President Ken Kitts addresses the 2021 fall commencement audience in Norton Auditorium.

Four Students Awarded Top Academic Honor at December Commencement

Dec. 13, 2021

Michelle R. Eubanks , UNA, at, 256.765.4392

FLORENCE, AL – Four graduates from the recent commencement ceremonies at the University of North Alabama received the Keller Key. The Keller Key is awarded at each commencement to graduating seniors who have earned the highest scholastic achievement. Recipients of the award are selected by a committee comprised of faculty, staff, and students.

“This is a significant achievement for our graduates, and the Keller Key represents the highest achievement a student can attain academically,” said Dr. Ross Alexander, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. “It is acknowledgement of the uncommon dedication and work these students exhibited as part of their education at UNA.”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Lori E. Bowers, of Iron City, Tenn., graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting. She has a 4.0 grade point average.
  • Alexandra Grace Hopper, of Killen, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication. She has a 4.0 GPA.
  • Larissa B. Huissen, of Kenosha, Wisc., graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She has a 4.0 GPA.
  • Rachel Leigh Kirby, of Gardendale, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a degree in Elementary Education, Special Education Collaborative K-6. She has a 4.0 GPA.


About The University of North Alabama

The University of North Alabama is an accredited, comprehensive regional state university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs through the colleges of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering; Business and Technology; Education and Human Sciences; and the Anderson College of Nursing and Health Professions. Occupying a 130-acre campus in a residential section of Florence, Alabama, UNA is located within a four-city area that also includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. UNA Athletics, a renowned collegiate athletics program with seven (7) Division II National Championships, is now a proud member of the NCAA Division I’s ASUN and Big South conferences. The University of North Alabama is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate in the admission policy on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, age, or national origin. For more: and