Largest Graduating Class
More than 300 of the 700 candidates for graduation took part in Cowley College’s 83rd commencement ceremony held May 6 at W.S. Scott Auditorium.
Along with the conferring of degrees, college alumnus Dr. James Sherbon was presented with this year’s Outstanding Tiger Alumni Award. Sherbon is a 1956 graduate of Cowley. He serves as a substitute teacher and lives in Lenexa.
A reception for the graduates, family members and friends was held immediately following the ceremony in the Earle N. Wright Community Room inside the Brown Center. The featured speaker was Pam Smith, Cowley’s natural science department instructor and the 2004 recipient of the Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning.
Members of Cowley’s faculty were also recognized, including Michelle Schoon, who was presented the Paul Stirnaman Award, Marlys Cervantes, who was named the 2006 Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and Student Learning, and Brett Butler and Cindy Branscum, who were recently honored as Excellence Award recipients at the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in Austin, Texas.
Student Government Association members Ashley Bland and Sarah Coury addressed the class. Bland, a sophomore dental hygiene major from Ponca City, Okla., served as SGA president during the 2005-2006 academic year. Coury, a sophomore liberal arts major from Arkansas City, served as SGA vice president.