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Southern University and A&M College B A T O N R O U G E, L O U I S I A N A

Fall Commencement December 14, 2018

S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e CAPS AND GOWNS Academic caps and gowns represent a tradition which has come down from the universities of the Middle Ages. They were once common forms of clothing and were retained by the clergy when the laity adopted modern dress. Early European universities were founded by the church and students were obliged to wear prescribed gowns and caps at all times. The usual color for gowns in America is black, although some universities are gradually adopting colors representative of their institutions. Hoods are lined with the college colors and are trimmed with the color appropriate to the degree. Caps are usually black. The tassel for the bachelor’s degree may be the color distinctive of the degree. The tassel for the Doctor of Philosophy is made of gold thread.

COLOR OF TASSELS Agriculture........................................................................................................................ Maize Arts.....................................................................................................................................White Business...............................................................................................................................Drab Education...................................................................................................................Light Blue Engineering.................................................................................................................... Orange Fine Arts........................................................................................................................... Brown Family and Consumer Sciences................................................................................... Maroon Music................................................................................................................................... Pink Nursing...........................................................................................................................Salmon Public Policy and Urban Affairs......................................................................................White Sciences..............................................................................................................................White Speech-Language Pathology........................................................................................... Maize Speech-Language & Audiology....................................................................................... Maize Social Work.......................................................................................................................Citron Therapeutic Recreation & Leisure Studies...........................................................Sage Green Therapeutic Recreation...........................................................................................Sage Green


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e Southern University Board of Supervisors

Honorable Ann A. Smith, Chair Honorable Donald R. Henry, Vice Chair Ray L. Belton, Ph.D., President-Chancellor of the Southern University System and Secretary to the Board of Supervisors Members of the Board Honorable John L. Barthelemy, Braithwaite Honorable Tony M. Clayton, Port Allen Honorable Leroy Davis, Baker Honorable Raymond M. Fondel Jr., Lake Charles Honorable Curman L. Gaines, Alexandria Honorable Joe R. Gant Jr., Shreveport Honorable Richard T. Hilliard, Shreveport

Honorable Xavieria Jeffers, Statesboro, GA Honorable Patrick D. Magee, Lafayette Honorable Domoine Rutledge, Baton Rouge Honorable Michael A. Small, Slidell Honorable Leon R. Tarver II, Baton Rouge Honorable Samuel C. Tolbert Jr., Lake Charles Honorable Rani G. Whitfield, Baton Rouge

University Marshal

Marshals C. Reuben Walker, Ph.D.

Chief Assistant University Marshal

Cheryl Taylor, Ph.D.

Chief Student Marshal

Traci Smith, Beaumont, TX

Assistant University Marshals

Kamran Abdollahi, Ph.D. Stephone Addison, J.D. Christopher Chappell, Ph.D. Juanita Garner, Ph.D. Terrilyn Gillis, Ph.D. Yasser Imail, Ph.D. Maryam Jahan, Ph.D. Ronald Jones, Ph.D.

Chief Academic Officer Library

James H. Ammons Jr., Ph.D. Executive Vice President/Executive Vice Chancellor Southern University System

Dolores Margaret Richard Spikes Honors College

Diola Bagayoko, Ph.D. Dean and Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics and Chancellor’s Fellow

International and Continuing Education

Barbara W. Carpenter, Ph.D. Dean

Officer of Ceremonies

Dianna G. Depron Registrar


Robert RenĂŠ, Ph.D. Admissions Recruiter

Coordinator for Special Events and Chief Protocol Officer

Patricia Flood

Program Arrangement

Debra M. Lawson Student Relations Coordinator

Interpreter Services (Hearing Impaired)

Deaf Focus Services

Jarret Landor, Ph.D. Patricia Melson, Ph.D. Lauri R. Patterson, J.D. Jung-Im Seo, Ph.D. Blanche P. Smith April Toadvine, Ph.D. Rachel Vincent-Finley, Ph.D. Charmaine Williams

Emma Perry Dean


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e

O R D E R O F C E R E M O N Y Fall 2018

Ray L. Belton, Ph.D., President-Chancellor of the Southern University System and Secretary to the Board of Supervisors Presiding

Prelude Processional

Richard Webb, Ph.D., Organist “Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar Richard Webb, Ph.D., Organist

Invocation The Rev. Isaiah J. Webster, M.Div., D.D., BCPPC Pastor Greater New Guide Baptist Church, Baton Rouge Anthem “The Star Spangled Banner” Arrangement by Thomas Dawson Southern University Concert Choir Introduction of Speaker James H. Ammons Jr., Ph.D. Commencement Speaker

Maurice G. Sholas, M.D., Ph.D. Principal, Sholas Medical Consulting LLC

Musical Selection

“A Celtic Noel ” by Michael Barrett Southern University Concert Choir

Conferring of Honorary Degree

James H. Ammons Jr., Ph.D.

Doctor of Humane Letters Former Louisiana Senator Diana E. Bajoie

The Degree Citation Hooding

Ray L. Belton, Ph.D. Honorable Ann Smith Chair, Southern University Board of Supervisors assisted by Honorable Donald R. Henry Vice Chair, Southern University Board of Supervisors


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e

O R D E R O F C E R E M O N Y Presentation of Commissions

Capt. Dean Rawls, United States Navy Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science NROTC Unit, Southern University and A&M College

Lt. Col. Melvin Chisolm Professor of Military Science Army ROTC Unit, Southern University and A&M College

Certification of Degree Candidates

James H. Ammons Jr., Ph.D.

Conferring of Degrees

Ray L. Belton, Ph.D.

Habib P. Mohamadian, Ph.D., Interim Dean, Graduate School

Bobby Phills, Ph.D., Dean, College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences

Donald Andrews, Ph.D., Dean, College of Business

Cynthia Bryant, Ph.D., Dean, College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

Jaqueline Hill, R.N., Ph.D., Interim Dean, College of Nursing and Allied Health

Patrick Carriere, Ph.D., Dean, College of Sciences and Engineering

Remarks & Acknowledgements Induction into Alumni Federation

Damien Ejigiri, Ph.D., Dean, Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences

The Alma Mater

Ray L. Belton, Ph.D. Derrick Warren Director, Southern University Alumni Affairs and Executive Director, Southern University Alumni Federation

“O Southern, Dear Southern” By R.E. Brown Jr.


The Rev. Isaiah J. Webster, M.Div., D.D., BCPPC


“Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar Richard Webb, Ph.D., Organist

The following list of graduates represents the most accurate information available at publication. The appearance of a name on this program and/or participation in the ceremony is presumptive of graduation, but not conclusive.


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL Habib P. Mohamadian, Ph.D., Interim Dean CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES FALL 2018 DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE Vinnie Nell Marcell, Geismar Coletha Z. Fowler-Walker, Zachary Capstone Title: Undergraduate College Capstone Title: Knowledge and Attitudes of Students’ Perception of Beliefs and Nurse Practitioners on the Prolonged Barriers Toward the Flu Vaccination use of Opioids for Chronic Pain Management in a Primary Care Setting Capstone Advisor: Wanda R. Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA, ANEF, FAAN Capstone Advisor: Sandra C. Brown, DNS, APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN Brandie Marie Poirier Ponder, Thibodaux Capstone Title: Knowledge of Contraceptive Angelia Diane May Honora, Zachary Method Effectiveness and Capstone Title: Evaluating Knowledge, Misperceptions Among Female College Attitudes and Barriers among Primary Students Care Providers in the Management of Capstone Advisor: Sandra C. Brown, DNS, Childhood and Adolescent Obesity APRN, FNP-BC, CNE, ANEF, FAAN Capstone Advisor: Cheryl Taylor, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Chair. Alexandra Jones, Shreveport Capstone Title: The Perception of Benefits and Barriers to Physical Activity among African-American Female Undergraduate College Students Capstone Advisor: Wanda R. Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA, ANEF, FAAN. DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY Environmental Toxicology

Augusta Azalia Smith, Baker Dissertation Title: Characterization of Oncogenic HOXA1 Targets in Human Mammary Carcinoma Cells Major Professor: Eduardo Martinez- Ceballos, Ph.D.

Public Policy

Augustine Adu-Frimpong, Breaux Bridge Dissertation Title: Spatio-Temporal Analysis of Life Expectancy in Africa, 1960-2015 Major Professor: Kingsley Esedo, Ph.D. Onyumbe E B. Lukongo, Ph.D., Co-Chair


Edna Enih Tembi Akuta, Baton Rouge Dissertation Title: A Multi-faceted Analysis of the Factors Enhancing Cybercrime Diffusion in Developing Nations: Case of Cameroon Major Professor: Sunday Anadi, Ph.D. Victor W. Mbarika, Ph.D., Co-Chair

S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e Thyra G. Nelson Lewis, Ghana, West Africa Dissertation Title: The Nexus of Governance and the Role of Indicative Policy Impactors as an Influencer of Foreign Direct Investment in a Globally Competitive World: A Case of Ghana Major Professor: James Larson, Ph.D.

Mary Johnson, Baton Rouge Dissertation Title: Historically Black Colleges and Universities as the Unsung Heros of African Americans Empowerment: A Case Study of the Relevance for Louisiana Public Historically Black Colleges and Universities Major Professor: Kingsley Esedo, Ph.D.

Samantha A. Thompson, Trinidad and Tobago Dissertation Title: Ghana’s Changing Tide: A Case Study of Internationalization of Education at a Ghanaian Higher Education Institution Major Professor: Melanie Johnson, Ph.D.

Ciera Terése Hearn, Baton Rouge Dissertation Title: The State of America’s Uninsured: An Empirical Policy Evaluation of the Affordable Care Act Pre- and Post- Implementation Major Professor: James Larson, Ph.D.


Tonda Delaya Martin, Baton Rouge Dissertation Title: HIV-Related Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceived Stigma as Predictors of Sexual Lifestyle Behaviors of Older Adults Major Professor: Janet S. Rami, Ph.D., RN, Chair Wanda R. Spurlock, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, FNGNA, ANEF, FAAN, Co-Chair

Pamela Rená Domino-Potter, Baton Rouge Dissertation Title: A Correlational Study of Self-Efficacy and Supportive Factors Among Licensed Practical Nurses Pursuing RN Education Major Professor: Cheryl Taylor, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, Chair

Urban Forestry

Ronald Omwitsa Okwemba, Denham Springs* Dissertation Title: Evaluating 3 Image Editing Software Packages in the Visualization of Urban Forestry Vegetation Change Scenarios Major Professor: Kamran Abdollahi, Ph.D.

Cynthia Denise Brown, Baton Rouge* Dissertation Title: Utilization of Meta Analysis Techniques: Cases of Urban Greening and Its Influence on Youth Behavior Major Professor: Kamran Abdollahi, Ph.D. Paris Farran Favorite, Marrero* Dissertation Title: Urban Forest Foliar Litter Decomposition – A Comparative Study Among Conifer, Broadleaf, and Grass Species Major Professor: Zhu H. Ning, Ph.D.

* Students that graduated previous semester


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e MASTER OF ARTS CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING Tobias Anthony Robertson, Baton Rouge Kirshika Leshae’ George, Baker Kayla Dwan Washington, Prairieville Adriana L. Green Hasley, Baton Rouge Deanderia Lynette Gremillion, Jarreau MASTER OF ART IN TEACHING Munira Anisa-Burhan Spiller, Baton Rouge* Quenisha Lashez Thomas, Baker*

Charlene Lynet Emery, Zachary* Adria Gauthier, Opelousas* Chelsea LaSha Sanders, Baton Rouge*


Brooklin Alaine Baker, Baton Rouge Tracy Sheneeka Batieste, Baker

Aiesha Nekia Cockerham, Baton Rouge John Ann Smith Eatmon, Baton Rouge

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Eric Charles Howard, Baker Booker Washington, Baton Rouge Courteney Lynette Young, White Castle

Dedrick Cornell Berry, Baton Rouge Johnathan T. Brown, Baton Rouge Kevitra Gemi’ Garrett, Baton Rouge

MASTER OF EDUCATION Educational Leadership

Crystal L. Tucker, Baton Rouge Byron Terrell Wade, Baton Rouge

Kinya L. Heard, Zachary Debony Renee Hilliard, Port Allen April Kenyetta Scott, Plaquemine

MASTER OF ENGINEERING Hasan Suslu, Baton Rouge Yeshak Auyba Dabels, Fort Worth, TX Thesis Title: Self-Closure of Fractured Thesis Title: Miniaturization of Chemical Surfaces of Composite Identification by Magnetoelastic Material during the Healing Process Sensing (ChIMES) Technology Thesis Advisor: Samuel Ibekwe, Ph.D. Thesis Advisor: Fred Lacy, Ph.D. Pradeep Kumar Kandukuri, Crossett, AR MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Kristen Gabrielle Ambeau, Baton Rouge Eunice Bethley, Baton Rouge Tivonsheia Adionne Broussard, Gretna Willie Nicole Farve, Geismar Joshua Brian McDonald, Baton Rouge Mbzibain Pascaline Natang, Baton Rouge

Tia Shaquanta Shanell Roberts, Baton Rouge Eric Leonard Rogers, LaPlace Jasmine Faye Thomas, Baton Rouge Emili Ufedor Ugbaje, Baton Rouge


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e EXECUTIVE MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION Sharon Michell Joseph, Donaldsonville Cheneace R. Otis, Houston, TX Iman Talisha Thomas, Douglasville, GA Shayla Denise Thompson, Baton Rouge Marques Sherek Wideman, Anderson, SC Brittany Denese Wright-Bryant, Bossier City

Joshua Donte Barber, Houston, TX Mary E. Davis, Baton Rouge May C. Dozier, Brandon, MS Rolanda Renee Ellis, Baton Rouge Nika Chavonne Williams Harrison, Bedford, TX Felecia N. Hudson, Stockton, CA


Gabrielle Alexandra Wells, Zachary Angel Kristian Wilkes, Zachary

Javonte Arion Blatcher, Baton Rouge Anna Renee Davis-Wilson, Baton Rouge Shelby Leigh Edwards, Baton Rouge Willisa Jamille Gaut, Baton Rouge Tyra Latijha Jackson, Baton Rouge Kadija LaSundra Thomas, Zachary Demario Dwayne Vallier, Lafayette Thesis Title: The Role Of Resveratrol In Inducing Apoptosis and Cell Cycle Arrest in 3D Cultures of Prostate Cancer Cells Thesis Advisor: Xiaoping Yi, Ph.D.

Computer Science

Hariharanath Reddy Annem, Baton Rouge

Je’Markis James Galmon, Baton Rouge Abhinav Kagithapu, Baton Rouge Srikar Chowdary Katta, Baton Rouge Uday Kumar Reddy Kothuri, Baton Rouge

Sai Pradeep Boddikuri, Baton Rouge Thesis Title: “A Near Real Time Approach to a Deep Learning Model for Pattern Recognition Using Mathematical Contour” Thesis Advisor: Sudhir Trivedi, Ph.D.

Vasundhara Konari, Baton Rouge Thesis Title: An Authentication Technique Using Visual and Textual Passwords Thesis Advisor: Sudhir Trivedi, Ph.D.

Carla Raelynn Buckner, Baton Rouge Thesis Title: Using Robotics Education to Assess Stem Apathy in Middle and High School Students Thesis Advisor: Ebrahim Khosravi, Ph.D.

Earl Kelly, Baker Journe Kayla Savoie, Church Point

Bharathkumar Korivi, Baton Rouge Raymond Nalone Sumo, Baton Rouge

Criminal Justice

Serena Rebecca Street, Hattiesburg, MS


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e EXECUTIVE MASTER IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Adrienne Michelle Jones, Baton Rouge Simone Monique Beasley, Lafayette Delores Ann Turner Moore, Baker Daisha Butler Bovie, Waggaman Kwanschine Melvineesha Pineset, Shreveport Angel Carnoski Jones Brown, Duson Ashley Ke’Ariah Rankins, Baton Rouge Angelica Desarae Calloway, Jena Candace Rosemary Robillard-Williams, Addis Reuben Curry, Alexandria Charlaceya Marie Robinson, Monroe Dalaceia D. Davis, LaPlace Myra Elizabeth Zeno, Baton Rouge Jessica Renee Gordon, Gramercy Girard Peter Gray, Zachary Mathematics and Physics

Mathias Onuche Shaibu, Baton Rouge Thesis Title: Ab-Initio Computations Of Electronic, Transport, And Related Properties Of Chromium Disilicide (Crsi2) Thesis Advisor: Diola Bagayoko, Ph.D.

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING Tamira Bush LeBlanc, LaPlace Nichole Gordon Miller, Opelousas Casey Michelle Payne, Ethel Cheramie Jasmine Williams Rami, Opelousas James Allan Thomas, Pineville

Terria Denise Brown-Auzenne, Opelousas Brandon Cary Campbell, Ponchatoula Chillena Edwards, Denham Springs Sherilyn Savoy Greene, Opelousas Alicia Marie Guillot, Denham Springs Sang Quan Huynh, Baton Rouge Jennifer Ann Wilson Kepper, Walker

Rehabilitation Counseling

Raven S. LaBiche, Garyville Speech-Language Pathology

Courtney Michelle Figures, Baton Rouge Keshla Merika Washington-Scott, Baker

Kelyshia J. Kelly, Plaquemine Taylor Dion Stills, Lake Charles

Therapeutic Recreation

Destiny Shanice Calhoun, Baton Rouge Urban Forestry

Osman Alhassan, Greater Accra, Ghana

Robert Lee Easly, Baton Rouge

DeAndra Rechae Deveaux, Nassau, New Providence, The Bahamas Thesis Title: “Sustainable Urban Agriculture: The Evaluation of Net House for Bell Pepper Plants Thesis Advisor: Yemane Ghebreiyessus, Ph.D.

Emmanuel Osei-Wusu, Greater Accra, Ghana* Thesis Title: Visitor’s Perspective of Infrastructure of Three (3) Urban Parks in Baton Rouge Thesis Advisor: Yadong Qi, Ph.D.


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e

CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL Bobby Phills, Ph.D., Dean Cynthia M. Vance, Student Marshal BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Agricultural Sciences

Malik I. Allen, Opelousas Cleveland D. Joseph III, Opelousas Kaitlen A. McClendon, Baton Rouge

Asia J. Rubin, Lafayette Chelsea C. Triche, Zachary Leslie K. Triche, Zachary


Darius Aikens, Prairieville Melissa S. Blackson, Winnsboro Ashia E. Bouie, Monroe Lioneisha M. Dales, New Orleans Dervon J. Davis, La Place Tyler C. Haynes, Harvey

Xavier Robinson, Ferriday Dominique K. Singleton, Morgan City Brianna Smith, Baton Rouge Autumn J. Taylor, Zachary Keith K. Taylor, Minden Cynthia M. Vance, Baton Rouge


Paris O. Battley, New Roads* Tyrus R. Georgetown, Maringouin

Oscar M. Paul, Baton Rouge Eddie L. Reynolds, Rayville

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Donald Andrews, Ph.D., Dean Ebony D. Offord, Student Marshal BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ACCOUNTING

Kike Adewusi-Bargblor, Togo Shermel R. Bell, Vidalia Johnessia D. Coleman, Baton Rouge Ronnie Davis Jr., Baker Beatrix M. Fabre, Greenwell Springs Ariel M. Fuller, St. Gabriel Michael A. Green, Baton Rouge Raven E. Hammond, Opelousas Desmond M. Hopkins, St. Francisville J’da James, LaPlace

Caleb M. Ngoh, Cameroon Malik S. Odom, Baton Rouge Ebony D. Offord, Port Allen Eric J. Peters Sr., New Orleans Natasha M. Porch, Miami, FL Rocchell R. Rayford, Baton Rouge Sarah R. Wade, Brusly Justin Ward, Houma Russia C. Williams, Plaquemine


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN FINANCE

Julius D. Bessix, Baton Rouge Desiree Brown, Opelousas

Yanal I. Muhaisen, Jordan Kayrn C. West, Opelousas


Allison E. Blakes, Baton Rouge Kejuana Bourgeois, New Orleans Rahwa Eyasu, Plano, TX Demetric Hunter, New Orleans Angel B. Hymes, Monroe Christopher E. Jones, Baldwin Johnathan D. Mack, Newark, NJ Shemicka L. Mason, Denham Springs

Trent Patterson, Mobile, AL Cedric A. Perkins, Atlanta, GA Shardai M. Robinson, Baton Rouge Warren S. Theodore, Houston, TX Tiffani J. Trim, Baton Rouge Brian J. Turner, Houma Chester J. Victor IV, LaPlace Chelsea L. Wilson, Zachary


Orrin T. Gibson, Jeanerette Deyon A. Hughes, Baton Rouge Ravyn A. Shankle, Dallas, TX

Mason J. Sims, Atlanta, GA Jasmine D. Williams, Dallas, TX


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Cynthia Bryant, Ph.D., Dean Deshaun L. Fontenot, Student Marshal BACHELOR OF ARTS English

Paula S. Haynes, Baton Rouge Raenette R. Johnson, Thibodaux

Luke S. McKnight, Zachary Devin L. Williams, Ville Platte


Jeremiah M. Cornelius, Baton Rouge Deshaun L. Fontenot, Baton Rouge Shalyric L. Self, Baton Rouge Breanna C. Smith, Franklinton

Krista G. Tolbert, Memphis, TN Brandon R. Tucker, Baton Rouge Sage B. Wells, Albany Shontell L. Williams, Baton Rouge


Kuamie A. Goines, Fort Worth, TX Courtney D. Bradley, Baton Rouge LaQuentin R. Collins, Monroe De’Monica D. Dunn, Baton Rouge Justin M. Freeman, Olympia Fields, IL Tevin K. Horton, LaPlace Simeon C. Houston, Houston, TX Reid A. Jarreau, McKinney, TX Evelyn D. Johnson, Baker LaDonte M. Lotts, Houston, TX

Patricia M. Maire, New Orleans Nakeda S. Payton, Baton Rouge Tyrone Sterling, Baton Rouge Ty S. Tatney, Sunshine Deja A. Turner, Missouri City, TX Chantly C. Crump, Saint Joseph Vanessa Harper, Denham Springs Korlisha N. Jackson, Pelham, AL Desmon Lejeune, Brusly Joshua L. Sanford, Baton Rouge


Walter C. Cressy, Baton Rouge Jerrell R. Gray, Baton Rouge Haramel A. Johnson, Houston, TX

K’Vion J. King, Memphis, TN Leigha R. Nauls, Baton Rouge


Brittney D. Carmon, Baker Fallon A. Marquez, Violet

Bailey J. Rankin, Shelbyville, KY


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e COLLEGE OF NURSING AND ALLIED HEALTH Jacquelin Hill, R.N., Ph.D., Interim Dean Adora K. Eli, Student Marshal BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Rehabilitation Services

Essence S. Autry, Jacksonville, FL True Brown, Baton Rouge Amy Cesar, Baton Rouge Valencia N. Cooper, Baton Rouge Samantha Duncan, Hattiesburg, MS Adora K. Eli, Baton Rouge Donninetta Jackson, Baton Rouge Lashawn Q. James, Plaquemine Corey Johns, League City, TX Reda Mccastle, Baton Rouge

Elijah L. McLaughlin, Rowlett, TX Alanna B. Plummer, Rayne Brianna N. Profit, White Castle Erica Rainey, Harvey MeElle J. Reed, Ferriday Ashley S. Sanders, Baton Rouge Kierra L. Shaffer, Baton Rouge Jasmine K. Smith, Paulina Karyn E. Wilkins, Upper Marlboro, MD Shaneka L. Williams, Baton Rouge

Therapeutic Recreation & Leisure Studies

Janae C. Brock, Lafayette Reginald K. Brock, St. Gabriel Na Triana J. Clark, Tallulah Kelcey N. Dehon, Baton Rouge Ma’Kayla C. Diggs, Tallulah Kaylin C. Eilers, St. Francisville Donald W. Glover, Harvey Brandi A. Johnson, Baton Rouge Onyx A. Joseph, Baton Rouge

Keyani J. Lewis, Broussard Diamond C. London, Clinton Angela M. Mitchell, Shreveport Johnel D. Parker, Baton Rouge Andre E. Shiver, Mableton, GA Kambré A. Stewart, Houma Asia S. Williams, Baker Imari B. Wiltz, Lafayette


Reanecia Autmon, Roseland Justin L. Bailey, Baton Rouge Irayel R. Bell, New Orleans Haley D. Blake, Baton Rouge Raven D. Boutte, Baton Rouge Matthew J. Brouillette, baton rouge Tranae J. Brown, Donaldsonville Ashleigh N. Butler, Baton Rouge Leila M. Butler, Baton Rouge Monette Cargo, Baton Rouge Jada E. Cobbs, Brusly Nafee’ah Cosby, Baton Rouge Charlessa K. Cotright, Lake Charles Elleigh S. Cousin, Folsom Charnetra D. Ervin, Baton Rouge Quincey D. Grier, Prichard, AL Renecia K. Hodges, Bogalusa Kyla L. Hollins, Inglewood, CA Lanisha L. Honore, Ventress

Da’Jiaron Houston, Baton Rouge Whitney M. Ice, Portland, OR Adoria D. Jackson, Plaquemine Patrice S. James, Lake Providence Taylor B. Jolla, Saint Bernard Danielle A. Jones, Baton Rouge Kelsey J. Jones, Plaquemine Erralyn M. Joseph, Darrow Alana L. Lee, Alexandria Raquel B. Parker, Baton Rouge Christina W. Robertson, Baton Rouge Tiffany F. Ross, Baton Rouge Tierney D. Rowe, Baton Rouge Sydney M. Sanders, Livingston Dana L. Shoaf, Zachary Gaylyn J. Spurlock, Marrero Jasmine T. Stewart, Baton Rouge Nusirat A. Thompson, Baton Rouge Ashton C. Vidrine, Baton Rouge


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN SPEECH PATHOLOGY AND AUDIOLOGY

Darnisha A. Ruth, Baton Rouge Eurefa Williams, Baker

Keyona L. Banks, Baton Rouge Jasmine J. Bolden, Bastrop Latonya R. Nelson, Lafayette

COLLEGE OF SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING Patrick Carriere, Ph.D., Dean Davonne D. Franklin, Student Marshal BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Biology

Joseph A. Boykins, Baton Rouge Chareeka T. Grace, Port Allen Nathaniel Hampton, Keller, TX Jadyn A. Hasley, Baton Rouge Joy L. Henderson, Monroe Allison D. Jack, Baton Rouge Klaryce N. James, Baton Rouge Ravyn L. Mitchell, Saginaw, MI Uniqua S. Nelson, Shreveport

Alockie R. Noel, Baker Aaliyah S. Roberts, Brooksville, FL Akil J. Strawder, Clinton, MS De’Nita Washington, Shreveport Anfernee J. Williams, Franklinton Yasmine B. Williams, Houston, TX Courtney L. Young, Baton Rouge


DeSean I. Franklin, Baker

Gaylon V. Pierce, Baker Mathematics and Physics

Carlton Galmon, Fluker Sydney E. Spencer, Missouri City, TX

Kellie M. Wilson, Baton Rouge


Devante J. Charles, Parks Andre D. Coleman, Baton Rouge Muhannad A. Elsanousy, Baton Rouge Davonne D. Franklin, Baton Rouge

Malachi Hays, Baton Rouge Daniel M. Nguyen, San Diego, CA Anthony J. Richardson, Baton Rouge


Lemuel J. Ausama, New Orleans Trevon D. Cooke, Baton Rouge Cary J. Henderson, Baker Jarrod A. Jarreau, Livonia Carl E. Johnson, Baton Rouge Michael A. Louis, Baton Rouge Alvina T. Opusunju, Baton Rouge J’naka I. Parker, Baton Rouge Trinity L. Rivers, Baker

Pierre Sherrard, Baton Rouge Faren G. Spooner, Baton Rouge Eric T. Thompson Jr., Harvey Raul K. Viera, Augusta, GA Jonathon R. Whisnant, Greenwell Springs Clovis R. Williams, Baton Rouge Isayah J. Wiltz, Breaux Bridge Benjamin Zeno, Baton Rouge


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Christopher D. Batiste, Addis Tre’van A. Jones, Baton Rouge Glenn S. Miller, Kentwood

Brandon D. Noel, Baton Rouge Larry Stewart, New Orleans


Dajyra D. Lewis, Ville Platte

Tydrick D. Oliver, Donaldsonville


Josef A. Bell, Saint James Drew S. Bey, Kansas City, KS Michael A. Favorite, Gonzales Elijah S. Gwei, Baton Rouge Kayura L. Jones, Baton Rouge Durrell M. Joseph, Zachary

Harlie Kennerson, Baton Rouge Joseph D. McGee Jr, Baton Rouge Keva M. Powell, Columbia Tony Richardson, Aurora, IL Brandon Smith, Destrehan


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e NELSON MANDELA COLLEGE OF GOVERNMENT AND SOCIAL SCIENCE Damien Ejigiri, Ph.D., Dean Traci D. Smith, Student Marshal BACHELOR OF ARTS History

Donald L. Jones, Baton Rouge Aislinn Wheeler, Baton Rouge

Fredrick K. Hamilton, Baker Brianna Hunter, Opelousas David E. Johnson, Baton Rouge

Political Science

Shantecia L. Johnson, Monroe Chianté C. White, Winnsboro Perry E. White, Baton Rouge

Naomi V. Chapman, Opelousas James H. Galvin, Evans, GA Keilon C. Hill, Shreveport


Aspen A. Jenkins, Baton Rouge Corbyn B. Johnson, Slidell Lyric S. Johnson, Baton Rouge Tyree J. LeBeau, New Orleans Kendra V. Lewis, Canada* Nia C. Marsh, Baton Rouge Da’Jha R. Roman, Jeanerette Andre’A T. Rowley, Baton Rouge Vonecia S. Smally, Shreveport Brignette L. Tezeno, Lafayette Marqita S. Warmsley, Prairieville

Bianca D. Adams, Greenwell Springs Billi C. Allen, Destrehan Quinetta E. Ardoin, Baton Rouge Aishah A. Bazille, Baton Rouge Kayla E. Chaney, Baton Rouge Doris A. Chenier, Baker Breanna M. Davis, Saint Rose Roshidah A. Deggs, Plaquemine Angeliea Y. Favorite, Baton Rouge Aislin S. Foster, Baton Rouge Tiffani B. Henderson, Zachary Mikea L. Hooker, Baton Rouge Tamala M. Jackson, Baton Rouge


Justine Mae G. Jasildo, Baton Rouge Mandy J. Mckinsey, Baton Rouge Rachelle D. Populars, Geismar Liza M. Taylor, Zachary Milesha R. Williams, Baker Courtney R. Winchester, Donaldsonville

Shannon D. Banda, Baton Rouge Donyelle A. Butler, Vacherie Lacey Carney, Baton Rouge Monique M. Duperclay, Paulina Parco D. Cosey Jr., Baton Rouge* Conika J. Goodson, Baton Rouge


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Caress J. Abrams, Fort Worth, TX Breanda K. Allen, Baton Rouge Xavier B. Barge, Clinton Megan J. Bethly, Bayou Goula Zackary R. Blackburn, Weeki Wachee, FL Adriuna Z. Broadway, Monroe Ava B. Chase, Baton Rouge Rishonti A. Cowart, Lauderhill, FL Zephani A. Daigle, Beaumont, TX Kyle D. Davis, Rosepine Len Dennis, Saint James Keri A. Fontenette, Saint Martinville Angelynne M. Franklin, Baton Rouge Donald L. Hogan, Baton Rouge Damien D. Hunt, Baton Rouge Johnathan C. Jones, Shreveport Stevencia K. Jones, Darrow Jacob G. Juge, Erwinville Teziona S. Keller, Slaughter Evelyn S. Kirk, Houston, TX

Jeff S. Lawrence, LaPlace Whitney W. Lee, Plaquemine Chelsea London, Baton Rouge Jonathan London, Baton Rouge Derona C. Mitchell, Tempe, AZ Marshall L. Muse, Ponchatoula Keyarias L. Pegues, Mansfield Daná D. Plummer, Crowley Calvin L. Prater, Prairieville Bri’Ante L. Richard, Franklin Brandon D. Riley, Baton Rouge Torian T. Rose, Lafayette Irvin C. Sampson, Zachary A’Leah R. Scott, Merrillville, IN Rickikie V. Thomas, Addis Timothy T. Thompson, Slaughter Kayla Tucker, Baton Rouge Jaylin J. Turner, Henderson, NV Iviyon V. Variet, Lafayette Erica D. Washington, Alexandria


Jardashai J. Alexander, Las Vegas, NV Jacqueline E. Bartley, Baton Rouge Nia P. Colbert, Baton Rouge Mary J. Coleman, Zachary Eboné A. Ferguson, Ethel Santavia M. Goodman, Mansura Michiko D. Gremillion, Baton Rouge

Danielle A. Gulley, Baton Rouge Duane M. Ingram, Miami, FL Jada M. Jones, Napoleonville Sesheta A. McNutt, Chicago, IL Brittany Montgomery, Baton Rouge Lauren Porter, Lafayette Traci D. Smith, Beaumont, TX


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e DOLORES MARGARET RICHARD SPIKES HONORS COLLEGE

Diola Bagayoko, Ph.D., Dean and Southern University System Distinguished Professor of Physics and Chancellor’s Fellow

Keyarias Pegues Degree: B.A. in Criminal Justice Thesis Title: A Case Study of Mass-Murder School Massacres and the Impactful Factors of Gun Violence and Mental Illness Mentor: Stephone Addison, J.D. Department of Criminal Justice Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences

Davonne Franklin Degree: B.S. in Computer Science Thesis Title: A Web-Based Platform to Improve Army ROTC Cadet Performance at Advanced Camp Mentor: Lynette Jackson, Ph.D. Department of Computer Science College of Sciences and Engineering Kaitlen McClendon Degree: B.S. in Agricultural Sciences Thesis Title: A Literature Review: Cats, Cows, Swine and Dogs: Who are the most infected of all of them? Mentor: Andra Johnson, Ph.D. Department of Agricultural Sciences College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences Nathaniel Hampton, III Degree: B.S. in Biological Sciences Thesis Title: Investigation of the Role of Homothorax (HTH) in Appendage Specification in Milkweed Bug Embryos Mentor: Bryan T. Rogers Department of Biology and Chemistry College of Sciences and Engineering

Tierney D. Rowe Degree: B.S. in Nursing Thesis Title: An Integrated Literature Review on the Various Barriers to Breast Feeding Mentor: Rosalyn Thyssen, M.S.N. Department of Nursing College of Nursing and Allied Health Shalyric Self Degree: B.A. in Mass Communication Thesis Title: Adapt or Perish: Business’ Usage of Traditional vs. Social Media Mentor: Yolanda Campbell, Ph.D. Department of Mass Communication College of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

Uniqua S. Nelson Degree: B.S. in Biological Sciences Thesis Title: Measuring the Morphological Diversity of the Human Hand Mentor: Bryan Rogers, Ph.D. Department of Biology and Chemistry College of Sciences and Engineering


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e CANDIDATES FOR COMMISSION FALL 2018 United States Navy

Ensign Zackary Blackburn United States Navy Surface Warfare Officer USS GRIDLEY (DDG 101) Everett, WA

Ensign Daniel Nguyen United States Navy Surface Warfare Officer USS ANCHORAGE (LPD 23) San Diego, CA

United States Army

Brain Turner Active Duty Field Artillery Officer Fort Sill, OK Business Management

Davonne Franklin National Guard Cyber Officer Louisiana National Guard Computer Science


S o u t h e r n U n i v e r s i t y and A & M C o l l e g e HONOR GRADUATES Magna Cum Laude

Cumulative Grade-point Average of 3.70 – 3.85 Adora K. Eli

Davonne D. Franklin

Traci D. Smith

Cum Laude

Cumulative Grade-point Average of 3.4 - 3.69 Tierney D. Rowe Latonya R. Nelson Nia P. Colbert Ebony D. Offord Caleb M. Ngoh Jeremiah M. Cornelius Cynthia M. Vance Daniel M. Nguyen Rishonti A. Cowart Iviyon V. Variet Brandon D. Noel Zephani A. Daigle Malik S. Odom Deshaun L. Fontenot Tydrick D. Oliver Carlton Galmon Keyarias L. Pegues Elijah S. Gwei Dana’ D. Plummer Shantecia L. Johnson Brianna N. Profit Marshall L. Muse

Honorable Mention Kike Adewusi-Bargblor Jardashai J. Alexander Keyona L. Banks Aishah A. Bazille Megan J. Bethly Zackary R. Blackburn Allison E. Blakes Janae C. Brock Matthew J. Brouillette Tranae J. Brown Brittney D. Carmon Devante J. Charles Johnessia D. Coleman Mary J. Coleman Lioneisha M. Dales Roshidah A. Deggs Kelcey N. Dehon Kaylin C. Eilers Beatrix M. Fabre Michael A. Favorite Keri A. Fontenette Aislin S. Foster Michael A. Green Quincey D. Grier Danielle A. Gulley Raven E. Hammond Paula S. Haynes Renecia K. Hodges Donald L. Hogan Desmond M. Hopkins

Demetric Hunter Duane M. Ingram Donninetta Jackson Tamala M. Jackson Lashawn Q. James Patrice S. James Jarrod A. Jarreau Justine Mae G. Jasildo Brandi A. Johnson Corbyn B. Johnson Raenette R. Johnson Stevencia K. Jones Tre’van A. Jones Jacob G. Juge Teziona S. Keller Evelyn S. Kirk Dajyra D. Lewis Fallon A. Marquez Reda Mccastle Kaitlen A. McClendon Angela M. Mitchell Uniqua S. Nelson Raquel B. Parker Keva M. Powell Calvin L. Prater Rocchell R. Rayford Tony Richardson Aaliyah S. Roberts Asia J. Rubin Darnisha A. Ruth


Shalyric L. Self Andre E. Shiver Dana L. Shoaf Faren G. Spooner Gaylyn J. Spurlock Liza M. Taylor Eric T. Thompson Jr. Krista G. Tolbert Leslie K. Triche Tiffani J. Trim Brian J. Turner Jaylin J. Turner Raul K. Viera Karyn E. Wilkins Anfernee J. Williams Eurefa Williams Jasmine D. Williams Imari B. Wiltz Courtney L. Young

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Commencement Speaker Maurice G. Sholas, M.D., Ph.D. Principal, Sholas Medical Consulting LLC


r. Maurice Sholas is the principal for Sholas Medical Consulting LLC, where his work focuses on solving operational challenges for individual practitioners, hospitals, and health care agencies. Additionally, he is a subject matter expert on children with special health care needs. Sholas’ work, whether clinical or administrative, is focused on optimizing function. A Baton Rouge native, Sholas has traveled the country gathering the educational tools needed for a career serving children with congenital and acquired physical disabilities as a specialist in pediatric rehabilitation medicine. He served as senior medical director for rehabilitation services at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota, where he was charged with founding a program in pediatric rehabilitation medicine. He also served as medical and practice director for rehabilitation services at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. He earned his undergraduate degree from Southern University Baton Rouge, majoring in biology with an emphasis in Spanish. Experiences acquired through school and research activities during the summers allowed a smooth transition to the M.D.-Ph.D. program at Harvard Medical School. In addition to medical education, this program allowed Sholas to receive a terminal degree in the study of neuroscience. He completed graduate medical education in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Subspecialty training at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago in pediatric rehabilitation medicine followed this internship and residency experience. Sholas’ pursuit of intellectual achievement is matched only by his pursuit of advocacy. He feels strongly that every segment of the population has a contribution to make. Only through advocacy and inclusion can the many voices be heard, consensus reached, and true democracy flourish. He embodies the belief that being a good citizen is a prerequisite to being a great physician/scientist.


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THE STAR-SPANGLED BANNER by Francis Scott Key, 1814 Arrangement by Thomas Dawson Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


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ALMA MATER Original Words And Music By R.E. Brown, Jr.

Dear Southern

O Southern, Dear Southern, Thy praises we shall sing Until all the heavens and echoes loudly ring. The winds of the sky as they pass us by Will adoration bring. O Southern, Dear Southern, we owe our all to Thee In downfall or victory, we’ll always loyal be. Thy Sons and Daughters as they work Will be inspired by Thee. O Southern, Dear Southern, Thy name will ever be As mighty as the river that flows on to the sea. As pure and true as the Gold and Blue That stand out bold for Thee.


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SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY ALUMNI FEDERATION PLEDGE I__________________, an alumnus of Southern University, do hereby pledge allegiance to the Southern University Alumni Federation, and the great honored institution which it represents. I promise to remain loyal, faithful, and steadfast in my support of its programs, uplift of its principles, maintenance of its tradition, and defense of its honor. I further promise to always stand ready to contribute my time, efforts, financial assistance, and services toward the advancement of the welfare of the Southern University Alumni Federation and my beloved Alma Mater so help me God.


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A closing message As we honor our distinguished graduates, we acknowledge their parents, guardians, family members and friends. Thank you for your support, encouragement and inspiration as these students embarked on a journey to receive a quality education and to become proud SU alumni. We appreciate your support of Southern University.

Best wishes,

Ray L. Belton, Ph.D. President-Chancellor Southern University System


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Committee Members Welton Bowie Marcus Brown Cynthia Bryant Barbara Carpenter Dana Carpenter Eric Cantrelle Dianna G. Depron Patricia Flood Ronnie Foster Patricia Hebert Jasmine Hunter Courtland Jackson Beatrice A. Johnson Joycelyn Johnson Kevin Johnson Deshawn Julian

Debra M. Lawson Shiré Major Robyn M. Merrick John Oubre Robert René Bijoy Sahoo Sharon Saunders Donovan L. Segura Akai Smith Janene Tate Henry J. Tillman Johlana Turner Tisha Walker Derrick Warren Sonita Williams Clourth Wilson Jr.


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Southern University-Baton Rouge is a constituent of the Southern University System. Ray L. Belton, Ph.D., is the President-Chancellor of the Southern University System. Ann A. Smith, is the Chair of the Southern University Board of Supervisors, 2018.


Southern University Baton Rouge Fall 2018 Commencement  
Southern University Baton Rouge Fall 2018 Commencement