CANYON — Dozens of West Texas A&M University students will honor their cultures in a pre-commencement ceremony Friday, May 6.
The Donning of the Stoles ceremony — a tradition among African American, Native American, Hispanic and international students — will begin at 6 pm Friday in the Alumni Banquet Hall on WT’s Canyon Campus.
During the ceremony, parents, family members or friends place a stole on their graduate and express what the student means to them, said Angela Allen, chief diversity and inclusion officer.
“The ceremony is a very heartfelt and warm celebration as the graduate prepares for moving on to the next stage in their life,” Allen said.
Stoles — often serape or kente cloth — are selected by the students to reflect their heritage and culture.
Students taking part in the ceremony will include:
Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences
Kenni Duong, biology major from Vietnam; Marytrinh Thu Nguyen, biology major from Vietnam; Jacqueline Estrada, biology major from Canyon; Sebastian Briseno, plant/soil/environmental sciences major from Spearman; Monika Aguirre, animal science major from El Paso; Alejandra Camarillo, agriculture major from Iraan; Paulina Carrasco, biology major from Bovina; Samantha Chavira-Gutierrez, animal science major from Canyon; and Magi Lopez, animal science major from Andrews.
Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business
Madeline Kleinschmidt, international business major from Venezuela and Germany; Kandice Cole, MBA in business administration from Fort Worth; Udeme Etuknwa Achiuwa, MBA in business administration from Wake Forest, North Carolina; Jerjuan B. Graham, MBA in business administration from Grandfield, Oklahoma; Evans Okosodo, MBA in marketing from Lagos, Nigeria; Ashley Oakes, marketing major from Amarillo; Adrian Tu, computer information systems major from Vietnam; Xenia Franco, marketing major from Amarillo; Koral Moreno, business management major from San Antonio; Justin Perez, business law and ethics major from Houston; Emily Conde-Garcia, accounting major from Amarillo; Marissa Cardenas, international business major from Amarillo; and Aditya Vitthal Jagdale, computer information systems major from India.
Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences
Victory Suobite, psychology major from Nigeria; Jada Carr Sims, criminal justice major from Amarillo; Jasmine Michael, applied arts and sciences major from Amarillo; Dorali Blancas Barragan Calderon, curriculum and instruction graduate student from Amarillo; Beth Cameron, education major from Amarillo; Erin Castaneda, education major from Bovina; Rosalinda Morales, social work major from Houston; Jennifer Martinez, psychology major from Amarillo; Elizabeth Sigala, sociology major from Plainview; Marc Diaz, education major from Borger; Janette Diaz, social work graduate student from Amarillo; Ashley Aleman, education major from Desoto; Ramon S. Cueva, political science major from Amherst; Jazymen Wilson, education major from Amarillo; Axel Kurt Rosas Herrera, psychology major from Amarillo; and Marlene Tovar Ramos, social work major from Amarillo.
College of Engineering
Tyler Elisha Morgan, engineering technology major from Fort Worth; Yareni Hernandez Villa, computer science major from Tulia; Lauren Taylor, mechanical engineering major from Grand Prairie; Veronica Villarreal, engineering technology major from Plainview; Itzel Anett, mathematics major from Bovina; and Daniel Martinez, engineering technology from Amarillo.
Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities
Adrian Ballesteros, graphic design major from the Philippines; Tatheana Finney, digital communication and media major from Amarillo; Marcie Steward, applied arts and sciences major from Amarillo; Jennifer Tuttor, communication major from Canyon; Isela Alanis, education major from Tulia; Daniela Cervantes, digital communication and media major from Amarillo; Stephanie Corralez, interdisciplinary studies major from Friona; Natalia Lizbeth Ezquivel, general studies major from Laredo; Dalia Pardo Garcia, applied arts and sciences major from Plainview; Monica Hernandez, general studies major from Perryton; Ilya Hohenstein, music major from Bolivia; and Dalila Velazco, Spanish major from Shamrock.
College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Mere Funaki Asenaca-Nagase, sports and exercise sciences major from Fiji; Jennifer Briones, health sciences major from Tulia; Jeremiah J. Carrasco, health sciences major from Plainview; Maliyah Mendoza, communication disorders major from Glenn Heights; Adriana Murillo, health sciences major from Snyder; Maritza Retana, health sciences major from Canyon; Oscar Marquez, sports and exercise science major from Amarillo; and Yanalthe Martinez, nursing major from Amarillo.
A diverse student body, faculty and staff is a key principle of the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World. That plan is fueled by the historic, $125 million One West comprehensive fundraising campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which publicly launched Sept. 23 — has raised about $110 million.
On Saturday, Paul Engler, a recent Amarillo Globe-News Man of the Year, will be awarded honoraryT PhDs in business administration during the first of W’s three 2022 commencement ceremonies, which begins at 9 am in the First United Bank Center on the east end of WT’s Canyon campus.
Students from the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences will graduate at 12:30 pm, and students from the Terry B. Rogers College of Education and Social Sciences and the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities will graduate at 4 pm Each ceremony will be livestreamed at wtamu.edu/commencement. In all, nearly 1,600 students will graduate this spring semester.
Look for more about these events in Saturday’s e-edition, online at amarillo.com and in Monday’s print edition.