Area students are among recent college graduates.

Minnesota State

 Marie J. Balano, Blue Springs, is among the spring 2010 graduates from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn. She graduated magna cum laude and received a bachelor of science in biology: Zoology.



Truman State

Scott A. Smith, Independence, is among the spring 2010 graduates of Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo. He graduated cum laude and received a bachelor of science degree in accounting with a minor in Spanish.



Western Governors

Corrie Clasen, Independence, is among the summer 2010 graduates of Western Governors University, an online university. She received a master of arts degree.



Missouri State

Area residents are among the summer 2010 graduates of Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.

Blue Springs – Kelly D. Dyer, master of science; and Samantha J. Scranton, bachelor of science.

Independence – Ashley L. Gibson, bachelor of science.

Lee’s Summit – Christina A. Cole, bachelor of science; and Heather C. McFarland, master of science in education.

Oak Grove – Marcus A. Nichelson, bachelor of science; and Luke A. Underwood, bachelor of science.