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MTSU holds fall graduation ceremony

Friday, December 28, 2007

Middle Tennessee State University held its fall 2007 commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 15, in Murphy Center on the MTSU campus.

Of the 1,489 students who graduated during the 96th fall commencement, 1,289 are undergraduates and 200 are graduate students, including 187 master's candidates, 10 education specialist (Ed.S.) degree candidates and three Ph.D. candidates.

The dual-commencement event featured Gregg F. Morton, who serves as president of AT&T Tennessee, one of the world's largest telecommunications holding companies and the largest in the United States, as the guest speaker for the 9 a.m. ceremony.

Dr. Viola Miller, who was appointed commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services in December 2003, was the featured speaker for the commencement ceremony. A veteran child-welfare administrator, Miller is the former secretary of families and children for the Common-wealth of Kentucky and past dean of Murray State University's Center for Continuing Education and Academic Outreach. She has an academic background in special education and speech therapy.

Following the ceremonies' respective guest speakers, degree candidates from the College of Graduate Studies, Jennings A. Jones College of Business, and College of Education and Behavioral Science were conferred with their degrees in the morning ceremony, while degree candidates in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, College of Mass Communi-cation, and the College of Continuing Education and Distance Learning, were conferred during the afternoon event.

The graduates from Marshall County include Anthony Brian Williams, BS, Belfast; Lacey A. Mangrum, BBA, Chapel Hill; Carrie Crawford Utterback, MED, Chapel Hill; Catherine Lankford Fowlkes, BS, Cornersville; Samuel Tyler Trout, BA, Cornersville;

Lisa Dawn Boyce, MS, Lewisburg; Megan Leigh Callaham, BS, Lewisburg; Blake Adam Johnson, BUS, Lewisburg; Scarlett Marie Lamb, BBA, Lewisburg; Mary Leslie Scoggins, BA, Lewisburg.