Local student graduates from Northwestern College Christie Rydell, Vermillion, is among 236 students receiving diplomas from Northwestern College, Orange City, IA, at commencement exercises on Saturday, May 8.
Bachelor of arts degrees were conferred upon 233 students. Three students earned associate of arts degrees in office management.
The commencement address was given by Dr. Jackie Smallbones, assistant professor of religion and Christian education. Last year's recipient of the Northwestern Teaching Excellence Award, she has been appointed to Northwestern's Marvin and Jerene DeWitt Endowed Religion Professorship for 1999-2004.
Northwestern College is a Christian liberal arts college of 1,190 students in Orange City, IA, affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.