Spring Commencement Tip Sheet

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Sindy Puckett of Jefferson City, Mo., will graduate with a Master of Arts in English. Puckett, who had a cornea transplant, is the first blind graduate student to complete a master’s degree at Southeast. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism at Lincoln University and is a first generation master’s degree recipient. Eleanor, a friendly yellow Labrador retriever and Leader Dog, guides Puckett around campus. Eleanor will be dressed in a cap and gown specially tailored for the occasion by Herff Jones. Puckett plans on getting her doctoral degree and becoming an English professor. Puckett can be reached at (573) 415-7870 or slpuckett2s@semo.edu.

Tyler Oberlander of Imperial, Mo., and his twin sister, Corey Oberlander, also of Imperial, Mo., will graduate together. Tyler will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in mass communication, advertising option. Corey is graduating from Southeast with a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology, biomedical sciences option. Tyler can be reached at taoberlander1s@semo.edu.

Elizabeth Cartwright of Kelso, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of General Studies. Cartwright attended Southeast as a full-time student from 1992-1994. She returned to college in the summer of 2008 to take online classes and complete her degree. Without online classes, Cartwright says she would never have been able to earn her degree. As an online student, she was able to be a working wife and mother while working towards her college degree. Today, her children are able to know the importance of education because of their mother’s dedication. Cartwright plans to go into non-profit or foundation work. Cartwright can be reached at (573) 270-8209 or eacartwright1s@semo.edu.

Cory King of Fredericktown, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology, microbiology, cell, molecular and biotechnical options. He lives 60 miles from Southeast and is a commuting student. During his four years at Southeast, he clocked nearly 900 driving hours and 52,000 miles roundtrip commuting to campus. King can be reached at (573) 783-4045 or crking3s@semo.edu.

Lauren Payton of Kansas City, Mo., is one of two students who will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in commercial photography. They are the first students to graduate with this major. Payton is also the first member of her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. Payton can be reached at (816) 741-5026 or lapayton1s@semo.edu.

Katherine Herring of St. Charles, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in mass communication, public relations option. She will be moving to South Dakota in the fall of 2012 to be a part of the 2012 Teach for America South Dakota corps. She will be teaching elementary school on the Pine Ridge or Rosebud reservation. Herring can be reached at (636) 300-9717 or kaherring1s@semo.edu.

Christina Ulrich of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in biology, biomedical sciences option. She is the third in her family to graduate from Southeast. Ulrich’s mother graduated and became a nurse, and Ulrich’s sister graduated to become a dentist. Ulrich plans to become an optometrist in four years. Ulrich can be reached at (573) 335-1398 or crulrich1s@semo.edu.

Mark Moore of Marquand, Mo., will graduate with a Master of Arts with a major in mental health counseling. He is 56 years old and has always believed that if you really want something bad enough, you can achieve it. He graduated summa cum laude at Southeast when he earned his Bachelor of Science degree and will graduate this year with academic distinction. Moore can be reached at (573) 783-3080 or mmoore4s@semo.edu.

Heather Lamplough of Stoughton, Mass., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in historic preservation. She grew up with major heart issues and had a pacemaker implanted during her senior year of high school. She moved halfway across the country to pursue her degree. Lamplough can be reached at (781) 341-1493 or helamplough1s@semo.edu.

Tammie Nunnery of Lilbourn, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a major in exceptional child education. She is the first person on both sides of her family to graduate from a four-year university. She has been married for more than 25 years, has two children, worked full time throughout college and carried a full course load. Nunnery can be reached at tmnunnery1s@semo.edu.

Audra Wiant of Cape Girardeau, Mo., will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in mass communication, radio option. She is a seven-year survivor of breast cancer. Her husband is also a full- time student at Southeast, and they have 15-year-old twins. Wiant can be reached at (573) 803-1085 or anwiant1s@semo.edu.