MURRAY, Ky. — On Saturday, May 12, Murray State University celebrated Spring 2018 Commencement during two services in the CFSB Center with one program in the morning for undergraduates and one program in the afternoon for graduate and doctoral students. Altogether, 1,509 pending degrees were conferred to students representing 28 states and 23 countries.

Murray State President Bob Davies presided over the ceremony. Davies, along with Provost Mark Arant, administered the conferring of degrees.

“Your success as a Murray State graduate will not be measured by your first job or your next step,” Davies said. “It will be measured on what you are able to do with information by using the knowledge and wisdom you have gained at this fine institution.  You will be measured by the experiences you have created. And, most importantly, you will be measured by the lives you touch and communities you transform.”

During the undergraduate commencement service, Laura Guebert and Charles Graves, the outstanding seniors for spring 2018, delivered valedictions addressing their fellow graduates. Guebert, of Herrin, Illinois, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history, while Graves, of Murray, graduated with bachelor’s degrees in accounting and mathematics.

Also featured during both services was the formal Presentation of Colors by the Murray State University Color Guard. Distinguished Professor Susan Edington, senior instructor in early childhood and elementary education, served as the mace-bearer.

Faculty in attendance at both ceremonies were led into the CFSB Center by the recipients of the Regents Teaching Award for Excellence: Frances Smith, Brian Bourke, Deborah Bell, Yoko Hatakeyama, Rebecca Williams, Elizabeth Donovan, Sterling Wright and Shea Porr. They were joined by the Max Carman Teaching Excellence Recipient Amelia Dodd, Presidential Research Fellow Juyoung Song, University Distinguished Mentor Yoko Hatakeyama, Distinguished Researcher Randall Black, Faculty Advisor of the Year Bassam Atieh and University Emerging Scholars Urmi Engineer and Gary ZeRuth.

Faculty marshals assisting with the ceremonies included Traci Byrd, Heath Keller, Michael Kemp, Robert Lyons, Melony Shemberger, Matthew Shultz and F. Gilland Welsch.

Graduates, family and friends are encouraged to continue sharing memories of the day’s events on social media using #RacerGraduation.

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