BEREA, OH — Matthew Platt, of Washington Court House, has graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in Berea, Ohio with a master of arts in education: Mild/Moderate Educational Needs.
Baldwin Wallace University celebrated the achievements of 355 undergraduate and graduate students at the 2017 BW Fall Commencement exercises in December. Before taking a triumphant walk across the stage to receive congratulations, members of the BW Class of 2017 were inspired by the words of commencement speaker Rick Chiricosta, who serves as the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Medical Mutual of Ohio – the oldest and largest health insurance company based in Ohio.
Chiricosta recalled his own emotions of excitement, curiosity, anticipation and even apprehension when he donned a cap and gown to become the first in his family to graduate from college. His encouraging words to the BW graduates stressed the importance of seeking contentment and creating their own “extraordinary life” journey.
Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in more than 80 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.