Keanna Wendy Irving

Cum Laude

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Cum Laude
Keanna Irving


House of Corrie ten Boom

Keanna, so fun to have you in class and to watch you grow over these past few years. Thank you for all you contributed to our theater community at King’s. Please, keep in touch.”

— Prof. Chris Cragin-Day

Chris Cragin-Day


House of Corrie ten Boom


  • President of The King’s Dancers (2017-2020)
  • Education Intern at American Ballet Theatre (2018)

Notes for Keanna

Keanna! I’m so glad I met you and am able to call you my friend. You’re such a talent, and I can’t wait to see what you do next.

You are absolute sunshine, Keanna! I’ve never seen you without a smile on your face — always ready to laugh and dance. Congratulations!!

You are an absolute bundle of sunshine and your radiant presence will be missed on campus! Go forth and do amazing things for God’s Kingdom! Love ya, girly, and pray that you will flourish during this new season. Congrats on a job well done–go CELEBRATE (but not too hard)!!

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:33)

My dear big,
“This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (psalm 118:24)
I’m legit so thankful for you. Your beautiful smile and joyful personality I know has blessed SO many people during your time at King’s. I’m so amazed at how you’ve already gotten to pursue dance and can’t wait to see where you’ll go in the future. Miss you and am honored to call you my friend and my big. Praying for your next chapter, keep pursuing the Lord and who He’s made you to be!

Keanna, you are such a beautiful dancer, and your smile always brightened up a room. Congratulations on graduating and I hope that there are many more dance classes in your future and that this new season of life is full of many smiles! 🙂


As I write letters to my fellow graduates, I usually try to think of a few things to say to encapsulate why I will remember them. For you, I can do it in a single sentence: together, we endured Karbala, Sufi dances, and trays and trays of unwanted dates. Few bonds are as strong as the ties of discomfort at odd religious festivities.

Of course, I also remember performing together in the Crucible and hanging out at your apartment and accidentally frightening a small child who I mistook for you at Fall Retreat, but above all I will remember you as one of my buddies from Dr. Carle’s Islam class. Thanks for being a constant source of brightness and joy.

Eddie VanZandt


You are one of the most talented people I know. Thank you for all the dance classes and memories. I am so honored to know and love you. Please, please keep dancing, singing, and performing. You’re so inspiring! Congratulations! I can’t wait to see where you go.

You are undoubtedly the bubbliest person I know, but you are also strong, perseverant, caring, and intelligent. I have loved spending four years with you and I’ll miss seeing you! You are so encouraging and kind. Sending you all my love. I know you’ll continue to be a blessing to everyone you’re around!

You’ll always hang that one date horror story over my head, but I love you anyway <3 Glad I got to live with you for a few months there! Love you loads. Congratulations on your hard work.


Oh my where to start? You are probably the happiest, most cheerful person I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Your determination to exceed is built into your character and you always try to brighten everyone’s day. I will always treasure our sophomore year in housing as you were a fantastic coworker. I don’t know what is next for you, but I know you will bless everyone you come into contact with. Congratulations!

Keanna, you’re such a great person, and I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you these past four years… especially this last year. Thanks for putting up with me at 62 Henry St!

Love! You did it!

Was it hard? Yes. But did you push forward always? Yes. You sang, you traveled, you danced, and you embraced New York fully.

I have had so much joy watching you grow over the last few years as a person and an artist. You are a bright light, and you bring joy to everyone around you. Congratulations on this amazing achievement! xoxo

Keanna Irving,
What a ride it’s been. You are like sunshine. You have always had a way of reminding me what is good and happy in the world, even when I don’t particularly want to see it. We’ve had four years of laughter and joking and insane tik toks but we’ve also been able to go through the rough stuff too. I’ve been thankful for you either way.
You are a dear friend and a good soul.
I love you!
(ps, I selected one of our most chaotic photos to accompany this post)

You are one of my favorite humans. You intimidated me at first because you’re so smart and talented and likable, I was terrified to live with you. And I was right to be intimidated; you are all those things and so much more. I’m so happy we became friends and I can’t wait to watch you succeed. I adore you love.

Keanna, you have no idea how much your friendship has meant to me over the past few years. I would always cheer up whenever I saw you in class with your beautiful smile on your face, despite the early 9 AM hour. I’m always envious of your amazing fashion sense and you are one of the most talented people I’ve ever met in my entire life. I mean, your social media presence is flawless. And yes, of course, your art and dancing are phenomenal as well. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you, so let’s keep in touch, okay?

Keanna, Congratulations! Thanks for the laughs during our month subletting in Brooklyn Heights. 🙂 Blessings on everything ahead!

KEANNA!!!! Your hugs are the best. Your joy is contagious. You are all-around just a beautiful and godly person. You are one of my first friends at King’s. I’m so grateful for our years in ten boom together, crushing Performing Arts with you, and adventuring about the city last summer. Cheers to all that you’ve accomplished, all the adventures we’ll in the future, and “oh, the places you’ll go!”


Congratulations on your graduation! You’ve always been an encourager and you have grown into such a strong leader over the last few years. I wish you the best.

Yalla, yalla. Thanks for brightening many of my days this year and never showing up without a body roll at the ready. I hope that whatever comes next in your life is as spontaneous and joy-filled as you are!


You were the first theater person I met when we saw Phantom freshman year and little did I know what was to come! Your energy is infectious and I always never how close we were to Christmas when you were around

Keanna, It has been a joy getting to know you in your time at Kings. I have loved having you as a student four times (!!!), and working with you on the mammoth undertaking that was Floyd Collins. Your creative spirit blesses the world in so many ways, and you shine with the light of Christ wherever you go. I look forward to seeing where He will take you! Congratulations on all you accomplished!

Keanna—where to begin? I’m so grateful we bonded over our mutual struggle in Ear Training and Sight Singing; and that we got cast as family in Floyd Collins and got to work together and become friends; and that you’ve been one of the steadiest, kindest, and most energetic friends I’ve made in college. Thank you for the finals season library shenanigans (lol) and for dragging me to social events and sharing your extroverted-ness with me. Thank you for the laughs in the hallway outside 523, and the cries in the piano room. You’re a friend for life, g, and I can’t wait to see where God takes you next. You have so much joy to share with the world—I am blessed to call you friend! Much love!


My decade long friend. You constantly add joy to my life with your never ending optimism and your intentionality. Our friendship has been quite the journey–from coast to coast and a few countries. I am so incredibly honored to call you my friend and am constantly amazed by your talents and how much you’ve achieved in New York. You’ve made Idaho proud. I already miss your hugs and our pho dates. I’m still crossing my fingers I’ll convince you to move to Seattle.

But at least we’ll always have Vietnam.


I have been so blessed to know you! You are always full of joy and laughter and I am always glad to see you at School (even though you did backstab me in Assassin). I know that you will go on to do great things and I cannot wait to see what is in store for you.

Hopefully I get to see you again when we have a family reunion!

Love you sister!

Keanna, girl you are such a phenomenal woman! I will always be amazed by your talent and I will never forget the moment when you danced with those strangers in Israel! I love you so much and thanks for singing your heart out with me on my 21st birthday. I wish you all the best in your next chapter of life!

P.S. Girl, them hips don’t lie! 😉

Keanna!! Seeing you at school never failed to brighten my day. Your constant energy and consistent smile are so wonderful. Congrats on graduating and good luck!


Congrats! You are such a ray of sunshine and you will be missed DEEPLY in our house! Thank you for being such a wonderful sister(: I can’t wait to see what you do next!


Keanna, I think of you every time I go to Lincoln Center–I was so touched when you invited me on a study date to the library there, only a few weeks into my freshman year, and I felt so loved and welcomed by you into the house and to King’s. I will miss seeing your face around, sweet friend!!

Keanna!!! I shared so much of my college journey with you and am so grateful for your friendship through it all. You are beautifully complex woman: a lover of the color pink and heavy rap music; a ballet dancer with an Avril Lavigne shadow side; an incredible creative and a relentless hard worker; less than 5 foot and the courage of a lion. Thank you for sharing an apartment and college life with me and continuing to remain a faithful friend. You are such a strong woman of God, and I am so grateful to know you ❤️

Happy Graduation! Congratulations! You are very beautiful, smart, and a joy to get to know! Thank you for always being so inclusive. You’ve encouraged me and everyone to chase their dreams and try something new each day. Thank you for always being humble, approachable, and down to earth, even though you have an insane amount of talent, creativity, and work ethic. We love you just the way you are today and are excited to see what you are preparing to do tomorrow. Happy Graduation!

Keanna! It has been a joy getting to participate in King’s theater with you! From all the call backs to open mics, to our crazy acting class this semester, I’m glad you were there for it. Your energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and I’m amazed at how hard you’ve worked to continue to dance so much WHILE doing King’s classes! Congratulations!!

You are bright and beautiful and kind and loving. You light up any room you are in and brought such positive energy to King’s. You have such contagious and genuine joy- and it’s beautiful.

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