Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia bestowed First Honor Graduate distinctions on 20 students at Commencement ceremonies on May 11 at Sanford Stadium.
The honor is presented to students who have maintained a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade point average throughout their undergraduate studies as well as in all college-level transfer work attempted prior to or following enrollment at the university. This year’s students graduated summa cum laude and ranked in the top one percent of their 4,250-member class.
“Achieving First Honor Graduate status at the University of Georgia is most certainly a noteworthy accomplishment,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “Given the overall quality of the student body, the expectations of the faculty and the rigor of the curriculum, this designation means these students are the very best that UGA has to offer. I am quite proud of them.”
The honorees, their degrees and majors, parents, and hometowns are listed below; URLs are provided for available photos.
Ross Tumlin Christopher, bachelor of science with a major in biochemistry and molecular biology, Michael and Trudy Christopher, Canton
Lydia Elisabeth Cronic, doctor of pharmacy, Danny and Ann Cronic, Newnan
Marlene Marie Davis – bachelor of arts with a major in Arabic and French and a minor in music, Jeffrey and Leisa Davis, Peachtree City
Neil Andrew Debbage – bachelor of arts with a major in geography, Keith and Terri Debbage, Greensboro, N.C.
Lauren Amy Evans – bachelor of social work and a minor in Spanish, Mike and Julie Evans, Cumming
John William Gerl – bachelor of science with a major in psychology and bachelor of arts with a major in sociology, William Gerl and Mary Costello, Tucker
Daniel Louis Hess – bachelor of science with a major in biology, David and Diane Hess, Evans
Savannah Martha Highsmith – bachelor of arts in journalism with a major in Public Relations, Rosetta Lane, Rossville
Elizabeth Diane Holmes – bachelor of arts in journalism with a major in digital and broadcast news, Cathy Holmes and David Holmes, Cordele
David Wesley Jett – bachelor of business administration with a major in finance and economics, Evelyn Wenick and Tim Jett, Atlanta
Caitlin Ann Martin – bachelor of arts with a major in English and a minor in religion, Michael and Caren Martin, Suwanee
Bryn Elise Murphy – bachelor of arts with a major in international affairs and a bachelor of arts in honors interdisciplinary studies in Spanish, Thomas and Julie Murphy, Suwanee
Rachel Joy Mussell – bachelor of science with a major in microbiology, Rennie and Wanda Mussell, Milner
Katrina Elise Niergarth – bachelor of arts with a major in economics, Steven and Heidi Niergarth, Milledgeville
Chad Gordon Peltier – bachelor of arts with a major in international affairs, Gordon and Carolyn Peltier, Cumming
Kimberly Anne Peterson – bachelor of music with a major in music education, Thomas and Patricia Peterson, Roswell
Brianna Lané Randall – bachelor of business administration with a major in marketing, Robert and Carolyn Randall, Macon
Joshua Ryan Shaffer – bachelor of science with a major in biology and a bachelor of science with a major in psychology, Kenneth and Lorraine Shaffer, Lawrenceville
Danielle Lynn Sobol – bachelor of science with a major in biology and a bachelor of science with a major in psychology, Barbara Sobol and Keith Sobol, Ball Ground
Stefanie Elise Young – bachelor of science in education with a major in middle school education, James and Robynn Young, Alpharetta