On Friday, May 13, 2016, Panola College conducted its 77th commencement at the Carthage Civic Center. Panola College had 333 degree and certificate candidates and 182 of those students participated in the commencement ceremony making this graduation the largest in the College’s history.

Dr. Joe Shannon, Vice President of Instruction, presented the graduating class Spring 2016 as Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College led the processional of board members, faculty, staff and students in to be seated while “Pomp and Circumstance” was played in the background.oneal

Following the alma mater, sang by Panola College Chorale and directed by Mrs. Sandra Bauer, Dr. Powell welcomed the assembled and gave opening remarks. Following opening remarks, Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, recognized this year’s outstanding alumna, Dr. Berri O’Neal. Dr. O’Neal is a 1995 graduate of Panola College and is the Executive Director of Extended University for Texas A&M University-Commerce. 

Before the awards ceremony, Dr. Shannon certified to Dr. Powell and members of the Panola College Board of Trustees that the 182 graduating students had completed all work necessary to graduate from Panola College.

Following certification of the graduates, Dr. Kathy Watlington, Professor of Foreign Languages began the reading of graduates and Dr. Powell awarded diplomas to the students.

Mr. Freddy Mason, Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences, gave the benediction to end the ceremony. Dr. Shannon then led the recessional to the closing instrumentals.

View more photos from the ceremony at The Pony Express.

Panola College is proud to announce the following Spring 2016 Honor Graduates:

Summa Cum Laude                           3.90 – 4.00

Katherine Gail Baze                            Charlotte Cotton Fannin

Kevin Lee Fenton                                Matthew Edward LeTourneau

Jennifer Olvera                                   Ronna Lynn Phillips


Magna Cum Laude                            3.75 – 3.89

Brittany M. Barreraz                           Liliana Castaneda

Mary Fallin Chance                            Sierra Kay Collins

James Braswell Davis                        Dusty Garrett

Randall Aaron Jackson                       Chelsea Le’Anna Johnson

Taylor Morris                                      Jessica Lynn Long

Austin Lee Miguez                             Sarahi Contreras Ortiz

McKensie Marie Piar                         Sharnice Annae Rusk

Kyle Dean Walker                             Samantha Jean Whitaker

Chantel Simone Woodard


Cum Laude                                      3.50 – 3.74

Deanna Askew-Lemon                       April LaTrease Calhoun

Jayme D. Cole                                  Marzaveon Duon Cooper

Lewis J. Dales                                  Osiel Garcia

Rogelio Efrain Gonzalez                    Ana Paola Guerrero-Rodriguez

Braulio Barron Guevara                     Coby Blake Hammons

Shene Monique Johnson                   Kade Harris Lindsay

Vivian Aquino Lugo                           Stephanie Ann Page

Spencer James Rolland                    Casi Shadowens

Terri Trost                                        Gavin Chapman Williamson