McClellan graduates from Carleton College

Michael McClellan, Independence, is among the summer 2013 graduates of Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry.

Area students graduate from MWSU

Area students are among the spring 2013 graduates of Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo.

Blue Springs - Jared B. Burns, bachelor of science in physical education, health and exercise science; Breck R. McPherson, bachelor of science in recreation sport management; Joymarie E. Schulte, bachelor of social work. Independence - Jessica N. Barszczak, bachelor of social work; Amy E. Gronseth, bachelor of science in elementary education; Nichole J. Harris, bachelor of science in nursing; Shanming Li, master of applied arts in digital media. Lee’s Summit - Jordan T. Nicholas, bachelor of science in business administration, finance and marketing; Tyler J. Lee Riddle, bachelor of science in recreation sport management.

DeWitt receives white coat

Elizabeth DeWitt, Independence, received her white coat during a ceremony for first-year medical students at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa, Okla. She is a 2000 graduate of Center Place Restoration School in Independence. DeWitt was one of 115 students in the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine honored during the annual White Coat Ceremony.

Chrisman graduates from Iowa

Matthew S. Chrisman, Blue Springs, is among the spring graduates of the University of Iowa in Des Moines. He received a PhD in community and behavioral health.

Vreeland graduates from Westminster

Emily Vreeland, Independence, Missouri, is among the spring graduates of Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology/anthropology and self designed-cross-cultural leadership.

-- Kelly Evenson