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Area students get OBU degrees


ARKADELPHIA — Ouachita Baptist University officials conferred a total of 325 degrees on 318 graduates during Ouachita’s 125th annual spring commencement May 12. The degrees awarded included 259 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 46 Bachelor of Science degrees, 13 Bachelor of Music Education degrees and seven Bachelor of Music degrees. Ouachita’s 2012 graduating class featured 120 honor graduates, including 24 who graduated summa cum laude with a grade point average of 3.95 or higher, 37 who graduated magna cum laude (3.75 GPA) and 59 who graduated cum laude (3.5 GPA).

A video of the 2012 commencement exercises is available on the university website at www.obu.edu/broadcast. The following students from Jefferson County, listed in order of hometown with degree and major, participated in the commencement service:

Altheimer — Paschall Leus, Bachelor of Arts, computer science

Pine Bluff — Kelsey Kearney, Bachelor of Arts, mass communications; Emily Peek, Bachelor of Music Education, choral; Caitlyn Wamble, magna cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, Christian studies/Christian missions

White Hall — Becky Casey, Bachelor of Science, chemistry; Kyle Garner, Bachelor of Arts, business administration/management; Ashley Turner, magna cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, art and secondary education