Spring Commencement Tip Sheet

by News Bureau on Tuesday, May. 07, 2013

Spring commencement at Southeast Missouri State University is planned for 2 p.m. May 11 in the Show Me Center arena. Some 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 information are listed below. Students will begin assembling for commencement at 1:15 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center-North. With advance notice, 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 11 in the Student Recreation Center-North. Call the News Bureau at (573) 651-5910 with any questions about these or other commencement stories.

Brittany Contratto of South Lebanon, Ohio, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in historic preservation. She is a fourth-generation graduate of Southeast, with her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother all attending Southeast. Contratto can be reached at (513) 480-0080 or bacontratto1s@semo.edu.

Teresa Crain of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in social work. Crain was enrolled at Southeast in in fall of 1969, then took a 39-year detour. She enrolled at Southeast again in 2008. After she graduates this spring, she plans to attend the University of Missouri. Crain can be reached at (573) 450-1433 or tkwilkinscrain1s@semo.edu.

Cheryl Doza and her daughter, Christine Paige, both of Festus, Mo., will be graduating from Southeast together. Doza will graduate with a Specialist in Educational Administration. Paige will graduate with a Master of Science in nutrition and exercise science. Doza can be reached at (573) 483-2347 or crpaige1s@semo.edu. Paige can be reached at (573) 631-8488 or crpaige2s@semo.edu.

Amy Gilmore of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate with a Specialist in Educational Leadership Development. She will be graduating with her sister, who is also receiving her specialist degree this spring. Gilmore and her sister teach together at Advance Elementary. Gilmore can be reached at (573) 225-7779 or algarner1s@semo.edu.

Cheyenne Gipson of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in technology management, sustainable energy systems management option. She is among the first group to graduate from Southeast with this degree. Gipson can be reached at (918) 855-3761 or ckgipson1s@semo.edu.

Gregory Latham of Benton, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in psychology. At the age of 44, Latham will be the first in his family to graduate college. Latham can be reached at (573) 381-8343 or gslatham1s@semo.edu.

Dana Meyers of O’Fallon, Ill., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in human environmental studies, dietetics option. She will be commissioning into the United States Air Force on May 12 and will serve in Missile Operations. Meyers can be reached at (618) 980-8976 or dmeyers1s@semo.edu.

Alisha Rijal of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate with a Master of Natural Science in biology. Rijal is originally from Nepal. She will be the first person in her country with this degree. Rijal can be reached at arijal1s@semo.edu.

Patricia Sweeney of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in criminal justice, law enforcement option. She was 47 when she returned to college and will graduate at the age of 52. Sweeney has multiple sclerosis and is going blind, but has not let that stop her from becoming a college graduate. Sweeney can be reached at pasweeney1s@semo.edu.