Alumni Success Stories

Wayland alumni have made a positive impact in a variety of career, volunteer and organizational opportunities throughout the world. These are just a few of their stories.

Emileigh Willem, BS in Math:

Emileigh Willems graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Honors in 2015, She was also recognized as one of the highest ranking members of her class, with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She began a Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado at Denver in August 2015 to study Applied Math and hopes to find a job doing math in government or industry upon completion of that program.

Dr. Phillip J. Carlson, BS in Math and Chemistry:

Dr. Philip J. Carlson, a professor at Belhaven University, graduated from Wayland in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in both mathematics and chemistry. After graduation, Carlson attended Iowa State University where he studied electronic structure theory and fluorescence spectroscopy and earned his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 2012. Carlson also obtained a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies in 2011--a series of successful events that were inspired by his experiences at Wayland.

Dr. Rosemary Ribera:

When Dr. Rosemary Ribera first visited Wayland, she was unsure that the small school would be able to prepare her a future in dentistry. However, her fears quickly faded as she encountered the friendly environment and met with knowledgeable professors.

Dr. Jarrett Ross, BS in Biology:

During his time at Wayland, Dr. Jarrett H. Ross was dedicated to many notable organizations on campus, including the Wayland President's Ambassadors, the Texas Academy of Science, and the Pioneer Health Service Corps. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology in 2013, Ross pursued studies in medical school with the same determination and dedication.

Lauryn Bruggink, BS in Biology:

Lauryn Bruggink graduated from Wayland in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She is from Oak Creek, Colorado. A member of the Wayland women's wrestling team and an active participant in service on campus, Lauryn has also immersed herself in the highly regarded science program at Wayland.