Seven students have been named the outstanding graduates of their schools and were recognized during Palm Beach Atlantic University’s fall 2018 Honors Day ceremony on Thursday.
These students will receive special recognition during fall commencement at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 8, at the South Florida Fairgrounds in West Palm Beach.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Randy Richards cited various texts in the Bible that encourages the recognition of honor. He referenced Proverbs 3:35 where it says, “The wise inherits honor.”
“Today we take the opportunity to bestow upon them [outstanding graduates] the honor that is due today,” said Richards.
Hannah Anderson of Boca Raton, Florida, is the outstanding graduate in the School of Arts and Sciences. Anderson is a mathematics major with a chemistry minor, and she’s also a Frederick M. Supper Honors Program student. She was the president of the Mathematics Honors Society in the fall of 2017 and co-president in the spring of 2018. Last summer, she served as a mathematics peer tutor in the Student Success Center, and contributed to cancer research. Her professors say she is an intelligent, enthusiastic individual who embraces academic challenges but also has time to help other students.
Breanna Carter of Springboro, Ohio, is the outstanding graduate of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies. Majoring in education with an exceptional student education minor, Carter maintained a 3.7 GPA while successfully balancing a full schedule of observations, field experiences, practicums and two semesters of student teaching. She has received the highest praise from the teachers and administrators she’s worked with in the public schools. According to her professors, Carter is a mission-minded woman. She has been on mission trips to Brazil, New Orleans, Kentucky, Guatemala, and others. She has won several scholarships at PBA and is currently one of the Bebe Warren scholars. This fall, she’s doing her “dream semester” teaching in Australia in all-boys elementary school.
Bailey Eldridge of Keller, Texas, is the outstanding graduate of the School of Communication and Media. She’s a communication major and business administration minor. She’s also in the Frederick M. Supper Honors Program and she has been nominated in the past in the Who’s Who in Students in American Universities. As of today, her GPA is 3.9887, and she will graduate summa cum laude. She has been a Presidential Ambassador and a member of the President’s Lyceum, as well as Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Studies Honor Society of the National Communication Association. She presented at the inaugural Q Union event and served in Student Government executive team as the events coordinator. Upon graduation, Eldridge will return to her hometown and work in her family’s public relations firm.
Stefani Glise of Clarkston, Michigan, is the outstanding graduate of the Rinker School of Business. She is majoring in finance, and at graduation, she will be recognized as a summa cum laude graduate. While earning such a high GPA, she was involved in many activities on and off campus, including: memberships in the President’s Lyceum, Sigma Beta Delta member, Investment club and Microfinance club. In addition to her Workship hours, she completed an internship at Austrade, Inc., a natural food and supplement company in Palm Beach Gardens. She worked in the finance department, as well as quality assurance. A few of her internship projects included foreign currency exchange conversion, wholesale-to-retail pricing models, and consumer marketing and research. She was a recipient of a Presidential Scholarship and earned a two-year scholarship from the Bill Bennett Scholars Program. Her professors noted the way Glise demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and leadership in her classrooms, and exhibited a humble, gentle spirit that shows a rare poised and quiet confidence in a woman of her age. Upon graduation, she wants to start her own business in fitness and nutrition.
Clayton Proctor of Orlando, Florida, is the outstanding graduate of the MacArthur School of Leadership. Proctor is one of our Orlando campus students majoring in organizational management with a minor in ministry. He was raised in a pastor’s home and was homeschooled by his mom through middle school and high school. His goal is to share the love of Jesus Christ with others. He knows he can do that anywhere but where he really wants to go after graduation is to those countries where no one has experienced the changing love of Christ.
Nancy Leticia Lopez of Jupiter, Florida, is the outstanding graduate of the School of Ministry. She is a ministry and psychology major who has demonstrated superior academic performance, and has cultivated her gifts in ministry. Her professors said Lopez has consistently displayed a love for God and exuberance for serving His kingdom. She was raised in Guatemala City in a private Christian school. She is married with two children, and serves in the children’s ministry at her church. Upon graduation, she plans to work with the homeless in Martin County.
Aubrey Seeger of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. is the outstanding graduate in the School of Music and Fine Arts. She is an art education major with a theatre production and design minor. Seeger is completing her student teaching at Bak Middle School of the Arts prior to her December graduation. During her time at Palm Beach Atlantic University, she has been involved as a member of both Kappa Delta Epsilon Education Honors Society and Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honors Society. As a result of her involvement in various theatre productions, she has received recognition in the Palm Beach Atlantic theatre program for scenic artistry and costume design. Her commitment to missions and the spread of the Gospel has been manifested by her involvement as counselor and leader on a trip to the Jamaica Deaf Village, as well as participating in a mission trip to Costa Rica with New Beginnings Community Church. Upon graduation, she will pursue an art education position in the Palm Beach County School District.
Ashley Reiter of Charlotte, North Carolina, was selected as an outstanding graduate from the department of computer science. She is a computer science major with a minor in English. She is also a summa cum laude honors student.