Waynesburg University held its annual commencement exercises honoring approximately 600 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students Sunday, May 18. Laura E. Ellsworth, a partner at Jones Day and vice chair of the board of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, delivered the commencement address.
Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa., was named one of five valedictorians of her class. She is the daughter of Scott and Susan Berkebile of Friedens, Pa.
“I am incredibly grateful for the amazing people who have helped me to achieve this honor,” Berkebile said. “It is a blessing and truly shows how commitment and dedication pay off.”
During her studies at Waynesburg, Berkebile was vice president of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education and a member of the University’s Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) student group. She was a member of DRUS Honorary Society for women and served on the University’s Student Activities Board.
Active in service, Berkebile attended two University service trips to Urban Promise Ministries in Camden, N.J., 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 have grown both mentally and spiritually during my time at the University,” she said. “Waynesburg has helped me to establish a solid foundation and a variety of skills that will help me to succeed both inside and outside of the classroom.”
Berkebile hopes to continue to grow professionally and ignite curiosity and a love for learning in young children.
The 2014 Valedictorians include:
•Kaitlyn Grace Berkebile, an early childhood education major from Friedens, Pa.
•Alyssa Brooke Crile, an early childhood education major from Washington, Pa.
•Daniel Vincent Czajkowski, a criminal justice administration major from Frederick, Md.
•Corin Rae Schipani, a digital design major from Duquesne, Pa.
•Hannah Michelle Szymanik, an early childhood education major from Mount Holly Springs, Pa.
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