NOTEBOOKUniversity of the Cumberlands

WILLIAMSBURG — In recognition of academic performance, the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at University of the Cumberlands has announced Kayce Stewart of Cerulean was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2020 semester.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and be in good academic standing.

2020 graduates

University of the Cumberlands conferred 1,500 degrees this spring to its newest graduates. Graduates hailed from 44 states and several countries, including Latvia, India, Trinidad and Tobago and Sweden, among others.

University of the Cumberlands has conferred degrees to the Class of 2020 graduates including:

Kelley Groves of Trenton, who received their Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership

Danielle Chastain of Hopkinsville, who received her Master of Arts in Education degree in Literacy Specialist P-12

Morgan Goode of Hopkinsville, who received their Master of Arts in Education degree in Teacher as Leader

Courtney Meredith of Cadiz, who received their Master of Arts in Education degree in Teacher Leader — Mathematics

Elizabeth Thompson of Pembroke, who received her Master of Arts in Education degree in School Guidance Counselor

Mary Calhoun of Hopkinsville, who received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in P-12 Special Education LBD

Amelia Glass of Cadiz, who received her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in P-12 Special Education LBD

Stephen Pool of Hopkinsville, who received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice

Amie Watkins of Elkton, who received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services

In a letter to the graduates, Dr. Larry Cockrum, president of the University, offered his “heartfelt congratulations” to students on their “outstanding achievements.”

Cockrum gave one piece of advice as well, quoting legendary basketball coach John Wooden, “Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

Belmont University

NASHVILLE — Kassidy Knight of Hopkinsville and Lexy Tays of Princeton achieved the Dean’s List at Belmont University for the Spring 2020 semester.

Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours (exclusive of audit and pass/fail courses this semester) and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C (inclusive of audit, pass/fail courses and zero-credit courses).

Murray State University

MURRAY — Murray State University has awarded a total of 17 incoming students with the prestigious Presidential Fellowship, which includes full tuition, housing and meals for up to four years at the University.

Incoming Murray State student for fall 2020, Matthew Smith of Cadiz, has received a Presidential Fellowship.

“It is an honor to welcome this group of outstanding students to Murray State University,” said Murray State University President Dr. Bob Jackson. “Their commitment to academic excellence is unwavering and unmatched, and we are pleased to offer a high-quality and high-impact curriculum that will challenge and engage our students as they pursue their educational goals.”

The recipients, who represent several counties across Kentucky along with six states, will be part of the University’s Honors College, a community within Murray State that offers a unique honors curriculum, critical-thinking seminars and specialized programs and activities.

“Our presidential fellows are all outstanding academic achievers, but they are also selected based on their demonstrated leadership potential and involvement in their communities,” said Dr. Warren Edminster, executive director of the Honors College.

Students selected for the Presidential Fellowship complete a rigorous multi-step application process that includes multiple interviews. During their time at Murray State, recipients of the fellowship are responsible for conducting extensive research projects and serving as leaders in the campus community.

Incoming first-year students for fall 2021 who have a 28 ACT composite score minimum (or 1250 SAT verbal and math combined score minimum), along with a 3.7 GPA on a 4.0 scale, are eligible to apply for the Presidential Fellowship.

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