MURFREESBORO — MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee sat down with several students, including three Hamilton County residents, to discuss their plans after their Dec. 13 graduation with honors from the university.
Carly Duffy and Jalisa Jones, both of Chattanooga, and Kaitlin Pitre of Soddy-Daisy were three of the students recognized at commencement as cum laude (with honors), magna cum laude (with high honors) or summa cum laude (with highest honors) graduates for earning GPAs from 3.5 to 4.0 during their college careers.
Duffy, a magna cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in genetics and biotechnology, is a 2011 alumna of Notre Dame High School and was a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies, as well as the National Society of Leadership and Success and the recipient of the Eliot Dawson Bioventures/Biotechnology Scholarship, during her college career. She is the daughter of Claudia and Terence Duffy and the sister of Julianne Duffy and the late Luke Duffy, all of Chattanooga. She plans to attend graduate school to earn a doctorate for a career in laboratory research.
Jones, a cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, also is a 2011 alumna of Notre Dame. She was a member of Gamma Beta Phi honor society, the Scholars Academy, the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Collegiate 100 Black Women of MTSU during her college career. She is the daughter of Lisa and Michael Jones Sr. of Chattanooga and plans to become a defense attorney.
Pitre, a summa cum laude graduate who received her Bachelor of Science degree interdisciplinary studies/elementary education, is a 2011 alumna of Soddy-Daisy High School. She is the daughter of Ann and Mark Pitre and the sister of Mark Pitre, all of Soddy-Daisy, and will begin her studies for a master’s degree in literacy this spring. She also will serve as a graduate assistant in MTSU’s Department of Elementary and Special Education.
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