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Pfeiffer Holds Spring 2014 Commencement Service

CommencementPfeiffer University held its commencement services for graduating seniors Saturday, May 10. There were 149 graduates who received diplomas in the ceremony at Merner Gymnasium. Brad Wilson, president and chief executive officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, was the commencement speaker.

Wilson encouraged students to push beyond their perceived boundaries about themselves and the world by quoting Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Ali:

“Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

Three students did exactly that and were recognized during graduation for their outstanding work while at Pfeiffer. Kayleigh Peterman (Psychology major/Spanish minor) and Jessica Carol Lee-Townsend (Accounting) received the Senior Scholastic Achievement Award for the highest GPA. Both students maintained a 4.0 during their days at Pfeiffer.

Meanwhile, Kaleigh Featherstone (Biology/Pre-med) was awarded the Pearl Walton Fisher Citizenship Award, given annually to a student particularly committed to community service. Featherstone volunteered over 700 hours during her four years at Pfeiffer and was a Francis Servant Leader Scholar. Among her many volunteer activities were working at the John P. Murray Community Care Free Clinic and at the Misenheimer Community Preschool.

“Students from across town and around the globe are ready to take the next steps in their lives as they’ve discovered at Pfeiffer that there are no limits to their potential,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, provost and vice president of academic affairs. “The members of class of 2014, most of whom represent the fields of education, nursing, health and exercise science, business administration, business management and leadership, and psychology, are prepared for work, graduate school and lives as engaged citizens.”

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