Melinda Walchli of Hermiston was one of 709 graduates in the spring 2011 class at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

Graceland University was established in 1895 as a non-sectarian liberal arts institution. It operates campuses in Lamoni, Iowa and Independence, Mo. Students from 40 states and 35 nations choose from 50 academic majors and programs at Graceland.

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