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BROWNWOOD — Howard Payne University in Brownwood graduated 142 students at its Commencement held at the close of the spring 2014 semester. Graduates included Taylor Grace Cook, of Howe, Bachelor of Science in biology; Magna Cum Laude.

Students must have a 3.55-3.69 GPA to graduate Cum Laude, a 3.70-3.84 GPA to graduate Magna Cum Laude and a 3.85-4.0 GPA to graduate Summa Cum Laude.

Howard Payne University also announced its Honor Roll for the spring 2014 semester. To be named to the Honor Roll, students must earn a 3.50-3.64 grade point average for all courses attempted while earning not less than twelve semester credit hours of academic coursework during the spring semester.

Area students on HPU’s Honor Roll include Taylor Grace Cook, of Howe, and Richard Austin Young, of Gunter.

Founded in 1889, Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity.

STANDISH — Christine McClellan of Van Alstyne graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine with a Master of Science in Education.

Saint Joseph’s College is Maine’s only Catholic college, providing a supportive, personalized, and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 430-acre campus on the shore of Sebago Lake, the College offers undergraduate degrees to on-campus students, and certificates, undergraduate, and advanced degrees for working adults through Saint Joseph’s College Online. For more, visit

HUNTSVILLE — The Dean’s List at Sam Houston State University recognizes full-time undergraduate students who achieve at least a 3.5 GPA out of a possible 4.0 during a regular semester. That list includes Van Alstyne’s Morgan Saffell.

NACOGDOCHES — Heather Smith, of Gunter, received her degree from Stephen F. Austin State University during spring commencement exercises. Smith graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.