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WCU confers first doctoral degrees at Friday commencement

Rachel DeVaughn (left), Jennifer Jo Hancock Lowery, and J. Ladd Taylor are the first graduates to receive doctoral degrees from William Carey University. Rachel DeVaughn (left), Jennifer Jo Hancock Lowery, and J. Ladd Taylor are the first graduates to receive doctoral degrees from William Carey University.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

This year's spring commencement at William Carey University is not only an exciting time for graduates, it's also a history-making time for that institution. Friday night, the university awarded its first-ever doctoral degrees to three graduates in the field of Higher Education Administration.

Rachel DeVaughn, Jennifer Jo Hancock Lowery and J. Ladd Taylor received their Ph.D.s during a graduate school commencement.

About 140 other graduate students also received their degrees.

"Ph.D.s are becoming more required in the job market, especially in education, and this will help us to provide employees for the community colleges, other senior colleges throughout South Mississippi and the adjoining states," said Dr. Tommy King, president of William Carey University.

"I'm elated, I'm excited," said Rachel DeVaughn. "I'm proud of William Carey's achievement, I'm proud of the three of us tonight and our achievement," she said.

Three more commencement ceremonies will be held for the university in Hattiesburg Saturday.

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