Saint Martin’s to graduate December JBLM class
Jan. 28, 2013
LACEY, WASHINGTON — Members of Saint Martin’s University’s
Extended Learning Division will gather Friday, Feb. 1 to celebrate
the graduation of 29 members of its Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)
December class of 2012. The graduation ceremony, which begins at 1
p.m., takes place at the Clover Park Technical College McGavick
Conference Center located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood,
Wash. The event will include remarks by University President Roy
F. Heynderickx, Ph.D.
Members of the graduating class include servicemembers from
various JBLM organizations as well as family members, national
guardsmen, reservists, veterans and non-military affiliated
students. For over 40 years, the Extended Learning Division has
provided JBLM students a non-traditional pathway for earning a
baccalaureate degree in accounting, business administration,
computer science, criminal justice, political science, psychology
and special education. The extended learning campuses also offer
graduate degrees in education and teaching.
“Many service members face deployments and other personal
obstacles which interfere with taking traditional college classes,"
says Cruz Arroyo, director of extended learning. “Our non-traditional
campuses provide deployed personnel, family members and other
non-traditional students a method for achieving educational goals."
Students attend courses either in the classroom or online.
“‘Take us with you’ is our motto for online classes and students
appreciate that Saint Martin’s offers an opportunity for them to
continue their studies while deployed or working non-standard shifts,"
“I’m looking forward to Feb. 1,” says Arroyo. “Academic and
personal goals will be met and celebrated with all the pomp and
circumstance deserving of a university graduation ceremony.”
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 23 majors and
seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business,
education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more
than 1,100 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students from
many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 300
more undergraduate students to its extension campuses located at
Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint
Martin’s University website at
For additional information:
Director of extended learning
Director of event services
Saint Martin’s University