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Attention soon-to-be graduates: Congratulations! The day you have been anticipating is right around the corner.b2ap3_thumbnail_commencement.png

You have put a colossal number of hours into earning your degree, and your hard work will soon be rewarded. But before you can update your education status on Facebook and LinkedIn, here are a few (simple) tasks you need to complete that will help make the next few months go a little more smoothly:

1. Confirm with the Registrar’s Office that all your transcripts and payments are in order.

If you are graduating in May, you have already completed your Degree Audit and application for graduation. With that important step out of the way, contact the Office of the Registrar to ensure that all of your paperwork and payments are updated and complete. Those who work in the office are knowledgeable and excited to help you graduate – so contact them to double check everything! If you have any extra concerns about your eligibility, contact your adviser.

2. Order your graduation regalia and memorabilia.

This is probably the most exciting thing on this list because it is a tangible representation that graduation is fast-approaching! Visit the WU Bookstore to order memorabilia, and complete the Graduation Order and Attendance form to reserve your spot at Commencement and place your cap and gown order.

3. Undergraduates - schedule a senior exit interview.

This is a time for seniors to reflect on their experiences at Waynesburg and speak with a University representative about their future plans! Graduating seniors can provide feedback and schedule group or individual meeting times by completing the Graduation Interview survey here.

4. Don't forget your tickets!

All graduates, family and friends are welcome to attend the Commencement ceremony when held outside, but in the case of inclement weather, graduates attending the ceremony will receive two electronic tickets via email for the indoor ceremony. Don’t forget to have these tickets on hand in case of an inclement weather call! And don’t worry – even if the ceremony is moved inside, there are various viewing sites on campus for all guests. Graduates and their families are also invited to celebrate at the Graduate’s Luncheon on the day of Commencement. Tickets for this luncheon can be purchased here.

5. Connect with Alumni Relations!

Follow Waynesburg University Alumni on social media and stay connected with all things Waynesburg after you graduate. Visit Waynesburg United for more information.

For a complete list of items to check off the list before April 30, visit http://www.waynesburg.edu/commencement. Enjoy the celebration of your success!

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b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_0213.JPGWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 550 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 1.

Jessica Marie Marabello, a mathematics (secondary education) major from Pittsburgh, was named one of two valedictorians of her class and delivered the valedictory to the University. She is the daughter of Neal and Lori Marabello.

“Being named one of two valedictorians means a lot to me because I have worked very hard to achieve my 4.0 GPA every semester, and it is rewarding to see my hard work pay off,” said Marabello. “I am proud of my great accomplishment, and I am so thankful for my family, professors and friends who have helped me to get here.”

During her studies at Waynesburg, Marabello was a member of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and involved in Kappa Mu Epsilon National Mathematics Honor Society. She also was a member of DRUS Honorary Society for Women and was a mathematics tutor for the Knox Learning Center Tutoring Program for four years.

Active in service, Marabello attended three University service trips to the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico and participated in local service initiatives. She was a recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship, the Class Scholarship Award and the Outstanding Academic Excellence Award.

“I feel very well prepared for my future and have learned a lot from my student teaching experiences in actual classrooms because Waynesburg provided me with those opportunities as early as my freshman year,” said Marabello. “My Waynesburg education has taught me to rely on God and has given me the confidence I need to pursue my passion for teaching.”

Marabello is actively seeking a substitute teaching position for the remaining school year. She also plans to obtain a master’s degree in the near future. 

Kayla Diane Bleckley, a creative writing major with a minor in psychology from Latrobe, was also named valedictorian.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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b2ap3_thumbnail__OR_0207.JPGWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 550 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 1.

Kayla Diane Bleckley, a creative writing major with a minor in psychology from Latrobe, was named one of two valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of William and Diane Bleckley.

“To be named valedictorian alongside another extraordinarily hardworking Waynesburg University student is an honor I am blessed and privileged to receive,” said Bleckley. “Though I am extremely proud to be one of the Class of 2016 valedictorians, I consider my accomplishment a testament to the constant support and opportunities my parents have worked tirelessly to provide for me and the high quality of educators found at this institution.”

As a student, Bleckley was a staff member of Waynesburg’s literary magazine, “Muse & Stone,” most recently serving as the student executive editor. She was vice president of the University’s Upsilon Delta Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honors Society as well as a member of the Lamplighters Concert Choir and the Waynesburg University Honors Academy.

She was the recipient of the A.B. Miller Scholarship and the Margaret Bell Miller Scholarship. During her studies, she received the James E. Garvin and Caroline Parkinson Garvin Prize in Humanities in 2014, in addition to the Waynesburg University English Department Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.

“I think the liberal arts education I received at Waynesburg has been essential in helping me determine what vocation I feel called to pursue and in providing me with the resources to be successful,” said Bleckley.

Bleckley plans to obtain a master’s degree in counseling and pursue a vocation as a certified counselor.

Jessica Marie Marabello, a mathematics (secondary education) major from Pittsburgh, was also named valedictorian and delivered the valedictory to the University.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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The Waynesburg University Lamplighters Touring Choir will serve in Morristown, N.J., from Monday, May 2, through Sunday, May 8, and use their singing talents to benefit others. During the weeklong trip, the 16 students will perform seven concerts at various Christian schools, senior care centers and retreat centers to share the Good News of Christ.

Apart from singing, the students will also be completing renovations as well as painting and cleaning at the Loyola Jesuit House in Morristown. Melanie Catana, director of choral music at Waynesburg University, Dr. James Bush, professor of mathematics, and Nelson Fox, the choir’s pianist, will serve as trip leaders.

“Our main objective for this mission trip is to practice being a servant leader like Christ,” said Catana. “I want the students to bring life to the works they do for other people. Through our devotions and service, I want them to become closer to God.”

The Lamplighters Touring Choir have served various locations around the country for more than 50 years, originating back to 1961. James “Fuzzy” Randolph, who founded the Lamplighters, decided to take the group during its first year to sing at local Greene County churches. The act of using the choir’s musical abilities to make a positive impact continued and has since developed into a University mission trip.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Allie Christopher, freshman exercise science major from Carmichaels (Carmichaels Area School District)
  • Kayla Goncalves, sophomore music ministry major from Boca Raton, Fla. (Olympic Heights Community High School)
  • Amelia Graves, junior English major from West Falls, N.Y. (Orchard Park High School)
  • Katie Kondrick, sophomore history major from Cheswick (Fox Chapel Area High School)
  • Austin Orth, senior computer science major from Meyersdale (Lighthouse Christian Academy)
  • Stephen Patula, freshman music ministry major from Kazard, Ky. (Hazard High School)
  • Kelsey Prough, freshman forensic science major from Altoona (Altoona Area Senior High School)
  • Rebecca Rosser, senior music ministry major from Sweet Valley (Lake-Lehman High School)
  • Lydia Rostosky, junior music ministry major from McMurray (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Briana Ryan, freshman music ministry major from Monongahela (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
  • Jonathan St. Laurent, senior communication (sports broadcasting/sports information) major from Aliquippa (Mount Lebanon High School)
  • Veronica Steen, freshman biblical ministry studies major from Trenton, N.J. (Bordentown Regional High School)
  • Stephanie Tress, senior forensic science major from McMurray (Canon-McMillan School District)
  • Robert Tyler Turbett, freshman engineering major from Boyertown (Brandywine Heights Area High School)
  • Lori Williams, senior human services major from Mount Clare, W.Va. (Bridgeport High School)
  • Lingen Yogo, junior mathematics major from Washington (Pennsylvania Virtual Charter School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ten Waynesburg University students will travel to Eustis, Florida, from Wednesday, June 8, through Tuesday, June 14, to serve Camp Boggy Creek, a camp that serves children aged 7 to 16 who have been diagnosed with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The trip will be co-led by Jennifer Shiring, nurse director of student health services, and Amy Wilson, student health care nurse at Waynesburg University.

The participating students and faculty will serve as cabin counselors for the weeklong service trip. In this capacity, they will take care of the daily needs of the 10 campers in their perspective cabins. They also will have the opportunity to lead by example and provide an exciting and empowering experience for the campers.

“I am looking forward to interacting with the campers,” said Shiring. “Most of my nursing background has been spent caring for children. I love the mind of a child as they grow and develop.”

Since this is the University’s first service trip to Camp Boggy Creek, founded in 1996 by actor Paul Newman and U.S. Army General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Shiring anticipates that the students will leave with a deeper understanding of the challenges children suffering from illnesses face every day and recognizing they made a positive impact on others.

“I hope they have a wonderful experience, make new friends as well as return knowing they were able to help provide a normal childhood experience to children who would not otherwise have the opportunity,” said Shiring.

Students participating in the trip include:

  • Mikayla Amick, junior nursing from Bloomsburg (Home School)
  • Holly Bachman, junior athletic training major from Butler (Knoch Senior High School)
  • Marian Chearney, sophomore nursing major from Normalville (Connellsville Area Senior High School)
  • Gabrielle Coy, freshman public relations major from Clymer (Penns Manor Area High School)
  • Sydney Green, sophomore nursing major from Farmington (Uniontown Area Senior High School)
  • Amanda Lucas, freshman exercise science major from Penn Run (Penns Manor Area High School)
  • Abbie Miller, junior athletic training major from Red Lion (Red Lion Area Senior High School)
  • Kelby Rudash, sophomore nursing major from Maidsville, W.Va. (Waynesburg Central High School)
  • Grace Sumney, freshman nursing major from Bentlyville (Bentworth Senior High School)
  • Natalie Vincent, junior nursing major from Houston (Chartiers-Houston High School)

Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.

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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations

724.852.7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu

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