WINGATE – LendingTree CEO Doug Lebda and U.S. Sen. Richard Burr will share their wisdom with 590 Wingate University graduates at spring commencement.
Lebda will speak to those earning graduate degrees May 10 at 6:30 p.m. Burr will address undergraduates at their May 11 commencement, which starts at 9 a.m. Both events will be held outside in the university’s Academic Quad.
Lebda’s LendingTree announced it will move its headquarters from Ballantyne to South End, becoming the anchor of a new development. Already employing nearly 500 people, the online lending firm has promised to bring 436 new jobs to the city.
Lebda will address 29 graduates from the Porter Byrum School of Business, 28 from the College of Professional Studies and more than 100 from the Levine College of Health Sciences.
Burr served five terms in the U.S. House and is currently in his third term in the U.S. Senate. He has led the Senate Intelligence Committee as its investigation into Russian interference has stretched into its third year.
His audience the following morning will include 428 undergraduates receiving degrees: 347 bachelor of science, 40 bachelor of arts, 21 bachelor of science in nursing, 11 bachelor of liberal studies and nine bachelor of music education.
Combined with those who walked in December, about 850 received Wingate degrees during the 2018-19 academic year.
In addition to speeches from Lebda and Burr, ceremonies will include the presentation of awards to top faculty. The university will award honorary degrees at each ceremony.
Tickets are not required for attendance. Parking is free. A live video feed will be available in Austin Auditorium, which is air-conditioned and handicap-accessible.
Wingate University graduate degrees
Doctor of pharmacy degrees
• Indian Trail: Alyssa Brooke Lee.
• Matthews: Suendus H. Asfar, Megan Anne Madanski and Prudentia Ngwainmbi.
• Monroe: Robert Andrew Gooch.
• Unionville: Loren Dermid Austin.
• Stallings: Cassandra Diane Cangelosi.
• Waxhaw: Nicole Marie Hsu.
• Wingate: Tiffany Shadavia Wilson.
• Polkton: Ashton Elizabeth Lee.
• Lancaster, S.C.: Jessica Parker.
• Fairview: Marlowe Payne Newsome, educational leadership.
• Indian Trail: Tracy Cole Hurst, educational leadership; Ryan Martez Dilworth, sport management; Marcia Elizabeth Hooks, business administration; and Bailey Shook Medlin, business administration.
• Mineral Springs: Jamal Tyree McGee, educational leadership.
• Wadesboro: Mary Catherine Boylin, business administration.
• Monroe: Alexandra Rae Hafliger, accounting; and Jodi Rae Autry, educational leadership.
• Waxhaw: Stacy Purcell Seik, educational leadership; Paul Matthew Talbot, business administration; and Cameron Weir, business administration.
• Weddington: Elizabeth Lowry Gobble, educational leadership.
• Fairview: Cortney Lynn Thomas, biology, cum laude.
• Indian Trail: Zane Michael Burchfield, sociology; Michael Andrew Crossman, finance and math; Simone Monique Freeney, political science and sociology; Katelyn Anne Gilligan, sociology and psychology; Matthew Ryan Gray, finance, summa cum laude; Michelle LeAnn Keziah, biology, magna cum laude; Christina Lynn Kroeger, communication-public relations; Carlo Ortega Rechkemmer, music performance; Amber Dawn Sparks, biology; Palina Vladimirovna Taran, nursing; and Ethan George Njoroge Kimani Tutor, marketing.
• Marshville: Mary Katherine Atkinson, psychology; Leah Michelle Huneycutt, nursing; Nolan Parks Martin, athletic training; and Chandler Dalton Williams, biology, summa cum laude with University Honors.
• Matthews: Hayden Blair Brown, accounting; Javier Enrique Canahuati Escobar, biology, magna cum laude with University Honors; Kenneth Antoine Davis Jr., criminal justice; Melissa Emily Giblin, nursing; Emily Grace Holbrook, elementary education; Mekenzie Evelyne Maloney, psychology; Julia Greyson Pecha, biology; Fiorella Paola Rodriguez Moscoso, marketing, magna cum laude with University Honors; Jarett Brian Stowe, sport management; Matthew Lee Swanson, sport management; Elizabeth Jane Swenson, marketing, summa cum laude; Alana Carrie Wieber, psychology, cum laude; and Hannah Michelle Ziegler, human services.
• Mineral Springs: Douglas Edward Bittner, accounting.
• Mint Hill: Corson Lee Hicks, political science; and Veronica Kimberly Rice, music performance.
• Monroe: Holly Renee Aldridge, human services; Brooke Aleigh Aytes, exercise science fitness professional; Zasha Ziaria Barrett, communications-sports broadcasting; Shelby Dawn Benton, mathematics; Lacey Serelia Billotto, chemistry, cum laude with University Honors; Kayla Dawn Boerner, elementary education, magna cum laude; Sydney Reagan Cobb, educational studies in language and literacy; Alexandria Lyn Collins, elementary education; Jose Luis Cruz, exercise science pre-professional; Noah Lynn Daniels, English, magna cum laude with University Honors; Andrew Osaze Elliott, communication-journalism/mass media; Allison Paige Elms, psychology; Andrew Thomas Eubanks, history and education; Taylor Mayd Eudy, music education, magna cum laude; Maria Carmela Garcia Ayala, biology; Taylor Ann Helms, biology; Alyssa Inge Huntley, nursing, magna cum laude; Amanda Marie Kozarich-Hasty, biology, cum laude with University Honors; Aubrey Grace Laney, finance; Dariyhn Ilyna Lee, music education; Courtney Lynn Medlin, human services; Yulissa Moran Hernandez, psychology; Hannah Brook Mullis, accounting, summa cum laude; Kathryn Leigh Parker, psychology, magna cum laude; Melanie Jane Patrick, middle grades education, magna cum laude; Natalie Suzette Penegar, human services; Katlynn Rose Purser, exercise science pre-professional; Hayden Joseph Query, sport management; Celestia Rene Randolph, communication-journalism/mass media; Jonah Timothy Rape, finance; Wyatt Austin Rowell, chemistry; Jonea Marie Stewart, biology, cum laude with University Honors; Hannah Marie Teague, biology, summa cum laude; Alanna Faith Underwood, elementary education, summa cum laude; Tyler Nicholas Wallace, educational studies in math and science; Gabrielle Nkauj Hlub Yang, English; and Kayla Dawn York, nursing, magna cum laude.
• Stallings: Heather Nichole Carter, nursing; and Chase Alexander Ward, management.
• Waxhaw: Lauren Drucilla Campany, biology, magna cum laude; Caraline Marie Dwyer, sociology; Dalton Gregory Fincher, history and religious studies, magna cum laude; David J. Franco, community and commercial recreation; Shannon Lyn Gavin, English; Molly Rebecca Hutson, English and education, cum laude; Brian Jacques Muckelvene Jr., management; Lauren Danielle Pharr, environmental biology; Taylor Rebecca Powell, communication-public relations, cum laude; Robert Hamilton Thomas, mathematics; Elddy Trevino, organizational communication and management and human services; Cameron Eric Walser, marketing, magna cum laude; Sean Patrick Whalley, finance; Brittany Alicia White, accounting, cum laude; Lana Daniilovna Yakimov, biology; and Alexander George Yantz, organizational communication and management and human services.
• Wingate: Jonathan Marshall Adams, criminal justice, cum laude; Dareen Maged Aljakhbeer, educational studies in humanities; Sharleen Marcia Brace-Sawyer, human services; Cassandra Elisabeth Brown, biology; Tariah Alicia Harrell, communication-sports broadcasting; Christopher Seth Hastings, accounting; Ralitsa Lilliana Lidge, management; Argenis Merino Morales, athletic training; David Vann Nash, political science; Rachel Nicole Phifer, human services; Kyle Jamison Rape, exercise science pre-professional; Delaney Sarah Smith, communication-public relations; and Sean Michael Smith, sport management.
• Peachland: Gabriela Cabrera, communication-journalism/mass media, religious studies, summa cum laude; and Michael Dylan Thuleen, human services.
• Wadesboro: Breyanna Lynn Baker, nursing, magna cum laude; Jillian Nicole Dunn, accounting; and Chanel Nicole Pauldo, sport management;
• Pageland, S.C.: Caroline Reece Hancock, elementary education.
• Lancaster, S.C.: Phillip Steven Harris, communication-sports broadcasting.