More than 1,300 graduates received UIW degrees at three commencement ceremonies in May. The graduating Class of 2017 completed a total of 55,682 hours of service in the community, making an economic impact valued at $1,311,867.
Sam Sanders ’07 BA was named the 2017 Alumni of Distinction for Professional Achievement at the ceremony. Sanders is a reporter and podcast host at National Public Radio (NPR). Most recently, as a key member of NPR’s election unit, he covered the intersection of culture, pop culture and politics in the 2016 election. He was also one of the original cohosts of NPR’s Politics Podcast. Sanders graduated from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2009 with a master’s degree in public policy, with a focus on media and politics. He received his undergraduate degree from UIW in 2007 with a double major in political science and music. While at Incarnate Word, Sanders was president of UIW’s Black Student Association and Student Government Association. He was also a member of the Incarnate Word Jazz Band.
It was a special commencement for another distinguished alumna, Veronica Edwards ’92 MBA. Edwards, president and CEO of InGenesis Diversified Healthcare Solutions and 2010 Alumni of Distinction recipient, received her doctorate in business administration with a concentration in Leadership and Disaster Preparedness. What’s more, the member of the board of trustees shared the day with her daughter, Sydney, who received her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.