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Commencement ceremonies to be held Dec. 13 at Appalachian

BOONE—Nearly 1,400 students will receive degrees during Appalachian State University’s commencement Dec. 13 in the Holmes Convocation Center on campus.

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Graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Reich College of Education will receive degrees at 10 a.m. The ceremony for graduates from the College of Fine and Applied Arts, College of Health Sciences, Walker College of Business and Hayes School of Music will begin at 2 p.m. Graduate students will be honored during the ceremony for their degree-granting college or school.

The December ceremonies will feature remarks from graduating students. Elementary education major Shannon E. Richardson and geography graduate major Michael S. Flanagan will speak at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

Recreation management major Diane C. Creamer and exercise science graduate student Olumide O. Awelewa will deliver remarks during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

A total of 1,394 graduate and undergraduate students have applied to receive their degree during the December ceremonies.

Wilkes County resident Shannon E. Richardson is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, with a concentration in Spanish. During her academic career at Appalachian, she held a 4.0 grade point average and made the Chancellor’s List (3.85 or better) every semester. She received the following scholarships from the Reich College of Education: Chancel and Joan Brown Scholarship for Elementary Education, Stewart Family Scholarship for Elementary Education, Robert and Judy Mays Scholarship, E.M. Dixon Memorial Scholarship, Ralph Dale and Lola Thompson Memorial Scholarship and Lyn Houck Scholarship for Elementary Education. She was a member of the Prospective Teachers of Mathematics Association and volunteered with the Girls on the Run after school program. After graduation, she will begin teaching in Wilkes County.

Michael S. Flanagan of Camp Lejeune served in the U.S. military, where he attended a number of specialized schools, including Marine Corps Amphibious Reconnaissance and Army Airborne and completed intelligence-related training while working for the U.S. Department of Defense and another federal agency. In 2010, he graduated from Appalachian with a B.S. in Geography and a concentration in geographic information science. He continued his studies at Appalachian and is graduating with a Master of Arts in geography and a certificate in geographic information science. While at Appalachian he was a member of the American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and a former president of Appalachian’s ASPRS chapter’s defense and intelligence subcommittee. Following graduation, he and his wife will move to the San Francisco Bay area, where he plans to seek employment in the geospatial and remote sensing sector.

A native of Greensboro, Diane C. Creamer is graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation management and minors in general business and non-profit management. She studied abroad in New Zealand for five months and worked in Outdoor Programs on campus for two years, predominately as a trip leader at Camp Broadstone. She also tutored business calculus students. Creamer received a College of Health Sciences Undergraduate Academic Award and recently received the Outstanding Recreation Management Graduate Award.

Olumide O. Awelewa is from London. He studied exercise science with a research concentration, conducting National Institutes of Health-funded research in biomechanics and vascular biology. He plans to pursue a Ph.D. by studying the hemodynamics of occult cardiac disorders. While at Appalachian, he was the Graduate Student Association Senate secretary and webmaster and a member of the Gospel Choir, Club Tennis and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.