Communication Major Selected to Give CLAS Remarks at Commencement

Following his graduation on Saturday, May 17, Nebraska Wesleyan University student Austin Edwards will head to South Africa to work in an orphanage.

His passion for serving is a result of the experiences he took advantage of during his two years at NWU.

“Nebraska Wesleyan surpassed all of my expectations,” he said. “I would jump at any opportunity to share the beauty of what NWU is all about and what my experiences here have taught me.”

Edwards will have that opportunity on May 17. He has been selected to give remarks on behalf of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the university’s 125th commencement.

Edwards, a communication major from McCook, has been active in the student organization, Cru, Wesleyan Communication Association, and served as a New Student Orientation Leader. While at NWU, he also volunteered at the People’s City Mission, interned at Sandhills Publishing and served through Cru with mission work in South Africa and San Diego, Calif.

“My professors weren’t just my teachers; they were my mentors,” he said. “They don’t just have a challenging curriculum and say ‘good luck’. Each professor at NWU cares deeply about the success of the students. They’re not out to fail us; they love seeing us excel.”

Following his mission work in South Africa, Edwards hopes to pursue a career in ministering.

What an exciting future lies

What an exciting future lies ahead for you Austin! I am proud to be able to share in this exciting opportunity! You are an inspiration to all. I look forward to hearing your speech on Commencement Day! Joan

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Austin Edwards was selected to give commencement remarks on behalf of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.