University’s first Latin minor to graduate in December

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By Biral Patel |Copy editor

What began as merely a course requirement for senior Jacob Millard, a history major, will now turn him into a pioneer.

After Millard took his required Latin I and II courses, he took Latin III and Latin: Cicero as electives.When he discovered that he needed to declare a minor, he started working with Dr. Steven Jones, assistant professor in classics, to determine what courses were required to complete the Latin minor. Now, looking toward graduation, Millard said he feels successful.

“I do feel incredibly accomplished, not only for being the first Latin minor, but also for completing the challenging, yet immensely rewarding, classes,” Millard said.

Millard said he plans on pursuing a history or Latin teaching career post-graduation. He is seeking a teaching fellowship at the Ridgeview Classical School in Fort Collins, Colo.

He also hopes to attend graduate school to study classics or ancient history.

He credits his preparation for post-graduation to his professors. Millard said that Jones and Dr. Tim Brookins, assistant professor in classics, inspired him to be persistent in his studies and continue studying the classics post-graduation.

“Without a doubt I would not be going into the real world as the man I am today without the unwavering dedication exhibited by many of my professors as well as the inspiration they provide,” Millard said.

Brookins praised Millard’s positive attitude and desire to truly learn Latin.

“Jacob is the kind of guy that is always smiling, even when the chips are down,” Brookins said. “He has an exceptional work ethic and the kind of acquisitive mind that values learning for its own sake.”

Jones also lauded Millard’s efforts and expressed enthusiasm about his achievement.

“This first Latin minor graduate makes me excited both for Jacob’s future and for the future of Latin at HBU.”

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