Laughlin received a bachelor's degree in nursing.
Other Keenites were Anna Arocho (cum laude in general studies), Kaitlyn Halsell (nursing), Candace McCormick (summa cum laude, elementary education), Zakery Northrop (accounting), Kyle Parrish (cum laude, general studies), Jarred Rhodes (biology), Harley Ribeiro (cum laude, biology), Stephanie Rudisaile (magna cum laude, English) Jeffery Sickler (general studies), Travis Sinclair (English emphasis in writing), Catherine Wiist (magna cum laude, psychology) and Jonathan Wilczynski (cum laude, marketing).
The designation of cum laude indicates a gpa of 3.50-3.74. Magna cum laude is 3.75-3.89, and summa cum laude is 3.90-4.00.
Keene resident and Southwestern undergraduate Melissa Munoz marched as a guest, receiving a master's degree in kinesology from Texas Woman's University, which held its commencement on the Adventist Sabbath.
Commencement speaker Dr. Eric Anderson, who is retiring after serving nine years at the University's helm, told the graduates to remember the values learned at Southwestern.
An honorary doctorate was conferred on former president Donald McAdams, the youngest president to serve Southwestern.
McAdams was 34 years old when be was named president in 1975, serving until 1984 and taking Southwestern through the crucial years immediately following its accreditation as a senior college.
Assistant professor of music Marc Elysee was named Educator of the Year, receiving a plaque and a check for $1,000.