UGA congratulates Spring 2009 First Honor Graduates

UGA congratulates Spring 2009 First Honor Graduates

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia bestowed First Honor Graduate distinctions on 25 students at the May 9 Commencement ceremonies.

UGA began recognizing First Honor Graduates in 1978 instead of designating a graduating senior as valedictorian. The university bestows the honor on students who maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout their undergraduate studies.

At this year’s commencement, students graduated summa cum laude and ranked in the top 1 percent of their 4,850-member graduating class.

The honorees, their major, parents and hometown are listed below with a URL for photo download if available:

Christopher Thomas Adams, Spanish, Thomas and Janet Adams, Mount Airy, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-046.jpg;

George Frederick Akers, theatre, Calvin and Catherine Akers, Atlanta;

Carrie Alisha Anderson, accounting, Gary and Sandra Allen, Blue Ridge, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-074.jpg;

Tracy Catherine Bialis, psychology, David Allen Bialis, Edmond, Okla., http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-098.jpg;

Kevin Paul Carpenter, social studies education, Stanley and Gail Carpenter, Douglasville, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-008.jpg;

Kevin Kyong Chang, biology and religion, Chun and Rachel Chang, Duluth, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-105.jpg;

Andrew Clifford Clark, Latin, Martinsville, Va.;

Amy Kathleen Conway, landscape architecture, Jerome and Barbara Conway, Suwanee;

Elizabeth Jean Daigle, Spanish and foreign language education, Norman and Joanne Daigle, Marietta,


Daniel Isaac Hanna, economics, English and arabic, Rhona Alice Hanna, Atlanta, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-068.jpg;

Meggan Louise Helfen, landscape architecture, Richard Wayne Helfen, Lexington, Ky., http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-023.jpg;

Chandler Paige Holbrook, international affairs and history, William and Teri Holbrook, Monroe, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-056.jpg;

John Hillyer Jennings, finance, Robert and Laura Jennings, LaGrange, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-037.jpg;

Samantha Korrinn Knoll, linguistics, Aneldred Pugh, Warner Robins, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-092.jpg;

Alexander Burris Mayberry, accounting, Thomas and Karen Mayberry, Lilburn, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-015.jpg;

Ryan Jacob Mullins, biology, Thomas and Frances Mullins, Calhoun, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-063.jpg;

Tulsi Patel, genetics, Dhiraj and Rekha Patel, Acworth,


Neil Thomas Pfister, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, Carl and Laura Pfister, Suwanee;

Mary Margaret Powers, art/art history and theatre, Harold and Mary Powers, Stone Mountain, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-123.jpg;

Mark Adam Rabideau, religion, Peter and Jennifer Rabideau, Starkville, Miss., http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-111.jpg;

Mary Florence Reagin, middle school education, Samuel and Ellen Reagin, Cumming, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-034.jpg;

Robert Michael Reed, finance, Marion Fuller Reed, Mount Pleasant, S.C., http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-005.jpg;

Selena Michelle Robinson, public relations, Terry and Mary Robinson, Harlem, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-110.jpg;

Julia Babette Sauer, psychology, Reinhold and Gertrud Sauer, Stuttgart, Germany, http://photo.alumni.uga.edu/special/25799-124.jpg; and

Julia Ruth Schuchard, psychology, Ronald and Doris Schuchard, Lawrenceville.