Howard Payne University confers degree to Elgin alumna Posted in: Lifestyle Howard Payne University awarded degrees to 120 graduates during its spring 2019 commencement ceremony at the close of the semester. One of those 120 students was Karla Grace Zachary from Elgin. Karla Grace Zachary earned her Bachelor of Science in the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy and in social science (jurisprudence). She was given the honor of Summa Cum Laude. Students must have at least a grade point average of 3.85 to graduate Summa Cum Laude. Cory Hines ’97, HPU president, and other university representatives conferred the degrees. ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!