WHEELING, W.Va., May 1, 2017 -- Wheeling Jesuit's valedictorian believes during her four years at the university she grew personally and professionally in addition to receiving a well-rounded education.
Morgan Jacobson of Concord, Ohio is the class of 2017 valedictorian. She compiled a 3.98 grade point average during her four years at WJU. The athletic training major is also an Ignatian Honors Scholar and played midfield on the women's soccer team. She will give her valedictory address during Wheeling Jesuit's 59th Commencement at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 6.
“My time at Wheeling Jesuit gave me many great opportunities to grow as a person and a student. Being involved in the Honors Program, the soccer team, Athletic Training Club and the athletic training honor society, Iota Tau Alpha, really made me learn how to prioritize my time. I'm grateful for the many opportunities I had during my four years at Wheeling Jesuit,” Jacobson said.
Through her participation in the Honors Program, Jacobson went on several educational trips including one across the country - trips she said helped her expand her knowledge. Jacobson noted her time on the soccer field allowed her to grow as a leader and afforded her the opportunity to travel to Hawaii, which was an experience she will always remember.
“I have so many great memories to take with me following graduation. I met some friends that I know I will be close to for the rest of my life. Just thinking about volunteering during Special Olympics and going on the Kairos retreat bring back so many great memories,” she added.
Jacobson also is grateful for being at a university “where I wasn't just a number. My professors truly cared about me and wanted me to be successful in everything I did. Wheeling Jesuit makes you feel like you're a member of a family and that's special.”
Jacobson will get a week off from classes before she begins graduate school. On May 15, she will enter Ohio University's doctorate of physical therapy program.
“This is a bittersweet time. I know I'm going to miss my time at Wheeling Jesuit and all my friends after we leave, but I'm excited about this next chapter in my life,” Jacobson added.
WJU's commencement ceremony will be held in the Alma Grace McDonough Center where 358 bachelors', masters', and doctoral degrees will be conferred. Businesswoman and public relations expert Patty Briguglio, president of PFB Connect of Cary, North Carolina, will serve as Wheeling Jesuit University's 2017 Commencement speaker. The university will confer honorary degrees on two former Board Members William Bresnahan '64 and Adam Monks '64.