Midland University celebrated the class of 2023 with both graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies on May 5th and 6th.
Commencement is always an exciting time on campus,” said Jamie Simpson, Chief Academic Officer. “For our students, it’s a culmination of an exciting journey through college as they prepare for the next chapter of their lives.
“Our Midland family is so proud of each of these students and is grateful for their contributions they have made during their time here. We wish all of them the best!”
54 students were honored during the Graduate ceremony May 5th at the Wikert Event Center. Colby Chase Benton served as the student speaker. Benton graduated with a Master of Science in Learning and Talent Development. During his time at Midland, Chase was a graduate assistant for the Midland University Sports Information Department.
Midland’s undergraduate ceremony honored 227 graduates during the May 6th event at the Wikert Center. Rev. Martin Russell ‘86, served as the keynote speaker. Russell serves as the Director of Africa Operations for the Omaha-based Opportunity Education Foundation. Russell received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during the ceremony.
2023 graduate Carter Welch served as the student speaker. Welch is a double major in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Business. Carter served in a variety of organizations during his time at Midland. He was president of Blue Key Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu, and served as president of the Student Senate for two years. Carter also held positions with Psi Chi Honor Society, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and Residence Life.
Jessica Montes was presented with the 2023 John R. Prauner award, presented annually to a member of the senior class who exemplifies scholarship and citizenship, the outstanding qualities for which John was known for before his death in November of 1977 during his senior year at Midland. Montes is a senior nursing major and has been involved in the Student Nurses Association, Pinky Swear Pact, and Cru. She has also served as a resident advisor, student hall director, a tutor for ARC, Cardinal Key Honor Society, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for nursing.
Music was provided by the Midland University choir, under the direction of Joel Johnston, and the Midland University band, under the direction of Patrick Fortney.See More Commencement Photos