Michaela Kier, valedictorian for the Saint Martin's University Class of 2016, is pictured on the left. Marcu Sheppard, the Class of 2016 salutatorian, is on the right.
May 2, 2016

Saint Martin’s University has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2016.

Valedictorian Michaela Kier, of Olympia, Washington, is graduating summa cum laude (with highest honors), earning a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting. Michaela has a cumulative GPA of 3.98.

While at Saint Martin’s, she received the Saint Martin’s University President’s Scholarship Award (2012-2016), the Intel Corporation Academic Scholarship Award (2014) and the Capital Lakefair Queen Scholarship Award (2013). In 2016, she received the Outstanding Accounting Student Award and remained on the Saint Martin’s University Honor Roll from 2012 – 2016. She also has been named to the Dean’s List each semester since 2012.

In 2014, Michaela served an internship with the Washington State Auditor’s Office and was a Legislative Aide to Washington State Senator Linda Evans Parlette, of the 12th Legislative District, in 2013. In addition, Michaela co-founded the Saint Martin’s University Business Club during the 2014-2015 academic year, was a member of Sigma Beta Delta, the National Honors Society for Business Students (2015-2016), and the Society of Fellows at Saint Martin’s (2013-2016).

Her plans this summer include an internship with Moss Adams LLP in Tacoma, Washington. She is continuing on to complete her license as a certified public accountant. Michaela says she is “blessed to have Jesus, my parents and five brothers in my life, and I would not be where I am today without their continual love and support.”

Salutatorian Marcus Sheppard, of Lakewood, Washington, is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and has a cumulative GPA of 3.95.

During his years at Saint Martin’s, Marcus was awarded the Benefactors Scholarship, the Chancellors Scholarship and the Russell Trust Scholarship. He was the Upper Division Biologist of the Year Recipient (2013-2014) and a member of the Tri-beta Biological Honors Society.

A highlight of Marcus’ college career was his presentation of scientific research at the 2015 Murdock Charitable Trust Conference – “Confirming JAtY Clone identity through DNA-end sequencing”. This research was conducted by his 2015 senior research class.

Marcus has been accepted to the University of Washington/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. He plans to make a transition to the doctorate-M.D. program at UW in fall 2017.

Marcus credits his parents for his accomplishments. “Congratulations, Mom and Dad,” he says, “you did it!”

The Saint Martin’s University 2016 Commencement Exercises will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, at Marcus Pavilion on the University’s Lacey campus. Tickets are required for attendance.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.

For additional information:
Cindy Tayag
360-438-4356; CTayag@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media relations manager, Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University
360-412-6126; mdwyer@stmartin.edu