#WPUGrad2017: WPU Celebrates 145th Commencement
Nearly 250 traditional and adult professional students are now proud graduates of William Peace University following the University’s 145th Commencement this past weekend. More than 2,000 friends, family members, and alumni gathered on the University’s Green to celebrate the event, cheering on students as they walked across stage, received their degree, and shook hands with WPU President, Dr. Brian C. Ralph.
James F. Goodmon, President and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company, served as Commencement Speaker. Mr. Goodmon received an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Humanities, as well as William Peace Professor Emerita, Dr. Sally Buckner. Goodmon provided a commemorative compass to all graduates and delivered an emphatic message to students, telling them to make an impact while always considering their morals and ethics.
“Check your ethical compass. Check your ethical winds. There’s a whole lot of stuff that happens to blow us around. Lots of things happen in society. You make your ethical choices and stay on course.”
James F. Goodmon, President and CEO of Capitol Broadcasting Company
Goodmon also said he’d make a very charitable donation to the University that graduated both his mother and foster mother, adding, “One of you could be up here making the commencement address for the Class of 2067, so I want you to start getting ready for that right now. I’m going to put a contribution in an envelope and give it to the president and ask him to keep it in the President’s Office until 2067,” he said. “And if they ask one of you to be the commencement speaker, they’ll have a big contribution. That’s what we’ll do.”
The University also celebrated the first-ever commissioning of one of its graduates in Second Lieutenant Kristina Cass ’17, a ROTC student, who was officially commissioned into service to the United States Army.
More than 30% of Saturday’s graduates have already accepted full-time employment, and approximately 10% will be attending graduate or professional school, according to preliminary data collected by Career Services. Over the last three years, more than 96% of WPU graduates have gained employment or entrance to graduate school within one year of graduating.
Commencement Award Recipients
- Valedictorian: Rosemary Richards ’17
- Student Commencement Speaker: Josh Walker ’17
- Outstanding Graduate: Alex Van Meir ’17
- School of Professional Studies (SPS) Outstanding Graduate: Steve Pinette ’17
- McCormick Distinguished Teaching Award: Linda Ferreri, Instructor
- Outstanding Advisor: Neill Prewitt, Assistant Professor of Communications