Cameron University to celebrate master’s graduates at annual hooding ceremony

Cameron University will honor students who have completed requirements for master’s degrees at the 15th annual CU Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 3, at 3 p.m. Master’s candidates Katie Caughron, Lawton, and Amy Kruscavage, Lawton, will speak on behalf of this year’s slate of graduate recipients. The ceremony will take place in Aggie Gym. A reception for graduates and their guests will follow the ceremony in the CETES Conference Center.  Parking is available on the west side of the CETES Conference Center, on the west side of Burch Hall, and on the east side of Howell Hall.

“Each year, we look forward to our annual hooding ceremony to recognize our graduate students,” says Dr. Ronna Vanderslice, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “The act of placing the master’s hood over the head of the candidate symbolizes the completion of the graduate program. On behalf of the faculty and staff at Cameron, I want to congratulate our master’s students for their accomplishments. We look forward to learning about their continued success.”

Katie CaughronCaughron has completed the requirements for a Master of Science in Educational Leadership. She has been inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, the national honor society for education, and is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and Students in Early Childhood Education. Caughron has conducted research for developmentally appropriate learning environments, which she subsequently presented at Oklahoma Research Day. As an undergraduate, she received the freshman writing award, was selected for Cameron’s Top 10 students, and was included in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was named Early Childhood Student of the Year in 2016. While pursuing her graduate degree, she embarked on her teaching career at Woodland Hills Elementary, where she teaches second grade. She was named Rookie of the Year by Lawton Public Schools in May 2018. Caughron serves on multiple leadership committees and is a member of the Cameron University Alumni Association.

Amy KruscavageKruscavage has completed the requirements for a Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences – General Psychology Track, and was recently honored as Major of the Year in that program. She graduated from Cameron in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. In 2017, she made the decision to return to Cameron to pursue a master’s degree. Kruscavage is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi, a student member of the Oklahoma Psychological Society, a lifetime member of the Cameron University Alumni Association, and an alumni member of Sigma Tau Delta, as well as an alumni member of Alpha Phi International Fraternity.  Her hobbies include cooking, reading, going to concerts, and making memories with family and friends.  She is a proud supporter of the arts and a firm believer in community involvement.  Kruscavage plans to continue giving back to the community with a deeper understanding of the mental health needs in Comanche County, as well as those across the country.  She plans on continuing her work as an admissions coordinator at Cameron and finding ways to be a better advocate for its student population.

More than 115 Cameron students are eligible to participate in the ceremony. Post-graduate degrees include Master of Business Administration, Master of Education with various fields of specialization, Master of Education in Reading, Master of Science in Behavioral Sciences with various fields of specialization, Master of Science in Educational Leadership and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership.

Hooding candidates who have authorized publication of their names are listed below by degree and hometown.

Master of Business Administration

Canton, Ohio: Scott Ezzo

Dhading, Nepal: Indira Lamsal

Edmond:  William Urban

Elgin:  Harley Van Winkle

Fort Meade, Md.:  Vincent Damico

Ijebu-Ode Nigeria: Demilade Adenuga

Iowa City, Iowa:  Fatou Sene

Jenks:   Cody Yost

Kathmandu, Nepal.: Sabin Khadka, Sudip Koirala, Rosha Shakya, Ambika Singh Dhanuki,

Laborie, Saint Lucia:  Gilroy Polius

Lagos, Nigeria:  Dorcas Salami

Lawton/Fort Sill:  Eva Castiglioni, Weston Glenn, Denise Joseph, Sean McCarthy, Sammie Powell, Tricia Rawlins, Jared Stokes, Jared Tahah, Suvash Timalsina

Morang, Nepal:  Astha Shrestha

Oklahoma City:   Kristy DeRoin, Daniel Erbes

Parbut, Nepal: Sanju Poudel

St. Louis Mo.:  Eustus Saunders

Sunsari, Nepal: Mukta Bhandari

Walters:   Harley Pennington

Master of Education

Altus:   Lucinda Taylor

Elgin:   Ashton Langford

Lawton/Fort Sill:  Julia Arteno, Ashley Comstock, Alexandra Cunningham, Nadab Juarez-Flores, Angela Kimbrell, James Scholz, Dawn Shilling, Charity Williams

Master of Science

Altus:   Ciara Jerez

Apache:   Alaina McNeill

Bethany:   Tabitha Kizzar

Cache:   Jennifer Sweat

Duncan:   Rosa Roberts

Elgin:   Keith Carter

Fletcher:   Mariana Encinias

Lawton/Fort Sill:  Phoebe Fullen, Tina Alley, Kayla Barron, Kimberly Buckner, Katie Burnett, Logan Buttram, Michael Campbell, Katie Caughron, Alisha Cortes, Deborah Gladden, Ashley Heath, Shaneiqua Hernandez, Shanti Hubbard, Shanetia Jenkins, Amy Kruscavage, Jared Mansel, Yolanda Matheney, Jason Morales, Janette Morales Herrera, Gregory Morris, RaeAnna Muma, Aieosha Oliver, Alisha Ortiz, Antonio Pereira, David Perera, Kynzie Pierce, Taylor Prosser, Melissa Rosas, Shamika Verdejo

Medicine Park:   Jerilyn Engel

Mountain Park: Alexis Davis

Navarre, Fla.:  Chase Swinford

Ryan:   Alicia Rollins

Snyder:   Anthony Knott

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April 26, 2019