A graduate holds his arms up as he walks onto the stage.

Ready for Success

Outstanding Graduates

  • A portrait of Taylor Gaines in her cap and gown in front of a snowy Bronco statue.

    Taylor Gaines, whose family experienced stretches of homelessness growing up, is excited to put what she's learned at Western into practice. She has dreams of becoming a physical therapist and opening a clinic to help patients who can't otherwise afford care. "I just care a lot about people, how I can better the community. Seeing the stuff that I've been through just made me want to do better for other people," she says.

A photo of Mike Caliendo in his cap and gown.

Tackling medical school

Mike Caliendo has excelled in the classroom and on the football field, recognized among the top student-athletes in the nation. After several years holding the line to protect his quarterback, the biomedical sciences graduate is ready to tackle the next step in his career: protecting public health.

Inspiring Alumni