William Peace University students named Leigh Wallace Hines of Wilmington, NC, as this year’s Outstanding Graduate during the 2012 Commencement ceremony on May 5.
Hines is the legacy daughter of Joey and Lydia Bray Hines ’77. Not only was Leigh Wallace named Outstanding Graduate, she also was named an Outstanding Senior and is the 2011 recipient of the Mary Pate Currie Humanities Award.
Leigh Wallace received a B.A. in Liberal Studies and Leadership Studies with a concentration in cultural anthropology and a minor in human resources. She has been active as a President’s Ambassador (2009-2012) and served on the campus Quality Enhancement Plan Development Team. Leigh Wallace also works as a youth advisor for Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Raleigh where she assists with weekly youth group and bible studies, coordinating youth conferences and chaperoning mission trips.
The Outstanding Graduate award is nominated and voted upon by the faculty and administration. It is presented to the student who is an outstanding member of the graduating class in their academic, social and religious leadership, in their acceptance of obligations and in their general interpretations of William Peace University ideals.
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and will begin admitting male students to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit www.peace.edu.