Anniston Area Residents Among UA Graduates

  • May 9th, 2005

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The University of Alabama awarded some 2,400 degrees at joint May-August commencement ceremonies held May 6-7 in Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Sela Ward, award winning actress and UA alumna, was the featured speaker. Ward, best-known for her television roles as Lily Sammler on “Once and Again” and Teddy Reed on “Sisters,” is a 1977 graduate of the UA College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Bryan Stevenson, executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, gave the commencement address for the UA Law School.

With this graduating class, UA has awarded more than 193,000 degrees since its founding in 1831 as the state’s first public university.

The following students from the Anniston area were listed as candidates to receive degrees:


PIEDMONT-James Alan Todd


ALEXANDRIA-Melinda Odom Staubs

ANNISTON-Angela Knapp Forbus, Marcia Edwards Hardney, Grady Allen Lacher, Harry Pharr Long

ASHLAND-Marianna Lea Sellers

CEDAR BLUFF-Robert S. Green

HEFLIN-Vincent Lee Webb

JACKSONVILLE-Stephanie Skye Weathers

OXFORD-Stephanie Charlene Bain, Jeremy Bryan Haynie

TALLADEGA-Pamela Fuller, Amanda Jean Milford


ALEXANDRIA-Christopher M. Alldredge, Jonathan Stafford Page

ANNISTON-Frances Chen, Charles Robert Davis, Maryann Bagley Deason, Robert William Downing, Lauren Rosanna Housand, Adam Michael Hurd, Reginald M. Miller, Andrew Perry Reynolds

CENTRE-Stephen Hunter Hyche, Shanna M. McDaniel, Mary H. McMichen

CHILDERSBURG-Jessica Leigh Cumbee, Michael S. Magouyrk, Tara J. Magouyrk

DELTA-Joshua Cleve Smith

HEFLIN-Toddrekius Jermain Bates, Christopher Lee Parker, Candice Nycole Prichard

JACKSONVILLE-Theodore Harvey Turgeon, Kathryn Hallby West

LINCOLN-Ashley Michelle O’Dell

LINEVILLE-Brooke Nicole Crenshaw

OXFORD-Octavia Monique Ammons, Carolyn M. Crane, Rana M. Harris

RANBURNE-Wesley Drew Kilgore

SYLACAUGA-Jennifer Marie Bussie

TALLADEGA-Miriam Kelly Matson, Jenifer A. Wallace

WEAVER-Joseph Wesley Young


Linda Hill, UA Media Relations, 205/348-8325,

The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus. A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.