PLAINVIEW - Sharing advice with the newest class of graduates at Wayland Baptist University, McCoy's Building Supply Centers CEO Brian McCoy urged service above all.
"Pursue your goals with a passion, but don't forget the people God has put around you and give to them generously," McCoy said. "Let's commit to put people first, as Jesus demonstrated so many times."
Giving examples of a Christmas poinsettia sent to a family since college days and special phone calls on employees' birthdays and anniversary of hiring dates, McCoy said finding ways to show appreciation and care for people dear to him is far more important than his work. He urged graduates to emulate that pattern.
"To give to others in God's economy means not to give when everything else is done but as a priority," McCoy said. "I have learned that it is often the small things that impact people in large ways.
"Be a person who gives, a person who gives first. Be a person who gives to people who can give you nothing in return."
Joell Beagle, a graduate from Alamogordo, N.M., served as the senior class speaker, and other graduates participated in the ceremony by leading prayers or reading scripture.
Around 65 students received diplomas during the afternoon ceremony. Two students - Daniel Wigner of Lubbock and Stacy Mueller of Albuquerque, N.M. - were honored as highest ranking graduates, both completing their education with a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Mueller is the daughter of Gary and Eva Mueller and earned a Bachelor of Music degree in music education. She has been in the International Choir for four years and was a member of Te Deum, Spirit, Wayland Singing Women, Student Alumni Council and Kappa Delta Pi. She received the vocal music education achievement award.
Wigner, the son of Kenneth and Linda Wigner, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and English. He has been employed as the periodical circulation assistant for the Mabee Learning Resources Center during his last year and will remain in that position while working on a master's degree.
Receiving diplomas during the ceremony were the following students, listed by degree and with majors:
Master of Arts in Management: Scott LeRoy Earle, Sr. of San Antonio, human resource management major; Shawn Komorn of Adkins, human resources management; Geri Robinson-McBean of San Antonio, human resource management. Master of Arts in Religion: James Cook of Whitney, traditional track. Master of Business Administration: Temeika LaShawn Rickenbacker of San Antonio, general business; Heather Wiley Smith of Plainview, human resource management; Kristi Castillo Solis of San Antonio, management. Master of Education: Brenda Russell of Plainview, educational administration; Ritchie Don Thornton of Plainview, educational administration; and Michael D. Wiley of Plainview, reading. Master of Science: Aimee Michelle Fondy Teeple of Floydada, multidisciplinary studies.
Bachelor of Arts: Melissa Ann Almsted of Lubbock, English; Brandon Derrick Campanella of Artesia, N.M., theatre and English; Jason Douglas Daniels of Dumas, religion composite; Patricia Aurora Garza of Hale Center, psychology; Donna Marie Gleason of Edgewood, N.M., mass communications; Alfred Marquez Gomez of Hale Center, mass communications; Kira Ingle of Joplin, Mo., mass communications; Cinthya N. Leija of Idalou, Spanish; Billie Jo Martinez of Plainview, psychology; Jessica M. Ogden of Slaton, art; JoAnn Rey of Plainview, criminal justice and psychology; Ryan R. Ritchey of Beaumont, art; Catherine Rodriguez of Plainview, language arts and social studies; Toddrick Dion Simmons of Littlefield, psychology; Andrew Sims of Amarillo, English; Sandy Suzann Tucker of Olton, music; and Daniel Everett Wigner of Lubbock, religion and English.
Bachelor of Business Administration: Jeremy Joe Berry of Comfort, management/marketing; Kyle Scott Cummings of Lubbock, management/marketing; Melissa Lynn Gregg of Plainview, accounting; Emilianna Reid Hart of Honolulu, Hawaii, management information systems; James Ryan Jenkins of Elkhart, Kan., business administration; Matthew Bryan Jones of Fort Worth, management/marketing; and Juan Luis Roman of Arlington, international management.
Bachelor of Music: Michelle Yvonne Apodaca of Albuquerque, N.M., music education; Paul Timothy Harkey of Plainview, church music; Julie Ann McCarthick of Lovington, N.M., music education; Stacy Christine Mueller of Albuquerque, music education; Justin M. Ogden of Plainview, music education.
Bachelor of Science : Mark W. Higginbotham of Humble, mathematics; Amy Michelle Hinojosa of Plainview, biology; Joni C. Mayhew of Plainview, psychology; Leah Esda Nichols of Monahans, psychology; LaTasha Shanta Roberson of Irving, psychology; Angela Watson of Plainview, biology and chemistry; Lori J. Wilkins of Plainview, psychology; Krysta Lynne Williams of Lorenzo, biology; and Duane Steven Youngberg of Phoenix, Ariz., mathematics.
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Joell Mary Beagle of Alamogordo, N.M., elementary education; Lauren Elaine Carroll of Childress, elementary education; Joi Nicole Stanley Jenkins of Canyon, mathematics; Rachelle Martinez of Plainview, early childhood education; Kelly D. Neie of Lubbock, elementary education; and Gina D. Wilson of Hobbs, N.M., elementary education.
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education: Gale Williams Adams of Plainview, human services; Rubi Fierro of Plainview, business administration; Lori Beth Francis of Adrian, occupational education; Consuelo Lopez Galvan of Plainview, occupational education; Jesus Garcia of Plainview, occupational education; Carlos J. Griggs of Columbus, Ga., occupational education; Tameshea Michelle Hawkins of Lubbock, occupational education; Sara Elizabeth Huggins of Lubbock, religion; Darla Woodson Newland of Plainview, occupational education; Charlotte Sjogren of Plainview, occupational education; and Janice Hughes Talley of Plainview, business administration.
Associate of Applied Science: Stephanie Elaine Mosley of San Angelo, occupational education.