RELEASE: 2017 Marylhurst Commencement Ceremony

Marylhurst graduates inspire with accomplishments – no matter what their age

Velda Metelmann was born in ’22; Auriana Cook is 22. Both will accept their Marylhurst University diplomas as they join 300+ bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates, honored at Marylhurst University’s 123rd commencement scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24 at the Oregon Convention Center.

Velda Metelmann, Class of 2017, Marylhurst University

Velda Metelmann in 2014 when she earned her first master’s degree at Marylhurst.

Velda Metelmann, 94, will pick up her third Marylhurst diploma. She earned her bachelor’s degree in her mid-80s and her master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies three years ago. Now she has completed an M.S. in Food Systems & Society, attending classes predominantly online from her home in King City. “Marylhurst has no prejudice against age, an attitude of mind that is too often internalized to an extent that people cripple themselves by thinking of themselves as too old to learn,” Velda said. “How thankful I am that Marylhurst has allowed me to join, make friends with, learn from younger people, and share my experiences in two master’s programs! I would encourage anyone, especially those of age, to continue advanced education.”

Auriana Cook, 22, traveled a more traditional educational path.

Auriana Cook, Class of 2017, Marylhurst University

Auriana Cook on her 2016 Marylhurst study abroad in Ostia Antica, an ancient Roman port town.

She earned her associate’s degree at Clackamas Community College and transferred to Marylhurst University to pursue her B.A. in English Literature & Writing. Auriana wrote for CCC’s newspaper, the Clackamas Print, as well as penning feature stories for Marylhurst publications. She also worked at Marylhurst’s Shoen Library, tutored other students in the university’s Writing Center, and last summer, she traveled to London and Rome in her first study abroad experience. “After graduation, I plan to take time off to work, travel, pick up a new language, and gain some teaching experience before I begin applying to graduate schools,” Auriana said. “I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in literature. My dream is to one day teach Medieval or Renaissance literature and to engage and inspire students the way that my professors have engaged and inspired me. I strive to let the creativity, critical thinking, curiosity and wonder that I have learned at Marylhurst guide me in whatever I do in life.”

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WHAT:           Marylhurst University’s 2017 Commencement

WHEN:           Saturday, June 24, at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:         Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom


About Marylhurst University

Marylhurst University, a private, nonprofit applied liberal arts and business university 10 miles south of Portland, Oregon on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving students who want to complete their bachelor’s degree or earn an advanced degree. Empowering students to impact the world since 1893, Marylhurst offers degree completion programs at the bachelor’s level, master’s degrees and professional certificate programs both on campus and online. We are the premier university that weaves together the liberal arts with professional studies and prepares graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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2017-06-06T14:05:32+00:00 June 6th, 2017|About Marylhurst, Alumni, Releases, Students|