May is a busy month! It’s Military Appreciation Month as well as the month when National Police Week is held. There’s Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and, of course, graduation!

For the second year in a row, we had beautiful day for our 2015 graduation activities. While I’d love to take credit, I’ve lived in northern Iowa long enough to know it could just as likely snow next year, so I certainly do not want to be held responsible for the weather. But rain or shine, graduation is always the highlight of the year. It is that one moment in time where students, faculty, staff, family and friends, come together in celebration of achievement. This year we had 368 graduates. By all accounts, this is Waldorf’s largest graduating class, ever. Along with the 104 residential students, 264 online students received their degrees. On Saturday, 30 online students joined 90 residential students to walk across the stage at the Hanson Fieldhouse and receive their diplomas.

For many of you, who travelled from places as far away as California and Florida or as near as Mason City and Marshalltown, this was your first time on campus. Yet whether you spent four years on campus or never stepped foot in Thorson hall, all of our students experience that very special something that is truly Waldorf.

I wanted to share part of a letter I received from an online graduate: “Recently I completed my last class at Waldorf and wanted to take a moment to express how happy I was with my college experience. I could not have asked for a more professional and friendly [staff]. They often felt more like friends than my college contacts. I looked at other four-year colleges before making my final choice. Attending Waldorf turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. Keep up the good work!”

It is wonderful to see our Waldorf Warrior nation growing by leaps and bounds, but it is even more rewarding knowing that all of our graduates have been transformed by that special something that is Waldorf!

The Warrior Watch is being sent on Peace Officer’s Memorial Day. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 as Peace Officer’s Memorial Day. Today, thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world will be in Washington, DC to participate in events honoring those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice. We here at Waldorf honor their service across the country in communities large and small.

Author: Brittany Gibson

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