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Please note: All students below are "candidates" for their respective degrees until the Registrar's Office certifies their degree completions.

Christian Adams will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a dual Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) in finance with a concentration in wealth management and in economics with a concentration in applied economic analysis. His University Honors Program capstone thesis is titled, “Applying Factor-Based Investment Strategies in a Quantitative Model.” Adams is a member of the Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team. He is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Additionally, he is an associate in the Community and Business Engagement Institute (CoBE), where he has served on various business consulting and research projects for businesses or individuals in the community. While a CCU student he had internships in a variety of positions in the financial services industry, such as an equity analyst intern with Ameriprise Financial, Inc., a financial analyst intern with The Daily Dirtnap LLC, and a private wealth management intern with Bank of North Carolina. Following graduation, Adams will begin his career as an investment banking analyst with Stephens Inc., one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the country. He is from Winston Salem, N.C.

Shayla Anderson will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in special education, with a concentration in severe disabilities. In May 2017, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in special education from Coastal Carolina University. As an undergraduate student, Anderson was very active in campus activities and with the LIFE program. Currently, she is a graduate assistant for the LIFE Program. After earning her master’s degree, she plans to go to Florida for six weeks for an internship at Island Dolphin Care, a facility that provides dolphin assisted therapy. Following her Florida internship, she hopes to have a job or begin a Ph.D. program with transition and international services as her focus. She is from White Plains, Md.

Michael Ballard will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in instructional technology. He received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his teaching certification in history from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He has been teaching for 21 years, the last 12 of which have been at Black Water Middle School in Conway teaching South Carolina history. He has served a variety of roles in the past, including football coach, chair of the multicultural committee and as a mentor teacher. Ballard intends to use his technology training to assist teachers and students in his school as well as apply it to his own classes. He is originally from Weaverville, N.C.

Dylan Boston will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) in accounting, with concentration in Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Boston has served as president of the Coastal Carolina University chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, an international business honor society, is a Student Executive leader member and a member of Beta Alpha Psi, an honorary organization for financial information students. After graduation he will intern with Ernst & Young in Hoboken, N.J. He is from Pawleys Island, S.C.

Alex Brinkmeier will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Business Administration (MBA). From Pearl City, Ill., Brinkmeier graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University earning two degrees: business marketing and hospitality, and tourism administration. After studying abroad in Europe, she came to CCU to complete the MBA program. In her short time here, she has become a member of the Student Executive Leaders and Beta Gamma Sigma Honors Program. After graduation, she plans to move to back to the Midwest to pursue a career in corporate event coordinating.

Mallory Yessin Byrne will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in chemistry. She has served as a chemistry tutor and a learning assistant in general and organic chemistry laboratories. Additionally, Byrne has conducted research focusing on the improvement of Prussian Blue electrochemical sensors. She had the opportunity to present her research at South Carolina regional meetings as well as the American Chemical Society national meeting in 2018. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and continue research in electrochemical sensors.

Juliane Caughron will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in marine science with minors in both biology and applied mathematics. She is a recipient of the College of Science Dean’s Excellence Scholarship. Her University Honors Program capstone thesis is titled, “Assessing trends in size, catch, abundance, and ecological impacts in ornamental fishes of the Florida Keys.” She was the recipient of a 2016 NOAA Earnest Hollings Scholarship. Caughron interned with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the National Marine Fisheries Service, in addition to spending a semester studying abroad in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. She has presented research at the Southeastern Estuarine Research Society meeting, the Southern Honors Council conference, the American Fisheries Society Southern Division meeting, and two Coastal Undergraduate Research Competitions. Caughron plans to attend graduate school in the fall where she will study fisheries monitoring and management. She is from Pylesville, Md.

Bailey Clay will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) in hospitality resort and tourism management. He is a member of the Floyd Family Mentors Club, where he mentors fourth graders once a week at Waccamaw Elementary School. He has earned the Teal Scholar Award and the Life Scholarship. Clay also volunteers at the Myrtle Beach Community Kitchen. He currently works as an intramural supervisor in University Recreation and as a guest service associate for Bluegreen Vacations. Following graduation, Clay hopes to obtain a manager-in-training position in a full-service hotel. He is from Cleveland, Ohio.

Thomas Cocke will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Science (M.S.) in sport management. He also graduated from CCU with an undergraduate degree in recreation and sport management. After completing his undergraduate work, Cocke went on to be the assistant director of intramurals and club sports at the University of Virginia. He then worked with the Department of the Navy Fleet Readiness Division where he served as the morale, welfare and recreation director on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower serving 3,000 personnel. Cocke is entertaining a position in student affairs while possibly pursuing a Ph.D.

Benjamin E. Counts will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Arts (M.A.) in writing. Counts is an avid writer of fiction as well as a political researcher. He is currently seeking an agent for his first novel and plans to extend his graduate education in the Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in writing program at George Mason University in the fall. He is from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Patrick Dempsey will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) in finance with a concentration in wealth management and a minor in commercial and investment real estate. Dempsey is a Wall Fellow, president of the Finance Club and a member of the men's club lacrosse team. He has held positions with Merrill Lynch and Turner Construction Company and will be working this summer for Citigroup in sales and trading located in New York City. After graduation Dempsey plans to continue working in sales and trading or transition to an investment banking role. He is from Holbrook, N.Y.

Paige Noelle Dieter will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in middle level education and a minor in mathematics. She is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, Order of Omega Honors Fraternity, National Society of Leadership and Success, and Math Teacher Circles. She has served as a student representative on the Academic Integrity Committee and an intern in the Coastal Office of Online Learning. Dieter will become a licensed middle school teacher in two content areas: grades 5-8 for social studies and grades 5-12 for mathematics. Dieter is currently completing her internship in a seventh-grade mathematics classroom at Forestbrook Middle School, where she is teaching mathematics, pre-algebra, and algebra for high school credit. In the fall, Dieter will teach middle school mathematics in the Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland. She plans to seek a master’s degree in instructional technology at a university in the Maryland area. She is from North Huntingdon, Pa.

Elena Draiss will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc). As a CCU student she has been actively involved in the VITA program, Students in Executive Leaders program as well as Beta Gama Sigma. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a CPA. She is originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Jolie Even will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in mathematics, applied. She is a member of the University Honors Program. In the summer of 2017, Even participated in an REU at NC State University where she helped to develop a pharmacokinetic model for water contaminants. She presented the research at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in 2018. While at Coastal Carolina University, Even worked as a mathematics tutor and grader, volunteered for the Humane Society, and worked at Ripley’s Aquarium. She has also been an active member of the mathematics societies Pi Mu Epsilon and Math Alliance. All of this was done while maintaining academic rigor as evidenced by regular appearances on the President’s List. She has been admitted to the master’s degree program in mathematics at College of Charleston. She is from Conway, S.C.

Megan Foster will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in communication with a concentration in public relations and a minor in dramatic arts. She was the first communication Edwards Research Fellow. She has presented original research at multiple conference, most recently at the Southern States Communication Association annual conference. Foster has been an active member of Coastal Activities Board, serving as both the pageant chair and president. She has been inducted into several honor societies including Order of Omega (Greek Life), Upsilon Eta chapter (Communication), the national communication honor society, and a member of the Sigma Xi chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Foster works as a student writer for the Office of University Communication where she has authored numerous articles and newsletter entries. Off campus, she served as an intern for Habitat for Humanity of Horry County and now spends time there as a volunteer. She is from Bedford, Pa.

Whitney Glenn will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in learning and teaching-literacy. She is a 2007 Clemson University graduate with a degree in early childhood education. Glenn began teaching in Horry County in 2012 at Pee Dee Elementary School and has since taught both kindergarten and second grade. She is the current Horry County School District Teacher of the Year. Glen also serves on the board of visitors for the Spadoni College of Education, the EdTech Task Force for Horry County Schools, and the early career educators group for the South Carolina Education Association. After graduation, she plans to enter a Ph.D. program in education.

Emily Graham will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a dual Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree: in accounting and in management with a concentration in Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Her University Honors Program capstone thesis is titled, “Applying Best Practices to a Family-Owned Restaurant: A Case Study.” She is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society and executive treasurer for Phi Beta Lambda: Future Business Leaders of America. She has demonstrated her knowledge in both of her chosen disciplines by earning first place in both accounting and management concepts competitions at the 2015 and 2016 Phi Beta Lambda National Leadership Conferences. Graham is also a leader in the Baptist Collegiate Ministry at Coastal Carolina and regularly gives her time to volunteer activities, such as homeless outreach and hurricane disaster relief efforts. She has worked in the Office of Training and Development at CCU. Graham hopes to pursue a career in human resource management. Graham is from Hemingway, S.C.

Holly L. Hardee will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.Ed.) in early childhood education. She serves as an after-school director and tutor at Kid Care in Loris, S.C. Hardee is a member of Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society. She carries eight education-related trainings including CPR/first aid and infectious disease certifications. She immerses herself in working with children and the community. A large focus of her work is with the Loris Fire Department Auxiliary Board and Dogwood Hill Baptist Food Bank. She also is an organizer of the National Fallen Firefighters Annual Memorial Week in Emmetsburg, Md. and is a volunteer with Loris High School Band. Hardee plans to continue to further serve the Loris community and beyond, secure a teaching position, and continue to be a positive educational leader in and outside of the classroom. Hardee is from Loris, S.C.

Korilyn Hendricks will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in theatre arts with a concentration in physical theatre. In her junior year, which was spent studying abroad in Arezzo, Italy, Hendricks won recognition as the outstanding junior of her B.F.A. class. She currently serves as treasurer for CCU’s chapter of the honors fraternity Alpha Psi Omega, and recently collaborated with a small ensemble of fellow theatre majors to write, direct, produce, design and stage manage a devised performance based upon the text of her poetry. In the fall of 2017, she won the first annual Coastal Carolina University International Poetry Slam. Post-graduation, she plans to move either to Chicago or back to Europe to pursue a career as an actor and writer. She wants to publish a book of poetry that will act as an accompaniment to a touring performance devised from the text, which will hopefully change with every new ensemble and cross cultural, lingual, racial and gender boundaries in order to highlight the flexibility of artistic interpretation and the diverse yet universal nature of the human experience. She is from St. Charles, Missouri.

Robert "Bobby" Holmes will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.S.I.S.). Holmes has been included on the President’s or Dean’s list in each of his semesters at Coastal Carolina. He is a recipient of both a merit scholarship as well as a baseball scholarship. As a member of the Chanticleer baseball team, he has progressed into a leadership role and acts as one of the team captains. He was fortunate enough to be a part of the magical National Championship run of 2016. In Omaha he set a record for appearances in a single College World Series and received an award for being the most academically successful student athlete on the team. However, many know him best for his role as keeper of the rally monkey, Fiki. With one year of eligibility left to compete as a student athlete at CCU, Holmes is pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at CCU. He is from Athens, Ga.

Ashley Jordan will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education (B.S.P.E). She earned an associate’s degree in 2007 from Clarendon College in Texas where she was a student athlete in volleyball. In 2010 she entered into the military, graduated from boot camp, and participated in a school in Pensacola, Fla., as an aviation mechanic. After one year of service, she was injured in a physical training session and had to rethink her career choice. She moved to South Carolina and became an ACE-certified trainer and worked at the Conway Recreation Center in this capacity for three years. While at CCU Jordan has shared her knowledge and skills as the head junior varsity coach at North Myrtle Beach High School and as a club coach for Grand Strand juniors. She is an executive member of the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) Club. In conjunction with the CCU athletic department’s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, she led the Spadoni College of Education faculty and students in a supply drive for teachers and students in Houston, Texas. She orchestrated a PETE Club river clean up on the Waccamaw River in conjunction with the local Yakkity Yakers Kayaking Club and the Waccamaw Riverkeeper. In addition, she has been a dedicated volunteer in the Dalton and Linda Floyd Mentoring program and Teal Youth Days over the past two years. Jordan has presented at state conferences in both South Carolina and Georgia. She is completing her internship at North Myrtle Beach Middle School. Jordan will seek employment as a physical educator and is hopeful that she will find a position in Horry County. Jordan is from Conway, S.C.

Michaela E. Kaltwasser will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in health administration. She previously earned an associate’s degree with a health science emphasis from Horry Georgetown Technical College, where she was a member of Sigma Kappa Delta. At CCU, Kaltwasser was a recipient of the Teal Scholar Award. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career as a licensed health care administrator. She lives in Murrells Inlet, S.C., but is a native of Germany who moved to the United States 22 years ago.

Cody Knight will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in educational leadership. Since August 2012, he has been a teacher at Britton’s Neck Elementary School in Marion County, S.C., where he has taught physical education, kindergarten, second grade, and third grade. Knight was named Teacher of the Year for his elementary school for the 2015-2016 school year. He has served on many different leadership committees such as the district curriculum writing team, school improvement council, and as one of the district’s PBIS coaches. Knight has also achieved his mentor training accreditation in the state of South Carolina to help guide educators who are new to the profession.

Noah Bryce Lare will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in recreation and sport management with a minor in marketing. His University Honors Program capstone thesis is titled, “On Campus, Off Campus, and In-between,” which looks at the factors that influence students’ decisions to attend athletics events. While balancing his academic pursuits, Lare has worked and volunteered in a variety of areas: as the event director for How-O-Scream, an annual Halloween event for 4,000 local children; worked with Manazer Basketball Academy and Coastal Carolina athletics; and volunteered as a mentor for the Life Program. Lare plans to attend graduate school.

David Laws III will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biochemistry. He has served as vice president and president of the Biochemistry and Chemistry Club. He has worked as a laboratory assistant and learning assistant for the chemistry department. Laws has researched for two years investigating the synthesis of Phidianidine analogs and presented his research at the South Carolina Academy of Science and the Southeastern Regional Meeting of the ACS in 2017. The SCAS presented Laws with the award for Most Outstanding Male Presenter and Most Outstanding Chemistry/Biochemistry Poster. He plans to pursue a doctorate in chemistry. Laws is from Sumter, S.C.

Andrew Lewis will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in information systems. He obtained his first Bachelor of Science from Campbell University in 2011. At CCU, he has been included in the spring 2017 Dean’s List and fall 2017 President’s List. His professional and career interests include software development and system engineering. Lewis is from Charleston, S.C.

Justin Lowes will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in public health. While at Coastal Carolina, he has been on the President’s List each semester. He entered CCU as a Palmetto Fellow, an award he has maintained throughout his college career. He holds membership in Eta Sigma Gamma, an honor society for the public health field. Lowes was invited to participate in the TEAL Nutrition program, where he demonstrated professionalism in dealing with clients, enthusiasm for helping campus and community members improve their health, a positive attitude, and a strong work ethic. He was also one of the student leaders, who participated in the Council on Education for Public Health accreditation process for the public health program. Lowes is currently fulfilling the requirements to be a physician assistant, and following graduation he intends to take the GRE and attend a physician assistant program. He is from Conway, S.C.

Alexandra Lucas will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in exercise and sport science. Her University Honors Program capstone thesis is titled, “Reducing Crime in Inner Cities.” She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Fraternity. Lucas is completing her capstone internship at Coastal Orthopedics. She helped coordinate a research project that resulted in two first author and four co-authored scientific presentations at regional and national conferences of the American College of Sports Medicine. Lucas plans to attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in physician assistant studies. She is from Hanover, Md.

Lou Anna Miller will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). She started her nursing career in 1981 as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and worked at what is now Tidelands Health in Georgetown, as well as in home health care. Since 2014, Miller has been employed as a school nurse in the Georgetown County School District. Miller completed a teaching project for healthy hydration for young athletes in Spring 2017. She completed her leadership project on developing an effective orientation for new school nurses and recently completed an independent study on dental caries and dental visits in children. She is a native of Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Emily Neil will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in special education. Neil has completed graduate courses to prepare her to teach students with the most significant disabilities. After graduation, she plans to seek a position as a special education teacher in Horry County Schools in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She is from Little River, S.C.

Madison Nowlin will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in intelligence and national security studies and a minor in Russian studies. Her University Honors Program capstone thesis is titled, “How the Cases of Iran and Pakistan Describe Russia's Foreign Policy Towards North Korea.” She has served as the president of National Security Club, the chief financial officer of the Chanticleer Intelligence Brief, and was a member the Coastal Carolina Model European Union delegation. Nowlin was selected to attend the International Student Festival in Trondheim, and she has been published twice in The Intelligence Review. She is from Concord, N.C.

Richard Thomas O’Leary will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Arts (M.A.) in liberal studies. He has worked as a graduate assistant in the MALS program serving the Department of History, where he also helped to transcribe material for a new book by Professor Roy Talbert, assisted in the creation of an exhibit and introduced the guest speaker at a ceremony honoring the work of the late Charles Joyner, participated in the department’s History Mentoring Project, and twice served as a National History Day adjudicator and presenter. O’Leary has also served as president of Phi Alpha Theta, and presented a paper entitled “American Holocaust: The Indian Removal Act of 1830” at the Phi Alpha Theta Conference in the spring of 2017. O’Leary’s capstone project for his MALS degree is entitled “Vietnam in Film and Memory,” which consists of an investigation into theoretical approaches to history and pop culture depicting the Vietnam War. O’Leary received a Bachelor of Art in history with a minor in religious studies from Coastal Carolina University in December 2016. He plans to parlay his love for history into becoming an educator. He is from Murrell’s Inlet, S.C.

Darrah Panzarella will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in art studio. Panzarella was one of the first students accepted into the new art history program at Coastal Carolina University in fall 2016. She served as president of the visual arts student organization CHROMA: The Study of Art & Design, of which she helped facilitate a recent art install at Brookgreen Gardens. She is a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity. She is a research assistant for the Statues Speak project at Duke University. Following graduation, Panzarella plans to pursue a career in teaching and museum work. Originally from upstate New York, Panzarella lives in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Madison R. Rahner will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English. A Degree in Three student, Rahner served as president of Sigma Tau Delta, the international honors society for students of English, and spent time on the staff for Archarios, the University’s award-winning literary and arts magazine. She also worked as a student assistant for the Department of English and in the dean’s office in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts. Rahner has had several poems published in literary journals such as Grub Street, Oyster River Pages, and The Feminine Collective. Additionally, she has completed a draft of a middle-grade novel, which she is in the process of revising. She plans to enroll in CCU’s Master of Arts in writing program before ultimately pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in fiction writing. She is from Conway, S.C.

Judith Roberto will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in sociology with a concentration in social justice. She received an associate’s degree in applied science, human services, from Horry Georgetown Technical College prior to transferring to Coastal Carolina University. She is a member of the Social Justice Research Initiative (SJRI), a member of the National Organization for Human Services and Alpha Sigma Lambda, former secretary of Tau Upsilon Alpha National Organization for Human Services Honor Society. Roberto plans to attend Rutgers University for a master’s degree in social work (MSW) in the fall of 2019 and will pursue a career as an early intervention professional, helping families adjust to life after an autism diagnosis. Her Ph.D. aspirations are to study the intersectionality of race, disability and social inequality.

Caroline Nicole Rogers will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education (B.A.Ed.) in elementary education. She was a research fellow for the Spadoni College of Education for three years and worked as liaison with the South Carolina Teaching Fellows program as a peer mentor. Rogers enjoyed leading seminar classes, team-building activities and attending professional development within the program. She is a reading interventionist at Ocean Drive Elementary School in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she completed her student teaching. Rogers plans to return to Coastal Carolina University for a graduate degree in literacy or educational leadership. Rogers is from Little River, S.C.

Lucille M. Romanik will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in studio art. Her University Honors Program capstone thesis is titled, “The Effects of Art Therapy Methods on Aggressive Behaviors and Mood in Relation to Personality.” She has been a student mentor at a local middle school and an arts program volunteer at a local youth center. As a research assistant in the Department of Psychology, she co-authored four presentations at two professional psychology conferences and was part of a research team selected for a regional research award. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school in art therapy and counseling and hopes to eventually earn a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and practice art therapy. Romanik is from Winston-Salem, N.C.

Lisa Saguto will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.D.) in marketing. She is president of the American Marketing Association at Coastal Carolina University, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society, serving as vice president of marketing and communications. She is a member of Student Executive Leaders, as well as the Phi Eta Sigma Honors Society. She placed first in the Red Ventures Sales Team Contest (Personal Selling and Sales Management course), third place in the Coastal Carolina Summer Reading Report for “Playing the Enemy” by John Carlin and was the recipient of Knights of Columbus Catholic of the Year Award. Saguto is also the recipient of Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, the DeCenzo Endowed Scholarship, the Teal Scholar Award and the LIFE Scholarship. She has accepted a position at the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention Visitors Bureau in the sales and marketing department. Saguto is originally from East Berlin, Pa.

Savannah S. Scarborough will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) in English. Scarborough has participated in research with her professors examining how to best facilitate Socratic seminars in the classroom and online. She presented this topic at the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies. Her undergraduate study includes a business degree from the College of Charleston and extensive English coursework from Coastal Carolina University. After graduation she plans to pursue a career as a high school English teacher. She is from Murrells Inlet, S.C.

Allie M. Sheets will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in political science. As a student fellow in the Edgar Dyer Institute for Leadership and Public Policy, she researched the inequalities that arise from the cash-based bail bond system. Through this research, she made policy suggestions to improve communities and promote equality in the criminal justice system. Sheets is a member of the national political science honor society, Phi Sigma Alpha, and the national honor society for adults returning as students to higher education, Alpha Sigma Lambda. Upon graduation, Sheets will attend graduate school to pursue a doctorate in political science. She is from King, N.C.

Garland R. Shrader will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in philosophy and a minor in religious studies. He has been a Jackson Scholar in the Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values, served as a philosophy tutor, and as president of the CCU chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the national honor society in philosophy. At CCU, Garland received both the Joseph K. East Scholarship and the Jacie Hyatt Endowment Scholarship. After graduation, he plans to pursue graduate work in philosophy or theology. Garland is from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Andrew Smith will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in graphic design. An award-winning graphic design student and accomplished artist, Smith has won numerous awards for his work with the Athenaeum Press, Tempo magazine, and his sculptural work was juried into the 2017 Art Fields competition. He recently completed a successful internship for Converse shoes and is now contracted as a brand designer for the company. He is from Annapolis, Md.

Austin Smothers will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in applied physics. As president of CCU’s chapter of the Society of Physics Students, he helped the group sponsor engineering design projects and high school outreach in physics and engineering. Combining his interests in physics and biology, Smothers plan to attend graduate school to study biomedical engineering. He is from Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Emilie-Katherine Gabrielle Tavernier will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in biology. She has been an essential member of a research team for the past two and half years working in plant molecular biology. Tavernier has completed two REU research projects in plant biology over the past two summers, one at the University of California Riverside and a second at Kettering University in Flint, Mich. Her research from Kettering University will be submitted for publication and presentation in Montreal this summer at the national American Society of Plant Biologists conference. She was chosen to be a part of the Walls Fellow program from 2015-2016, has been the president of Tri-Beta, the Biological Honor Society, for the past year, and has spent the majority of her senior year working as the prep person for genetics and molecular biology. She has been a recipient the Solid Waste Authority Environmental Scholarship and the Coastal Scholar Award. Tavernier will continue her research in plant biology, specifically in moss biology, as a Ph.D. student at the University of Florida, Gainesville starting this summer with a full stipend and teaching assistantship. She is from Surfside Beach, S.C.

Sean Timmons will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in information technology and a minor in intelligence and national security. Originally from Maple Shade, N.J., he earned an associate’s degree from Burlington County College before moving south to attend Coastal Carolina University. After graduation he plans to begin a career in information technology.

Carlie Todd will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with dual Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in both intelligence and national security studies and in history. She was awarded the Distinguished Student Award during the 2018 Honors Convocation. She has worked as the project leader for the Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University where she assists in research and publications on the Waccamaw region of South Carolina. She has worked as an archivist organizing and cataloguing various documents and recordings on the lives of African American soldiers in World War II. This archive is currently being added to the Library of Congress’s archival manuscript collection. She has engaged in various academic research including work on servicewomen of World War II, ISIS’s financial infrastructure, and the technological subversion of state and non-state actors in U.S. intelligence. She has served as a campus leader both as a Jackson Scholar and as an SGA Senator. Her interests include 20th century American history, women’s and gender history, U.S. national security threats, and Sunni Islamic militancy. Todd plans to pursue a doctorate in American history. Todd is from Charlotte, N.C.

Aynslee van Graan will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with dual Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in art studio. She received a full athletic scholarship to attend Coastal Carolina as part of the University’s cross country and track and field teams. She has earned all-region honors in both cross country and track and field on multiple occasions. She aspires to become a high school art teacher while pursuing her career as an artist and as a competitive distance runner. She is from Cape Town, South Africa.

Ike Vayansky will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Science (M.S.) in information systems technology. He previously graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in information systems with a minor in applied mathematics. His achievements as part of the master’s degree program have resulted in some of his research being published to scientific journals. Vayansky has been a member of the Coastal Activities Board (CAB) and Colleges Against Cancer (CAC). He plans to earn a Ph.D. in computer science and hopes work in medical research to design prediction models and artificial intelligence for accurate and precise medical diagnosis. He is from Pittsburgh, Pa.

Cathryn Wheaton will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Master of Science (M.S.) in coastal marine and wetland studies. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College in marine science with a focus in geology. As an intern, she studied the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Blowout on sedimentation. From there she went to the U.S. Geological Survey Coastal and Marine Science Center in St. Petersburg, Fla., as a research technician and scientific diver. At CCU, Wheaton was appointed the 2017-2018 graduate student representative. She received grants from the M.K. Pentecost Ecology Fund, the Douglas D. Nelson Fellowship, and the Southern Association of Marine Laboratories toward her research. After graduation from CCU, she plans to work for a year to continue toward earning a Ph.D. in coastal geology/geophysics. She is from Georgetown, Bahamas.

Rachel A. Whyte will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in history with a certificate in cultural heritage studies. In addition, she is a member of the anthropology and geography student club and has participated in the Waccamaw Pau Wau and joined in salvage archaeological excavations at the prehistoric shell midden at Edisto Beach State Park. She has also completed two archaeological field schools to excavate a prehistoric, Native American site at Waties Island and a historic plantation site at Brookgreen Gardens, and she has studied abroad in Trinidad. Whyte frequently volunteers in the archaeological laboratory and attended the Mid-Atlantic Archaeological Conference in spring 2018. Whyte plans to attend graduate school for a doctorate that will focus on archaeology and cultural heritage. She is from North Huntington, Penn.

Wesley A. Williams will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in musical theatre. He is a recipient of the Visual and Performing Arts Merit Award. Williams has performed in six productions at Coastal Carolina University in addition to appearing in Schadenfreude with visiting guest artists of The Collective NY. In the spring of 2014, he participated in a cooperative education program, working full-time at Walt Disney World as a character performer. Williams has also worked as a scenic carpenter at CCU, assisting in the construction process for 16 productions of the Department of Theatre. After graduation, he plans to move to New York City to begin working toward his dream of performing professionally full-time. He is from Lexington, S.C.

Christopher Wright will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in music with a concentration in performance and a minor in French. He is a member of the University Honors Program. While at CCU, Wright has presented at the Undergraduate Research Competition on Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. He has received the Michel Block award for pianistic excellence several times. Last year, he received the award for outstanding junior in the music. He plans to attend graduate school at Colorado University, Boulder where he will continue his studies in piano performance. In the future, Wright hopes to teach, perform, and live in France where he will focus his studies on French piano literature. Originally from Denver, Colo., he has lived in Myrtle Beach for the past five years.

Junkai Xing is an international student from Fuzhou City, Fujian Province, China. Xing completed a year of studies at Huaqiao University in China before coming to CCU and will graduate from Coastal Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in computer science after only two years at CCU. He has served as a tutor and grader for the Department of Computing Sciences for three semesters and is the vice president of Chinese Club. He was inducted into the Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society in Computing Science. Additionally, he was awarded the China National Scholarship at Huaqiao University in his freshman year, a further indication of his dedication to the discipline and belief in the importance of a sustained and outstanding work ethic. In the future, Xing will apply to graduate school for advanced studies in software engineering. He hopes to obtain a position in industry where he can apply his skills to improve people’s lives through the systematic and careful design and implementation of large-scale software systems.