Southern Arkansas University’s summer commencement ceremonies are scheduled for August 9 in the SAU Reynolds Center Grand Hall, with the graduate ceremony at 11 a.m. and the undergraduate ceremony at 1 p.m.
A total of 52 graduate candidates and 38 undergraduates are slated to be recognized for completing their respective degree programs.
The 2008 Outstanding Student for the College of Graduate Studies Patrice Phillips will be the speaker for the graduate ceremony. She earned both an undergraduate and a graduate degree, Maters of Art in Teaching, from SAU. She combines her love of theatre with her love for teaching and inspiring students at her job at Liberty-Eylau Middle School in Texarkana, Texas.
Phillips has become a well-known in the Texarkana area as she was featured in an SAU MAT commercial, which has played at the movie theater in Texarkana and on cable channels in northeast Texas. She also is very active in the community as she holds several positions in civic organizations and has even recently founded two nonprofit organizations – “Saving My Sister’s Sole” and “All Eyes on You Performing Arts Agency.”
Dr. Terrye Stinson, who was recently named Distinguished Professor of Accounting at SAU, will be the speaker at the undergraduate ceremony. Dr. Stinson joined the faculty at SAU in 1980, and has served as a faculty member, department chair, former dean of the College of Business and as a member of the SAU graduate faculty.
In addition to teaching, Stinson serves on the University’s AQIP Leadership Coordinating Team and engages in research relating to financial accounting and strategies for effective teaching. Her expertise in accounting and teaching has been recognized by the profession and community as she is a former recipient of the University’s Honor Professor Award, a two-time recipient of the University’s Faculty Excellence Award for Teaching, and has earned the Distinguished Achievement in Accounting Education Award from the Arkansas Society of CPAs (2006).
Registration for the fall semester at SAU is August 26 and 27, and classes begin August 28. Learn more about how to become a Mulerider this fall.