony Dupree, Alicia Fuss, Carolina Hendricks, India Hollis, Charity Myers and Felisa Ryals received a bachelor of science in social science; Stephany Foley and Shanna Gailes received a bachelor of science in social science and psychology.
    Page 2 of 2 - Northwestern State University graduates:
    Brenda Stracener received an associate of arts in business administration; Tara Mitzelfelt received an associate of arts in criminal justice; Stephanie Allen, Heather Daniels, Arcelia Hargrove, Soulee Matranga, Jessica McKee, Tamekia Morris, Tiffany Paris, Erica Turner and Zahyra Yates received an associate of general studies in general studies; Misty Austin received an associates of science in nursing; Shelby Davis, Susana Geddings and Tommy Peek received a bachelor of general studies in general studies; Michael Hanchey received a bachelor of science in accounting; Kayla York received a bachelor of science in early childhood education grades prekindergarten through 3; Casey Wheeler received a bachelor of science in family and consumer sciences; Jasmine Harris-Johnson received a bachelor of science in social work; Lauren Holman, Cassie Jones and Christina Wilkerson received a bachelor of science in nursing; Heather Barnes, Tau'Mee King and Crystal Scott received a bachelor of science in psychology; Ami Green received a master of education in secondary educational and special education mild and moderate; and Ronnie Crosby received a master of science in homeland security.
    Central Michigan University graduates:
    James Dingle, Jennifer Kinderman and Scotty Martin received a master of science in administration in general administration; Deanna Alston and Shonnaye Rossette received a master of science in administration in human resources; Darnell Rossette received a master of science in administration in leadership; and Janelle Knox received a masters of business in logistics.
    Liberty University graduate:
    Melvin J. Thomas received a bachelor of science in multidisciplinary studies.

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