So, it’s official—you’ve completed your degree program and received your diploma. Now, it’s time to celebrate your way! Put on your regalia, gather with family and friends, and toast to the hard work you’ve put in to reach this significant milestone. No more waiting on instructions that tell you when, where and how to celebrate and hoping it fits into everyone's schedule. This way, you have the freedom to celebrate when and how you want.
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We celebrated the closing of a significant chapter for the Class of 2022, and welcomed 2,064 new members as University of Arkansas Grantham Alumni. The commencement speakers included:
The recipient of the 2022 Faculty of the Year Award is Judy Mason—a vital member of the faculty team in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. For nearly eight years, Judy has been teaching, developing, and revising courses to provide the best possible educational experience for her students, and has remained dedicated to working with students who are struggling. Her fields of expertise are broad, and she uses her extensive knowledge to help each and every student in courses ranging from entry level to the most advanced and challenging.
The recipient of the 2022 Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. Resilience Award is Virginia Lenser, an active duty servicemember from Arkansas. Lenser graduates Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Arkansas Grantham. While working toward her degree, Lenser served as an active duty soldier, raised three kids, held three new positions to advance her career, and completed numerous military training courses. In September 2022, Lenser was transferred to a state-level position where she manages the actions of more than 4,000 soldiers.
Two-time UA Grantham graduate, Janet White, understands the value of learning and hard work. Janet has held multiple positions in healthcare, and to better equip herself for the business aspects of leadership, she earned her Master of Healthcare Administration after completing her Master of Science in Nursing Management and Organizational Leadership. She graduated from both programs with a 4.0 GPA. Her dedication to continuing education has paved the way for significant career growth. She began as a Nurse Manager, and is now Interim Director of Surgical Services at an underserved rural community hospital.