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George Fox University

NEWBERG, Ore. — Jesse Burrell of Charleston was among a record 725 graduates who participated in commencement ceremonies at George Fox University in early May.

Burrell earned a master of arts in clinical psychology degree.

The Newberg, Ore., school hosted two undergraduate commencement events for 435 graduates on Saturday, May 3, and hosted separate departmental ceremonies for the 290 graduating from its graduate and seminary programs. Alumnus Richard Foster, author of Celebration of Discipline, returned to campus to serve as undergraduate commencement speaker.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes among the top Christian universities in the country and is a Christian college classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university. More than 3,700 students attend classes on the university's campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Ore. George Fox offers bachelor's degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, six seminary degrees, and 11 master's and doctoral degrees.

McCallie School

CHATTANOOGA — Three Cleveland residents were among the members of the 2014 graduating class of McCallie School in the May 18 commencement ceremonies on the McCallie campus.

The graduates included Cleveland’s C.J. Fritz, Justin Powers and Zain Siddiqui.

Fritz accepted an athletic grant-in-aid for football from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He was also presented the Stephens Athletic Medal in a school award ceremony in May. The award is given to the top athlete in the school.

Powers earned a Rhodes Award to attend Rhodes College and is also a Tennessee Hope scholarship recipient.

Siddiqui was the recipient of the Purdy Physics Award during a McCallie school award ceremony in May.

McCallie School is a private, all-male boarding and day school in Chattanooga.

Tennessee Tech University

COOKEVILLE — More than 1,200 students earned their degrees in May from Tennessee Tech University, and some local students were among them.

TTU’s newest alumni came from 77 Tennessee counties, 31 states and 22 other countries. Their degrees were in 41 undergraduate and 22 graduate fields.

The following local students graduated: 

Cleveland — Christine Nicole Beck, Joby Dale Haney, Reginald A Walker, Samantha D Partin, Stephenie Charlene McKinney and Tanner Paul Garland;

Oldfort — Loren Danielle Pierce and Myles Tyler Powell;

Turtletown — Allen S. Uhlik.

“We have journeyed with these students through a time in their lives they will never forget, and that has the protection for profound change — not just in their own lives but in all of ours and for generations to come,” said TTU President Phil Oldham during the ceremonies.

Each spring, TTU hosts two commencement ceremonies. The morning ceremony is for graduates of the Colleges of Agriculture and Human Ecology, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Whitson-Hester School of Nursing. Graduates of the Colleges of Business and Education receive their degrees in the afternoon.

The state’s only public technological university, TTU offers more than 40 bachelor’s and 20 graduate programs to more than 11,000 students. With hundreds of student activities ranging from clubs and organizations to community service projects, intramurals and Greek Life, TTU offers a full campus experience to students from around the world. Founded in 1915, Tennessee Tech University is about an hour east of Nashville, in Cookeville. Learn more at