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26 Cullman area students graduate from Jacksonville State

Happy JSU graduates move their tassels after graduation. (Photo by Matt Reynolds)

JACKSONVILLE - Just six weeks after an EF-3 tornado devastated Jacksonville State University and its surrounding community, 724 students received degrees at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium on May 4. Twenty-six of them are from the Cullman area.

The following Cullman area students earned degrees:

  • Areli Alfaro, of Oneonta, earned a B.S. in Accounting.
  • John Barefield, of Arley, earned an MS in Sport Management.
  • Jacob Bentley, of Cullman, earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice.
  • Sandy Byrd, of Cullman, earned a B.S.N in Nursing.
  • Sesaria Calderon, of Hayden, earned a B.S.W in Social Work.
  • Kelsey Calvert, of Trafford, earned a B.S. in Accounting.
  • Mary Carr, of Cullman, earned a B.S.R.T. in Respiratory Therapy.
  • Kathleen Carson, of Arab, earned a B.S. in Accounting.
  • Debra Curington, of Hanceville, earned a B.S.N. in Nursing.
  • Molley Eagle, of Horton, earned a B.S.N. in Nursing.
  • Brendan Fink, of Hayden, earned a B.S. in Computer Science.
  • Derek Gilliland, of Horton, earned a B.S. in Sociology.
  • Audrey Glitzer, of Horton, earned a B.S.E. in Early Childhood Elementary Ed.
  • Brandon Horton, of Oneonta, earned a B.S. in Emergency Management.
  • Makayla Isley, of Arab, earned a B.S.E. in Early Childhood Elementary Ed.
  • Virginia Lovett, of Vinemont, earned an MSE in Collaborative Educ K-6, 6-12.
  • Dylan McMurrey, of Trafford, earned a B.S. in Accounting.
  • Ashley Parker, of Arab, earned a B.S. in Psychology.
  • Annalee Posey, of Oneonta, earned a B.S.E in Early Childhood Elementary Ed.
  • John Sanders, of Oneonta, earned a M.S. in Sport Management.
  • Huston Self, of Blountsville, earned a M.S.E. in Physical Education.
  • Joseph Simmons, of Hayden, earned a B.S. in Emergency Management.
  • Adriana Smolik, of Arab, earned a B.S. in Biology.
  • Jamie Tinker, of Hayden, earned a B.S.N. in Nursing.
  • Zachary Williams, of Hayden, earned a B.S.N. in Nursing.
  • Andrew Yarbrough, of Arab, earned a B.S. in Management.

The tornado left a $42 million trail of destruction in its wake. President Donald Trump declared the area a federal disaster on April 27, just a week before spring commencement was scheduled to take place. In an act of resilience and perhaps even defiance, the university salvaged the last few weeks of the spring semester and held its spring commencement ceremony as planned with one change: three ceremonies were combined into one and moved to the Gamecock football stadium due to damages at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Summer classes are currently in session as workers replace roofs on a total of 34 buildings and make other necessary repairs to the more than 50 damaged buildings. All repairs, except for any new construction projects, are fast-tracked to be completed before the fall semester begins Aug. 21. For more information, including how you can help with recovery efforts, visit www.jsu.edu/jsustrong.