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Local Residents Receive Degrees from UTM

MARTIN, Tenn. – Several Weakley County residents were among students who received degrees from the University of Tennessee at Martin during fall commencement ceremonies held Dec. 10, 2022.  UT Martin hosted two in-person commencements to recognize the accomplishments of the class of fall 2022. Each commencement was livestreamed via Facebook and YouTube for those unable to attend.

The students receiving undergraduate degrees were:

Dresden – Hudson L. Nanney; Kayla Nichole Pergande.

Gleason – Christopher R. Rennison.

Greenfield – Andrew J. Capps; Zachary Don Forsythe; James Ross Northcutt; Alie Kate Randolph.

Martin – Demond Taiga Adams; Lauren Blake Beverly; Ashley E. Bondurant; Laken Rena’e Callahan-Foster; Reilley Anne Ford; John McDonald Harrison; Claria Erlinda Heslop; John Ross Hooper; Dallas Grant Laney; Blaine Elizabeth McDonald; Jessica Nicole Cobbins Neloms; Sarah Elizabeth Pemberton; Gorman G. Saunders; Caroline Michelle Schuster; Sylisa Lafon Scott; Enrique Garcia Tejeda; Jeremiah Andrew Whiteman.

Sharon – Jared Conor Freeman.

The students receiving graduate degrees were:

Dresden – Aleya Miquel Brent; Deborah J. Gibson.

Martin – Elysia Laura Duke; Seyedali  Seyedkavoosi; Catherine Renee Skeen; Melissa Smith Starling.

Sharon – Mckenzie Joy Cottingham.

UT Martin is a comprehensive regional institution in the University of Tennessee System offering 18 bachelor’s degree programs and six master’s degree programs. The main campus in northwest Tennessee is one of five primary UT campuses, and UT Martin regional centers are located in Jackson, Parsons, Ripley, Selmer and Somerville. For more information, visit

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