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b2ap3_thumbnail_Soracco_20170430_-641_20170430-214437_1.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_Soracco_20170430_-390.jpgWaynesburg University held its 165th Commencement exercises Sunday, April 30, honoring approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

Mrs. Aradhna Oliphant, President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc., delivered the Commencement Address, “Essence of Leadership.” 

“I love that this university believes so much in the concept of servant leadership, which in my experience is the only real and lasting leadership that we can offer each other,” she said. 

Oliphant explored attributes of great leadership, noting that true leaders remain curiously humble, are present and get involved. These attributes, she said, have been shared by the leaders she has admired and learned from the most. 

“To the class of 2017, let me say this: This wonderful, beautiful, mission-centric university has taught you to engage life with faith and spirituality at your core,” she said. “That is a gift, but it is a gift with consequences.  You might even call it a sacred trust. As the theologian Henri J.M. Nouwen has put it, ‘the spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.’”

Oliphant concluded with a challenge to graduates, urging them to be the leaders who remain curious, who show up and who get involved. 

“Three simple traits. May you be those leaders; may you show the way,” she said. 

Taylor Garrett, a math (secondary education) graduate from Aurora, Ohio, was named valedictorian and delivered the valedictory to the University. Freddie Fields, who received a Master of Business Administration degree, represented the graduate program students. 

Matthew Joseph Rinaudo, a criminal justice administration graduate from Alpharetta, Pennsylvania, was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the Army of the United States of America during the ceremony. 

Prior to the commencement exercises, Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore, the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, delivered the Baccalaureate Address, “On the Road with Jesus,” during which he referenced Luke 24:13-31 and two paradoxes found within those verses. 

The first, he said, is the paradox of meeting the living Lord who is right beside you on the road but who encounters you as a stranger you do not recognize. 

“The second paradox goes like this: Often it is just when God seems most absent in our life that God is most profoundly present,” said Migliore, who encouraged the graduates to remain dedicated to engaging with and helping strangers throughout their lives. 

“During your studies at this university, many of you have been blessed by having the experience of meeting and helping strangers in various service programs,” he said. “I hope you won’t give the practice up. There are countless strangers out there on the road waiting to walk beside you and to bless you and be blessed by you.” 

The University awarded the following degrees to graduates:  Doctor of Nursing Practice, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Master of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Management and Leadership, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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Waynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, April 30.

Taylor Mae Garrett, a math (secondary education) major with a minor in Spanish from Aurora, Ohio, was named the valedictorian of her class. She is the daughter of Chris and Pamela Garrett.

“I was honored to have the opportunity to share a few words on how my experiences at Waynesburg shaped the way that I view the world and how I want to affect the world through my future actions,” said Garrett. “I hope I conveyed my appreciation and pride in this institution and in my fellow classmates.”

As a student, Garrett was the president of both the Waynesburg Outdoor Club and Venture Crew 1849. She was a member of EcoStewards and the Waynesburg Recycling Task Force, most recently serving as the director of recycling challenge.

Garrett was a Leadership Scholar and a member of both the Kappa Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society and Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society. As an incoming freshman, she was the recipient of the Jeffrey and Regina Taussig Ohio Honors Scholarship, a scholarship which honors an Ohio student who displays extraordinary academic, service and leadership skills and majors in the area of math or science.

“Waynesburg University has provided me with a myriad of incredible opportunities,” said Garrett. “The people that I have met along the way will continue to be the most important and meaningful part of my time at Waynesburg. The community at Waynesburg is what drew me to apply when I initially visited, and it is what I will most cherish about my time at Waynesburg.”

Upon graduating from Waynesburg, Garrett plans to take a gap year to serve in Albuquerque, New Mexico, through a program offered by the Presbyterian Church USA called Young Adult Volunteers.

“My hope and prayer is that through completing a program with an intentional focus on vocational discernment, I can better understand where God is calling me,” said Garrett. “I know that I want to teach, and I love teaching; however, I am not yet sure of where I want to teach and in what capacity.”

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations

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Aradhna Oliphant and the Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore were awarded honorary Doctor of Humane Letter degrees during Waynesburg University’s commencement exercises Sunday, April 30.

Oliphant is the President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. and Migliore is the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. The degrees were conferred upon Oliphant and Migliore for the ways in which they parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving.

Members of the Waynesburg University Board of Trustees presented the recipients and assisted with investitures.

The following citations were read:

Aradhna Oliphant

Aradhna Malhotra Oliphant, for your wholly inspirational and innovative work ethic, as evidenced by a successful career in leadership development and a multitude of professional posts, Waynesburg honors you.

As you guide Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. as President and CEO, you inspire our region’s leaders to strive for excellence and to remain engaged in their communities and the world, encouraging countless individuals to pursue lives of purpose. 

Your unwavering drive for community building is reflected in your involvement with the academic, public policy, corporate and nonprofit sectors. Your demonstrated passion for community engagement and serving others mirrors the efforts of Waynesburg University to instill such admirable qualities in its students.

Recognized for your innovation and leadership as a Woman of Distinction by several area civic organizations and most recently in 2015 as one of the top twenty-five most influential people in the region by Pittsburgh Magazine, you are an inspiration to young women who wish to change the world.

Your ambition, influential career, and moral and business philosophies serve as examples to Waynesburg University students as they prepare to become the leaders of tomorrow. For that, we are pleased to recognize you.

In gratitude and respect for your achievements and for the ways in which you parallel Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving, it is with great honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters. 

Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore

Rev. Daniel Migliore, in recognition of your distinguished career in theology education and the inspiration you have provided to a generation’s worth of leaders in religion, Waynesburg University honors you. 

A distinguished teacher, leader and reverend, your voice has influenced and motivated individuals throughout our nation. Your work has set you apart as an outstanding role model and inspirational leader in education and religion.

An accomplished author, you have introduced countless minds to Christian theology, and in doing so, you have inspired others to understand Christ’s love. Through your bestselling textbook, you have illuminated the minds of eager learners across the country. 

With more than four decades dedicated to educating and inspiring others, you are an inspiration to us. It is because of the meaningful and extensive impact you have made through your life’s work that we are pleased to recognize and honor you.

In sincere respect and admiration for your steadfast commitment to all those you so diligently serve and teach, and for the ways in which you share Waynesburg University’s mission of faith, learning and serving, it is with distinct honor that we confer upon you our degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

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Ashley Wise, Associate Director of University Relations
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Waynesburg University’s annual Baccalaureate and Commencement exercises will be held Sunday, April 30, on the campus of Waynesburg University. Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore will serve as the Baccalaureate speaker, and Aradhna Oliphant will address the Class of 2017 as the Commencement speaker. 

The celebration will honor approximately 525 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from the Waynesburg campus as well as the University’s additional centers in Cranberry, Monroeville and Southpointe.

Baccalaureate services will be held in Roberts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Commencement will be held on the front lawn of Miller Hall at 2 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony will be held in Rudy Marisa Fieldhouse. 

Families are encouraged to arrive early, as the Commencement processional begins approximately 20 minutes prior to the ceremony. 

Both Oliphant and Migliore will be honored during the Commencement Ceremony with honorary degrees, Doctors of Humane Letters, for the ways in which their lives and personal missions relate to the mission of Waynesburg University.

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Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Migliore is the Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systemic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, where he taught for 47 years. He is also an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA).

During his tenure as the Charles Hodge Professor of Systemic Theology, he also served as the Director of Doctoral Studies, Chairman of the Department of Theology and Editor of The Princeton Seminary Bulletin. Additionally, he spent time as a visiting professor of theology at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, Seattle University and New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Migliore is the author of several books, including “Rachel's Cry: Prayer of Lament and Rebirth of Hope,” (with Kathleen D. Billman); “The Power of God and the Gods of Power;” and “Faith Seeking Understanding: An Introduction to Christian Theology,” which is the bestselling theological introduction in colleges and seminaries across the United States.

In his retirement, Migliore has remained active in conducting research and writing in his academic specialization, as well as the theology and ethics of Karl Barth. He continues to preach and lecture at various congregations and conferences throughout the country.

Migliore is a member of the American Theological Society, having served as president during the 2007-08 term; a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton; and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Center for Karl Barth Studies at Princeton Theological Seminary. 

Migliore holds a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, a bachelor of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary and a master’s degree and doctorate from Princeton University.

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Aradhna Oliphant is the President and CEO of Leadership Pittsburgh Inc. (LPI), a premiere resource for community leadership identification, connection and development in Southwestern Pennsylvania. 

Deeply committed to community building, Oliphant is actively engaged with the academic, public policy, corporate and nonprofit sectors.  She serves on numerous boards and advisory boards including the national Association of Leadership Programs, The Pittsburgh Parking Authority, The Forbes Funds, Thornburgh Forum at the University of Pittsburgh, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Advisory Committee for U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, among others. 

She was invited by Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf to serve on the steering committee that oversaw the work of the transition teams, and in 2015, she was appointed as a Commissioner for the County Government Review Commission that is constituted once every ten years to review Allegheny County’s structure and make recommendations.  

Oliphant also serves as Vice President of the International Women’s Forum of Pittsburgh and is a proud graduate of Leadership Pittsburgh XVIII – an experience that truly anchored her in the region.  

She has been recognized for her innovation and leadership as a Woman of Distinction by several area civic organizations and most recently in 2015 as one of the top twenty-five most influential people in the region by Pittsburgh Magazine.

Born and raised in India, Oliphant holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Rutgers University and a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Bhopal University.  

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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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