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Several History Majors Are among the Graduates at Union’s Spring Commencement Services

May 18, 2013

Eleven history majors were a part of Union University’s spring commencement services on May 18, 2013. Nine of them received their degrees at the graduation ceremonies, while the other two are expected to graduate in July. In all, 647 students received degrees at Union’s spring graduation, and some 7,500 people attended the event. Dr. Russell D. Moore, who will assume the presidency of the Southern Baptist Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission on June 1, was the commencement speaker; his topic was “Mapping Out Your Next Trillion Years: Why These Weren’t the Best Years of Your Life.”

The history majors who either graduated on May 18 or who are expected to graduate this summer included: Chad Buckley, Patricia Dawson, Katy Fraley, Justin Gullett, Jeffrey Lewoczko, Alan Mitchell, Glenae Nora, Mary Ellen Poe, Elizabeth Shaw, Wil Sloan, and Logan Smith. Among the spring graduates were eight members of Union’s Delta-Psi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society: Chad Buckley, Patricia Dawson, Jordan Hayes, Jeffrey Lewoczko, Will Miller, Mary Ellen Poe, Wil Sloan, and Logan Smith.


History majors and Phi Alpha Theta members participating in Union University's spring commencement exercises on May 18, 2013, join together for a photo prior to the ceremonies. They are: (front row) Elizabeth Shaw; (second row, left to right) Patricia Dawson, Glenae Nora, Justin Gullett, Mary Ellen Poe, Katy Fraley, and Wil Sloan; (back row, left to right) Will Miller, Jeffrey Lewoczko, Alan Mitchell, Logan Smith, and Jordan Hayes.


History professor Dr. Keith Bates (third from left) joins graduating Phi Alpha Theta members for a photo prior to Union University's spring commencement exercises on May 18, 2013. The graduating students are: (left to right) Mary Ellen Poe, Patricia Dawson, Will Miller, Jeffrey Lewoczko, Logan Smith, Jordan Hayes, and Wil Sloan.


History minor Will Miller stands with members of his family at a Union University reception for graduating students on the afternoon of May 18, 2013.


History major Luke Trammell attends a Union University reception for spring graduates on the afternoon of May 18, 2013.


History major Katy Fraley (left) adjusts the mortar board of a fellow graduate prior to start of Union University's 188th spring commencement on May 18, 2013. Photo by Jacob Moore


History major Wil Sloan proudly wears his Phi Alpha Theta honor cord as he participates in the graduation processional at Union University on May 18, 2013. Photo by Jacob Moore


Phi Alpha Theta member Jordan Hayes participates in the processional at Union University's spring graduation on May 18, 2013. Photo by Jacob Moore


Dr. David Thomas focuses on the graduation stage after taking his place during the processional at Union University's graduation exercises on May 18, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


Union University President Dr. David Dockery welcomes attendees to the school's 188th spring commencement exercises on May 18, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


History major Patricia Dawson receives her bachelor of arts diploma from Union University President Dr. David Dockery during the school's 188th spring graduation on May 18, 2013. Photo by Jacob Moore


History majors Alan Mitchell and Glenae Nora slowly move toward the graduation stage to receive their bachelor of arts degrees at Union University's spring graduation exercises on May 18, 2013.


History major Mary Ellen Poe receives her bachelor of arts degree from Union University President Dr. David Dockery at the school's 188th commencement services on May 18, 2013. Photo by Morris Abernathy


History major Elizabeth Shaw receives her bachelor of arts diploma from President Dr. David Dockery at Union University's commencement services on May 18, 2013. Dr. Keith Bates (right) looks on. Photo by Morris Abernathy


History major Justin Gullett (second from left) waits in line to receive his bachelor of science degree at Union University's spring graduation exercises on May 18, 2013.


History minor Will Miller waits in line to receive his bachelor of arts degree at Union University's spring graduation exercises on May 18, 2013.


Just graduated history major member Logan Smith (second from left) stands with his brother and parents following Union University's graduation exercises on May 18, 2013.


Just graduated history major Mary Ellen Poe (center) stands with her parents, Professor Mary Anne Poe and Dr. Hal Poe, following Union University's commencement ceremonies on May 18, 2013. Both of Mary Ellen's parents teach at Union University.


Just graduated history major Jeffrey Lewoczko (third from left) stands with his just graduated brother Mark and other members of his family following the spring commencement services at Union University on May 18, 2013.