The smokey haze that enveloped Portland on Saturday, August 15, 2015, did nothing to damp the excitement when 106 students of our Adult Degree Program achieved their dream of becoming a college graduate. Sixteen also earned their master’s degrees and were ceremoniously presented with their academic regalia (hood).
We congratulate each and every one of these new alumni on earning their degrees, sticking with the program, coming to class every week, and choosing Warner Pacific.
Often students find they suddenly have a lot of extra time on their hands. Time, for the last 18 months, spent studying and in class. Meg DuMez, Assistant Professor and Senior Academic Advisor for the Adult Degree Program, offers this advice:
“I hope for you is that you remember to be intentional about what you want to do next with your time and resources. Between class sessions, travel, learning team meetings, and homework, these you’ve sacrificed at least 10 hours a week for the past few years. Now you are regaining that time back and life (work, television, chores, watching paint dry) will fill that void if you are not intentional what you want to do. I want all our graduates to use this time well. Volunteer. Start a hobby. Spend more time with family and friends. Pursue a graduate degree. Read for fun! This is the perfect time to reclaim that time and choose to do something great!”
Wilma I. Perry Award: Rashida Renee Willard
Dr. Wilma I. Perry embodied many wonderful qualities that Warner Pacific College considers of high value for its graduates of the Adult Degree Program. In her lifetime, Dr. Perry served as pastor of the Friendly Street Church of God in Eugene, OR, following years of service as an itinerant preacher and evangelist. Furthermore, she earned a doctorate in psychology from the University of Oregon as an adult student and joined the faculty at Warner Pacific College, where she also directed the College’s Center for Human Services. She was known for her speaking and teaching abilities, and as a gifted, published scholar. Dr. Perry’s life was one of service, academic excellence, integrity, and transformation.
- Excellence in Christ-Centered Leadership & Service – Teressa Jeffries
- Excellence in Urban Leadership & Service – Antranette Renee Covington
- Excellence in Liberal Arts Leadership & Service – Melissa Frache
- Excellence in Diversity Leadership & Service – Candye Marie Parkin
We know they will do wonderful things with this knowledge and with God’s blessing.