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Waynesburg U. names Hardwick native a valedictorian

Kayla Ayers May 25, 2023

Elliott Kimball, a social science-political science graduate from Hardwick, Vermont, was named one of three Waynesburg University valedictorians for the Class of 2023. He is the son of Tod and Amy Kimball.

“For me, being named valedictorian was a chance to acknowledge how fortunate I have been,” said Kimball. “It was nice to be honored for my hard work academically, but I also know that it is not something I could have accomplished alone. I am very thankful for the faculty, family and friends that helped me get there.”

During his time at Waynesburg, Kimball was a Stover Scholar and served as a member of the Student Senate.

This past semester, he participated in the Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford (SCIO) study abroad experience in Oxford, England, through Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) GlobalEd.

When he wasn’t studying, Kimball said his favorite memories on campus were times spent with friends.

“The best part of Waynesburg for me was the community of friends that helped me grow spiritually and intellectually,” shared Kimball.

I hope I can continue to mature in my faith and apply what I learned about Christianity at Waynesburg to my future endeavors.”

Elliott Kimball

After taking some time off after graduation, Kimball hopes to attend graduate school in the near future. He is also looking forward to growing more spiritually during this next chapter.

“I hope I can continue to mature in my faith and apply what I learned about Christianity at Waynesburg to my future endeavors,” said Kimball.

Waynesburg University honored the Class of 2023 during Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, 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.

The following students were also named valedictorians:

  • Gabriela Hallman, an early childhood education with special education graduate from Douglassville, Pennsylvania.
  • Maddison Butler, an early childhood education with special education certification graduate from Altoona, Pennsylvania.
2023 Undergraduate Valedictorians: Hallman, Kimball and Butler
The 2023 Valedictorians: Gabriela Hallman, Elliott Kimball, Maddison Butler.

Hallman delivered the valedictory to the Class of 2023 at the undergraduate ceremony May 7.