Three former area students were among the 269 graduates to receive degrees from Hardin-Simmons University during spring commencement ceremonies held on May 11, in Behrens Auditorium on the HSU campus:

Trisha Walker, of Van Alstyne, graduated with a bachelor of behavioral science. Kayla Hastings, of Bells, graduated with a bachelor of behavioral science, and Christopher Hughes, of Whitewright, graduated with a bachelor of science.

HSU has an enrollment of approximately 2,300 undergrad and graduate students from 29 states and 19 countries. HSU has a 13:1 student faculty ratio with a campus that sits on 220 acres. The university is named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best universities in the western region of the United States and is listed by The Princeton Review as a Top Ten Best in the West University. It is a member of the Colleges of Distinction, the Chronicle of Higher Education named HSU to its honor roll of Great Colleges to Work For, and G.I. Jobs listed HSU as a Military Friendly School. HSU was also named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Hardin-Simmons University, founded in 1891, is a private Christian liberal arts university, and has been affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists) since 1941