Music grad Kaila Washington to be morning commencement speaker
DuPont Manual High School graduate and Louisville native Kaila Washington is packing her bags and going out of state after commencement to take her education further.
The music performance major shined both at the School of Music and outside the university.
As a Porter Scholar, Washington was required to have a grade point average of at least 3.0. She exceeded that expectation and carried a 3.9 grade point average and has been on the Dean’s List her entire college career. She recently received the Woodford R. Porter Scholar Outstanding Senior Award.
Outside the classroom, she has flourished, as well. Her countless performances and community service, such as being a big sister in Big Brother, Big Sister have given her joy.
UofL Today caught up with her recently to talk about her time at UofL and her future plans.
Why did you choose UofL?
Because I wanted to study at the music school here because I was familiar with some of the faculty and I was excited to be a part of the Society of Porter Scholars.
What other activities have you participated in while at UofL?
I am the second vice president of Delta Omicron, the professional music fraternity. I’ve been in the band and orchestra, as well as chamber ensembles and that takes up a lot of my time. I’ve been a big sister in Big Brothers, Big Sisters for three years. I’m a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Golden Key International.
Do you think that these organizations and experience have helped you become successful?
Yes, I think I’ve definitely grown a lot in the four years that I’ve been here. I’ve gained a lot of perspective from different groups of people and organizations that I’ve been a part of.
What has been your favorite experience at UofL?
Well I did love going to the basketball games in pep band. It’s probably all of the concerts that I’ve gotten to play with my colleagues. There’s really nothing like sitting on the stage and making great music. The feeling of when you’re done and everyone’s like “good job” is amazing.
How did you react when you found out that you were chosen to speak?
I was speechless and thankfully I was already sitting down. It was shocking at first, but then I calmed down and I know that I like to write and speak so I knew it’d be okay.
What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I will be attending grad school at Miami-Ohio University for flute performance. Then eventually and hopefully someone will hire me to play my flute.
What do you plan on telling your classmates at commencement?
I already have my speech written. Basically I am telling my peers that I enjoyed my time here very much in the School of Music. Use the skills that we have learned during our four years at the university. Go and take our paths and journeys to success, as well as help others along the way. I also plan to say not to give up if you fail along the way.