Five area residents were among recipients of 350 degrees conferred during Whitman College’s commencement ceremony May 19.
An estimated crowd of 4,000 family members, faculty, staff and guests attended the event on the scenic South Lawn of Whitman’s Memorial Building.
The local graduates are:
- Tyler Hurlburt, Walla Walla, Walla Walla High School alum, bachelor’s in chemistry and a minor in mathematics.
- Jennifer Lopez, Walla Walla, Wa-Hi Class of 2009, bachelor’s in sociology.
- Edgar Ruiz, Walla Walla and Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, Wa-Hi Class of 2009, bachelor’s in physics-astronomy.
- Ryan Campeau, Walla Walla, Wa-Hi Class of 2009, daughter of Steve and Liz Campeau, bachelor’s in French and theatre.
- Alisha Marshall, Prescott, Prescott High School Class of 2009, bachelor’s in biology-environmental studies, daughter of Gary and Linda Marshall.
The campus also saw the 50-year reunion of the Class of 1963, and the college’s traditional baccalaureate ceremony that weekend. English comedian Eric Idle, a founding member of Monty Python, served as commencement speaker.
Fleet-footed Berney Elementary fifth grader Daria Parodi finished in first place during the annual Relay for Hope 5K.
“Her time of 22:59 was impressive,” according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter. Her dad, Prospect Point teacher David Parodi was right behind her in the fight against child abuse. Daria’s mother Denise teaches second grade at Berney.
Prospect Point students in the PALS program and a team of Lincoln High School students also participated in the Relay for Hope.
Proceeds support the Home Team program and other child abuse prevention programs.
Lincoln senior Eternity Biegel organized a team at her school, helped raise awareness for the Relay for Hope and Child Abuse Prevention, and volunteered countless hours helping at the Relay for Hope and Ducky Derby Family Festival.
“We had numerous other schools and students involved in the Relay for Hope as well,” said event coordinator Stephanie Biegel, MSW. “We appreciate the continued support and commitment to put an end to child abuse.”
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