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Jeffery Sickler received a bachelor's degree in General Studies Sunday at SWAU's Commencement. He proudly displays the diploma with his parents, Jim and Pearline Sickler and his fiancée, Pamela Bernal.
Travis Sinclair earned a bachelor’s degree in English Sunday at Southwestern Adventist University’s Commencement. He is flanked, from left, by
Travis Sinclair earned a bachelor's degree in English Sunday at Southwestern Adventist University's Commencement. He is flanked, from left, by brother Ryan, mother Tracy, father Tim and sister Chandler. The entire Sinclair family are graduates of Southwestern. (Paul Gnadt)
Senior Class President Emily Laughlin was one of 13 Keene residents among the 140 students who received diplomas Sunday as Southwestern Adventist University closed its 120th school year with Commencement at the Leiske-Pultar Gymnasium.

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).
Candace McCormick graduated with summa cum laude recognition Sunday with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Southwestern Adventist
Candace McCormick graduated with summa cum laude recognition Sunday with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Southwestern Adventist University. She is shown with her parents, Ray and Laura McCormick. (Paul Gnadt)


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.

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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.