Westminster Success Stories: Class of 2013

The Westminster Class of 2013, one of the largest in the College’s 162-year history,  headed through the Columns in May toward lives of success, significance, and service, fulfilling the College’s mission. Ninety-six percent of Westminster graduates start their first job or enroll in graduate or professional schools within six months of graduation. Here’s a highlight of some of the positions and graduate programs our 2013 graduates reported as their post-graduation plans.

Student Name



Erica Abbott Edward Jones Trust Specialist
Joseph Benentt Enterprise Rent-A-Car Management Trainee
Anna Cole University of Missouri Doctor of Physical Therapy
Katherin Denning KPMG Staff Auditor
Meyling Diaz American University Transforming Communities and Public Policy
Nicholas Epstein Washington University School of Medicine Post-Bachelors Research
Emily Grand Teach for America* Science Teacher
Michael Greaves University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry DDS
Sarah Humphreys Emory University JD
Myron Jackson Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarb School of Nursing BSN
Winnie Kaaria New York University Masters in Urban Science and Informatics
Gaurav Khanal PricewaterhouseCoopers Assurance Associate
Elizabeth Klaffenback University of Illinois MSW
Katie Lehman Barnes-Jewish College Goldfarm School of Nursing BSN
Graham Lloyd University of Missouri JD
Robert Marti Washington University PhD Chemistry
Allison McSherry Central Methodist University BSN
Ryan Roark University of Missouri PhD Chemistry
Rachel Schroeder Target Executive Team Leader
Victor Stichnot U.S. Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant
David Strawhun Teach for America* Science Teacher
Misty Todd University of Missouri MD
Ciarra Vaughn State Farm Agent
Haoyi Yang Washington State University PhD Finance


*FORTUNE magazine has ranked Teach For America, the nonprofit organization that invests emerging leaders in the movement to end educational inequity, No. 60 on its 2013 list of “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Teach For America recruits top college graduates, and admission is highly selective, with the acceptance rate over the past three years averaging below 15 percent.

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4 Responses

  1. Alumni says:

    You have misspelled Goldfarb School of Nursing (not Goldfarm), and should not forget to acknowledge how competitive selection is for some of these other programs.

  2. Fremont says:

    You have a 96% graduate placement rate and a national top 10% student satisfaction rate. Why don’t you prominently display these important facts on every page of your site? It almost seems as if you’re embarrassed by these amazing accomplishments.

    • Westminster College says:

      Thanks for the suggestion, Fremont! We’re certainly proud of the accomplishments of our students, and we’re always working finding the best ways to tell the Westminster story. We have lots of news and points of pride to share, and our success rate is regularly featured. Thanks again!

      • Fremont says:

        Indeed you do tell many stories of Westminster success! The rate is shared on the rotating list of Westminster news. But the 96% is probably one to hang your hats on just a little more. Your enrollment rate keeps going down. Perhaps it might be better to focus on the one thing that is sure to attract more students and their parents’ willingness to pay: and that is value. That 96% graduate placement rate probably speaks volumes to wary parents who wonder if the price of a WC education is worth the investment. (Of course, everyone affiliated with Westminster knows that is is!) I’d bet parents would be more willing to write those tuition checks if they were a little more certain that their child would not be returning home to live after graduation. 96%? That should bright red letters on every page of your web site. The currently strategy clearly is not working for you.