WWU Holds 116th Commencement Ceremony

400 Graduates Celebrate Achievements

By: Rosa Jimenez

Class of 2012

Walla Walla University conferred degrees to more than 400 students in the Class of 2012. During the June 10 commencement ceremony, the university also celebrated the academic achievements of its graduates and honored members of its faculty.

After two days of rainy weather, clear skies added to the celebratory spirit.  The event was the university’s 116th commencement ceremony. Commencement speaker Andrea Trusty King, pastor of the Imani Praise Fellowship in Moreno Valley, Calif., encouraged graduates to fulfill the potential that God had placed in them at birth.

Class president Mellissa Frances Leaf presented the class gift of a $10,000 scholarship endowment.

During the event, President John McVay and Vice President for Academic Administration Ginger Ketting-Weller were thanked for their years of service to the university. Both administrators will conclude their administrative posts at the end of June.

In presenting the Class of 2012, Ketting-Weller provided the following facts about the Class of 2012:

Undergraduates: 293

Graduate Students: 126

Cum Laude: 67

Magna Cum Laude: 27

Summa Cum Laude: 26

General Studies Honors Recognition: 9

Secondary Teaching Certification: 5

Oldest Graduate at Baccalaureate Level: 59 years

Youngest Graduate: 20 years

Majors with Largest Number of Graduates: Nursing (58), Business (49), Education & Psychology (33), Engineering (32)

Locations the Largest Number of Graduates Call Home: Washington State (117), Oregon (69), California (55), Idaho (11)

Student Missionaries or Taskforce Workers: 63

For photos from commencement, click the link below.



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