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.
Daniel Czajkowski, a criminal justice administration major from Frederick, Md., was named one of five valedictorians and delivered the valedictory to the University. He is the son of Vincent and Diana Czajkowski of Frederick, Md.
During his valedictory, he urged graduates to remember that, because Waynesburg is a unique institution, the Class of 2014 is comprised of unique graduates.
“Remember that achievement is not measured by money earned or items owned, but by lives touched and institutions transformed,” he said. “Remember that success is not derived from the title behind your name, but from the title of Him in whose name you go forth.”
As a scholar of the Stover Center for Constitutional Studies and Moral Leadership, Czajkowski had many opportunities during his time at Waynesburg University to meet with cultural, political and religious leaders across the nation. He is an alumnus of the American Studies Program and spent summers interning for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey and U.S. Congressman Keith Rothfus.
As a senior, he served as Waynesburg’s Student Senate president and Criminal Justice Club president. He was a member of Peer Education and the International Justice Mission, and was a recipient of the Criminal Justice Administration Program Scholarship and the James D. South Memorial Prize.
“Waynesburg University has not only inspired me to think critically about faith and calling, it has taught me to use my abilities, education and talents in such a way that they benefit others,” he said. “Waynesburg University produces servant leaders, and I am proud to be one of them.”
Currently pursuing a variety of career opportunities, Czajkowski said that whether he chooses to serve in the military, in law enforcement or on Capitol Hill, he intends to dedicate his life to public service.
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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