Spring commencement set for May 3

April 22 2008

Note:This is the first in a series of news releases concerning Indiana State University's spring 2008 commencement.

10 to receive Hines Medal

Indiana State University's spring 2008 commencement is scheduled for May 3 at Hulman Center. The processional begins at 1:45 p.m., with the commencement ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m.

Nearly 1,500 degrees are being awarded this spring, including more than 900 bachelor's degrees, more than 360 master's degrees, and approximately 60 doctoral degrees.

Ten graduating seniors will be recognized with the Hines Memorial Medal. Named for Linnaeus Neal Hines, who served as the university’s fourth president from 1921 to 1933, the Hines Medal recognizes those students with the highest cumulative grade-point average during the pursuit of a bachelor’s degree at Indiana State.


Brian Andrew Bark

Rachael Rae Chase

Lindsey Nicole Davis

Michael Dean Grounds


Rondrell Maurice Moore

Amy Renee Schreel

Hannah Elizabeth Steele

Jennifer Leigh Stepro


Danielle O’Donnell Wolf

Sara Lynn Diekelmann

Spring 2008 recipients, their degrees and future plans:

Brian Andrew Bark of Terre Haute, biochemistry and life sciences. He plans to attend Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis this fall with the intention of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon. After completing his medical degree, he plans to practice in underprivileged countries.

Rachael Rae Chase of Freelandville, chemistry, with a minor in psychology. Chase will begin medical school this fall at Vanderbilt University.

Lindsey Nicole Davis of Pittsboro, dietetics. She has accepted a position in the research and development department of Clabber Girl Corp. and plans to continue studies toward a graduate degree in food science.

Sara Lynn Diekelmann of Crown Point, Spanish. She plans to become a math teacher in middle school or high school.

Michael Dean Grounds of Cloverdale, electronics technology. He has accepted a fellowship to conduct research in the electrical and computer engineering department at Indianapolis University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. His research will involve automatic control.

Rondrell Maurice Moore of Terre Haute, Radio/TV/Film, with a minor in Spanish. He plans to begin a career in broadcast journalism as a news reporter and continue studies to become a minister.

Amy Renee Schreel of Clayton, Ohio, professional aviation flight technology. She will be working in Atlanta for Atlantic Southeast Airlines as a first officer.

Hannah Elizabeth Steele of Oblong, Ill., English with a minor in classical studies. She will pursue a master’s degree in English literature at Indiana State.

Jennifer Leigh Stepro of Farmersburg, nursing. She will work as a registered nurse at Terre Haute’s Union Hospital in the obstetrics department. She will also start classes in August to pursue a degree as a nurse practitioner.

Danielle O’Donnell Wolf of Pittsboro, professional aviation flight technology. She will pursue opportunities in the field of commercial aviation.

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or dave.taylor@indstate.edu

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Indiana State University's spring commencement is set for May 3 at Hulman Center. Ten graduating seniors will be recognized as Hines Medalists for having the highest grade-point average.

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