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Kipe named a Waynesburg University valedictorian

Matthew Stultz May 4, 2022

Waynesburg University honored the Class of 2022 during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, on the Lawn of Miller Hall.

More than 400 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students were honored. Commencement exercises for graduate students were held Saturday at 4 p.m., while the undergraduate ceremony was Sunday at 2 p.m.

Sophie Kipe, an early childhood education graduate from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, was named one of three valedictorians. She is the daughter of Ken and Barb Kipe.

“Being valedictorian is such an honor,” said Kipe. “I really think it’s a testament to the support of WU faculty, staff and students. I definitely didn’t get to this spot on my own.”

Throughout her time at Waynesburg, Kipe worked in the Writing Center and Tutoring Center, and was a student ambassador for the Admissions Office.

As a biblical and ministry studies minor, Kipe was heavily involved with Upper Room, the University’s student-led contemporary worship; a Bible study leader; and a participant in Prayer at 10 p.m.

I think being valedictorian is evidence of all the people that have poured into me throughout my whole life."

Sophie Kipe, valedictorian

“At WU, I experienced community like never before,” she shared. “I learned that life - especially the Christian life - was never intended to be lived alone. I grew in my love for Christ, my love for others and my love for the world God created.”

Kipe was consistently named to the Dean’s List each semester and received the Department of Education’s Apple Award.

“I think being valedictorian is evidence of all the people that have poured into me throughout my whole life,” Kipe added. “I can’t help but think about the impact my parents, family, teachers, coaches and classmates have had on me over the years, teaching me to be persistent, diligent and driven.”

Her immediate plans are to pursue an elementary teaching position in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Long term, she hopes to move into an administrative role, be involved with education policy or contribute to poverty alleviation through global education development.

The following students were also named valedictorians:

  • Kenneth Cairns III, a criminal justice administration graduate from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
  • Rachel Pellegrino, a communication (electronic media) graduate from Yardley, Pennsylvania

Pellegrino delivered the valedictory to the Class of 2022 at the undergraduate ceremony May 1.