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Murray State University is celebrating 13 Lyon County graduates and the entire class of 2020 with a planned combined commencement ceremony planned for May and December graduates later this year, with additional details forthcoming.

A total of 1,500 degree applicants made up this graduating class — including doctoral, specialist, master’s, baccalaureate and associate degrees — with 31 states and 20 countries represented among May and August 2020 graduates.

Local student, all earning bachelor’s degrees

• Aaron Brown, elementary education.

• Nicole Bryan, human services.

• Kimberly Duncan, business administration.

• Courtney Finley, magna cum laude, interdisciplinary early childhood education.

• Tanner Fiser, human services.

• Kaylin Houk, summa cum laude, elementary education.

• Kenneth Kennedy, psychology.

• Andrea Martin, marketing.

• Kayla McGill, chemistry/forensics.

• Marisa Parker, two concentrations in middle school education.

• Ann Phelps, business administration.

• Aaron Smith, summa cum laude, two concentrations in middle school education.

• Mika Vickery, public relations.

This semester’s commencement ceremony was proactively postponed out of an abundance of caution amidst the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“While we are regrettably unable to gather in person to celebrate our graduates this May, we are extraordinarily proud of our graduating Racers and wish them the best as they take the next step in their education and careers,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Tim Todd. “We encourage all graduates to keep in touch with the University and let us know how they’re doing. Once a Racer, always a Racer.”