Wartburg College recognized 286 graduates from the Class of 2017 during its 165th Commencement ceremony Sunday, May 28.
The graduates included 37 international students from 24 countries. Twenty-five members of the Class of 2017 graduated in December.
Dorothy Bowen, a member of the Wartburg Class of 1953, was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. Bowen, the great-granddaughter of Georg Grossmann, the college’s founder, is a retired nurse from southern California. She also taught adult education courses to nursing aides during the Watts race riots. In retirement, Bowen served on the Wartburg Board of Regents from 1997 to 2014.
Wartburg President Darrel Colson gave the charge to the class. The student speaker was Calyn Thompson, a journalism and communication major from Norwalk, Iowa and a Dean’s Honor Cord recipient with one of the top 40 cumulative GPAs in her class. She also was awarded the Department of Journalism & Communication’s coveted Maggie Garland Award, an annual honor given to an outstanding student media member.
Matt Finn, an English teacher and head varsity football coach at Osage High School, and Alicia Neutz, a Spanish teacher at Lakeville North High School in Minnesota, were honored as outstanding high school teachers. Members of the Class of 2017 nominated them for significantly influencing their education.