Apr 17, 2013
BCU Announces Commencement Ceremonies and Honored Candidates for Graduation
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Briar Cliff University will host a baccalaureate liturgy and commencement ceremony to honor the University’s 2013 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Briar Cliff’s baccalaureate Mass will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, May 17, 2013, at the Cathedral of the Epiphany, 10th and Douglas Streets, Sioux City.
BCU’s 82nd commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the Orpheum Theatre, 528 Pierce Street, Sioux City. Motorists should note that Pierce Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets will beclosed from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. for this event.
The valedictorian for BCU’s Class of 2013 is Alyssa Keller, an art major from Humphrey, Neb. While at BCU, Keller has been involved in theatre, Campus Ministry, Art Club, Honors Program and Eucharistic Ministry. She also has been an assistant in the art department and Honors Program. Her future plans include pursuing a master’s degree in scenic design. Keller is the daughter of Frank and Miriam Keller of Humphrey, Neb.
BCU psychology major Briana Back from Le Mars, Iowa, is BCU’s salutatorian for the Class of 2013. While at Briar Cliff, Back has been a peer advising leader, resident assistant, statistics tutor and an ambassador. She also has participated in Residence Hall Association, Psychology Club and intramurals. Back has accepted a position as guest services and donor relations coordinator at Twin Lakes Bible Camp, Twin Lakes, Iowa. She is the daughter of Al and Connie Engebretson of Le Mars, Iowa.
The commencement speakers, chosen by a BCU selection panel, are graduation candidates Jenna Richter, a music major from Wesley, Iowa, and Shannon O’Connell-Persaud, a nursing major from Dakota Dunes, S.D.
In her commencement speech, Richter will address the heart, home and hope Briar Cliff offers students. Richter’s post-graduation plans include pursuing a master’s degree in vocal performance at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
In her speech, O’Connell-Persaud will focus on life’s journey. After graduating from BCU, O’Connell-Persaud will pursue a doctorate degree in nursing.