Shelby County students among top honor graduates

Panola College conducted its 83rd commencement in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium on Thursday, May 9.

The first ceremony took place at 5:00 p.m. followed by a second ceremony at 7:30 p.m. Panola College had more than 362 degree and certificate candidates and over 233 of those students participated in the commencement ceremonies.


At the start of both ceremonies, Mr. Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services, presented each graduating class of spring 2019 as Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College led the processional of board members, faculty, staff, and students in to be seated while “Pomp and Circumstance” was played in the background.


The Panola College Chorale, directed by Mrs. Sandra Bauer, then sang the Alma Mater which was followed by the invocation given by Mr. Earnest Spencer, Professor of School of Energy and Chemistry. Dr. Powell then welcomed the assembled and gave opening remarks to the graduates.


At the 7:30 pm ceremony, Mrs. Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, recognized Mr. David Glynn Russell as the 2019 Panola College Alumnus of the Year. Russell attended Panola College in 1972-73 then went on to obtain a degree from Texas A&M University. After returning to East Texas in 1985, he opened a flooring store, Russell’s Floors, which he still owns and manages today. He is also the owner of the Peach Shed, serves on the Flatfork Water System board, and volunteers at his local church, Center Christian Fellowship.


Before the awards ceremony, Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, certified to Dr. Powell and members of the Panola College Board of Trustees that the graduating students had completed all work necessary to graduate from Panola College.


Dr. Kathy Watlington, Professor of Foreign Languages, then began the reading of graduates and Powell awarded diplomas to all graduating students.


For the closing of both ceremonies, the Panola College Choir sang the benediction, followed by Dr. Powell leading the recessional to the closing instrumentals.


Photo 1: Dr. Greg Powell poses with the 2019 award for Panola College Alumnus of the Year, Mr. David Glynn Russell.

Photo 2: Theatre Professor, Karen King, takes a photo with a few of her students that graduated this spring.

Photo 3: Students show off their diploma after walking across the stage at graduation.

Photo 4: Over 233 students participated in Panola College’s 83rd Commencement ceremony on May 9th.


Panola College is proud to announce the following Spring 2019 Honor Graduates:


Summa Cum Laude 3.90 – 4.00


Katie Melinda Alexander Longview, TX

Vanessa Renee Cox Waskom, TX

Kelan James Foster Carthage, TX

Elizabeth Carolyn Holloway Henderson, TX

Rebecca Edith-Lynn Mathis Tenaha, TX 75974

Michael Camden Mize Beckville, TX

Gregory Waylon Murdock Carthage, TX

Julia Prewitt Joaquin, TX

Emily Michelle Smith Jasper, TX

Waldina Soto Lufkin, TX

Nicole Tarpley Carthage, TX

Darian Wood Nacogdoches, TX


Magna Cum Laude 3.75 – 3.89


Maria Adashchyk Minsk, Belarus

James Baker Marshall, TX

Alishia Bammel Henderson, TX

Yvonne Combs Keithville, LA

Erica DeLaine Booth Marshall, TX

Keith A. Coleman Carthage, TX

Drew James Diverdi Center, TX

William Christopher Edwards Garrison , TX

Jessica Nicole Fernandez Wallis, TX

Jenna Campbell Grover Purvis, MS



Cum Laude 3.50 – 3.74


Cindy Baldazo Overton, TX

Maelbi G. Calderon Seagoville, TX

Crystal Rose Ann Carbajal Longview, TX

Dalayna Daw Joaquin, TX

Davina Leigh Eddy Longview, TX

Caitlin Paige Elliott LongBranch, TX

Dominique Espinoza Marshall, TX

Kallie Marie Forman Buna, TX

Maricruz Gonzalez Center,TX

Savana Renee Hanaway DeBerry, TX

Samantha Highfield Marshall, TX

Jonathan Jenkins Center, TX

LaToya Johnson Marshall, TX

Kase Alan Hooper Center, TX

Randall Aaron Jackson Gary, TX

Shelby Kay Kite Carthage, TX

Kirsten Mayfield Garrison , TX

Leah Marie Montandon Overton, TX

Pamela Nichole Painter Marshall, TX

Addison Paige Pope Carthage, TX

Whitney Ramsey Marshall, TX

William Patterson Tomlin Center, TX

Graciela Villanueva Henderson, TX

Tyler D. Johnson Tyler, TX

Kristen Faye LeBlanc Marshall, TX

Lacy Rose Miles Marshall, TX

Trista LeAnne Mustard Joaquin, TX

Keather Nichols Buna, TX

Lara Beth Padgett Jefferson, TX

Hunter Smith Marshall, TX

Breanne Symone Pereles Laneville, TX

Rialie Jo Taylor Garrison, TX

Mary Cassie Tinkle Carthage, TX

Rocio Venegas Timpson, TX

Stacy Leann Youngblood Carthage, TX

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