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Congratulations to May 2021 Graduates

Thursday, May 13, 2021

In May, 274 students earned degrees from the Watson College of Education, including 164 enrolled in graduate-level programs and 14 who earned doctoral degrees.

UNCW celebrated the Class of 2021 with a luminary-lined stroll down Chancellor’s Walk and four in-person ceremonies. Here are some highlights from the festivities.

WCE’s Ed.D. graduates are:

Shannon K. Alford
Dissertation title: Black Women’s Mentoring Experiences in Student Affairs at Predominantly White Institutions: A Phenomenological Study
Committee: Michele Parker (chair), Marsha Carr and Donyell Roseboro

Crissy Penny Brown
Dissertation title: A Qualitative Study of Twice-Exceptional High School Seniors’ Self-efficacy and College Choice Process: Defying the Odds
Committee: Dana Stachowiak (chair),  Symphony Oxendine and Kerry Robinson

Concetta A. Bullard
Dissertation title: Examining the Transition to College Experiences for Lumbee Students
Committee: Symphony Oxendine (chair), Alfred Bryant, Marsha Carr and Andrew Ryder

Brian C. Gano
Dissertation title: The Experiences, Thoughts, Feelings, and Emotions LGBTQ+ College Students Associate with Sense of Belonging
Committee: Symphony Oxendine (chair), James M. DeVita and Dana Stachowiak

Garrett J. Knudson
Dissertation title: Evaluating Leadership Capacity and Leadership Efficacy Levels of Participants and Non-Participants of the Student-Athlete Leadership Society
Committee: Symphony Oxendine (chair), James M. DeVita and Kevin McClure

Julia A. Lynch
Dissertation title: Becoming: A Poetic Narrative Inquiry of the Lived Experiences of Black Women Teachers in Rural North Carolina
Committee: Donna DeGennaro (chair),  Marta Sanchez and Amy Swain

Kara L. Ostlund
Dissertation title: Sexual Misconduct in Intercollegiate Athletics: Examining the Experiences of Title IX and Student Conduct Professionals
Committee: Kevin McClure (chair), James M. DeVita and Bill Sterrett

Shannon M. Pease
Dissertation title: Transitional Impact of COVID-19 on Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball Student-Athletes: A Case Study
Committee: James M. DeVita (chair), C. Sue Combs and Symphony Oxendine

Andre M. Ramseur
Dissertation title: The Perceived Self-Efficacy of Students with Disabilities on Achievement in Digital Learning Environments
Committee: Steven Hooker (chair), Marsha Carr and Kerry Robinson

Clay B. Smith
Dissertation title: Our Turn to Serve: An Analysis of Student Veterans’ Sense of Belonging in a Baccalaureate Degree Program Using Ecological Systems Theory
Committee: Andrew Ryder (chair), James M. DeVita and Amy Garrett Dikkers

George “Ben” Smith
Dissertation title: Preparing Trip Leaders for Undergraduate Short-Term Study Abroad Trips: Training’s Impact on Trip Facilitators’ Sense of Preparedness
Committee: Donna DeGennaro (chair), Jeff Ertzberger and Kevin McClure

Jennifer S. Stalls
Dissertation title: Utilizing Critical Communities to Foster Critical Discourse and Empathy Surrounding Text Selection Processes in Middle Schools
Committee: Donna DeGennaro (chair), Dana Stachowiak and Tamara Walser

Donna Thomas-Smith
Dissertation title: Leadership in a High Poverty, Racially Diverse, Rural High School with High Academic Growth: A Case Study
Committee: Tamara Walser; Members: Marsha Carr and Steven Hooker

Keryn G. Vickers
Dissertation title: Lifting as We Climb: Investigating Non-Traditional Pathways and Strategies to Executive Leadership Positions for African Americans within Predominantly White Institutions
Committee: Kevin McClure (chair), Emmanuel Harris II and Donyell Roseboro

Please join us in congratulating all of our outstanding 2021 graduates! For more photos, visit the Our College Community section of the Watson Chronicle.