NGU Class of 2020 has memorable commencement

Published on Monday, May 18, 2020

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The NGU Office of Student Services held a Regalia & Diploma Drive-Thru Pick Up Event on May 6.  More than 150 participated in the Pick-Up Event.

The NGU Office of Student Services held a Regalia & Diploma Drive-Thru Pick Up Event on May 6.  More than 150 participated in the Pick-Up Event.

The restrictions caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic canceled North Greenville University's (NGU) in-person commencement ceremony for May 1. The Class of 2020 never envisioned their college graduation or graduate work to end this way.

The NGU Office of Student Services held a Regalia & Diploma Drive-Thru Pick Up Event on May 6.

NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr., joined the celebration to hand out regalia and diplomas and to offer words of encouragement and congratulations. 

"What a joy it was to wish these graduates well in person as they transition into serving as transformational leaders for church and society. This year has been such a challenge to all of our students, but our graduates have had particularly daunting obstacles, and it was so much fun to celebrate their accomplishments today," said Fant. "We hope to find additional ways to celebrate their classmates in the days and months to come."

Of the 276 spring conferrals, more than 150 participated in the Pick-Up Event.

"This event was such a blessing to the NGU community. The weather couldn't have been nicer, and everyone was in such high spirits," said NGU Provost and Dean of the University Faculty Dr. Nathan A. Finn. "While I'm grieved we were unable to hold spring commencement, it was such a joy to have this unique opportunity to celebrate with our graduates."

Baccalaureate degree graduates whose cumulative grade point average is at least 3.5 graduate cum laude; those with at least 3.75 graduate magna cum laude, and those with at least 3.9-grade point average graduate summa cum laude.

The Honors Program offers a challenge to superior students to continue their intellectual growth. Graduation as an Honors Scholar requires completion of Honors courses, Honors seminars, and the Senior Honors project with a 3.5 GPA. 

The following local students are members of NGU's Class of 2020:


Bailey Ann Batson – BA, Early Childhood Education, magna cum laude

Adam Jeremy Parker – BA, Music

Sara Mackenzie Stewart – BA, Elementary Education


Jeremiah Royshond Bogan – BS, Sport Management

John Michael Leopard – BA, General Studies


Savannah Hope Basha – BA, Early Childhood Education, magna cum laude

Kaitlyn Amber Coleman – BS, Social Studies Education, summa cum laude

Robert Matthew Davis – Master of Music Education

Alyna Marie Estes – BS, Health Science, cum laude

Ashley Nicole Farmer – BA, Interdisciplinary Studies

Sean David Feighn – BS, Business and Leadership

Dillon Hunter Fitts – BS, Social Studies Education, cum laude

Melissa Renee Fossett – BA, Elementary Education Studies, summa cum laude

Tara Leigh Hawkins – BA, Elementary Education

Claire Bates Hill – BA, Elementary Education

Tiffany Mae Huff – Master of Business Administration

Derek Jacob Knight – Master of Business Administration

Bethany Grace Lipscomb – BA, Broadcast Media

Ross Mathis da Silva – Master of Education

Renata Vaz Mendonca – BA, International Business

Natalie Lynn Minor – BS, Biology

Luis Enrique Molina – BS, Sport Management

Rolland Gray Nall – Master of Business Administration

Reid McKenzie Parris- BA, Elementary Education, cum laude

Morgan Ivie Rice – Master of Education

Jason B. Ross – Doctor of Education-Higher Education

Asjah Marie Rubano – BA, Elementary Education

Catherine Anne Moore Sanders – BS, Mathematics

Jared August Smith – BS, Business Administration

Heather Brooke Wade – BS, Biology, cum laude

Jacob Tilmon Wilbanks – BS, Business Administration

Curtis Antonio Wilcox – Master of Business Administration

Hannah Rebecca Darnell – BA, Elementary Education, cum laude

Vanessa Lynn Wilson – BA, Elementary Education, cum laude

Christopher Scott Wiren – BA, Political Science


Mary Catherine Evington – BS, Psychology

Dorothy Michelle Fyfe – BS, Applied Psychology

Monica Hawkins – BA, Theatre

Phillip Donald Lark – BS, Mathematics

Milner Christopher Martin – BA, Theatre

Graham Logan McDonald – BA, Youth Ministry

Melanie Breanne Mills – BA, Elementary Education

Skylyn Paige Parnell – BS, Business Administration

BJ Robinson – BA, Criminal Justice


Warren Clay Dill – BS, Business and Leadership, summa cum laude

Taylor Brianne Lee – BA, Theatre

Allison Marie Lewis – BA, Elementary Education, cum laude

Jonathan Reid Lewis – BA, Broadcast Media

Charles Brian Moon – BS, Health Science


Bryan Eric Pittman – Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Hailey Rebekah Price – BS, Marketing, summa cum laude

Bryan Eric Pittman – Master of Arts in Christian Ministry


Connor Scott Boulet – BA, Broadcast Media, magna cum laude

Cade Warren Edwards – BA, Interdisciplinary Studies

Catherin Amelia Elder – BA, Elementary Education, magna cum laude

Kailyn Ruth Horn – BS, Health Science, summa cum laude, Honors Scholar

Joshua Brooks Hovis – BA, Criminal Justice and Legal Studies, cum laude

Megan Brelynne Martin – BS, Biology, summa cum laude, Honors Scholar

Olivia Lee Massey – BA, Music

John Michael McGee, Jr. – Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Shawn Piedrahita – BA, Youth Ministry

Susan M. Plumblee – BA, Spanish Education, magna cum laude

Sierra M. Sharpe – BA, General Studies

James Randolph Sherman – BS, Marketing

Tammy M. Smith – Master of Business Administration

Jacqueline Sopt – Master of Education

Bethany Danielle Wallace – BA, Elementary Education, cum laude

Joshua David Zeigler – BA, Christian Ministry, summa cum laude


Cori Faith Small – BS, Interdisciplinary Studies

Cheyanne Ashton Toney – BA, Elementary Education, summa cum laude


Ethan Mitchell Wright – BS, Sport Management


Maresha Anderson – BA, General Studies

Jonathan Bradford Keller – BS, Health Science

Megan Rhiannon Phillips – BA, History

Nicolas Jordan Thomas – BS, Health Science, magna cum laude





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