669 graduate in spring ceremony

Graduation May 2016

Midwestern State University held its commencement ceremonies May 14, 2016 at the Kay Yeager Coliseum in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Maria Alejandra Salinas-Guerrero, criminal justice, Michelle Krezonoski, biology, and Brittany Adams, nursing, walk in to graduation at the Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
Maria Alejandra Salinas-Guerrero, criminal justice, Michelle Krezonoski, biology, and Brittany Adams, nursing, walk in to graduation at the Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
Graduates file into a meeting room in the MPEC to be organized by degree and college, while they wait for Commencement to start, May 14. Photo by Topher McGehee
Graduates file into a meeting room in the MPEC to be organized by degree and college, while they wait for Commencement to start, May 14. Photo by Topher McGehee
Jylann Trammell, radiology, gets her card to fill out, after checking in before Commencement in the MPEG, at May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Jylann Trammell, radiology, gets her card to fill out, after checking in before Commencement in the MPEG, at May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Taylor Coffman, mass communication, chuckles while reading Harley Warrick’s mortar board at Midwestern State University graduation, May 14. This was the first year graduates have been allowed to decorate their hats. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Taylor Coffman, mass communication, chuckles while reading Harley Warrick’s mortar board at Midwestern State University graduation, May 14. This was the first year graduates have been allowed to decorate their hats. Photo by Bradley Wilson
Holly Fachman, education, Shelby Ermis, education, and Bailee Fleming, music education, fil out their cards before getting in line with their departments before graduation, May 14. Each girl had a decorated hat for graduation, two of them went with disney for their inspiration, and the other went with her religion as the theme. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Holly Fachman, education, Shelby Ermis, education, and Bailee Fleming, music education, fil out their cards before getting in line with their departments before graduation, May 14. Each girl had a decorated hat for graduation, two of them went with disney for their inspiration, and the other went with her religion as the theme. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Michael Pesquieda, sports and leisure, waits in line, to be given instructions on where to stand with his department, while waiting for Commencement to begin, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Michael Pesquieda, sports and leisure, waits in line, to be given instructions on where to stand with his department, while waiting for Commencement to begin, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Esmeralda Toral, finance, helps Jaci Meurer, general business, put her white collar on while waiting for Commencement to start, May 4. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Esmeralda Toral, finance, helps Jaci Meurer, general business, put her white collar on while waiting for Commencement to start, May 4. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mae Johnson, nursing, gets help from Deborah Roucloux, nursing, to fix her cap while waiting for Commencement to start at the MPEG, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mae Johnson, nursing, gets help from Deborah Roucloux, nursing, to fix her cap while waiting for Commencement to start at the MPEG, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
The Kay Yeager full of graduates, their families, friends, and loved ones during Commencement, May 14. Photo by Kayla White
The Kay Yeager full of graduates, their families, friends, and loved ones during Commencement, May 14. Photo by Kayla White
University President Suzanne Shipley contratulates Hardin Professor, Jianguo Shao, an associate professor of chemistry.
University President Suzanne Shipley contratulates Hardin Professor, Jianguo Shao, an associate professor of chemistry.
University President Suzanne Shipley at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
University President Suzanne Shipley at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
Provost Betty Stewart at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
Provost Betty Stewart at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
University President Suzanne Shipley at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
University President Suzanne Shipley at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
Commencement speaker Michael Obeng at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
Commencement speaker Michael Obeng at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
Commencement speaker Michael Obeng at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
Commencement speaker Michael Obeng at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Topher McGehee
Commencement speaker Michael Obeng at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Kayla White
Commencement speaker Michael Obeng at the Midwestern State University graduation, May 14, 2016. Photo by Kayla White
Sadiq Bage, bachelor of art from prothro yeager, shakes Suzanne Shipley's, university president, hand while walking the stage during Commencement, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Sadiq Bage, bachelor of art from prothro yeager, shakes Suzanne Shipley's, university president, hand while walking the stage during Commencement, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Glory Hartsfield, fine arts, is teary eyed after hugging her professors after walking the stage at Commencement in the Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Glory Hartsfield, fine arts, is teary eyed after hugging her professors after walking the stage at Commencement in the Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mass Communication graduates take a selfie after walking the stage together at Commencement, held in the Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Mass Communication graduates take a selfie after walking the stage together at Commencement, held in the Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Lucia Ramirez, radiologic technology, shows off her diploma packet. Photo by Kayla White
Lucia Ramirez, radiologic technology, shows off her diploma packet. Photo by Kayla White
Jayne Singleton, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Photo by Kayla White.
Jayne Singleton, Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene. Photo by Kayla White.
Brandon Torres, BAAS, claps for his family, friends, and supporters at the end of Commencement, held ing kAy YEager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Brandon Torres, BAAS, claps for his family, friends, and supporters at the end of Commencement, held ing kAy YEager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Andrea Moreno, clinical psychology, claps for her familyat the end of Commencement, held ing Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Andrea Moreno, clinical psychology, claps for her familyat the end of Commencement, held ing Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Amy Simmons, athletic training, hugs her daughter after Commencement outside the Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Amy Simmons, athletic training, hugs her daughter after Commencement outside the Kay Yeager Coliseum, May 14. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kathryn Odom, general business, and her friend, Rochelle Lauer take a photo together after Commencement, May 14th, outside the Kay Yeager Coliseum. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Kathryn Odom, general business, and her friend, Rochelle Lauer take a photo together after Commencement, May 14th, outside the Kay Yeager Coliseum. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Chelsey Wall, special education, gets on her dad's back, Andrew Wall, for a piggy back picture after Commencement May 14, hed in the Kay Yeager Coliseum. Photo by Rachel Johnson
Chelsey Wall, special education, gets on her dad's back, Andrew Wall, for a piggy back picture after Commencement May 14, hed in the Kay Yeager Coliseum. Photo by Rachel Johnson

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DATE | May 14, 2016

LOCATION | Kay Yeager Coliseum

SPEAKER | Michael Obeng, plastic surgeon and 1997 MSU graduate in chemistry

“Even though you might think you did this by yourself, there are many people behind the scenes who helped you get here.”

“Perseverance — That word never left me. I first heard it in fifth grade. Perseverance conquers all difficulties.”

“(Perseverance) is important in all walks of life. It’s important in all walks of life. (It is) one of the most important keys to success.”

“Keep yourself focused on the prize.”

HARDIN PROFESSOR AWARDJianguo Shao, chemistry

DEGREES

  • Master’s | 102
  • Bachelor’s | 567

BY COLLEGE

  • Dillard College of Business Administration | 94
  • Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education | 122
  • Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts | 23
  • Robert D. and Carol C. Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services | 278
  • Protho-Yeager College of Humanities and Social Sciences | 58
  • College of Science and Mathematics | 94

BY DEGREE

  • Bachelor of Science | 370
  • Bachelor of Business Administration | 86
  • Bachelor of Arts | 44
  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences | 43
  • Bachelor of Social Work | 9
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts | 10
  • Bachelor of Music | 5