Photo of valedictorian Forrest Campbell and salutatorian Arthur Mills
May 7, 2018

Saint Martin’s University is pleased to announce Forrest Campbell as the valedictorian and Arthur Mills as the salutatorian for the Class of 2018 graduating in May.

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University is pleased to announce the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2018 graduating in May. Valedictorian Forrest Campbell of Davenport, Iowa, has a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Salutatorian Arthur Mills of Lacey will graduate with a 3.99 grade point average. The valedictorian for the December 2017 graduating class was Elizabeth Colón of Olympia, who graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average, and the salutatorian was MaCaylie Braden of Fife, who graduated with a 3.93 grade point average.

Valedictorian Forrest Campbell

Valedictorian Forrest Campbell is graduating with two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and cultural anthropology. Forrest earned a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. Forrest aspires to a career in medicine as well as public health. After graduation, he will spend the summer working at a hospital in Iowa and studying for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

During his time at Saint Martin's, he worked with Teresa Winstead, Ph.D., assistant professor of society and social justice, on studies concerning overdose prevention and syringe exchange programs. He also served as president of the Pre-Health Club. Last summer, he studied abroad in Finland, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark. In the surrounding community, he has worked as an emergency medical technician, volunteered for two years as a medical assistant at the Olympia Free Clinic and worked at the Washington State Department of Health as a health equity intern. He is a member of Beta Beta Beta biology honorary society, the Saint Martin’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and the Society of Scholars. At the Saint Martin’s Honors Convocation, Campbell was awarded the Father Jerome Toner Award, which recognizes outstanding achievements in student activism. The Social Justice Committee presents the award to a student who undertakes work that comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable. The award is named after Saint Martin’s monk Fr. Jerome, who was an internationally recognized labor scholar and activist, serving as a member of President Truman’s International Labor Organization in Switzerland and as a grassroots labor organizer.

Salutatorian Arthur Mills

Salutatorian Arthur Mills of Lacey is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a minor in physics. He earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.99. This fall, he will pursue a Ph.D. in pure mathematics at Oregon State University.

At Saint Martin’s he was a tutor for the Center for Student Learning, Writing and Advising, a mentor through the Office of International Programs and Development, a student volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club STEM Workshop and a peer academic leader. He also presented research on cloud microphysics at the 2017 Saint Martin’s Scholar’s Day. In addition, he was the second author of the paper Radial Velocities of RR Lyrae Stars in and around NGC 6441, which was recently published in The Astronomical Journal. He worked with Engineers Without Borders to design a water treatment system for a local elementary school and he is currently preparing for a presentation on mathematical chaos theory. At the Saint Martin’s Honors Convocation, Mills was awarded the CLIMB Award, named for Cauchy, Lipschitz, Mersenne and Bernoulli, which recognizes outstanding seniors who show potential for success in graduate studies.

December Valedictorian Elizabeth Colón

Elizabeth Colón of Olympia received a Bachelor of Arts in business administration with a concentration in finance in December 2017. She earned a cumulative GPA of 4.0. Currently, she works at Physicians of Southwest Washington in healthcare administration, her field of choice, and hopes to earn a master’s degree in healthcare administration in the future.

At Saint Martin’s, she was a Benedictine Scholar and a member of the University’s chapter of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society and the Delta Mu Delta honor society. Recruited to play volleyball, she was one of 14 Saint Martin's athletes to be selected as a 2015 GNAC FAR Scholar-Athlete and was named the 2015 Saints volleyball “Defensive Player of the Year.”

December Salutatorian MaCaylie Braden

MaCaylie Braden of Fife received a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and special education in December 2017. She earned a cumulative GPA of 3.93. Her plans for the future include getting a job as an educator in either elementary or special education at the primary, elementary or middle school level.

Braden’s passion for education comes from her love of learning as well as helping others. She looks forward to leading a classroom of her own and educating the minds of future generations to come. She enjoys writing novels and poetry in her spare time.

The Saint Martin’s University 2018 Commencement ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at Marcus Pavilion on the University’s Lacey campus, 5300 Pacific Ave SE. Tickets are required for attendance; doors will open at 9 a.m. For more information on 2018 Commencement, please go to

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 1,300 undergraduate students and 250 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and more students to its extended campus located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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