545 receive degrees at Xavier Commencement

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545 graduates received their degrees during Xavier University of Louisiana’s 87th annual commencement May 10 at the XU Convocation Center.

Award-winning actor, director and producer Blair Underwood delivered the commencement address during the ceremony and was awarded an honorary degree. Also receiving honorary degrees were retiring Tulane University President Dr. Scott Cowen and New Orleans educator, activist and community leader Sybil Haydel Morial of the Class of ‘52.

Two students — Parixit Joshi, a biology/pre-med major from Metairie, and Dustin Foret, pharmacy student from Thibodeaux, headed this year’s group of 18 summa cum laude graduates with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.

Honor Graduates

Summa Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Vallery Jenkins.

Bachelor of Science: Nadine Bizimana. Chigozie Dike, Brandan Dotson, Kayla Johnson, Parixit Joshi, Kyle McClue, Kaylin McLeod, Danh Nguyen, David Nguyen and Oluwadolapo, Oyebadejo.

Doctor of Pharmacy: Gina Deering, Dustin Foret, Joshua Gauthier, Mona Khashan, Theresa Nguyen, Nicole Riley and Phuc Tran.

Magna Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Kamaria Beamon, Javon Bracy, and Randi Lemons.

Bachelor of Music: Sandi Lewanika.

Bachelor of Science: Wyndy Bailey, Dujuana Batiste, Kaitland Brannon, Chrystina Clinton, Devin Conrad, Brandon Dang, Sharelle Davis, Morgan Edwards, Jessica Johnson, Maura Jones, Mil’ana Jones, Javon Mead, Alyssa Mercadel, Autumn Myers, Quan Nguyen, Obinna Oko, Jade Romain, Desmond Stewart, Julie Vo and Donielle Williams.

Doctor of Pharmacy: Tessa Bridges, Kristen Constantino, Chisom Ezenwoye, Darcy Foret, Kasey Pattan, Jimmy Quach, Lauren Smith and Candace Zahn.

Cum Laude

Bachelor of Arts: Jasmine Eugene, Jeanece Kelly, Evan La Roche, Mireille Lonian, Balfour Thompson and Adia Wallace.

Bachelor of Science: Chandler Carter, Jasmine Chaisson, Cydney Chatters, Amber Cook, Aaron Dangerfield, Kamirah Demouchet, Mariah Dunbar, Miracle Gaines, Joseph Gilbert III, Gabrielle Gloston, Shanequa Grayson, Fredericka Lewis, Erika McClain, Brianna Miles, McKenzie Moses, Thao Nguyen, Bradley Patterson, Gretchen Peppers, Anthony Pham, Kai Prophete, Fizza Sajid, Danielle Sanders, Michael Seaberry, De’Angela Smith, Taylor St. Charles, Jasmine Stansberry, Christina Tate, Khandase Tate, Maza Tchedou, Lauree Thomas, Jasmine Thompson, De’Angellica Vaughn-Allen, Cynthie Watson, Amber Williams, Vernicia Winford and Jillian Young.

Doctor of Pharmacy: Kearston Barnes, Dana Birch, Annette Carter, Kelly Cutrer, Tiernisha Darensburg, Angela Davis, Miranda Dermady, Emily Gray, Raven Jackson, Chalyn Joshua, Allison Long, Rachel Lockhart, Jessica Lowe, Tendai Makina, Shirouk Muhsen, Christopher Pugh, Terreca Taylor, Taylon Tom, Nam Vu and Quyen Vu.

Graduate Degrees with honors

Master of Arts: Shelia Banks, Amy Milam, John Okogbaa and Andrea Spreter.

Master of Arts in Teaching: Lori Colgan, Katie Krajcer, Troy Lawson, Emmaline Newman and Tiffany Willis.

All Graduates

Bachelor of Arts

Karnies Adams, Brandi Armant, Nekkia Augustine, Michael Bach, Matthew Baker, Anthony Barnett, Kamaria Beamon (Magna Cum Laude), Gabriel Bracy, Javon Bracy (Magna Cum Laude), William Bragg II, Brionee Broussard, Nikole Calhoun, Tori Charles, Rickey Coleman Jr., Zavia Collins, Brandon Davis, Chelsea Davis, Kelicia Davis, Taylor Dupree, Ariel Ellis, Jasmin Eugene (Cum Laude), Harris Faulk, Tonnesha Foster, Rasheed Gilmer, Allyson Graham, LaDale Jackson II, Marvin Jean-Pierre, Vallery Jenkins (Summa Cum Laude), Jimmie Johnson Jr., Isaiah Jones, Lexus Jordan, Jeanece Kelly (Cum Laude), Evan La Roche (Cum Laude), Nekita Lagarde, Jade Lamb, Randi Lemons (Magna Cum Laude), Jasmine Lesane, Vonora Lewis, Mireille Lonian (Cum Laude), Birkinesh Maat, Ebonee’ Mackey, Nia Matherson, Darienne McKenzie, Sherry Minias, Ogechi Nwoko, Jeremy Oatis, Kortez Parker, Tieranni Parquet, Kirkland Penro Jr., Rae Fiera Pickett, Evan Pipion, Jazzma Reese, Llolowen Robinson, Ivory Rogers, Donald Sewell Jr., Balfour Thompson (Cum Laude), Breanna Thompson, Danielle Tucker, Dominique Walker, Mornique Walker, Adia Wallace (Cum Laude), Theresa Weber, Debra Williams, Janay Williams, Daisha Wilson and Folasade Wilson-Anumudu.

Bachelor of Music

Sandi Lewanika (Magna Cum Laude).

Bachelor of Science

Julie Adams, Toluwanimi Adebanjo, Zainab Adebayo, Mercy Adeshina, Asia Age, Angelica Alexander, Nikita Alleyne, Melody Ash, Wyndy Bailey (Magna Cum Laude), Nailah Banks, Lauren Baron, Dujuana Batiste (Magna Cum Laude), Gavin Bauman, Jolie Bellow, Courtney Bettis, Nicholas Bijou, Nadine Bizimana (Summa Cum Laude), Ashley Blocker, Ariel Bonvillian, Brittany Boone, Anthony Boswell, Jaune Boudreaux, Justin Bowers, Kaitland Brannon (Magna Cum Laude), Chelsea Broussard, Amber Brown, Domecia Brown, Tiffany Brownlee, Ana Carter, Chandler Carter (Cum Laude), Jarvis Carter, Jasmine Carter, Jasmine Chaisson (Cum Laude), Cydney Chatters (Cum Laude), Morgan Cheek, Tameka Christmas, Brittany City, Chrystina Clinton (Magna Cum Laude), Devin Conrad (Magna Cum Laude), Amber Cook (Cum Laude), Jocelyn Copeland, Brandon Dang (Magna Cum Laude), Aaron Dangerfield (Cum Laude), Eric Dangerfield, Jessica Daniels, Janique Davalie, Shaquan David, Micaya Davis, Raven Davis, Sharelle Davis (Magna Cum Laude), Kamille Deloach, Lauren Demby, Kamirah Demouchet (Cum Laude), Chigozie Dike (Summa Cum Laude), Brandan Dotson (Summa Cum Laude), Shannon Douglas, Mariah Dunbar (Cum Laude), Rita Dyson, Celeste Edwards, Morgan Edwards (Magna Cum Laude), Ahmed El, Idorenyin Etuk, Kayla Evans, Kara Everhart, Whitney Fant, Whitney Fears, Gabrielle Ficher, Jamille Fields, Carey Ford Jr., Sierra Franklin, Tatyana Franklin, Miracle Gaines (Cum Laude), Racquel Gardner, Kalyn Garner, Paige Gauthier, Robert Gibbs, Joseph Gilbert III (Cum Laude), Diari Gilliam, Gabrielle Gloston (Cum Laude), Lauren Gonzales, John Gordon III, Tyron Gordon, Danzell Gourrier, Sana Grant, Shanequa Grayson (Cum Laude), Bryant Green, Gabriel Green, Jontrell Green, Arieyon Guillory, Olivia Hall, William Hana Sr., Shakia Harper, Anthony Harris, Reginald Harrison Jr., Brehana Hawkins, Kedric Hayes, Shelby Haynes, Nicholas Haywood, James Hearn, Danielle Helffrich, Sherryl Henderson, Jared Hentz, La Tisha Hodge, Carmen Holcombe, Raven Holmes, Arleya Horne, Shanti Hubbard, Jasmyne Hudson, Linus Igbokwe, Timothy Jackson, Jazmine James, Paris Jarman, Atatiana Jefferson, Bene’ Johnson, Jessica Johnson (Magna Cum Laude), Jessica Johnson, Kayla Johnson (Summa Cum Laude), Terri Johnson, Chante’ Jones, Garrett Jones, Lindsey Jones, Marchelle Jones, Maura Jones (Magna Cum Laude), Mil’ana Jones (Magna Cum Laude), Shomari Jordan, Montrelle Joseph, Parixit Joshi (Summa Cum Laude), Rosalyn Kent, Courtney Lavallais, Amber Lejeune, Etheral Lesene, Fredericka Lewis (Cum Laude), Kristiaan Lewis, Leaann Love, Tayler Loyd, Richard Luong, Briana Madhere, Elisah Magee, Diana Mai, Jasmine Martin, Robert Martin, Jamere Maxwell, Lillian McAbee, Shayla McCall, Erika McClain (Cum Laude), Kyle McClue (Summa Cum Laude), Tyriece McGee, Whitney McGruder, Kaylin McLeod (Summa Cum Laude), Javon Mead (Magna Cum Laude), Alyssa Mercadel (Magna Cum Laude), Brianna Miles (Cum Laude), Sherry Minias, Briann Mitchell, Clarence Mitchell III, Rossea’ Moore, McKenzie Moses (Cum Laude), Ashley Moss, Wardah Mustahsan, Autumn Myers (Magna Cum Laude), Keelyn Myers, Paige Nelson, Danh Nguyen (Summa Cum Laude), David Nguyen (Summa Cum Laude), John Nguyen, Quan Nguyen (Magna Cum Laude), Thao Nguyen (Cum Laude), Thuy-Van Nguyen, Vu Nguyen, Brittany Nicholson, Kenechukwu Ojukwu, Obinna Oko (Magna Cum Laude), Oghenebrume Oloko, Gbenga Onayiga, Ephraim Opara Jr., Oluwadolapo Oyebadejo (Summa Cum Laude), DaReek Parker, Bradley Patterson (Cum Laude), Gretchen Peppers (Cum Laude), Anthony Pham (Cum Laude), John Pittman, Taquoya Portee, Ebony Powell, Alex Presley, Kristen Priestley, Kai Prophete (Cum Laude), Laurena Purvis, Kristi Rambaran, Ariel Revere, Sacha Rhone, Shamarri Riddle, Precious Roberson, Antonio Roberts, Alexandria Robertson, Jade Romain (Magna Cum Laude), Brittany Russell, Fizza Sajid (Cum Laude), Danielle Sanders (Cum Laude), Nicholas Schello, Jasmine Scott, Michael Seaberry (Cum Laude), Nusrat Sharmin, Atrice Sheppard, Brandy Simmons, De’Angela Smith (Cum Laude), Gregory Smith, Renard Smith, Charmelle Spatcher, Emmanuel Spence, Taylor St. Charles (Cum Laude), Jasmine Stansberry (Cum Laude), Desmond Stewart (Magna Cum Laude), Brittini Summers, Archie Swain Jr., Tyler Sylve, Omolola Taiwo, Courtney Tannehill, Christina Tate (Cum Laude), Khandase Tate (Cum Laude), Nigel Tate, Maza Tchedou (Cum Laude), Jeremy Terry, Jasmyne Thomas, Lauree Thomas (Cum Laude), Tracey Thomas, Jasmine Thompson (Cum Laude), Diem-Kieu Tran, Joshua Turner, Charne’sa Tutwiler, Venita Uzowulu, Vivian Uzowulu, De’Angellica Vaughn-Allen (Cum Laude), Tiffanie Veal, Leslie Verret, Christopher Vicks, Julie Vo (Magna Cum Laude), Nina Vo, Charles Waller, Charles Warner-Hillard, Alisha Warren, Sharita Watkins, Cynthie Watson (Cum Laude), Megan Webb, Lauren Webster, Kailah Wicker, Kyle Wilcox, Amber Williams (Cum Laude), Donielle Williams (Magna Cum Laude), Francois Williams, Javonnah Williams, Morgan Williams, Vernicia Winford (Cum Laude), Nicole Woodley, Jillian Young (Cum Laude) and Yves-Yvette Young.

Doctor of Pharmacy

Ishac Adem, David Agyekum, Karen Alexander, Corey Anderson, Richard Anderson Jr., Sarah Anthon, Courtney Babin, Tishara Badon, Gianni Baham, Kearston Barnes (Cum Laude), Latoya Batiste, Kristin Bell, Amy Beshir, Korin Bibbins, David Birch (Cum Laude), Eldora Bolden, Tessa Bridges (Magna Cum Laude), Chester Brown Jr., Nakeisha Brown, Antonio Burrowes Jr., Lamar Cardenas II, Annette Carter (Cum Laude), Justin Charles, Chukwuemezie Chimezie, Ryan Chretien, Sharde Clay, LaShon Conerly, Wyatt Connelley, Kristen Constantino (Magna Cum Laude), Tito Coomber, Mayra Cucullu, Kimberly Curington, Kelly Cutrer (Cum Laude), Okell Dames, Rhiannon Daniel, Quynh-Nhu Dao, Tiernisha Darensburg (Cum Laude), Angela Davis (Cum Laude), Javier Davis, Lauren Day, Gina Deering (Summa Cum Laude), Seth Delise, Miranda Dermady (Cum Laude), Jason Diamond, Tanika Diggs, Anh-ton Do, Jimmy Donald Jr., Caroline Emukah, Karen Erinmwingbovo, Annette Evans, Chisom Ezenwoye (Magna Cum Laude), Hunter Farrar, Darcy Foret (Magna Cum Laude), Dustin Foret (Summa Cum Laude), Hilarie Frickey, Joshua Gauthier (Summa Cum Laude), Felicia Gibson, Kelly Goodson, Lillian Gordon, Emily Gray (Cum Laude), Nastosha Griffin, Kayla Guerra, Amina Hamide, Samer Hamide, Rebecca Han, Chawn Harris, Aefsha Holliday, Michael Holmes Jr., John Hunter, Neumarishel Ingram, Raven Jackson (Cum Laude), Orlando Jerez, Rhea Jones, Chalyn Joshua (Cum Laude), Mona Khashan (Summa Cum Laude), Nicholas Ladner, Allison Lang (Cum Laude), Long Le, Ny Le, Rachel Lockhart (Cum Laude), Jessica Lowe (Cum Laude), Erin Maclin, Thomas Maestri, Tendai Makina (Cum Laude), Tawanna Matthews, Joseph McDonald III, Christina Melerine, Chauna Modica, Kelly Mott, Shirouk Muhsen (Cum Laude), Amy Nguyen, Elizabeth Nguyen, Ellis Nguyen, Helen Nguyen, Johnny Nguyen, Jollin Nguyen, Khanh Nguyen, My-Linh Nguyen, Sang Nguyen, Selena Nguyen, Thanh Ha Nguyen, Thao Nguyen, Theresa Nguyen (Summa Cum Laude), Tran Nguyen, Trang Nguyen, Truc Nguyen, Trung Nguyen, Vi Nguyen, Van Novick, Jessica Olivier, Christopher Omari, Kasey Pattan (Magna Cum Laude), Ibraheem Pedro, Danielle Perry, Tuong-Vi Pham, Lynez Preyan, Kalaina Price, Christopher Pugh (Cum Laude), Jimmy Quach (Magna Cum Laude), Rhondalyn Rainey, Joshua Randolph Sr., Nicole Riley (Summa Cum Laude), Shana Robinson, Magali Roskam, Rose Rowden, Janet Royals, Nicole Rugel, Youke Sawada, Kendall Schwab, Charles Shaw, Porscha Showers, Danielle Sidney, Lauren Smith (Magna Cum Laude), Cherise Steib, Tiffany Stubbs, Xuong Ta, Terreca Taylor (Cum Laude), Gordon Thai, Naveen Thomas, Danielle Thompson, Jazmine Thompson, Elisa Thong, Taylon Tom (Cum Laude), Van Tra, Kevin Tran, Lanh Tran, Phuc Tran (Summa Cum Laude), Tu Tran, Hung Truong, Nam Tsan, Paul Vo, Christopher Vu, Michael Vu, Nam Vu (Cum Laude), Nga Vu, Quyen Vu (Cum Laude), Uyen Vu, Michelle Williams, Shavonda Wilson, Michelle Winn, Jade Young, Gerald Yumul, Candace Zahn (Magna Cum Laude) and Rana Zayed.

Master in Theology

Brenda Burns, Thelma Lucas and Jacqueline Mayo.

Master of Arts

Chinelo Ananaba, Sheila Banks (4.0), Everette Bates Jr., Romesha Bridges, Landon Bussie, Monique Carter, Julia Condon, Teryn Dobbins, Tishlinn Fountain, Chelsea Hall, Kelly Hardy, Alfonso Holmes, Albert Jones Jr., Darren Lewis, Amy Milam (4.0), John Okogbaa (4.0), Tara Payne, Teikeshia Randolph, Melissa Michele Rhodes, Keisha Rogers, Shevblaymenyea Rose, Jasmine Scott, Andrea Spreter (4.0), Adrianne Strachan, Ronique Sylva-Beverly, Shawn Vinnett, Chantell Washington-Williams, Kimberly Williams and Ashonta Wyatt.

Master of Arts in Teaching

Rahim Alem Sr., Lori Colgan (4.0), Dwayne Cormier, Rochelle Darville, Sara Easter, Lectoria Epperson, Angela Farnell, Odell Isaac, Jeremiah Jackson, Jaime Johnson, Monique Jones, Katie Krajcer (4.0), Troy Lawson (4.0), Erica Lehr, Aaron McCalister, Angelica Mino, Brantley Minor, Emmaline Newman (4.0), Jennifer Rogers, Jordan Sanchez, James Saunders Jr., Marla Taylor, Jennifer Torregano, Sheridon Trepagnier IV, Gentri Williams Jr., Tiffany Willis (4.0) and Dannie Woods Jr.