Gladbrook Student Graduates From Northwestern College
May 17, 2013
ORANGE CITY, Iowa—Carley Van Hal, Summa Cum Laude,was among 259 graduating seniors at Northwestern College’s commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 11. Twenty-two students received Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, while the rest of the graduating seniors were granted Bachelor of Arts degrees. The Rev. Dr. Thomas De Vries, general secretary of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), addressed the graduates in a speech entitled “Life in the Fast Lane.” An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree was conferred upon the Rev. Dr. Syl Scorza, who taught religion at Northwestern College from 1959 to 1990 and was a leader in the RCA. Van Hal, Summa Cum Laude, of Gladbrook majored in elementary education and modified music at Northwestern College. She is the daughter of Robert and Lori De Jong. Northwestern College is a Christian college of more than 1,200 students in Orange City, Iowa. Rated the nation’s sixth-best baccalaureate college by Washington Monthly and a top-10 Midwestern college by U.S. News & World Report magazine, Northwestern provides an education committed to academic rigor and a Christ-centered worldview.
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