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Heritage University Celebrates Graduates at Commencement
Toppenish, WA — Heritage University hosts its 31st commencement exercise on Saturday, May 11 at 10:00 a.m. on the Toppenish campus. About 217 students will participate in this year's ceremony, including undergraduate and graduate students from the Yakima Valley and from regional sites in the Tri-Cities, Moses Lake and Seattle. Overall, 303 students earned their degrees at Heritage this year.
Dr. David Warren, president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) will present the commencement address. Warren is widely regarded as one of the most influential voices for higher education in Washington DC. He was a driving force behind the reshaping of education through the 2008 Higher Education Act and held a leadership role in the passage of the new GI Bill, which included the participation of private education through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Warren spearheaded the Student Aid Alliance, a campaign of 50 higher education associations to increase student aid, which lead to the doubling of Pell Grant funding.
In addition to the keynote address, the university will present two student and two alumni awards.
The Violet Lumley Rau Outstanding Alumni Awards will be presented to one undergraduate and one graduate alumnus. The undergraduate recipient is Joshua Rousculp (B.A. in English, 2005) founder of Biblioteca Comunitaria Dr. William House, the first public library in San Francisco de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. The graduate alumni award recipient is Erich Bolz (M.Ed., 2008), the assistant superintendent of response to intervention and special programs for the Richland School District.
Heritage will announce the recipients of the Board of Directors’ Academic Excellence Award and the President’s Council Student Award of Distinction during the ceremony.
Heritage University is located at 3240 Fort Road in Toppenish. Parking for the event is limited. Free shuttle service is available from the Yakama Cultural Center. Additional information is available online at heritage.edu.