More than 1,600 candidates qualified for degrees for the fall of 2008 semester at the University of Kansas including three from Cherokee County and one from Labette.

Allyn Michael Kaufmann, Baxter Springs will receive a Doctor of pharmaceutical Chemistry PHD. The Baxter Springs High School graduate is the son of Mike and Carolyn Kaufmann.

Kitrina Marie Lacen, Baxter Springs, has earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. The Columbus Unified High School graduate is the daughter of Garry and Susan Lacen.

Casey Young Meek, Baxter Springs, has earned a doctor of juris prudence degree . The Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School graduate is the son of Chris and Sherri Meek.

Autumn E. Shields, Oswego, has earned a Master of Arts degree in International Studies.

Graduate and undergraduate degrees are conferred in December based on work completed during the fall semester. Because KU conducts only one formal commencement ceremony each year many students graduating in the fall or summer terms will return for the traditional walk down the hill and into Memorial Stadium on Sunday, May 17.