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UCO Honors Students for Top Academic Achievement as Spring 2018 Class Marshals

A photo of Old North, the oldest building on Central’s campusApril 25, 2018

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UCO Honors Students for Top Academic Achievement as Spring 2018 Class Marshals

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 2018 commencement ceremonies May 4-5 at the university’s Hamilton Field House.

Students earn the title of Class Marshal for achieving the highest academic records within their colleges during their time at Central.

Austin Doughty, a biomedical engineering major from Oklahoma City, will represent the College of Mathematics and Science with a 4.0 GPA. Following graduation, Doughty plans to earn his doctorate degree and pursue a career in medical research, working to develop new technologies to end pain and suffering.

“UCO has provided me a student-focused educational environment, with a tremendous amount of opportunity for excellence. The most formative experience for me, as a scientist, has been my wonderful experience with undergraduate research, learning to engage with a community focused on developing and pursuing knowledge and applying knowledge to solve problems,” he said.

“My time with the College of Mathematics and Science at UCO has pushed me as a student to engage fully in my community and built a desire to continue with my academic pursuits as a life habit, rather than as a temporary goal.”

A member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, Doughty is a recipient of several scholarships, including the UCO Baccalaureate, the Ted and Dorothy Thrasher and the Beulah Richard Fetterman Physics scholarships.

Cara Guilfoyle, a management information systems major from Bartlesville, Oklahoma, will represent the College of Business with a 4.0 GPA. Guilfoyle earned the Business Excellence, Drs. Feng and Cheng Research, Shedeck Family Endowed Business and Donald R. Moses Memorial scholarships, while also serving as treasurer for the Association of Information Technology Professionals. Her post-graduation plans include a career as an information technology professional.

“I have enjoyed my time at UCO, and I appreciate the atmosphere of the school. I have been fortunate enough to have professors that are passionate about their subjects, have met amazing people and have formed meaningful, lifelong friendships,” Guilfoyle said.

Krystal Jeanelle Moon, a criminal justice and forensic science major from Edmond, Oklahoma, will represent the College of Liberal Arts with a 4.0 GPA. A graduate of Edmond North High School, Moon is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society, and earned the William D. Parker Undergraduate Student Award in the School of Criminal Justice.

“When I transferred to UCO, I was terrified that I would be overwhelmed, but I was met with nothing but support from advisers, transfer services and counselors. The staff members and professors legitimately care about my success, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without their support,” Moon said.

After graduation, Moon hopes to attend Tulsa Law School to study criminal law, become a prosecutor and ultimately work as part of a public integrity unit.

Maxwell Moore, an applied technology major from Oklahoma City and a graduate of Heritage Hall High School, will represent the College of Fine Arts and Design with a 4.0 GPA. While at Central, Moore received the Academy of Contemporary Music Endowed and the Sgt. Ryan Wood ACM Memorial Endowed scholarships. After graduation, Moore hopes to pursue a music career in California, as a music or studio technician, as well as design music equipment and produce and write music.

“My time at UCO has helped me discover a career in the music business that I am passionate about and feel prepared to pursue,” Moore said.

“My amazing professors have encouraged and challenged me to be the best producer, engineer and musician I can be. I would not be the confident and knowledgeable person I am today without this school and its faculty.”

Tierani Kristen Richardson, a speech-language pathology major from Sulphur, Oklahoma and a graduate of Sulphur High School, will represent the College of Education and Professional Studies with a 4.0 GPA.

“UCO has been my home for two years, and I’ve had a wonderful experience. My professors have been phenomenal and prepared me well for my future, and the friends and memories I have made will last a lifetime. I was truly blessed by God through my journey at UCO,” Richardson said.

Richardson is a member of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association, Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In addition, she earned the Oklahoma Board of Regents Academic, the UCO Transfer and the Betty B. Wetterstrom Endowed scholarships. After graduation, Richardson plans to pursue her master’s degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

First presented in 1994, the Class Marshal title has become a proud Central tradition. Each of the honorees will wear a bronze graduation gown and a special stole during the fall commencement ceremonies, signifying the highest degree of academic excellence.

For more information about the University of Central Oklahoma, visit www.uco.edu.

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Editor’s Note: Individual headshots of each Class Marshal may be downloaded at https://media.uco.edu/press/ClassMarshals04.18.