From Staff Reports

Ouachita Baptist University officials recognized a total of 296 graduates at the university’s May 11 commencement ceremony, including 240 Bachelor of Arts degrees, 39 Bachelor of Science degrees, 10 Bachelor of Music degrees and seven Bachelor of Music Education degrees.

Prosper residents Brandon Brisco earned his Bachelor of Arts, Christian Studies/Christian Ministries and Bryan Griffitt II earned a Bachelor of Arts, History.

The ceremony honored graduates who earned their degrees from August 2012 through May 2013. The class featured 123 honor graduates, including 24 who graduated summa cum laude with a grade point average of 3.95 or higher, 52 who graduated magna cum laude (3.75 GPA) and 47 who graduated cum laude (3.5 GPA). University officials also recognized eight graduates who completed Ouachita’s Carl Goodson Honors Program and 31 members of Alpha Chi national honor society.

During the ceremony, Ouachita President Rex M. Horne, Jr. delivered the commencement address, challenging the graduates to "use what you have learned and what you have experienced here at Ouachita to truly make a difference."

Senior Class President Jake Edwards, a business administration and finance major from North Little Rock, Ark., led the invocation and Anthony Emerson, a Christian studies and Biblical studies major from Sugar Land, Texas, read Scripture. Gene Whisenhunt, chair of the Ouachita Board of Trustees, led the closing prayer of dedication.

Dr. Horne also acknowledged the loss of Houston native L.J. Brooks, a member of Ouachita’s class of 2013 who passed away in December. The graduating class wore gold ribbons in honor of their classmate.