Cameron Byerly was proud to graduate from Texas Wesleyan University on Saturday.
“It’s about time!” said Byerly, a theater major, after Wesleyan’s spring commencement ceremony, which took place at the MacGorman Chapel on the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary campus. “I’ve waited for four years. Thank you to my parents and God for giving me the opportunity to reach success.”
His father, Frederick Byerly, was equally happy.
“I’m happy for my son,” he said. “He is a very talented young man, and I’m proud of him.”
Byerly was one of around 230 students that graduated Saturday.graduate Saturday. University President Frederick Slabach said he was honored to be at the ceremony to congratulate each and every graduate.
“Congratulations to all the graduates,” he said. “I’m proud of all you, and it is an honour to be present at this ceremony.”
Dana Schultes, the ceremony’s keynote speaker, also addressed the audience.
“One of my mentors always said, never force anything,” said Schultes, who is Stage West’s executive producer, as well as an actress. “I learned that I was rewarded with a certain piece of mind, that it is only possible when you do let go.”
Junior biology major Aya Attia El-Alfi thought that the ceremony was wonderful and that it was good to see her friends graduate.
“It made me cry to see all my friends walk up the stage,” she said. “I’m extremely happy for each and every one of them.”