University of Mobile Graduates Receive Degrees and Congratulations at December Commencement

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MOBILE, Ala. – As the chimes of Lyon Chapel rang across campus, University of Mobile awarded diplomas to 100 graduates during commencement ceremonies Saturday, Dec. 16.

More than 1,200 family and friends gathered in front of Weaver Hall on the Dr. Fred and Sue Lackey Great Commission Lawn to celebrate the accomplishments of those receiving master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degrees.

Alabama State Rep. Rusty Glover delivered the commencement address, urging graduates to exhibit a strong work ethic and to share their faith.

“You are so blessed, and there is so much you can offer the world. The best gift you can give is to share the love of Jesus Christ through your testimony,” said Glover, a retired history teacher and author who has represented the 34th District in the Alabama Senate since 2006.

UM President Timothy L. Smith, PhD, PhD, presented diplomas and congratulated the new graduates. Dr. Jane Finley, a retiring professor in the School of Business, carried the ceremonial mace at the head of the procession of faculty and graduates.

During the recessional, graduates carried on the university’s Great Commission Tradition, touching the granite Great Commission Globe as they passed. The action signifies their readiness to enter the world and fulfill their professional calling. It is a two-part tradition that begins for new students during President’s Commissioning, when they touch the globe as they start their college journey.

J.R. Krivsky and his fiancé, Josi Ingram, were among the new graduates, and they are ready for the next step in their lives. Both earned a Bachelor of Science in worship leadership, with Krivsky focusing on church ministry and Ingram on music business.

Krivsky will move to Texas for a position as associate worship pastor at North Richland Hills Baptist Church near Fort Worth, and Ingram will move home to Memphis, Tennessee, to begin a job search and plan a May wedding.

Both traveled and performed with Voices of Mobile, one of 19 performing ensembles that provide real-word experiences allowing students to put classroom theories into practice. Krivsky said that practical experience is one of many reasons he is more than ready to step into his new role.

“I’m able to do what I feel called to do,” he said. “I don’t have to think about the performance; I can focus on leading people in worship.”

Graduates by degrees and hometowns, including honors earned, are:


College of Health Professions

School of Allied Health

Master of Arts, Marriage and Family Counseling

Daphne, Alabama – Brittany Kayla Graham, Honors

Mobile, Alabama – Nikita Duwana Dumas


College of Health Professions

School of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing

Fulton, Alabama – Aundrea O’Dell Pritchett

Mobile, Alabama – Tiffany McCoy Murray, Paige Virginia Taylor, Carlita Tucker

Satsuma, Alabama – Kristie Weaver Dudley


School of Business

Master of Business Administration

Xanxere, Santa Catarina, Brazil – Guilherme Benetti Pansera, Honors


School of Education

Master of Arts

Mobile, Alabama – Ashleigh Whittington Morton, Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education; Megan Marie Nichols, Elementary Education


Alabama School of the Arts

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science

 Enterprise, Alabama – Zachary Lamar Wood, B.S. Worship Leadership, Magna Cum Laude

Mobile, Alabama – Cameron K. Ulmer, B.S. Worship Leadership, Magna Cum Laude

Valdosta, Georgia – Lauren Elizabeth Harman, B.S. Worship Leadership

Woodstock, Georgia – Austin Taylor Boyett, B.S. Music, Cum Laude

Columbia, Tennessee – Jay Ryan Krivsky, B.S. Worship Leadership, Magna CumLaude

Memphis, Tennessee – Josi Nadine Ingram, B.S. Worship Leadership


College of Arts and Sciences

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

Chunchula, Alabama – Brandon Brent Bridgers, B.S. General Studies

Eufaula, Alabama – Holli Alexis Rowland, B.S. Biology, Magna Cum Laude

Excel, Alabama – Trevor Patrick Johnson, B.A. Philosophy

Fairhope, Alabama – Nathan Judd Gillespie II, B.S. Biology

Madison, Alabama – Jacob Alan Carpenter, B.S. Marine Science, Summa Cum Laude

Mobile, Alabama – David L. Andrews, B.S. Leadership and Cultural Studies; Katelynn Brianne Hammett, B.A. Sociology, Magna Cum Laude; Micki T. Holloway, B.S. Leadership and Cultural Studies; Delissa Zhanae Kelley, B.S. General Studies; Linda V. Pugh, B.S. Leadership and Cultural Studies; Angela Rena Shelton, B.S. Sociology; Daniel Wayne Shiver, B.S. Mathematics; Taryn Taylor-Brooks, B.S. Organizational Leadership; Shanetha Katrina Williamson, B.S. Mathematics

Saraland, Alabama – Brunetta Thomas Banda, B.S. Leadership and Cultural Studies; Meghan Y. McNair, B.S. Organizational Leadership; Shelby Jean Taylor, B.S. Leadership and Cultural Studies

Scottsboro, Alabama – Mae Elizabeth Mardis, B.S. Communication

Semmes, Alabama – Joseph William Douglas, B.S. Psychology; Brittany Leigh Kruszewski, B.S. Leadership and Cultural Studies, Cum Laude

Theodore, Alabama – Dillon Hunter Lowe, B.S. History

Gulf Breeze, Florida – Mallie Suzanne Moore, B.S. Marine Science

Pensacola, Florida – Christina Alyssa Jones, B.A. Psychology, B.S. Worship Leadership, Magna Cum Laude

Swainsboro, Georgia – Jonina Thelma Brinson, B.S. Psychology

Peoria, Illinois – Alexandria Cate Miller, B.S. General Studies

Falmouth, Massachusetts – Hannah Elise Maine, B.A. Psychology, Summa Cum Laude

Columbia, Mississippi – Brooklyn Austin McKenzie, B.S. Communication

Gore Springs, Mississippi – Tanikka Henrietta Carver, B.S. Psychology

Hurley, Mississippi – Robert Trent Moorman, B.S. Mathematics, Magna Cum Laude

Pascagoula, Mississippi – Sharon S. Davis, B.S. Organizational Leadership

Vancleave, Mississippi – Kristen C. Schmitz, B.S. Psychology

Budapest, Hungary – Carolina L. Barabas, B.S. Psychology


College of Health Professions

School of Health and Sports Science

Bachelor of Science

 Fairhope, Alabama – Hayden Matthew Dees, B.S. Human Performance and Exercise Science

Helena, Alabama – Demetris Lamar Ogburn, B.S. Kinesiology

Mobile, Alabama – Carlisa S. Mitchell, B.S. Athletic Training

Wetumpka, Alabama – Sydney Lannae Dixon, B.S. Athletic Training, Magna Cum Laude

Lafayette, Louisiana – John Jacob Plumbar, B.S. Human Performance and Exercise Science

Rocky Settlement, Clarendon, Jamaica – Newton L. Henry, B.S. Kinesiology


School of Business

Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science

 Foley, Alabama – John Taylor Peddrick Jr., B.S. Business Administration

McIntosh, Alabama – Hazel Elaine Johnston, Bachelor of Business Administration

Mobile, Alabama – Genevieve G. Buaas, B.S. Accounting; William Brett Glover, B.S. Business Administration, Cum Laude; Emily Juneil Osburn, Bachelor of Business Administration; Jessica M. Richerson, Bachelor of Business Administration

Decatur, Georgia – Malcolm Tremell Colzie, B.S. Business Administration

Lawrenceville, Georgia – Seth Ford Bullard, B.S. Business Administration

Kenner, Louisiana – Myron Chapman, B.S. Business Administration

San Antonio, Texas – Carita Felice Koen, Bachelor of Business Administration

Stafford, Virginia – Joshua David Beck, B.S. Business Administration

Debrecen, Hungary – Krisztian Mago, B.S. Business Administration

Trencin, Slovakia – Silvia Martinkova, B.S. Business Administration


School of Christian Studies

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science

 Bay Minette, Alabama – Mandy Lynn Parker, B.S. Christian Leadership and Ministry

Camden, Alabama – James Thomas Crabtree, B.A. Theology, Cum Laude

Eclectic, Alabama – Angelica Rose Sanders, B.S. Theological Studies, President’s Scholastic Achievement Award, Summa Cum Laude

Gulf Shores, Alabama – Amber Michelle Jones, B.A. Intercultural Studies, Magna Cum Laude; Morgan Elise Redferin, B.S. Theology

Mobile, Alabama – Terry Lamar Anderson, B.S. Christian Leadership and Ministry; Frederick D. Dawson, B.S. Christian Leadership and Ministry; Jourdain Matthew Thrash, B.S. Theology, President’s Scholastic Achievement Award, Cum Laude

Prattville, Alabama – Patrick Duarte Barbosa Lima, B.S. Christian Leadership and Ministry

Priceville, Alabama – Nathan Dakota Collier, B.A. Intercultural Studies, Magna Cum Laude

Thomasville, Alabama – Jonathan Caleb Clardy, B.S. Christian Leadership and Ministry

Middleburg, Florida – Christopher Alan Floyd, B.S. Theology

Pensacola, Florida – Robert Christian Jones, B.S. Christian Leadership and Ministry

Mandeville, Louisiana – Ryan Keaton Smith, B.A. Intercultural Studies


School of Education

Bachelor of Science

 Atmore, Alabama – Malorie Kay Buckhault, B.S. Elementary Education, B.S. Early Childhood Education, Magna Cum Laude

Demopolis, Alabama – Ali Claire Cristwell, B.S. Early Childhood Education

Fairhope, Alabama – Lindsey Kathryn Hinrichs, B.S. Elementary Education, B.S. Early Childhood Education

Jasper, Alabama – Jera Madison Kelly, B.S. Elementary Education, Magna Cum Laude

McIntosh, Alabama – Ambria Charnele Reed, B.S. Early Childhood Education, President’s Scholastic Achievement Award, Summa Cum Laude

Mobile, Alabama – Wendi Nicole Poates, B.S. Elementary Education, Summa Cum Laude; Betty LaKeysha Williams, B.S. Childhood Development Non-Certification, Cum Laude; Samantha Wilson, B.S. Childhood Development Non-Certification

Semmes, Alabama – Annamarie Florence Smith, B.S. Elementary Education, B.S. Early Childhood Education

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Lynsie Leigh Smith, B.S. Early Childhood Education

Lafayette, Louisiana – Virginia Jewel Saltzman, B.S. Elementary Education, B.S. Early Childhood Education, Magna CumLaude

Mandeville, Louisiana – Kali Nicole Koenig, B.S. Elementary Education, B.S. Early Childhood Education, Magna Cum Laude


College of Arts and Sciences

Associate of Science

 Bayou La Batre, Alabama – Mai T. Chau

Mobile, Alabama – Tabatha Ciara Coleman, Jeffery Jermaine Collins, Martrisse H. Haynes, Jacqueline V. Holmes, Lydia Rachel Simmons

Theodore, Alabama – Maranda Leigh Kirk



About University of Mobile:
University of Mobile is a Christ-centered liberal arts and sciences institution with a vision of higher education for a higher purpose, founded to honor God by equipping students for their future professions through rigorous academic preparation and spiritual transformation. Core values are: Christ-Centered, Academically-Focused, Student-Devoted and Distinctively-Driven. The university offers on-campus and online bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in over 40 areas of study. Founded in 1961, University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres. For more information about University of Mobile, visit the website at or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

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Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.

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