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UCO Honors Students For Top Academic Achievement As Fall 2012 Class Marshals

Dec. 3, 2012

Media Contact:  Courtney Bass, University Relations Staff Writer, University of Central Oklahoma, (405) 974-2121,


The University of Central Oklahoma has named five students as Class Marshals of their respective colleges, recognizing them for their academic excellence during Central’s fall 2012 commencement ceremonies Dec. 14 and 15 at the university’s Hamilton Field House.

The recognized students earned Class Marshal titles for achieving the highest academic records within their colleges during their time at Central.

Alesa Clymer, a native of Oklahoma City, is a studio arts major. She will represent the College of Fine Arts and Design as Class Marshal with a 3.97 GPA.           

Clymer plans to continue her work as a studio artist while pursuing a career in illustration. She later plans to work toward a master’s degree in fine arts or illustration.

“Being a student at UCO has given me the knowledge to become a well rounded individual, not only as an intellectual, but as a member of society,” Clymer said.

Clymer is a member of the UCO Student Art Association, as well as the Golden Key International and the Gamma Beta Phi honor societies. She received the Spring 2011 Award of Excellence from her college and was a recipient of the Kathryn Kunc Art Scholarship.

Devin B. Elder, a native of Edmond, is an accounting major who will represent the College of Business Administration with a 3.97 GPA. He plans to continue his career with Sonic Corp. while beginning the master’s in Business Administration program with plans to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam.

“Central was perfect because of the full schedule of evening classes.  I was able to complete my degree by attending class almost entirely on weeknights and online.  The location of the campus as well as the student and faculty ratio also contributed to UCO being the perfect fit for me.”

Elder is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society and a recipient of the BKD Accounting Scholarship, the CPAexcel Scholarship, the Financial Executives International Excellence Award, and the Donald Criswell Accounting Scholarship. He also received the Chesapeake Energy Scholarship three times and the Rothbaum Student Achievement Award twice.

As a Photographic Arts major, Edmond native Alyssa Humphreys will represent the College of Liberal Arts as Class Marshal with a 3.97 GPA. Upon graduation, she plans to continue developing her business, Alyssa Humphreys Photography, while pursuing additional work opportunities in advertising design.

“UCO graduates have a good reputation of excellence and leadership in the workforce and this is one reason I am proud of my degree in Photographic Arts from UCO. I loved the small class sizes, the personal quality of instruction, and the friendships I made with classmates. Photography classes were interesting and challenging.  In this way, I believe UCO prepared me to pursue my passions,” said Humphreys.

She is a member of the Golden Key, Alpha Lambda, Gamma Beta Phi and Kappa Tau Alpha honor societies. Humphreys was a recipient of the 2012 Joe Hight award, the Outstanding Photography Student award and the Daniel Smith Photography Scholarship.

Tabitha Cheree McCoy Wilkins, a native of Gaithersburg, Md., is a nursing major and will represent the College of Mathematics and Science as Class Marshal with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to work as a registered nurse, ideally in a neonatal intensive care unit. She also hopes to later pursue a graduate degree to become an advanced practice nurse.           

“I was inspired by Central nursing program and its widely-recognized reputation and tradition of excellence.  It was important to me to complete my undergraduate degree with the best preparation possible for the professional world,” said Wilkins.

Wilkins is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, Gamma Beta Phi and Sigma Alpha Lambda honor societies.

As a psychology major, Ardmore native Karissa D. Rowley will represent the College of Education & Professional Studies as Class Marshal with a 4.0 GPA. She begins work in the fall on her doctorate in physical therapy with dreams of working in the pediatric setting.

“These past four years I have grown a lot. The activities I have participated in have pushed me out of my comfort zone. Through this, I have learned I can survive the insecurity and grow to accommodate change. I am still learning, but being at Central definitely started the wheels of growth and change, and I am excited to take what I’ve learned as I move on to the next step of this educational and life journey,” said Rowley.

Rowley is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Golden Key International, Gamma Beta Phi and Psi Chi International honor societies. She received the Baccalaureate, the Emerging Leaders, the Julian and Irene Rothbaum, and the Ruth Stockton Blair Memorial scholarships. She also received the Psychology tuition waiver and the Success Central First Year Experience Award.

First presented in the fall of 1994, the Class Marshal title has become a Central tradition. Each will wear special stoles during the fall commencement ceremonies, signifying the highest degree of academic excellence.

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Editor’s Note: Individual headshots of each Class Marshal may be downloaded at