But as valedictorian Melissa Baker explains, a liberal arts education is about far more than just book-smarts and a ticket to a good job: “A bachelor's degree will serve anyone well for a job search,” she says, “but TWU provided a unique environment where I found academic rigour at a school that really cares about developing the whole person.”
One of the original leaders of the whole-person-development model is retiring president, R. Neil Snider, PhD. At his last TWU ceremony as President, he commended the graduates for their commitment to being people of integrity. “Over the few years that these graduates have been students at Trinity Western University,” he said, “we have urged them to prepare for and accept the challenges of leadership—to make a difference in a world that desperately needs godly Christian leaders.”
TWU's distinguished commencement speakers, who each received an honorary doctorate degree, represent the scope of degrees offered by the University. Vancouver cancer researcher Victor Ling accepted an honorary Doctor of Science degree; an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree was conferred on Calgary broadcaster Sharol Josephson; and English as a Second Language education pioneer Gary R. Bartholomew received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
In addition to Melissa Baker of Eastsound, Washington, two other students were honoured as valedictorians for outstanding academic achievements: Carmen Knowlson of Langley, B.C. and Mindy Barkman of Coquitlam, B.C.
Kevan Gilbert and Melanie Spaulding each received the Citizenship Award in recognition of their positive contributions to campus life. The TWU male and female scholar-athlete awards both went to volleyball players this year: Rhonda Schmuland, recipient of the 2006 Thérèse Quigley Award for excellence in volleyball, academics and community involvement, and Chris Meehan, 2006 CIS Canadian male athlete of the year nominee were both honoured.
Last Updated: 2007-10-11