HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A Logan County woman has graduated from Marshall University with honors.
Kristen Lee Baisden is one of 21 students who will graduate with tentative 4.0 grade point averages. Baisden is in Marshall’s Health Professions program and she graduated with a B.S. She will go into the Medical Imaging field.
“This makes me one proud dad,” said her father Smitty Baisden, who noticed that his daughter was mentioned in the story about Marshall’s upcoming May 6 graduation on their web site.
“We are so happy that she is being recognized for her determination, perseverance, and academic accomplishments,” he said, noting his daughter graduated from Chapmanville High School in 2013.
Her mother is Angie Baisden, and while she has no biological siblings her parents are custodians of her mother’s niece Candace Maynard who turns 13 this summer. Candace lost her mother to cancer when she was six, Kristen’s father noted.
Along with Baisden, 20 others will graduate with tentative 4.0 grade piont averages, including Emma Jane Bauer of Huntington, West Virginia, Liberal Arts, B.A., Psychology; Kelsey Nicole Billups of Letart, West Virginia, Science, B.S., Digital Forensics; Heidi Ruth Dennison of Canvas, West Virginia, Health Professions, B.S., Communication Disorders; Elizabeth Keenen Hance of West Liberty, Ohio, Science, B.S., Applied Mathematics; Amanda Lynn Harvey of Lizemores, West Virginia, Education, B.A., Secondary Education and French; Samantha M. Holiskey of Bunker Hill, West Virginia, Liberal Arts, B.A., Political Science and English; Casey Marie Hudock of Dublin, Ohio, Health Professions, B.S., Exercise Science; Hailey Leigh Hughes of Parkersburg, West Virginia, Liberal Arts, B.A., Creative Writing; Zachary Dean Jones of Ashland, KY, Science, B.S., Applied Mathematics and Information Technology and Engineering, B.S., Computer Science; Shefali Khanna of Barboursville, West Virginia, Science, B.S., Biological Sciences; Brian James Leonard of Huntington, West Virginia, Liberal Arts, B.A., Communication Studies and Spanish; Sophia Diana Mills of Proctorville, Ohio, Liberal Arts, B.A., Political Science; Brandon Nicholas Murdock of Oak Hill, West Virginia, Science, B.S., Biochemistry; Mallory P. Newsome of Wheelersburg, Ohio, Health Professions B.S., Communication Disorders; Jennifer Anne Niemann of Huntington, West Virginia, Science B.S., Statistics and Business, B.B.A., Economics;Taylor Jane Norman of Looneyville, West Virginia, Liberal Arts, B.A., Political Science; Emily Augusta Proctor of Huntington, West Virginia, Liberal Arts, B.A., History and Spanish; Samantha Kay Sheppard of Saint Albans, West Virginia, Liberal Arts, B.A., History and Literary Studies; Eric Russell Sias of Kitts Hill, Ohio, Science, B.S., Chemical Sciences; Catherine Marie Wippel of Huntington, West Virginia, Education, B.A., Secondary English and Japanese and Spanish.
More than 1,600 students graduated from Marshall University May 6. As in prior years, Marshall will conduct two commencement ceremonies on the same day. The 9 a.m. ceremony is for bachelor’s and associate degree candidates, and a 2 p.m. ceremony the same day is for master’s and doctoral degree candidates. A total of 399 undergraduate students graduated with honors. The school will host a pair of commencement ceremonies that day at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in downtown Huntington.
For more about the graduation check out the web site https://www.marshall.edu/ucomm/2017/05/01/marshall-conduct-commencement-ceremonies-saturday/
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer for Civitas Media and a retired reporter for The Logan Banner. He can be reached by calling 304-752-6950.