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Fabrizius to give senior address at Commencement


Olivia FabriziusOlivia Fabrizius, WaKeeney, Kan., has been selected to represent the Bethany College graduating class of 2013 as the senior speaker at commencement on May 19 in Presser Hall.

Fabrizius is graduating in elementary and English education. While at Bethany College, she has been a member of Bethany Ambassadors, Gold Key Women’s Honor Society, intramural sports, Peer Ministry, Swede Government Association, and the women’s tennis team as well as the student coordinator for the Student Activities Board. She has also taught Sunday school at Bethany Lutheran Church.

Fabrizius’ speech will invite her classmates to reflect on their time at Bethany and how they are part of something much bigger than ourselves. “We are One Body, One Bethany. We have reached a pinnacle, but it’s only a starting point—not a destination,” says Fabrizius. “I will challenge them to step up, lead, and take a stand in the world, despite being the young, new ones in the working force. We are competent in our disciplines and rooted in our core values; together we can do anything.”

Fabrizius, from WaKeeney, Kansas, is the daughter of Carl and Sarah Fabrizius. She will teach English and coach basketball at Salina South Middle School in Salina, Kansas, this fall.

Each year, Bethany graduating seniors are invited to prepare and present an original speech for commencement. Students wishing to be the senior speaker deliver their speeches before a committee of faculty, staff and students. The committee then chooses the commencement speech based on quality of the speech and its appeal to graduates, parents and alumni.

May 16th, 2013|