Elise Whorton


Magna Cum Laude

Elise, it has been such a privilege to have you in so many classes at King’s, from College and Research Writing to Shakespeare and Classical Lit. Your Research Writing final remains the standard for excellence in that course. Your intelligence, diligence, energy, and kindness are a blessing to everyone around you. I wish you all the best with whatever you do next!

— Dr. Kelly Lehtonen


  • House of Queen Elizabeth Scholar (2020-2021)
  • Research Intern at the Center for Book Arts (2021)


House of Queen Elizabeth I

Notes for Elise

Elise, congrats on graduating! You’re a stellar student, and I’m excited to see what comes next for you! All the best.

Elise! Congrats on your graduation! I am so glad King’s and QE1 had the privilege of your sweet presence these past four years <3 You have a drive and dedication that is admirable–I know you will go far in post-grad life! I will miss seeing you around campus, but I'm so excited to see you crush your master's program 🙂 May God surprise you in the best way during this new chapter of life–wishing you all the best!

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

I will forever be grateful to have to as my first roommate. So many of my favorite memories involve you, and i am thankful to have you as a forever friend.

Congratulations on such a great accomplishment! I’ve enjoyed knowing you as Abigail’s first roommate and even more so as her friend. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for your future as I know it will be great.

ELISE!! my forever college bestie, I love you and could write a novel of how much these last four years have meant to me! Thank you for being so consistent, honest, and intelligent! You make my world a better place and I am so excited to see how you make the world around us a better one too! Congrats, I am forever proud of you and cheering you on!

you’re kind, iconic, and kinda crazy. I’m so grateful to have laughed and suffered alongside you. I’m not sure I’ve caught you in a bad moment. But you have certainly seen me in a few funny situations. Thank you for being poised and brave and kind always. You’re going to be the coolest librarian out there.

Elise, I think you are honestly one of the coolest people. When I brag about the humanities major, you are one of the people I cite. You are so driven and kind, and I can’t wait to watch all the cool things you’ll do! Good luck out there :’)

Congrats Elise!! I have loved getting to know you these past two years, and I’ve been so lucky to have you as my summer roomie haha. I can’t wait to see you in Paris in a week!

What a tremendous asset you have been to QE1, Elise, and not just as Scholar – although you were a great one! May God continue to bless, shape, and lead you as you step in the next chapters of your life!

Elise, I became a hot mess of a student and THEN we became friends. And then when I met you you inspired me to get myself together and then we both got senioritis. So I guess life gave us some lemons and we tried to make lemonade, but we probably ended up cross legged on the floor laughing our butts off after we realized that lemons are hard to squeeze.
the point of all this is that I love you, and I’m incredibly grateful for your friendship. You’re going to do such great things in and through and after grad school, and I’m so excited to see it all. xo

My dear, sweet Elise,

It took me way too long to post this because I didn’t know what to say. In the words of our dear friend Mr. Knightley, if I loved you less I might be able to talk about it more. So let it suffice that one of the best gifts QE1 gave me was your friendship. I’ll miss texting to see if you’re free for a hug when I’m in the neighborhood, but I know you’re gonna kill it and do all sorts of smart-brained things at Maryland. <3

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