Fulbright Scholar Highlights Largest Graduating Class

by Mark D. Weinstein, Executive Director of Public Relations

Cedarville University’s largest graduating class, 745 graduates, earned degrees on Saturday, May 2, in the Doden Field House. Dr. Thomas White addressed the graduates at the 119th commencement ceremony, encouraging them to use their education and gifts as a platform to share the Gospel.
"Today is a bittersweet day for us because we have grown to love you over the past four years and we will always cherish our time together," said Dr. White. "We pray for your success and encourage you to go wherever God sends you. Whatever God calls you to do, no matter how much it may cost you, never be ashamed of the Gospel for it is the power of God for salvation." 

The class of 2015 enrolled shortly after Cedarville made significant financial aid changes to make tuition more affordable, and the past five years have brought the university’s largest freshmen classes. The change resulted in Cedarville having the three highest freshmen enrollments in school history.

Two undergraduate students who especially reflect the academic quality and personal integrity of the graduates are Katie Goehring and Rachel Zeiter. Both are from suburbs of Columbus, Ohio.

Goehring became the first Cedarville student to be awarded a Fulbright scholarship. The Reynoldsburg, Ohio, resident earned a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministries (with highest honors) and she’ll study next year in Germany.

Zeiter, a resident of Worthington, Ohio, also excelled academically in her pursuit of a degree in special education. Graduating with honors, Zeiter expects to use her education to teach in a special education environment. Her ability to effectively manage her course work and daily activities without vision, caused from Peters Anomaly — a cornea disease — should enhance her skills in the classroom.

"Rachel is a great example of someone who has overcome an obstacle in a significant way," said Marcy Van Meter, disabilities compliance coordinator in The Cove, Cedarville’s academic enrichment center. "She forges ahead and is exceptionally bright and talented. We can all learn a lot from her."

The commencement ceremony also witnessed six students earning a degree in linguistics. This is the first group of graduates in this program. Next year Cedarville will graduate its first class of pharmacists from the university’s six-year professional pharmacy program.

Cedarville University, located east of Dayton, Ohio, has 3,700 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. A Baptist university of arts, sciences, professional and graduate programs, Cedarville is recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.