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Marylhurst University 2012 Degree Candidates

For Release: June 13, 2012

Adult Students Pursue Goals with Higher Education

Artist Mallory Pilcher exhibited her work while doing social justice volunteer work in the local community, and now she will use her Master of Arts in Art Therapy Counseling degree to help returning women veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder integrate back into society.

After earning her bachelor's degree in English literature and writing, Oregon Book Award winner Alison Clement will pursue graduate studies at Oregon State University where she applied for and was awarded a teaching assistantship to the MFA program in creative writing.

With the vision to educate and motivate, substance abuse counselor Patrice Williams will use the knowledge she gained in the MBA program to start her business as a motivational speaker who will help individuals find success in overcoming any of life's challenges.

All three will be among the 668 undergraduate and graduate degree candidates honored at Marylhurst University's 118th commencement ceremonies Saturday, June 16 at the Oregon Convention Center.

"I'm incredibly proud of our graduates, both young adults and mid-career individuals, who've shown an extraordinary level of dedication to their studies while balancing career and family responsibilities," said Marylhurst President Judith Johansen. "I am honored for the opportunity to pause at commencement and greet each graduate as they walk across the platform in celebration of their accomplishments."

Three winners of the Marylhurst University Excellence in Teaching Award for 2011-12 also will be honored during the commencement ceremony: Susan Carter, Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies Department; David Scott Arnold, Department of Religious Studies; and Greg Dardis, Department of Science & Mathematics. The winners are selected from numerous nominations submitted by students and colleagues.

A complete list of 2012 Marylhurst University degree candidates can be viewed at

About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves more than 1,900 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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