A record 16 Lamar University students, including Doyle Prentice Bean Jr., a chemical engineering major; and Kalli Schrei Curry, a kinesiology major; both of Orange; attained perfect 4.0 grade-point averages to share Plummer Award honors as the top academic graduates in Lamar’s first class of 2010.

With more than 1,500 graduates, the class is the largest in Lamar history, said President James Simmons. Because of the numbers, Lamar divided commencement into two ceremonies, both on May 15.

In addition to Bean and Curry, other Plummer Award recipients and their majors are:

• Baytown: Brian Thomas Gustin, electrical engineering.

• Beaumont: Casey Elizabeth Diaz and Andrew Vierling, communication; Eric Ben Halfmann, mechanical engineering; Samantha Allison Jean, interdisciplinary studies; David Joshua Leventry and Sachi Shrestha, chemical engineering.

• Lufkin: Kimberley La’Nita Wade, family and consumer sciences.

• Lumberton: Lindsay Michelle Fisher, interdisciplinary studies.

• Nederland: Erin Michelle Binagia, biology; Kathleen Suzanne Odom, music; Michael Peyton Richmond, biology; James Ryan Thompson, mechanical engineering.

• Winnie: Kevin Anthony Stevens, chemical engineering;.

Simmons introduced the Plummer recipients at the conclusion of the 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. commencement ceremonies, where state Sen. Tommy Williams was the keynote speaker.

Deans and faculty have remarked about the exceptionally fine quality of the May 2010 graduating class,” said Kevin Smith, senior associate provost. “The record number of Plummer Award recipients and, indeed, the record number of graduates speak to the academic accomplishments of these graduates.”