East Central University's 2012 Distinguished Alumnus David Porter will address spring and summer graduates and their families at both the 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. commencement ceremonies Saturday in the Kerr Activities Center.
Porter started out with a part-time job assembling bicycles at Ada’s Wal-Mart store as he worked his way through East Central University. Two years after graduating in 1987, he was an internal auditor with Wal-Mart. He went on to become vice president and general merchandise manager of entertainment at Wal-Mart before leaving after 25 years to become head of Worldwide Product Distribution for Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation SKG.
Today, the Broken Bow native is corporate vice president of retail stores for Microsoft Corp. He was recruited by Microsoft in 2009 to develop and open that company’s first retail stores.
Most bachelor’s degrees will be conferred during the 10 a.m. ceremony. Master’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees in nursing, elementary education, early childhood education, special education, psychology, social work, counseling and criminal justice will be conferred during the 2 p.m. ceremony.
ECU has 680 degree candidates who completed degree requirements this spring or will complete their requirements this summer. There are 498 candidates for bachelor’s degrees and 182 candidates for master’s degrees.
Candidates for bachelor's degrees are listed by their hometowns:
ADA – Jerica Adame, Taiwo Ajiboye, Michael Albritton, Brandi Alden, Dustin Allen, David Arce, Sheila Arles, Spencer Austin, Erin Barkhimer, Stephanie Barnett, Brittny Baty, Santosh Bhattarai, Kaylie Blackwell, Kevin Blackwood, Chance Branscum, Kelcie Branscum, Whitney Brown, Jayson Bucy, Bradley Butler, Kara Byers, Brianna Byrd, Amber Calvert, Cortnee Cantwell, Janeth Cardoza, Jeffrey Cawthon, Bikash Chapagain, Michelle Childress, Ashley Christian, Derek Coffman, Nevada Cole, Ashley Cothren, Carly Cowart, Christopher Cox, Cerina Crespo, Samuel Crosby, Sabrina Crowell, James Curry, Denarius Darby, Mark Davis, Miranda Dean, Caleb Dillard, Brandon Dodson, Jeannie Dugan, Cayla Dysart, Marissa Eaves, Michael Ellis, Sarah Erwin, Christopher Espinoza, Krystal Estabrooks, Natasha Estep, Donnell Estes, Skylar Farrill, Wyatt Fisher, Kelsey Forman, Brian Fothergill, Jessica Freeman, Whitlee Freeman, Katherine Friant, Justin Gates, Terri Girdley, Caitlin Gray, Sierra Gray, Cordial Green, Samantha Griffin, Anita Gurung, Anup Gurung, Traci Hackett, Amber Heddlesten, Tyler Henshall, Shannon Hill, Marcella Holden, Shannon Ireland, Christina Isom, Taylor Jackson, Jessica Jagielski, Ashley James, Jordan Johnson, LaRanda Johnson, Jacob Jones, William Jones, Karen Judd, Ramila KC, Sagar KC, Mathew Kiio, Margaret Lashbrook, Michael Lewis, Nicole Lewis, Yogita Limbu, Shannon Littlefield, Russell Lollar, Casaundra Long, Lori Lovett, Kelley Lunsford, Tyler Mackey, Ryan Madison, Aaron Manuel, Shandi Martin, Mark Masoner, Shandra Massad, Amber Maxberry, Kyle Maytubby, Randi McCurley, Lacey McFadden, Mussie Mebrahtu, Laura Medcalf, Gregory Meyer, Alanna Miles, Bradley Miller, Bidur Mishra, Megan Moore, James Morgan, Victoria Morgan, Jesse Murray, Gracie Nail, Jena Nickell, Daniel Nitsch, Nickolas Noahubi, Mercy Nyandoro, George Oloo, Adam Orendac, Pushpendra Pahari, Chad Palmer, Angela Perides, Wayland Phipps, Alan Poe, Robert Prescott, Kamala Quinn, Isaac Ramirez, Ruth Richardson, Erin Roberson, Joshua Roberson, Jared Robertson, Shannon Sacks, Michael Saina, Christopher Scoles, Tillman Sharp, Anthony Shelton, Sabina Shrestha, Shadhana Shrestha, Thurman Sims, Kyle Smart, Cory Smith, Kristyn Smith, Jessica Stettler, Jesse Stewart, Aaron Sumpter, Zachary Sutton, Jackie Switzer, Jennifer Swopes, Marilyn Tancik, Steven Taylor, Queenta Teko, Ankita Thapa, Toby Thompson, Michael Thornton, Bailey Torres, Bobby Joe Trail, Jason Trimmer, Mitchell Trimmer, Patricia Tuley, Samantha Tyler, Cierra Tynes, Trevin Vass, Devon Walker, Christian Ward, Philemon Washindu, Douglas West, Brian Wilke, Charlotte Willis, Stacey Willis, Jennifer Yingling, Tanner Young, Katherine Zeier.