Winter Commencement Tip Sheet

Jones Angelo commencementWinter Commencement at Southeast Missouri State University is planned for 2 p.m. Dec. 19 in the Show Me Center arena. Some candidates for graduation have reported interesting feature stories about themselves that could be developed in conjunction 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. Dec. 19 in the Student Recreation Center-North. Call the News Bureau at (573) 651-2552 with any questions about these or other commencement stories.

Rehan Alluhaib of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, will graduate cum laude with a Bachelor of Science with a major in mass communication: public relations option. Alluhaib will be graduating with her brother, Abdulaziz Alluhaib, and in spring 2016, two of their sisters will graduate together from Southeast. Rehan Alluhaib can be reached at (786) 626-7674 or raalluhaib2s@semo.edu.

Leila Busby of Sikeston, Missouri, will graduate Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science with a major in human environmental studies: family studies option. Busby is a non-traditional student, graduating at 59 years old. She can be reached at (573) 380-5922 or lfbusby1s@semo.edu.

 Leslie Essner of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, will graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science with a major in human environmental studies: family studies option. Essner’s grandmother graduated from Missouri State Teaching School Aug. 6, 1926, and her daughter graduated from Southeast in 2001 with an elementary education degree. Essner can be reached at (573) 579-5752 or laessner3s@semo.edu.

Matthew Gehrs of Festus, Missouri, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in technology management: construction management and design option. He is a Southeast alumnus from the spring of 1997. He has been in the workforce more than 100 miles away, and after 18 years, he is earning a second bachelor’s degree from Southeast. Gehrs can be reached at (314) 402-2345 or mgehrs1s@semo.edu.

Michael Griffith of Jackson, Missouri, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in agribusiness: horticulture option. Griffith and his wife will be graduating together. Griffith can be reached at (573) 837-6887 or mjgriffith1s@semo.edu.

 Jerry Hanak of St. Charles, Missouri, will graduate with a Bachelor of General Studies with a major in general studies. Upon graduation, Hanak will join the U.S. Marine Corps and will be a member of the U.S. Marine Band. Hanak can be reached at (636) 685-6469 or jthanak1s@semo.edu.

Haruna Ohara of Yokohama, Japan, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in marine biology. Ohara left her home country of Japan and moved to Canada when she was fifteen. Upon graduation, she chose Southeast as her University. Ohara can be reached at (816) 390-7721 or hohara1s@semo.edu.

Tiffany Pobst of Sikeston, Missouri, will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in management: organizational leadership option and a Master of Business Administration with a major in general management. Pobst is a single parent to three children, one of whom has Down Syndrome. She is also the first in her family to graduate. Pobst can be reached at (573) 887-1813 or tdgraves1s@semo.edu.

Christopher Whited of St. Louis, Missouri, will graduate Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Music with a major in performance: instrumental option and a Bachelor of Music Education with a major in instrumental music. Whited comes from a long line of musicians and music educators. His father graduated from Southeast with a music degree, his grandfather has a master’s degree in music education and his grandmother has her master’s degree in vocal music education. Whited can be reached (314) 428-3046 or crwhited1s@semo.edu.