Nicknaming the class “Club 107” in recognition of the 107th graduating class, Stinger said she felt a bond with the students and plans to donate a tree in their honor.
During the ceremony, Stinger received the honorary Doctor of Liberal Arts degree, while Baccalaureate speaker Lou Radja received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Also addressing the Class of 2016 were valedictorian, highest ranking Bachelor of Science graduate and 2015 Student Assembly President Guiherme Condolo Hubsch, salutatorian Mia Rae Gresak, D&E President G. ‘Buck’ Smith, Chair of the D&E Board of Trustees June Myles and Benfield-Vick Chaplain the Rev. Associate’s degree honor graduates were: highest ranking graduate and highest honors, Jenniffer Lee Ridgeway; and honors, Abbie Jo Richison and Rachel Elizabeth Richard. Va., Nursing; Danielle Nicole Williams, Mill Creek, W.
Associate in Science degrees were presented to: Abdulaziz Abdullah Alharthi, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Business; Abdullah Faisal Altewairgy, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Business; Brian Allen Bonnett, Webster Springs, W. Va., Nursing; Amy Beth Calain, Elkins, Nursing; Christopher John Campbell, Elkins, Accounting; Tonya Marie Cummings, Elkins, Nursing; Makayla Elayne Fama, Elk Grove, Calif., Nursing; Anita Fay Foster, Buckhannon, W. Va., Nursing; Lacy Jane Lynn Hamrick, Webster Springs, W. Va., Nursing; Kathryn Rae Howard, Elkins, Nursing; Cody Allen Judy, Beverly, W. Va., Nursing; Morgan Emily Marie Miles, Hurricane, W. Va., Nursing; Autumn Victoria Wunderlich, Snohomish, Wash., Nursing; Celeste Nichole Yardley, Elkins, Nursing; and Emily Rose Zurbuch, Elkins, Nursing.
Va., Nursing; Jaime Brooke Miller, Elkins, Nursing; Sarah Jayne Planakis, Fredericksburg, Va., Accounting; Joanna Mae Potterfield, Leesburg, Va., Nursing; Rachel Elizabeth Richard, Belington, W. Bachelor’s degree honor graduates were: highest ranking Bachelor of Arts graduate, Kaïa Myra Florence Kater-Hurst; highest ranking Bachelor of Science graduate, Guilherme Condolo Hübsch; summa cum laude, Jennifer Marie Fredell, Mia Rae Gresak, Guilherme Condolo Hübsch, Kaïa Myra Florence Kater-Hurst, Sabrina Poessl and Jessica Kailee Williams; magna cum laude, Halima Hayley Michael, Samuel Gregory Casto, Rueben James Kerns, Aerial Ann Jarvis, Marisa Lynn Morris, Natalie Catherine Josimovich, Dayna Marie Cooper, Andrew Colin Carroll and Alexis Brooke Fulton; cum laude, Haylee Madeline Murray, Luka Djordjevic, Alekasandar Vasiljevic, Sarah Katharine Marshall, Chelsea Mae Mallow, Hannah Ansel Carl, Emily Ann Prentice, Joshua Shannon Mc Glothlin, Christopher Scott Piechocki, Trisha Brittnee Heather Higgins, Nicholas Ray Carr, Daniel Nock, Emily Louise Wilmoth, Cassidy Kaitlynn Dickens and Ashlen Mackenzie Wilson.
Bachelor of Arts degrees were presented to: Amber Nicole Abbott, Bridgeport, W.
Va., Criminology, and Psychology and Human Services; Abdulaziz Abdullah Alharthi, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Political Science; Yazeed Abdullah Almossa, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Hospitality Management; Muhsin Raddah Al-Otaibi, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Political Science; Abdullah Faisal Altewairgy, Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Political Science; Kylie Morgan Antoline, Elkins, Art; Allison Leigh Arbogast, Elkins, Art; Wesley Owen Beale, Webster Springs, W.
ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College alumna Cynthia “Cindy” Stinger has traveled throughout the world during her career with the U. Olympics, yet she says none of her accomplishments were ever achieved alone and no matter what obstacles she encountered, she always remained positive. She also earned multiple top achievements including United States Pan American Team–Women’s Team Handball Gold Medal in 1987, Pan American Games Team Handball Most Valuable Player in 1987 and USA Team Handball Athlete of the Year in 1978, 1982, 19.
That outlook on life, along with her motto of being kind, fair and true, was the guiding advice she offered to the Class of 2016. In 1988, she was the first female inducted into the Davis & Elkins College Athletic Hall of Fame.
The manager of alumni relations for the United States Olympic Committee, Stinger graduated from Davis & Elkins in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science in physical education. In her address, titled “From Elkins to Olympia – Life Lessons from My Yellow Brick Road,” Stinger made references to the “Wizard of Oz” and encouraged the students seek the help of others in their path through life.“Dorothy formed a team to get to the Emerald City.
As you begin your journey, form a team to help you get there,” Stinger advised the graduates.
“Have a reality team where you get to make the rules.”There is no limit to the number of team members or how often they can be added.