KU News Release


May 3, 2011
Contact: Jill Jess, University Relations, 785-864-8858

KU announces banner carriers for Commencement ceremony

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LAWRENCE — University of Kansas students who have excelled academically will carry banners for KU’s 12 schools and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the 139th Commencement.

As banner carriers, the 13 students will lead their fellow graduates in the traditional march down Mount Oread into Memorial Stadium at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22.

Banner carriers will join university officials on a platform in the stadium for the ceremonial conferring of degrees.

Banner carriers first became a part of Commencement activities in spring 1908, according to the late Robert Taft, a KU chemistry professor from 1922 to 1955 and author of “Across the Years on Mount Oread,” published in 1941.

The students are listed below by hometown, major, parents’ or guardians’ names, previous schools attended and degrees earned and the KU school they are representing.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66044
Cody Drake Freeze, doctor of pharmacy candidate; Stockton (Mo.) R-I High School; School of Pharmacy.

From Lawrence 66047
Melissa L. Knight, bachelor’s degree candidate for health information management; Wayne Country Day School, Goldsboro, N.C.; School of Allied Health.

Melissa M. Plunkett, law degree candidate; bachelor’s degree from Westminister College Missouri; School of Law.

From Lawrence 66049
Mason E. Heilman, bachelor’s degree candidate in secondary-level education and political science; Steve and Sally Heilman; Lawrence Free State High School; School of Education.

ELLIS COUNTY
From Hays 67601
Michael Grant Selby, bachelor of fine arts degree candidate in design; Lois and Monty Smith; Hays High School; School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood 66209
Sara Jeanette Blakesley, bachelor’s degree candidate in music; Scott and Joyce Blakesley; Blue Valley North High School; School of Music.

David Jeremy Cohen, bachelor’s degree candidate in accounting; Howard and Debbi Cohen; Blue Valley North High School; School of Business.

From Roeland Park 66205
Katherine Anne Seymour, doctor of medicine candidate; School of Medicine.

From Shawnee 66203
Kevin James Conard, bachelor’s degree candidate in nursing; James and Dona Conard; Maranatha Academy; School of Nursing.

From Shawnee 66216
Helen Louise Mubarak, candidate for bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish; Ana and Elias Mubarak; Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park; William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

LABETTE COUNTY
From Parsons 67357
Jillian Rose Fitzmorris, master’s degree candidate in social work; Rose Proctor; bachelor’s degree from KU; Parsons Senior High School; School of Social Welfare.

MCPHERSON COUNTY
From Lindsborg 67456
Chantz Palmer Thomas, bachelor’s degree candidate in history and microbiology; Greg and Lorye Thomas; Smoky Valley High School; College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka 66610
Joseph Benjamin Deneault, bachelor’s degree candidate in chemical engineering; Edward and Kathy; Hayden High School; School of Engineering.


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