Bridgewater College marks 2018 commencement

bridgewater collegeApproximately 398 Bridgewater College seniors received degrees on May 5, in a ceremony on the campus mall. The degrees were conferred by Dr. David W. Bushman, president of Bridgewater College.

Carrie Morgridge, vice president and chief disruptor of the Morgridge Family Foundation, was the keynote speaker.

The topic of her address was “This is Your Moment.” During the ceremony, Morgridge was awarded the President’s Medal.

Dr. Carol Scheppard, professor of philosophy and religion at Bridgewater College and past moderator for the Church of the Brethren, delivered the message at the baccalaureate service on May 4. Her topic was “Now What?”

Morgridge and her husband, John Morgridge, are two of the nation’s top philanthropists. They recently received National Jewish Health’s highest honor, the Arthur B. Lorber Award for Distinguished Service, which has been awarded only 23 times in the 118-year history of the institution. The Morgridges also are recipients of the Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award, which was established by the University of Denver in 2000. The award recognized the couple’s commitment to human rights through philanthropy.

Among the 398 students in the Class of 2018, 157 earned bachelor of arts degrees and 142 earned bachelor of science degrees. Seventeen members of the class graduated summa cum laude—the top academic honor which requires students to achieve at least a 3.9 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Twenty-two graduates earned magna cum laude honors—a 3.7 or better average. Cum laude honors, requiring a 3.4 grade point average, were earned by 55 graduates. They will enter career fields such as education, finance, and engineering and graduate schools.

Bridgewater College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in the Central Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Founded in 1880, it was the state’s first private, coeducational college. Today, Bridgewater College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduate students.

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