Local student named to college honor society

David Wagstaffe of Solvang has been inducted into Sigma Delta Pi, the national collegiate Hispanic honor society, at Wheaton College in Illinois.

The honor was announced by the Modern and Classical Languages Department at the college’s Honors Convocation ceremony.

Wheaton is a coeducational Christian liberal arts college. The Modern and Classical Languages Department prepares graduates to serve the church and society by fostering clear communication and cultural understanding.

For more information, visit wheaton.edu.


Valley students graduate from Azusa Pacific University

Cynthia Arroyo of Santa Ynez and Samuel Carleton of Solvang graduated from Azusa Pacific University on May 5, joining approximately 1,700 other graduates at spring commencement ceremonies.

Azusa Pacific is an evangelical Christian university committed to god first and excellence in higher education. The university offers education to its more than 10,000 students on campus, online, and at seven regional centers throughout Southern California


Clendenen inducted into freshman honor society

Knox Clendenen of Buellton has been inducted into the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society at Becker College. He is pursuing a degree in interactive media design and computer game design.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that honors academic excellence during a student’s first year in college.

Founded in 1784, Becker College is a career-focused private college serving nearly 18,000 students, providing a supportive and inclusive learning community.

With nationally recognized programs in nursing, game design and animal studies, Becker has been consistently ranked as a “best college” for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review.


Solvang student graduates with high distinction

Connor Benjamin Meza of Solvang was among nearly 3,200 graduates who received degrees from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln during commencement exercises May 4 and 5.

Meza earned a bachelor of arts degree with high distinction from the College of Arts and Sciences.

He was also among 33 students who were recognized as Chancellor’s Scholars during the ceremony. Chancellor’s Scholars are students who have maintained 4.0 grade-point averages on all collegiate work at Nebraska and elsewhere.