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UCO Honors Students for Top Academic Achievement as Spring 2014 Class Marshals

April 30, 2014

Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 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 spring 2014 commencement ceremonies May 9 and 10 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.

Candace Baker of El Reno is a mathematics and forensic science major. She will represent the College of Mathematics and Science as Class Marshal with a 4.0 GPA. After graduation, Baker will begin her career with Chesapeake Energy as an engineering technician.

A member of Delta Delta Epsilon Forensic Science Honor Society, Baker served as president of Math Club and was a member of both the Student Art Association and Leaders of Tomorrow.

“At UCO, all my professors know me by name and have helped me thrive throughout my academic career. I couldn’t have chosen a better college for my bachelor’s degree and I will always be a UCO Broncho,” Baker said.

Baker was a recipient of Phi Theta Kappa Transfer, Leaders of Tomorrow Transfer Leadership Council and the Samuel Henry and Elizabeth Mitchell scholarships.

Bethanie Bird of Edmond is an organizational leadership major. She will represent the College of Education and Professional Studies as Class Marshal with a 4.0 GPA. She now plans to pursue a master’s degree in organizational leadership and continue her career with The Walt Disney Co.

“The organizational leadership program makes each student feel special and respects their personal learning style as adult learners in higher education. By asking students to simply ‘speak from their hearts,’ rather than conform to a sterile academic standard, the staff and faculty brought out the authentic best in my journey,” Bird said.

Originally from Dallas, Bird was a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, Delta Epsilon Iota and Golden Key. Bird was on the President’s Honor Roll for each of her semesters at UCO and was a recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Transfer Scholarship.           

 Lena Clark of Edmond is a theatre arts and communication education major. She will represent the College of Fine Arts and Design as Class Marshal with a 3.86 GPA. After graduation she hopes to teach high school speech, drama or debate.           

“The theatre arts and education professors especially take an interest in their students and will do anything in their power to help them succeed. They really value their students’ thoughts, opinions and feelings, which can be difficult to find at a larger university. I know without many of these professors I would not be where I am today,” Clark said.

A member of Delta Epsilon Iota, Clark received The Choctaw Nation of Higher Education Program Scholarship and was on both the President’s and Dean’s Honor Rolls.           

Kylie Collier of Durant is an English education major. She will represent the College of Liberal Arts as Class Marshal with a 4.0 GPA. After graduation she plans to teach English and language arts in an Oklahoma City metropolitan area middle school and later pursue a master’s degree and Ph.D. in her field.           

“UCO’s professors and staff have been extremely helpful throughout the course of my education. I feel like they cared about me not only as a student, but also as a person,” Collier said. 

A member of the President’s Honor Roll for eight consecutive semesters, Collier received the University Baccalaureate Scholarship from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and served as both vice president and president of the Lutheran Campus Ministry at UCO.           

Rachel Duncan of Midwest City is a finance and information systems and operations management major. She will represent the College of Business as Class Marshal with a 4.0 GPA. After graduation she will continue her career in Information Technology as a program analyst.

Originally from Sacramento, California, Duncan was a member of the President’s Honor Roll, 2BLeaders Mentorship Program, Finance Club, Real Estate Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and Delta Mu Delta Business Honor Society, as well as a recipient of the Chesapeake Energy Corporation Scholar and Robert Aldridge Armed Forces scholarships.

“UCO has been a wonderful place to gain knowledge and education,” Duncan said.

“The professors and staff members have been instrumental to my growth and success.”

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