TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — The University of Alabama awarded approximately 5,000 degrees during spring commencement May 5-7, including two to students from Ellis County.

Haley Will, of Waxahachie, received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Megan Richards, of Italy, TX (76651), was awarded a Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration.

“With a beautiful campus, hundreds of rigorous academic programs, world-renowned faculty and numerous opportunities for service and growth, The University of Alabama is a place where legends are made,” states an announcement issued by the university. UA offers its students a premier educational, cultural and social experience. The campus gives students the opportunity to interact with nationally renowned faculty performing cutting-edge research. In addition, UA offers students more than 500 student organizations, and UA students perform more than 1 million hours of service for the community.”

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.