Leon named a Waynesburg University valedictorian and delivered valedictory speech

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b2ap3_thumbnail_5-7-Leon.jpgWaynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises Sunday, May 6, honoring more than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at its main campus in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

Robert (R.J.) Leon, a finance graduate from Brookfield, Ohio, was named one of four valedictorians and delivered the valedictory to the University during the commencement ceremony. He is the son of Bobby and Jeanette Leon.

“The honor of being named valedictorian is quite humbling,” said Leon. “I believe it’s a testament to the time and dedication I have put into my school work and academics here at Waynesburg.”

Leon received the Stover Scholars Program Scholarship and participated in Waynesburg’s Stover Scholars Program for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership.

He was a member of the Business Club and Student Investment Club, serving as president from 2016 through 2018, as well as participating in athletics as the punter for the football team.

“There’s one distinct factor in Waynesburg’s education that sets itself apart from the competition: relationships,” said Leon. “I have developed phenomenal relationships with advisors and coaches that will lead to mentors for life. I have also developed personal relationships with my fellow classmates, which will help grow my network of connections when entering the business world.”

During his time as a student, Leon earned a competitive internship at JPMorgan Chase. He served as a two-month summer intern in the Chase Leadership Development Program, working specifically on the Consumer Bank Risk Management Quality Assurance team at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

“The most memorable experience from my time at Waynesburg is to witness my growth and maturation from the time I started as a freshman until now,” added Leon. “It’s pretty remarkable how Waynesburg’s experience transformed and molded me into a person eager to start my professional career.”

Leon recently accepted a position as a risk management analyst with JPMorgan Chase in Columbus, Ohio.

Tara Barnard, an early childhood/special education graduate from Millerstown, Pennsylvania; Rachel Eng, an accounting graduate from Elon, North Carolina; and Sydney Flick, a criminal justice administration graduate from Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, were also named valedictorians.

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 one of only 22 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, Director of University Relations

724-852-7675 or awise@waynesburg.edu