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William Peace University Student Body Names 2014 Mister and Miss Peace
Local Four-Year Baccalaureate Announces Honors for
Seniors Christian Gray and Hannah Murphy ahead of 2014 Commencement
RALEIGH, N.C., May 2, 2014 – William Peace University, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, is proud to announce seniors Christian Gray and Hannah Murphy as 2014 Mister and Miss Peace. The honors, which are voted on by the entire student body, are the highest tributes paid to individuals at William Peace University. The nomination is based on a student’s excellent academic qualities, community service and leadership.
Following the University’s transition to a full-time co-educational institution in 2012, Gray, a Fayetteville native, was one of the first young men to enroll in the University’s traditional program and is the first-ever Mister Peace. He was also one of the first male Resident Assistants during his first year and played for the WPU Men’s Basketball team as a guard, while also serving as one of the team’s first captains. Additionally, Gray led efforts to establish a new “emerging leaders” program at WPU, along with an outreach program called D.I.V.E.R.S.E (Dedicated Individuals who Value Education, Relationships, Success, and Effort). He is set to graduate with a B.S. in Psychology.
Murphy, a native of the Raleigh-area, has also left a lasting impact on the University. She was elected the 2014 Student Commencement Speaker and is a member of the William Peace Theatre Company, having acted in multiple productions, including: These Shining Lives, Circle Mirror Transformation, Godspell, Into the Woods, Spring Awakening and No Exit. Murphy is a member of several national honor societies, including: Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Chi, and Sigma Tau Delta. A consistent Dean’s Scholar, she is also the recipient of several University Awards: the Mary Pate Currie Humanities Award, the Penney English Award and the Mary P. Schwertman English Honors Award. Murphy is set to graduate with two B.A. degrees in English and Theatre.
“We are very proud of Christian and Hannah,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “They are wonderful students, like all of the other young people we have here at WPU. We hate to see them go, but we know they will make a lasting impact in the outside world, just as they have done at Peace.”
The University will hold its 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 10 a.m. For more details on the ceremony, click here.
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