Congratulations to the nearly 1,100 students who are candidates for graduation in three ceremonies this weekend at Emporia State University. Students from this area include:

Brooke Allison Martin of Conway Springs, Kansas, Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Education degree in Elementary Education .

Allison Sadonie Demeyer of Mulvane, Kansas, Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Bachelor of Science in History degree .

Amanda Rose Hively of Mulvane, Kansas, with a B.S. in Education degree in Elementary Education .

Stacy Jo Bright of Wellington, Kansas, with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree .

Lisa Dridi of Wellington, Kansas, with a Master of Science degree in Special Education with a concentration in Adaptive Special Education .

Austin James Lloyd of Wellington, Kansas, with a B.S. in Business degree in Accounting and minors in Information Systems and Management.

Angela Sue Rinehart of Wellington, Kansas, with a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration with a concentration in Educational Administration Prek-12 .

Caitlin J Sheridan of Wellington, Kansas, with a Master of Science degree in Special Education with a concentration in Adaptive Special Education .

Houston Ty Sober of Wellington, Kansas, with a B.S. in Business degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship .

Those graduating Cum Laude earned an overall grade point average of at least 3.5 out of a possible 4.0. For Magna Cum Laude, students earned an overall GPA of at least 3.7. Summa Cum Laude is an overall GPA of at least 3.9. Those graduating with With Honors or With High Honors from the Honors College distinguish themselves by completing an Honors curriculum, learning and practicing adaptive leadership and completing either a community service project or an academic thesis, all while maintaining high academic standards.

Students planning to finish their degrees in May or August are eligible to walk during either undergraduate or graduate commencement exercises. For the first time in Emporia State's 155-year history, commencement will be celebrated in three separate ceremonies. All students earning graduate degrees will be honored at 6 p.m. Friday, May 11. Students earning bachelor's degrees from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be honored at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, with School of Business and The Teachers College conferring degrees at 2 p.m.Saturday, May 12.

Daniel J. Thomas of the Kansas Board of Regents will give remarks at all three ceremonies.

For more information about commencement, including a link to live streaming, go to https://www.emporia.edu/commencement/.

About Emporia State University

Emporia State University offers over 200 academic programs in the School of Business, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Library and Information Management and The Teachers College. ESU is the only public university in Kansas to have earned national recognition as a College of Distinction, an honor for universities that demonstrate innovative application of high-impact education. In addition, in the Best Colleges 2018 guidebook by U.S. News and World Report, ESU is ranked No. 2 in lowest student debt of all Midwest regional universities.U.S. News also cited ESU's School of Business as a best value for both in-state and out-of-state students and ranked the online graduate education program in the Top 100 programs in the nation.

For more information, visit www.emporia.edu.