By Carol A. Tebbs MA, President
Seattle, WA — On October 14, Kepler College celebrated its second annual commencement ceremony. Six students were awarded Bachelor of Arts degrees in Astrological Arts & Sciences, and two students were awarded Associate of Arts degrees in Astrological History and Symbology. Nearly 200 guests witnessed the memorable event held at the Museum of History and Industry in Seattle, WA. To open, family and friends watched a multimedia display of the liberal arts academic programs at Kepler College, which showed how distance learning integrates with onsite symposia around the theme of astrology. The guest speakers, Dr. Mark Urban-Lurain, faculty, and Dennis Flaherty, local astrologer, gave insight into the “Ripples of Change” that Kepler graduates are bringing to academia and to the community at large. A dessert reception followed upon return to the symposium site, where OPA representative, Rick Levine, presented each with a one-year OPA membership and an OPA Retreat discount coupon.
The undergraduate program at Kepler College is dedicated to providing a solid college education based on the traditional liberal arts. Students develop critical thinking and communication skills while studying the impact of astrology on the development of modern civilization. Many of the graduates plan to continue their education at the Graduate School level, some at Kepler College, and others at colleges and universities around the country.
The six Bachelor of Arts graduates were: Katarina Campagnola (Gainsville, FL), Lisa Dixon (Keaau, HI), Lauran Fowks (Goldens Bridge, NY), Linda Kaye (Roseville, CA), Carolyn M. Matthews (Lunenburg, NS), and Diana Soto, (Grayslake, IL). The Associate of Arts graduates were: Karen Drye (Bozeman, MT) and Elle Simon (Seattle, WA).
Our special thanks goes to the Kepler College Scholarship sponsors. Donors include: NCGR for the $1,000 Joan Negus Scholarship to young astrologer, Kirk Kahn; ISAR for three $500 scholarships awards to Lisa Dixon, Wonder Passmore and Chris Brennan. Ms. Dixon also received the Astroscapes Scholarship of $1,000. The Mark Douglas, “Purple Angel”, scholarships in varying amounts totaling $6,500 went to Elsie Bittner, Lee Ann Curtis, Chris Brennan and Wonder Passmore. These young astrologers are the embodiment of the enthusiastic new blood our community needs to build a strong future for the continued study of astrology and reintegration with its historical foundations.
Enrollment for the four-year Bachelors and two-year Masters and Associates programs is now open. The Winter term begins January 2, 2006. Subjects offered this term are Astrology in Medieval Civilizations, The Art and Science of Astrology, Eastern and Western Astrological Traditions, Intermediate Hellenistic Astrology, Intermediate Classical Horary, Medieval, Vedic Lunar Nodes and Jungian Relationships Intensive. Some courses have prerequisites, and there are openings for non-matriculating students to take modules. Please call the office (425-673-4292) for more information, or download the current catalog and application form from our website at: www.kepler.edu.