More than 4,000 members of the Kansas University class of 2006 made the traditional walk down Campanile Hill during KU's 134th commencement May 21.
About 7,000 students were candidates for degrees in the Class of 2006. The class includes about 4,255 candidates for degrees in the spring, more than 1,600 who graduated at the end of the fall 2005 semester and more than 1,165 who completed coursework over summer 2005.
De Soto High School graduates include Christina Strubbe, bachelor of science in business/marketing; Tyler Beaver, bachelor of arts/English and bachelor of science in journalism; Emily Befort, bachelor of general studies/speech-language-hearing; Kristel Hougham, bachelor of general studies/psychology and applied behavioral; Erika Kuster, bachelor of arts/English; Kelcie Lee Longaker, bachelor of arts/history and bachelor of arts/political science; Amber O'Connor, bachelor of science in business/management; Andrina Parker, bachelor of social work; Allison Ruth Sapienza, bachelor of science in education; Tommy Wilson, master of urban planning; James Stevens, bachelor of science in computer engineering; Suzanne Robinson, master of science/nursing; and Stephanie Dean, doctor of pharmacy.
About 2,700 students were candidates for degrees from Kansas State University. Commencement ceremonies were May 6 in Salina for K-State at Salina and May 12 and 13 on the main campus in Manhattan.
De Soto graduates include Anthony Arnold, bachelor of science in business administration; and Kahlen Ryba, bachelor of arts.
De Soto High School graduate Cody Gratny earned a bachelor of science in civil engineering. Jonathan Laster received a bachelor of science in business administration.
Leanne Wilson and Douglas Wittebort, both of De Soto, received degrees during commencement exercises May 20 at Pittsburg State University.
Wilson earned a bachelor of science in education degree. Wittebort bachelor of science in technology degree.