Elissa Hairston of Nathalie graduated with a bachelor of science in computer science from Bridgewater College during the April 29 commencement exercises.
Approximately 315 undergraduate and 25 graduate students from the Class of 2023 received degrees. Dr. David W. Bushman, president of Bridgewater College, conferred the degrees.
Rev. Dr. Robbie Miller, college chaplain, served as the commencement speaker for 2023. In his address, “The Measure of Success,” he said, “The measure of success in our brief span of life-represented by that little ‘dash’ between the year we’re born and the year we die-is not the money we earn or the things we accumulate or the degrees we acquire or the recognition we receive, but the love we share and the difference we make.”
Among the 313 undergraduate students in the Class of 2023, 159 earned bachelor of arts degrees and 154 earned bachelor of science degrees. Thirty-two 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. Forty 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 53 graduates.
Bridgewater College graduated students from four different master’s programs. Three students graduated with a master of science in psychology-mental health professions; three students graduated with a master of arts in digital media strategy; six students graduated with a master of science in athletic training; and 13 students graduated with a master of science in human resource management.
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 approximately 1,450 students.