On May 7, 2016, the last graduating class of Waldorf College walked across the graduation stage and received their diplomas. I say this, of course, because they were the last class to receive Waldorf College, not Waldorf University, diplomas.
This was a momentous event. The student body voted to graduate under the Waldorf College name and become the final class of the college. While commencement this year represented a close to one chapter, it also represented an opening to a new chapter. Along with the 420 students who graduated with associate of arts and bachelor of arts degrees, we were proud to watch 26 masters of arts graduates receive their diplomas this weekend, as well. Our masters program, created in 2014 is a new program but has grown leaps and bounds since its inception—currently boasting over 400 students.
Masters graduate Laurin Lader was excited about this event. “Graduating from Waldorf was a very big honor,” he says. “During this entire process I was encouraged by my professors, my classmates, and my wife. It was an honor to be in the first Masters Graduating class. The love that was shown during this celebration was that of a very large extended family.”
Lader says he would highly recommend the program to others. “I really enjoyed learning from my classmates as well as under the guidance of my professors. It was apparent that people were truly excited about what we were learning,” he says. “Waldorf’s Organizational Leadership Masters is an experience that will enable you to grow in your leadership abilities. Sharing this class allows for bi-directional mentorship. The professors mentor us and we get to help mentor fellow classmates. This is an amazing opportunity to learn, teach and share. “
While we honor the legacy of our past, we relish the opportunity to expand upon that legacy with initiatives like the masters of arts program. I look forward to the future of Waldorf University and seeing the impacts that each of you have on the world!