CBT Honors Grads at 2018 Spring Convocation

Kelly Armour speaks for the graduating class

At its spring convocation on Friday, May 11th, the College of Business and Technology honored 267 bachelor's degrees, 29 master's degrees, and 28 associate degrees for a total of 324 degree candidates. The ceremony was held in the Alumni Coliseum on EKU's campus at 6:30 pm.

EKU alum Ms. Jeri L. Isbell (BBA, Accounting), brought the keynote address. Isbell is an experienced human resources executive, finance and accounting executive and community leader with more than a decade of experience as the Vice President of Human Resources at Lexmark International with significant experience in and a passion for employee development and mentoring, executive succession planning, diversity and inclusion. She also served as the U.S. controller and vice president of finance for the largest division. Isbell serves on the National GEM Consortium Board and The Nature Conservancy Kentucky Chapter Board, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Atkore International and is serving on the Audit Committee and is Chairperson of the Compensation Committee. She has also been elected to the Board of Directors of SiteOne Landscape Supply where she chairs the Compensation Committee and serves on the Governance Committee. 

Speaking on behalf of the graduating class was Ms. Kelly Christine Armour from Butler, Ky. Earning her degree in Agriculture Education, Armour was highly recommended by faculty and is also well respected among peers. Words like 'unique, gifted, and involved' hardly describe her level of engagement in the EKU community. In addition to serving in multiple leadership roles, she is a member of the agriculture honor society Delta Tau Alpha. Armour is an EKU Agriculture Ambassador, representing the University to thousands of potential students at the National FFA Convention. Armour was on the 2017 winning research team for the Dr. Glen Klein Capstone Awards - a clean water research project first presented at the Alltech Innovation Competition.

EKU Alum Ms. Cheyenne Jennings performed "The National Anthem" and "My Old Kentucky Home". The EKU Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Jeremy Mulholland, provided music for the event. ROTC Cadets from the Colonel's Battalion provided the Color Guard. Masters students were hooded in a special ceremony before undergraduate candidates received their diploma covers. Mr. Bob Sullivan, Vice President of the EKU International Alumni Association, brought greetings to EKU's newest alumni.

Bearing the College banner was Ms. Jadelyn Vaughn Rice (BBA, Marketing, cum laude) from Richmond. Jade became a fourth-generation EKU alumna. Eleven of her family members, including her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents, have received degrees from EKU, the earliest graduating in 1948. After graduation, Jade looks forward to continuing her entrepreneurial ventures and developing her career with Lexus and MAP Group.

Carrying the banner for the School of Applied Sciences and Technology was Mr. Joshua Keith Grove (BS, Construction Management, Honors Scholar) from Booneville. Born in Richmond, Joshua moved to Booneville as a teenager where he graduated valedictorian of his high school class. Highly regarded by faculty, Joshua says that he has received much more than just an education from EKU. He says that EKU has given him the chance at a life that he is excited to live.

The School of Business banner was carried by Mr. Logan Tyler Smith (BBA, Management, magna cum laude). Logan hails from Stanford, Ky., where he graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA from Lincoln County High School. His work ethic and discipline have served him well at EKU. Logan is Beta Gamma Sigma and also a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, where he served as chapter president. He credits his many opportunities here at EKU for his budding career at Fastenal, which he intends to pursue after graduation. Logan is also excited to have recently been accepted into the newly redesigned EKU master of business administration program.

After the ceremony, graduates and their families enjoyed a special treat - CBT's Biz-Tec Blast ice cream from Mad Scoops. Upbeat music was provided by Kentucky Pro DJ Jason Henninger.

Video of the ceremony may be seen at http://video.eku.edu/graduation

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Published on May 16, 2018