ARKADELPHIA —Ouachita Baptist University celebrated 293 graduates during its 130th spring commencement on Saturday, May 13, with university officials conferring Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Arts degrees. Dr. Ben Sells, Ouachita president, presided over the annual commencement exercises.


This year’s graduating class featured 135 honor graduates, including 25 who graduated summa cum laude with a grade point average of 3.95 or higher, 44 who graduated magna cum laude (3.75 GPA) and 66 who graduated cum laude (3.5 GPA). University officials also recognized 16 graduates who completed Ouachita’s Carl Goodson Honors Program and 30 members of the Alpha Chi national honor society.


Arkansas students who were recognized at the May 13 ceremony include the following, in order of hometown:


Jacksonville – Jenna Martin, May 2017, Bachelor of Arts, Music


Maumelle – Hannah Fender, May 2017, cum laude, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theatre; Reagan Rucker, Dec. 2016, cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education; Jessica Saunders, May 2017, magna cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, History and English; Kali Tucker, May 2017, Associate of Arts, General Studies


North Little Rock – Halley Hill, May 2017, Associate of Arts, General Studies; Peyton Hutchins, May 2017, Bachelor of Arts, Communication Sciences and Disorders; Danielle Jayroe, May 2017, cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education; Kayla Walker, May 2017, cum laude, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Musical Theatre; Justin Weigle, May 2017, cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, Accounting and Business Administration/Finance; Cimber Winfrey, May 2017, magna cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications


Sherwood – Madison Foster-Watkins, Dec. 2016, Bachelor of Arts, Christian Studies/Christian Missions; Brady Hibbs, May 2017, cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, History and Secondary Education