ARKADELPHIA —Ouachita Baptist University celebrated 293 graduates during its 130th spring commencement on Saturday, May 13, with university officials conferring Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Fine Arts and Associate of Arts degrees. Dr. Ben Sells, Ouachita president, presided over the annual commencement exercises.


This year’s graduating class featured 135 honor graduates, including 25 who graduated summa cum laude with a grade point average of 3.95 or higher, 44 who graduated magna cum laude (3.75 GPA) and 66 who graduated cum laude (3.5 GPA). University officials also recognized 16 graduates who completed Ouachita’s Carl Goodson Honors Program and 30 members of the Alpha Chi national honor society.


Lonoke County students who were recognized at the May 13 ceremony include:


Cabot – Christian Anderson, May 2017, Bachelor of Science, Biology; Michael Calhoun, May 2017, magna cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, Christian Studies/Biblical Studies and Philosophy; Linda Copeland, May 2017, Bachelor of Arts, Christian Studies/Christian Ministry; Ashten Dean, May 2017, Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology/Recreation; Abby Roberts, May 2017, summa cum laude, Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education; Sam Shull, May 2017, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology