Commencement Tip Sheet

May commencement at Southeast Missouri State University is planned for 2 p.m. May 15 in the Show Me Center. An Honors Convocation is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. May 15, also in the Show Me Center. Several candidates for graduation have reported interesting feature stories about themselves that could be developed in connection with commencement. These story tips with contact names and phone numbers are listed below. Students will begin assembling for commencement at 1:15 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. The Southeast News Bureau is happy to make arrangements for you to meet and interview any of the graduates listed below between 1:15 and 1:30 p.m. May 15 in the Student Recreation Center. Please do not hesitate to call the News Bureau at (573) 651-2552 with any questions about these or other commencement stories. 

Benjamin W. and Joseph W. Pruett, both of Desloge, Mo., are twin brothers graduating from Southeast this spring. Benjamin will graduate with a bachelor of science degree with a major in criminal justice, a bachelor of arts degree in English and a minor in criminology. Joseph will graduate with a bachelor of science in business administration degree in economics. Both students are 4.0 graduates and plan to pursue master’s degrees next fall. The brothers can be reached at (573) 651-4368.

Jeff Overbey of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will participate in spring commencement and graduate in the summer. He is earning a bachelor of science degree with a major in computer science and a minor in math. Overbey, a 4.0 graduate, has garnered numerous prestigious academic awards, including having been named to the Third Team of USA TODAY’s 2004 All-USA College Academic Team. Along with mathematics faculty member Dr. Jerzy Wodjylo, Overbey created and published in the mathematical journal Cryptologia a formula for finding the number of invertible matrices in the Hill cipher. The formula, which took Overbey and Wodjylo nearly a year to develop, gives cryptologists a way to measure the security of the Hill cipher. Overbey’s mother, Dr. Gail Overbey, professor in the Department of Psychology at Southeast, was also a 4.0 graduate at Southeast when she completed her bachelor of science degree, with a major in math and a minor in psychology, in the fall of 1973. Jeff Overbey can be reached at (573) 335-0093. Dr. Gail Overbey can be reached at (573) 651-2254.

Susan Bundy of Jackson, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree with a major in social work. Her daughter, Kristen Bundy, also will graduate from Southeast this spring, with a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in German and anthropology, and a minor in history. Susan Bundy can be reached at (573) 243-6625.

Lara Golike of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree with a major in recreation and a bachelor of arts degree with a major in communication. She is the first student from Missouri to win one of the seven elected positions on the National Committee of the Public Relations Student Society of America since the organization was founded in 1968. Lara Golike can be reached at (573) 339-0774.

Amber Lackamp of Oak Ridge, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree, majoring in human environmental studies with an emphasis in child development. Lackamp suffered a brain stem stroke five years ago, her senior year at Southeast, which left her completely paralyzed from her eyes down. Her doctors told her that if she lived, she would never be able to perform any voluntary movement other than blinking her eyes. After years of hard work and physical therapy, she was able to prove them wrong. “They now call me their miracle,” Lackamp said. She can be reached at (573) 243-1644. 

Chao-Hui Starrett of Taiwan will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies with emphases in technical graphics, biology and computer science. English is her second language. She has pursued completion of her degree for nine years. Chao-Hui Starrett can be reached at (573) 335-5550.

Randall Tucker of Potosi, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of arts degree, majoring in Spanish with a minor in criminal justice. A U.S. Army Reservist, he completes his studies after a call to active duty interrupted his education. Randall Tucker can be reached at (573) 438-2665.

Kristin DeJournett of Advance, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree with a major in biology and a minor in criminal justice. Her mother, two brothers and late father all attended Southeast. Kristin DeJournett can be reached at (573) 651-1898.

Jacob Raines of Kennett, Mo., will graduate from Southeast with a bachelor of science degree with a major in geography and a bachelor of general studies degree. The last of his family to earn a college degree, he follows in the footsteps of his father, mother and sister, all of whom graduated from Southeast. Jacob Raines can be reached at (573) 888-3242.