Radford University conferred 594 undergraduate and graduate degrees during the 2021 winter commencement exercises.
On Dec. 11, 2021, 461 graduate and undergraduate degrees were awarded at the Dedmon Center on main campus in Radford, and 133 degrees were presented at Radford University Carilion events in Roanoke.
Alumnus Brian Robinson ’93 delivered the keynote address. Robinson is Goldman Sachs’s head of prime brokerage sales for the Americas. “As you embark on your journey, know there’s going to be potholes, peaks, valleys, ups, downs, whatever. But put some soul into it. Put your soul into it,” Robinson said. “I promise you today, if you rise and grind, a magic carpet ride awaits you. Greatness is upon you.”
Among those receiving diplomas were:
Austin Ray Witcher, of Martinsville, Bachelor of Science in Allied Health Sciences;
Caleb Elijah Belcher, of Collinsville, Bachelor of Science in Exercise, Sport, and Health Education;
Nathaniel D Cardarelli, of Bassett, Bachelor of Science in Media Studies;
Chaney Gordon, of Collinsville, Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Nursing;
Stormie Gail Dula, of Martinsville, Master of Occupational Therapy in Occupational Therapy;
Erin Nicole Lanigan, of Martinville, Master of Occupational Therapy in Occupational Therapy;
Terrance Jaron Schoefield, of Martinsville, Master of Science in Strategic Communication.
RU also released its Dean’s List for Fall 2021.
Appearing on the Dean’s List is the most prestigious academic recognition Radford University students can receive for their performance during a semester.
Students will be placed on the Dean’s List if they meet four specific criteria. They must have 12 semester hours of coursework graded A-F; earn GPA’s of at least 3.4 for all courses not graded on a pass-fail basis; obtain no grade lower than “C”; and no incomplete grades.
The following students were included on the Fall 2021 Dean’s List:
Kevin Garibay, Accounting major from Martinsville;
Tonita Parks, Art major from Martinsville;
Hunter Greer, Biology major from Axton;
Charlie Koger, Biology major from Bassett;
Jaquan Perkins, Communication major from Ridgeway;
Kelcie Lemons, Comm Sciences & Disorders major from Ridegway;
Victoria Dean, Criminal Justice major from Collinsville;
Erica Gilley, English major from Bassett;
Lauren Handy, Exercise, Sport, & Health Educ major from Ridgeway;
Noah Inman, Exercise, Sport, & Health Educ major from Collinsville;
Emily Westmoreland, Exercise, Sport, & Health Educ major from Martinsville;
Naomi Manns, Foreign Languages major from Spencer;
Taylor Hill, Healthcare Administration major from Martinsville;
Kevin Witcher, Healthcare Administration major from Martinsville;
Sophia Mansour-Bruderer, Health Sciences major from Martinsville;
Dakota Moore, Health Sciences major from Bassett;
Mackenzie Edmonds, Interdisciplinary Studies major from Martinsville;
Kristin Martin, Interdisciplinary Studies major from Martinsville;
Kaitlin Keene, Medical Laboratory Science major from Martinsville;
Dorien Harper, Management major from Martinsville;
James Franklin, Marketing major from Collinsville;
Shenika Bowles, Nursing major from Martinsville;
Shania Deshazo, Nursing major from Martinsville;
Chaney Gordon, Nursing major from Collinsville;
Jasmine Hayzlett, Nursing major from Martinsville;
Maranda Johns, Occupational Therapy Assistant major from Martinsville;
Pierson Turner, Pre-Nursing major from Axton;
Shyheim Woods, Psychology major from Bassett;
Katanie Stockton, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism major from Martinsville;
Jayana Fuller, Respiratory Therapy major from Collinsville;
Kelcea Taylor, Social Work major from Collinsville;
Davis Byrd, Undergraduate Spec. Non-Degree major from Martinsville.
Radford University is a comprehensive public university of 8,998 students that has received national recognition for many of its undergraduate and graduate academic programs, as well as its sustainability initiatives. Well known for its strong faculty/student bonds, innovative use of technology in the learning environment and vibrant student life on a beautiful 211-acre American classical campus, Radford University offers students many opportunities to get involved and succeed in and out of the classroom.