Kelsey Boman of Vernon, Alabama, was awarded the Harvey M. Craft Award for highest GPA at Mississippi University for Women commencement ceremonies May 9. Photo by: Courtesy photo
May 23, 2015 10:51:15 PM
Kelsey Boman of Vernon, Alabama, received the Harvey M. Craft Award at Mississippi University for Women graduation ceremonies. The award is presented to the graduates with the highest grade point average. For her achievement, the MUW Foundation presented a watch to Bowman.
Finishing with a 4.0, Bowman earned a degree in speech-language pathology. She was involved in Chi Alpha, the Phi Theta Kappa Alumni Association, Mortar Board Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association and the La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispanica. During her time at The W, she also served as orientation leader and interned in the W Leadership Program.
She is the daughter of Bill and Renee Boman of Vernon.
The W's 130th Commencement took place in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall, on Saturday, May 9. The message was delivered by alumna Dr. Doris Taylor, a pioneer in cardiovascular cell therapy research, and director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. Dr. Taylor also serves as director of the Center for Cell and Organ Biotechnology at the Texas Heart Institute and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.
In her message to the graduates, Taylor encouraged them to trust their crazy ideas. She compared science to life in that there is a lot of research involved. "Life is a game of persistence. Just when you don't think it will work--something phenomenal happens," she said.
The W is a public university that feels like a private college. Established in 1884, The W today attracts both female and male students from around the region and around the world. It has established one of the premier nursing programs in the state, offering degrees from the associate's through the doctor of nursing practice; and has developed a nationally recognized program in culinary arts. The W's four colleges include Arts and Sciences; Business and Professional Studies; Education and Human Sciences; and Nursing and Speech-Language Pathology.