Conway native Zachary Gingerich graduated recently from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

He is the son of James and Janet Gingerich and is a performance major.

St. Olaf President David R. Anderson ‘74, awarded 689 diplomas to the class of 2013. In his remarks he told the graduating seniors, "You didn’t come to St. Olaf simply to earn a degree; rather, you chose this community of teachers and learners to help you to discern, and to prepare you for, a vocation; to prepare you for a life of engaged citizenship in the communities where you will live; and to help you to form and deepen the values that will guide you from this time forward."

As one of the nations leading liberal arts colleges, St. Olaf College offers an academically rigorous education with a vibrant faith tradition as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Over the years, St. Olaf College has been a national leader among liberal arts colleges in producing Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright Fellows, and Peace Corps volunteers.

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