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University honors approximately 700 students

Posted by Pam Cunningham on Mon, May 14, 2012 @ 10:05 AM

Congressman MurphyWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 700 undergraduate and graduate students Sunday, May 13.

Congressman Timothy F. Murphy delivered the commencement address, during which he gave the graduates four tasks:  to grow their faith, to never stop learning and to develop wisdom, to always be respectful and to challenge themselves.

“I call upon you to have courage,” Murphy said. “Never be satisfied with where you are, and always dream of where you want to go. This is your challenge:  push all of us to higher and better goals.”

Captain Michelle Steimer, a 2012 graduate of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Claysville, Pa., represented the graduate program students.

Valedictorians   Kelsey(L) Leeann(R)Leeann Danley(pictured right), an elementary special education major from West Finley (McGuffey High School), and Kelsey Brownlee (pictured left), an accounting major and business management minor from Jackson Center (Lakeview High School), were named the valedictorians. Danley delivered the valedictory to the university.

Among the graduates were Cami Abernethy (pictured left) and Alissa Boyle (pictured center), who received special recognition for their heroic acts on February 20. The women were seriously injured when they, along with several other students and a professor, stopped to render assistance at the scene of a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 79S in Perry Township, Pa. As a result of their heroic actions and their faith and grace through recovery and rehabilitation, the women were awarded the President’s Medallion of Waynesburg University.

Presidential MedallionThe President’s Medallion of Waynesburg University may be presented by the President of the University, at the discretion of the President, to honor individuals for their special or meritorious service to the University or humanity, for distinguished life achievement(s), and/or for distinctive intellectual, cultural or social contributions.

Waynesburg University awarded the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree, the Master of Arts in Teaching degree, the Master of Business Administration degree, the Master of Education degree, the Master of Science in Nursing degree, the Bachelor of Arts degree, the Bachelor of Management and Leadership degree, the Bachelor of Science degree, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree, the Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology degree, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and the Associate of Science in Allied Health degree.

BrobergPrior to commencement exercises, The Rev. Dr. Stuart Broberg delivered the baccalaureate address, The World Needs Integrity, to graduates and their parents. Broberg noted that individuals must integrate what they believe in their hearts with what they say and do to truly have integrity.

“Believe it, say it, do it,” Broberg said. “When these three things are in alignment, only then may you say, ‘I have integrity.’”

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