His expression says it all…
That’s likely why the photo of 2012 graduate Diesel Baldwin (see above)—an image of him enthusiastically shaking Western Illinois University President Jack Thomas’ hand on the WIU Commencement stage last December—made the cut in The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) Graduation Photo contest. It is in the top 10.
Diesel said his mother-in-law took the photo.
“They were calling for submissions on the PKP website, so I voluntarily submitted a couple of photos, and that is the one they chose,” he noted.
Diesel finished his B.A. in anthropology and a double minor in law enforcement and justice administration and biological sciences—zoology in December. To be a member of Phi Kappa Phi, as an undergraduate, he had to maintain, and graduate with, a high grade point average. He certainly accomplished that: he said his overall GPA was 3.99—a 4.0 in his major and in his LEJA minor and a 3.95 in his zoology minor.
He’s already back in school at Western, currently enrolled at WIU-Quad Cities as a graduate student in the biological sciences, zoo and aquarium studies post-baccalaureate certificate program. He also works as a student worker in the WIU Admissions Office.
He has plans to pursue his master’s degree in forensic anthropology (biological/physical anthropology) and has applied to several institutions that have such programs (Western does not).
Voting ends Feb. 22. Vote for Diesel’s photo at https://phikappaphi.wufoo.com/forms/graduation-photo-contest/