Eckerd College Commencement 2017

(people speak indistinctly) (people speak indistinctly) – [Announcer] Good morning ladies and gentlemen

and welcome to the graduating class of 2017 (audience applauds and cheers) (stately music) (“Pomp and Circumstance”)

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– Good morning!

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Welcome to the 54th commencement of Eckerd College (audience cheers) We are honored today to have graduating senior

Alexander Harold Watkins begin our ceremony, (audience cheers) by singing the National Anthem Alex is from St. Petersburg and graduating today with a major in theater (audience cheers) Please remain standing for the National Anthem and for the invocation Alex, please come forward (audience cheers) ♫ O say can you see ♫ By the dawn’s early light ♫ What so proudly we hailed ♫ At the twilight’s last gleaming ♫ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♫ Through the perilous fight ♫ O’er the ramparts we watched ♫ Were so gallantly streaming ♫ And the rocket’s red glare ♫ The bombs bursting in air (audience cheers) ♫ Gave proof through the night ♫ That our flag was still there ♫ O say does that star-spangled ♫ Banner yet wave (audience cheers) ♫ O’er the land of the free (audience cheers) ♫ And the home of the brave (audience applauds and cheers) – Thank you Alex Our invocation is offered by Reverend Doug McMahon, Eckerd College’s Director of the Center for Spiritual Life and College Chaplain Doug, please come forward (audience cheers) – Congratulations class of 2007 (audience cheers) Please pray with me O God our God, as the sun shines this morning on St. Petersburg, the city beautiful, we remember the words of the ancient Hebrew prophet Jeremiah “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you “In its welfare, you will find your welfare.” For four years, this place has been our home where we have worked hard and been given much Professors, mentors, coaches, roommates, and others have guided us, encouraged us, and helped us along the way With gratitude, we remember our hometowns We give thanks for those who invested in our lives making this day possible Today, for a future with hope, we go forth as servant leaders and citizens prepared to invest in our nation and care for this planet Give us grace, wisdom, and courage, O God, to build a better tomorrow, Amen (audience applauds and cheers) – Thank you Doug; ladies and gentlemen, please be seated To capture today’s Kodak or selfie moment depending on which generation you claim, a professional photographer will take a big photo of each graduate as the degree is conferred Please allow everyone in the audience to enjoy the ceremony by remaining in your seats until the completion of the recessional at the end of the ceremony Members of the class of 2017, this commencement ceremony, like everything else at Eckerd College, is arranged to be an educational event in your undergraduate experience Today, the college will again display its values by what it honors and whom it honors Commencement is not simply about receiving a diploma though it is surely about that But it is also about telling a story anew about the institution from which the diploma has been earned and about the class that graduates

Let us begin today by thanking the board of trustees for all they have done to build this outstanding college in the liberal arts tradition and for their unstinting, unswerving support Will the trustees who are here today please stand and be recognized? (audience applauds and cheers) Thank you We also welcome the other distinguished members of the platform party for their participation in today’s ceremony, our commencement speaker, Mr. Frank W. Sesno, Mr. John Finneran, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dean of Faculty Suzan Harrison, and Dean of Students Jim Annarelli Now let me ask the distinguished and dedicated men and women of the Eckerd College faculty, the embodiment of Eckerd College, to stand as we thank you for the labor and devotion that has made this day possible (audience applauds and cheers) Thank you It is a privilege for me to serve this faculty and an honor to be a colleague to the great staff of Eckerd College who work everyday with grace and skill at a very high standard This day would not be possible without the support, emotional, spiritual, and financial, of the families who graduate today Grandparents, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, husbands, and wives and children, would the family members of our students please stand so we may recognize and applaud your love and support? (audience applauds and cheers) Thank you Finally let me introduce my wife Christine The college has no greater advocate and volunteer She sends to each of you her congratulations and best wishes, Chris (audience applauds and cheers) Class of 2017, you who graduate today have not only excelled academically but have also volunteered as teachers in schools from St. Petersburg to East Africa You’ve climbed the Colca Canyon in Peru and witnessed the glories of Machu Picchu You’ve carried out service projects all over Tampa Bay and in Ecuador, Nicaragua, India, and in dozens of other countries all over the world Each day, you’ve carried out hundreds of, each year, you’ve carried out hundreds of rescues at sea through EC-SAR and responded compassionately to medical emergencies through EC-ERT (audience applauds and cheers) You have won Fulbright Fellowships You lead the world in Holland Scholarships and so much more (audience applauds and cheers) You will soon begin careers in a world in great need of your talent and knowledge and energy You leave here to conduct research to address social, political, scientific, and mental challenges, to attend law school and medical school and graduate school, to become engineers and teachers and businessmen and women, and great citizens At the end of this ceremony, you will march off to show the world that Eckerd College changes lives and Eckerd College graduates change the world Class of 2017, please stand so we can recognize your achievement and your promise (audience applauds and cheers) Thank you Now please welcome to the podium the Chairman of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees, Mr. John Finneran (audience applauds and cheers) – Good morning President Eastman, Dean Harrison, Dean Annarelli, Mr. Sesno, distinguished faculty, family, guests, and graduates of the class of 2017, as Chairman of the Eckerd College Board of Trustees, I bring you greetings and congratulations on behalf of the board and what a great pleasure it is Yesterday afternoon, on the recommendation of your faculty, the board of trustees granted the awarding of 437 bachelors’ degrees No other action required of the board of trustees

brings us as much pleasure as the granting each May The members of the board joining you here today are honored to have the privilege of being among the first to congratulate you as you walk across the stage later in the ceremony this morning We will see each of you soon at the very top of the stairs Congratulations, graduates of the class of 2017 (audience applauds and cheers) – Elected and honored by the residential class of 2017 to bring greetings to you this, Claire Bernadette Russell is from Ellsworth, (audience cheers) is from Ellsworth, Maine and is graduating with a major in international relations and global affairs Please join me in a warm welcome for Claire Russell (audience applauds and cheers) – Family, friends, faculty, and staff, good morning and welcome to the day we’ve all been waiting for, dread, perhaps a mix of the two We gather today on a field that my classmates and I know well and love It was here under your feet that we got to know one another, ourselves, and perhaps most importantly, the dogs with whom we’ve shared this home It seems only appropriate, therefore, that it would be here that we gather together to sit one last time and enter into the next phase of our lives I assumed for a long time that group projects would be my least favorite part of college, yeah But that was before I fully comprehended I actually had to graduate and leave this place So now this is my new least favorite part But it’s bittersweet and any sadness that accompanies today’s joy is simply indicative of the home Eckerd has become, real family that this class has created Today is a celebration Today is the culmination of thousands of hours of hard work, of all-nighters survived with grace, of long labs and endless papers Today is the proof of the dedication within this community that ensured we got onto this stage Now, sitting together under this tent, proving one last time, your unwavering commitment to today’s graduates by surviving this Florida heat just to see it all come together Our gratitude for your mentorship and support cannot be understated To those classmates with whom we wish could be here, we share this victory with you This morning, we walk off this stage and into a world surely in need of help, one full of complex problems and questions But after four years of getting to know today’s graduates, I can confidently say that many of the solutions to those problems are graduating today (audience applauds) Yeah, go! As evidence for their creative problem solving and ingenuity, I cite that I have seen more than a couple of my classmates ride yellow bikes that were completely missing their handlebars (audience laughs) and they did so with poise I have no doubt they will take on the issues of our world with similar creativity, passion, and determination These are the kind of people you want on your team, in your lab, editing your paper, beside you when the going gets tough Most importantly, they’re the kind that make group projects seem not so It has been an honor and privilege to share the last four years of an adventure

with such a truly incredible group of people and to be the one to welcome you on their behalf to the commencement ceremony of the Eckerd College class of 2017 Thank you (audience applauds and cheers) – Thank you Claire Honored by program for experienced learners to bring greetings to you this morning is Teresa A. Stewart who is from Pinellas Park, Florida, graduating today with high honors with a major in human development Please join me in a warm welcome for the 2017 PEL class commencement speaker, Teresa Stewart (audience applauds and cheers) – President Eastman, Dean Harrison, honored trustees, distinguished faculty, alumni, family, friends, and my fellow graduates, on behalf of the Program for Experienced Learners, welcome to the 2017 Eckerd College commencement ceremony (audience applauds and cheers) Fellow graduates, both residential and PEL, when this journey began, it was this very day that we looked forward to and hoped would be memorable, and memorable it will be Fellow PEL graduates, many of us returned to school to get the degree, and in our first meeting, we wanted to know how we could get this over with quickly because we just needed a degree The world had told us we had reached the top of the ladder The advisors smiled sweetly and assured us it would go quickly Behind the advisor’s smile, there was a truth that we had yet to discover In the end, it would not be the degree that was the most significant It would be the journey The journey has been a gift that none of us imagined The professors cared and walked closely beside us all the way We learned how to push through papers that we thought would never be complete, how to research ideas (audience cheers) with greater objectivity, and most of all, that the ride was filled with gifts far greater than the outcome Many of us believed that today, we would have more answers than questions And although we are more convinced in our beliefs about justice and the environment, our desire to serve one another, and our need to effectively share our knowledge with the world, we are left with more questions than answers Questions are the vehicles that drive our journey Residential students, as you stand beside us today, let us remember to savor the journey and let us embark with confidence, knowing that this class will be remembered for seeking justice, caring for the environment, serving one another, and sharing knowledge with the world Bon voyage (audience applauds and cheers) – Well done Teresa Frank Sesno is an internationally recognized journalist with a career spanning more than three decades Before joining CNN in 1984, he worked as a radio correspondent at the White House and in London for the Associated Press During his 21 years at CNN, he served as White House correspondent, anchor, and Washington bureau chief In 2009, he was appointed Director of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, where he leads a distinguished faculty and teaches environmental media, multimedia reporting, journalism ethics, the documentary, and the art of the interview His passion for environmental concerns led him to create planetforward.org, a user-driven web and television project that explores real world solutions related to the environment, energy, climate, and sustainability In January 2017, Mr. Sesno published the book Ask More, Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change He’s the recipient of several

prestigious journalistic awards, including an Emmy, several CableACE awards, and an overseas press club award He earned his baccalaureate degree in American History from Middlebury College, where he serves on the Board of Trustees He is the proud parent of Eckerd College alumna, Emily Sesno, who earned her bachelor of science degree in marine science in May 2012 Please join me in welcoming an accomplished journalist, a gifted educator, and an incisive analyst of media and society, Mr. Frank Sesno (audience applauds and cheers) – I always find those introductions a little daunting, but good morning and congratulations to the class of 2017 (audience applauds and cheers) President Eastman, trustees, deans, professors, students, families, dogs, (audience laughs) congratulations; I’m delighted and honored to be here It’s so nice to be in hot Florida and not be in hot Washington (audience laughs) My wife Kathy and I are pleased to be back as part of a community and pleased to be back with our daughter Emily, alumna of the class of 2012 She decided to come to Eckerd Now, if you’ll pardon just a moment, I think Emily could be inspiration to all of you And she is sort of the poster girl for Eckerd She embodies the Eckerd spirit, original, creative, fearless, adventurous, warm, and wonderful She rejects labels and embraces discovery Yes, a marine science, marine biology major She studied here She lived in the British Virgin Islands, taught about the ocean, and has gone diving with sharks, a different variety of sharks than I’m accustomed to diving with (audience laughs) This summer, graduate studies in marine biology at the University of Hawaii Now, it’s really tough duty being a good parent of a daughter who comes to college in Florida, moves to the British Virgin Islands, and studies at the graduate level in Hawaii But we’ll do it Now in preparing for this speech today, which I promise to keep short, I talked to some folks and did some research on how Eckerd has changed since Emily was here five years ago There’s the James Center for Molecular Life and Sciences, now the Center for Visual Arts But I also discovered an article about something else which I thought was pretty interesting Maybe you saw it in People Magazine It began, “The tortoise, Matt Miseyka, (audience cheers) “was one of 27 pets honored at the fifth annual “Eckerd College pet graduation in Fox Hall on May 9th “Every year, the college holds a ceremony “for pets of graduating seniors “Species represented in the pet class of 2017 “10 dogs, nine cats, three rats, a snake, a guinea pig, “a desert tortoise, a parakeet, and a hedgehog.” (audience applauds and cheers) I’m especially curious about that cuddly little hedgehog thing, but I do love the quote from President Eastman in the article “This really is one of my favorite events “at Eckerd College,” he said “This tells you more about what sort of place this is “than any other.” (audience laughs) We need to talk (audience laughs) Emily had a rabbit Her name, suitably enough, was Petri (audience laughs) Petri didn’t don a cap and gown while Em was here, but Petri graduated in 2013, I’m told, so congratulations So now to my talk Maybe you had a pet, you graduates Maybe you majored in marine science or psychology or international studies or computer science or environmental studies or any other field Maybe you played rugby on Kappa Field or rode that yellow bike without handlebars or took an amazing class with an amazing professor whom you will remember all of your life You had and you have been through an incredible time here, incredible But you’ve also been part of a world that is turning As a journalist who’s had the privilege and the opportunity to travel the country, explore the planet, cover the White House, I don’t need CNN Breaking News

to tell me that we’re at strange and difficult times And that’s what I want to talk to you about ever so briefly and suggest how you might navigate it Politics have never been more strange, astonishing, breaking rules, polarizing the country, making people wonder, how do we get our balance back? What will the future look and sound like? How are you going to bring us together so that we can move forward together and not fall apart? How can we bridge the diversity and turn it into the advantage that it is for us? How do we overcome alternative facts, the attacking and the insulting? That’s now why you came to Eckerd That’s not what you did here Journalism, my field, has never been more distrusted or criticized or necessary and pursued (audience applauds and cheers) And yet on so much of radio and cable television and elsewhere, there are too many talkers, too much opinion, too little real reporting, too little explanation that will help you understand someone who’s different than you, who comes from a different place, who thinks differently, so that we can find the common ground we share based on information and fact and shared experience to move forward Yes, I wrote a book for you, for every single one of you graduates of this place I wrote it before I knew I was gonna be here I wrote it before the election, before Donald and Hilary and Bernie and before Melissa McCarthy made Sean Spicer so famous, (audience laughs) before I learned about your pets In the documentary class I teach, I share the most ridiculously simple construct of story It is this A compelling character overcoming obstacles to achieve a worthy outcome, and that’s what you are, each and every one of you, compelling in your own way, maybe sure of what you want to do, not maybe about to launch a career, maybe about to launch a process of discovery But each of you will encounter obstacles along the way, maybe amazingly painful and difficult obstacles They are there; that’s part of the experience too So each of you must overcome those obstacles That’s what makes you who you are Along the way, trying to achieve that worthy outcome because each of you is compelling You, these Eckerd graduates, have lived and learned in this unique place as engaged learners of the land and the oceans, the sciences and the humanities, the word and the idea, and you have an advantage, an incredible advantage because of that So take it with you not as a free pass but as fuel that launches you And yes, Teresa, go with more questions than answers That’s the book, Ask More And whether you’re a scientist or a journalist, a teacher or a preacher, in business or the arts, serving your country or community, ask what you can do, how you can do it, how you can do it better, what more you need to know, how you can inform and improve and inspire the people and the world around you So think these questions as sort of a GPS for your mind Ask what’s wrong What’s going on, what’s the problem because you have to figure out the problem and be honest about that before you can address it Ask strategically Go past this news cycle or the quarterly statement and ask about long-term goals, what you’re trying to accomplish What are the trade-offs? What aren’t you thinking about? What are your own biases that you should challenge? Ask empathetically How are you doing? What is bothering or hurting or worrying you? What exhilarates you down deep? Ask to build bridges with people who are different, maybe even wary or suspicious Try questions without question marks Tell me about that Ask permission What do you want to change? How can that be done? Who can team up with you? What do you want your role to be and the other person’s role to be? And ask big to save the planet or help a friend or a child learn to read

Ask for accountability What have you done? How have you done it? What is each of our level of responsibility? Ask for meaning Ask for fun By the way, it’s a complete waste of time to ask if you don’t listen So we should work at that too What kind of a listener are you? Are you an interrupter? Are you a gap filler? Do you listen for fact or story? Are you a contradictor and you hear something that you don’t agree with and instead of asking more about it, you just launch into your own point of view Or do you listen to learn and to really understand what that other person is saying? I collect questions I asked Colin Powell, General Colin Powell what his favorite question is, and he said, “My favorite question is, how you doin’?” And I said, “What’s that all about? “You’re a general, you’re a tough guy “Why are you asking, how you doin’?” And he said, “Because I’m a general, “and I’m responsible for the lives of all the people “who report up through and to me “How they’re doing is of more than passing concern.” I asked a spiritual care counselor at hospice, “What is your favorite question?” He helps people and their families at the end of life And his favorite question, what have I learned today? I asked Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of California, former mayor of San Francisco, a pioneer in marriage equality, his favorite question, what would you do if you knew you could not fail? My favorite question today, how do you know? How do you know what you know? How do you know what you don’t? Where it’s coming from, what the source is? Are you sure? So ask that simple question every time you’re gonna make an assertion or a big decision How do I know? It’ll force you to check those assumptions, challenge your biases, and value this thing called fact You are graduating today I hope you have so many more questions about the world than when you got here What will you do? Who will you help? How will you make a difference? What will you say or write or do that will make this a better place? We need you We need your voices We need your commitment We need your curiosity, and you can do it because of where you have been, because of President Eastman, this incredible faculty, your friends, your families, and yes, your pets So good luck, congratulations to the proud, the creative, the imaginative, the bold, the original, the curious Eckerd graduates, class of 2017 (audience applauds and cheers) – It is customary at commencement services at American colleges and universities to recognize distinguished individuals with honorary degrees Eckerd College takes pleasure in so recognizing an extraordinary individual on this occasion Mr. President, it is my honor to present to you Mr. Frank W. Sesno to receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (audience applauds) – Mr. Sesno, please join us at the podium For his distinguished media career as a correspondent, anchor, and bureau chief that spans over three decades, for his leadership as Director of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs where he nurtures and inspires rising journalists through teaching and mentoring, for his passion for the environment and sustainability expressed through cutting edge multimedia journalistic platforms such as planetforward.org, and for the impact he has had on national conversations about the role of the press in a free society through appearances as an expert panelist

on numerous television and web-based programs during the recent election cycle, for his book Ask More, The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change, which the Midwest Book Review described as, “an excellent assertive charge “to make the world a better place “by asking the right questions and seeking better answers,” for the many accolades and awards he has received including the Emmy, the cable awards, and an overseas Press Club award, and for his fabulous speech to our graduating class, Eckerd College is proud to confer on Mr. Frank Sesno the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa (audience applauds) It is customary at the Eckerd College commencement to honor those residential seniors who’ve been selected by the faculty to receive special awards I now invite Vice President and Dean of Students, Dr. Jim Annarelli, to the podium to call three of those seniors to this platform to receive their awards and your applause Dean Annarelli (audience applauds) – The Philip J. Lee Honor Award is presented to the senior student whose scholarly achievements demonstrated both exceptional accomplishment and superior promise This year’s recipient is from Ellsworth, Maine and will graduate with a double major in international relations and global affairs The 2017 Philip J. Lee Honor Award recipient is Claire Bernadette Russell (audience applauds and cheers) (audience applauds and cheers) The James H. Robinson Award is presented to a senior student who has contributed significantly to the minority experience and to a fuller appreciation of cross-cultural values on campus This year’s recipient is from Porter, Texas and will graduate with a major in biology The 2017 James A. Robinson Award recipient is Jennifer Chavez (audience applauds and cheers) The Ronald Wilson Memorial Award is presented to a senior student who has made a significant contribution to the college community through academics, student government, and other campus organizations The 2017 Ronald Wilson Memorial Award recipient is a student we have already met, Claire Bernadette Russell (audience applauds and cheers) The Miller Award is presented to the senior student whose life activities exemplify the ideal of unselfish and public-spirited service to the community, off campus as well as on campus This year’s recipient comes from Chesterfield and is graduating with a double major in marine science and environmental studies The 2017 Miller Award recipient is Sarah E. Raney

(audience applauds and cheers) – We also honor at commencement those PEL seniors who have been selected to receive special awards I now invite Vice President and Dean of Faculty, Suzan Harrison, to the podium to call two of those seniors to the platform to receive their awards and your applause Dean Harrison (audience applauds) – The Irving G. Foster Award recognizes a graduate of the Program for Experienced Learners who demonstrates excellence in overall academic achievement This year’s recipient is from Dunedin, Florida and is graduating with high honors with a major in business management The 2017 Irving G. Foster Award recipient is Lora Danielle Vineberg (audience applauds and cheers) The David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize is awarded to a graduate of the Program for Experienced Learners who has demonstrated extraordinary determination and perseverance in achieving a solid academic record and who exemplifies the spirit of lifelong learning This year’s recipient is from Bradenton, Florida and is graduating with a major in business management The recipient of the 2017 David and Blanche Colgan Memorial Prize is Gladys Ann Hall (audience applauds and cheers) – Well done all around Eckerd College recognizes the importance of teaching each year at these ceremonies I now invite Dean Harrison to present this award, Dean Harrison – Mr. President, the Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award emphasizes the primary importance of teaching in the college, recognizes teaching excellence in an individual faculty member, and encourages the pursuit of teaching excellence in the faculty as a whole The Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award is presented this year to Professor Cynthia Totten (audience applauds and cheers) Cindy, please join us on stage For the mystery and wizardry you bring to your transformative courses in theater, inspiring majors and non-majors alike, for channeling your passion for the theater into reaching each student according to his or her unique needs and abilities, helping each to perform expressively in a variety of theatrical styles with panache and a feeling of great accomplishment, for your human experience lectures that open students’ eyes to the marvel and magic of the theater, for embracing interdisciplinary teaching, collaborating with colleagues across the campus to develop new and experimental teaching techniques and for sharing your own powerful and moving teaching experiences with the rest of us, for always empowering your students and your colleagues to be creative and imaginative and fully human, and for your sustained commitment to continuous improvement for yourself and your colleagues in the art and craft of teaching, Eckerd College presents the Robert A. Staub

Distinguished Teacher Award to Cynthia Totten, Professor of Theater (audience applauds and cheers) Mr. President, the John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award honors the special and vital role of the mentor in a student’s life at Eckerd, one of the distinguishing marks of our institution The John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award is presented this year to Professor Frank Hamilton (audience applauds and cheers) For mentoring hundreds of students in the fields of management and business administration through their years at Eckerd College and well beyond into their careers and lives after Eckerd, for your thoughtful, honest, and straightforward guidance of each one of 40 or more students a year for whom you serve as an official mentor as well as the many others who come to you for informal mentoring, for your mentoring in the leadership studies minor, developing students’ understanding of the responsibilities of leadership through instruction and through serving as a role model of effective leadership, for mentoring students through the street markets of London and the stock markets of Wall Street, for inspiring students by telling them, “I have big plans for you,” and then guiding them toward larger aspirations than they had dared to set for themselves, for your leadership in the college’s developing entrepreneurship program, and for, in the words of one of your students, “preparing your students for life after Eckerd,” Eckerd College presents the John Satterfield Outstanding Mentor Award to Frank Hamilton, Associate Professor of Management (audience applauds and cheers) Mr. President, it is my great honor to present to you the candidates who have fulfilled all the requirements as determined by the faculty for the degree of bachelor of arts Will the candidates please rise? (audience applauds and cheers) – By the authority vested in me by the Board of Trustees and the State of Florida, I hereby confer upon you the bachelor of arts degree with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto – Welcome to the company of educated men and women Please be seated (audience applauds) Mr. President, it is my honor to present to you the candidates who have fulfilled all the requirements as determined by the faculty for the degree of bachelor of science Will those candidates please rise? (audience applauds and cheers) – By the authority vested in me by the Board of Trustees and the State of Florida, I hereby confer upon you the bachelor of science degree with all the rights and privileges appertaining thereto Congratulations (audience applauds and cheers) – Welcome to the company of educated men and women Please be seated As the marshals guide you, will the candidates please come forward to accept your degrees? (people speak indistinctly) Carlotta Gabrielle Abogado

(audience applauds and cheers) Mathew Anemanna (audience applauds and cheers) Christopher Stephen Arbutine (audience applauds) Isabel Reid Arnold (audience applauds and cheers) Daniel Anthony Autiello Junior (audience applauds and cheers) Jaquayla Karelle Baker (audience applauds and cheers) Hannah Rachel Baldwin (audience applauds and cheers) Hannah Banks (audience applauds and cheers) Michael James Bartosiewicz II (audience applauds and cheers) Chloe Kennedy Bawmann (audience applauds and cheers) Kevin Andrew Beck with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Matthew Robert Beneduci (audience applauds and cheers) Sergio Betancur (audience applauds and cheers) Alan Christopher Berghuis (audience applauds and cheers) Samantha Rae Bingham (audience applauds and cheers) Bailey Olivia Black (audience applauds and cheers) Jessica M. Bossen with distinction (audience applauds and cheers) Edward John Bozeman III with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Joel William Browdy (audience applauds and cheers) Darcy Savannah Brown, honors (audience applauds and cheers) Thomas Joseph Buonopane with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Jon Henry Byrne (audience applauds and cheers) Sara Lillian Canuel with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Angelina Rose Capobianco with high honors (audience applauds) Tracey Geraldine Carroll (audience applauds and cheers) Yolanda Elaine Carter (audience applauds and cheers) Karen Gabriela Caycho Molero (audience applauds and cheers) Sarah Joy Chambers (audience applauds and cheers) AnnaMaria Cicitta (audience applauds and cheers) Charles Dale Claybaker Junior with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Ludy D. Cole (audience applauds and cheers) Michelle Lynn Cox (audience applauds and cheers) Patrick Daniel Cullen (audience applauds and cheers) Jason Thomas D’Agostino (audience applauds and cheers) Caitlin Mary D’Angelo (audience applauds and cheers) Anna Mairead Elizabeth Deegan (audience applauds and cheers) Amy Catherine Delano with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Orjada Dervishleri (audience applauds and cheers) Maurizio Gaspar Di Giulio Pastran (audience applauds and cheers) Andrew Luke Don (audience applauds and cheers)

William Kenneth Drury Brown (audience applauds and cheers) Christel Ann Dykes with distinction (audience applauds) Ellen Jean Emrich with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Krystle Marie Fogarty (audience applauds) Emily Alexandra Fridrik with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Madeline Fugate (audience applauds) Amanda Marie Gentile (audience applauds and cheers) Kaitlin Hope Taylor (audience applauds and cheers) Carly Rand Gilmore (audience applauds and cheers) Zoe Elizabeth Gipson-Kendrick with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Ashley Danielle Giroux (audience applauds and cheers) Byron A. Graham (audience applauds and cheers) Amanda Lee Griffin with honors (audience applauds) Kenneth Lee Grimes (audience applauds) Megan Lynn Halloran (audience applauds and cheers) Chloe Linnea Hartt (audience applauds and cheers) Gladys Ann Hall (audience applauds and cheers) Collin Alexander Herron (audience applauds and cheers) Vanessa Hamann with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Emilie Taylor Higgins with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Zane Jacob Hartog with honors (audience applauds and cheers) James D. Hill with distinction (audience applauds) Samantha Lea Hilton (audience applauds and cheers) Joshua Paul Hunziker with distinction (audience applauds and cheers) Kristen Louise Inoa with distinction (audience applauds and cheers) Quandala Ann Johnson with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Timothy Michael Johnston (audience applauds and cheers) Morgan Anne Jones (audience applauds and cheers) Mary Elizabeth Kelley with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Kimberly Michelle Kelsey-Johnson (audience applauds and cheers) Araesia Symone Marie King with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Jack Joseph Layden with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Sadie Grace LeBlanc (audience applauds and cheers) Edward Jack Lewis (audience applauds and cheers) Joshua Todd Lewis with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Carlo Peter Lombardi (audience applauds and cheers) Bradley Thomas Lowe (audience applauds and cheers) Alexandra Akunyande Lukamba with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Callum Grant Mackay (audience applauds and cheers) John Michael Mahan (audience applauds and cheers)

Kristen Rene Malia (audience applauds and cheers) Carla J. Mattern (audience applauds and cheers) Dorice M. Michalik with distinction (audience applauds and cheers) Melyssa Elizabeth Millett, honors (audience applauds and cheers) Timothy James Mineo (audience applauds and cheers) Joseph Austin Miseyka (audience applauds and cheers) Miranda Marion Milne (audience applauds and cheers) Zachary Arthur Mitsmenn with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Joseph Charles Mobilio (audience applauds and cheers) Jared Michael Moelaart with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Brittany Moore (audience applauds and cheers) William Gino Morelli with distinction (audience applauds and cheers) Elaina Elizabeth Mueller (audience applauds and cheers) Doris Kongolo Mukwanga with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Patrick David Nichols (audience applauds and cheers) Courtney June Niedens (audience applauds and cheers) Tashauna LaShae Nobles (audience applauds and cheers) Mathew John O’Donnell (audience applauds and cheers) SeungYeob Oh (audience applauds and cheers) Tiana Myrtle Outram with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Kristina Rose Parcelli (audience applauds and cheers) Ashley Ann Parrino with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Shane Anthony Phillips (audience applauds and cheers) Katherine Covert Quinn (audience applauds) Olivia Elman Radick (audience applauds and cheers) Stephan Larmont Ralph (audience applauds and cheers) Tracia LaShae Richmond (audience applauds and cheers) Paige Elizabeth Ritter (audience applauds and cheers) Sarah Helen Robin with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Claire Bernadette Russell with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Stephen Walter Sabella with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Alicia Marie Santiago (audience applauds and cheers) Emica Chalet Johnson (audience applauds and cheers) Kayla Nicole Saylor (audience applauds and cheers) Jordan Michael Schutt (audience applauds and cheers) Armando P. Quintero (audience applauds and cheers) Richard Arthur Schomp (audience applauds and cheers) Joshua Michael Self (audience applauds and cheers) Walter Bruce Simmons III (audience applauds and cheers)

Willie Aparicio Simmons (audience applauds and cheers) Hector Sistos Hurtado (audience applauds and cheers) Healy Shir Slakman with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Ajene L. Snow (audience applauds and cheers) Abigail Laine Stanga with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Blaise Elizabeth Strande-Plate (audience applauds and cheers) Thomas Lee Sutherland IV (audience applauds and cheers) Kaiya Anne Tamlyn with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Angelique Noel Ulmer (audience applauds and cheers) Garrett William Robert Van Tuyl (audience applauds and cheers) Theresa G. Vess with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Marcia Soledad Villanueva Babastres (audience applauds and cheers) Lora Danielle Vineberg with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Michael Paul Vrabel (audience applauds and cheers) Jesse Kaitlyn Wagner (audience applauds and cheers) Cecilia L. Walker (audience applauds and cheers) Kevin P. Walsh (audience applauds and cheers) Dylan Aaron White (audience applauds and cheers) Daniel Christian Whitely with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Patricia Jane Willoughby (audience applauds) Lauren Mayre Wilson (audience applauds and cheers) Thompson Lorne Wright (audience applauds and cheers) Rachel Morgan Yorston (audience applauds and cheers) Teresa Marie Young with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Carly Erin Zahniser (audience applauds and cheers) Zachary Allen Zielinski (audience applauds and cheers) Rachel Nicole Ballou (audience applauds and cheers) Michael Jerome Connelly (audience applauds and cheers) Alexa Isabel Farsaci (audience applauds and cheers) Tia Marie Hildebrandt with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Andrea Leigh Lantz (audience applauds and cheers) Katarzyna Simone Nowacki (audience applauds and cheers) Laura Olcott with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Carly Haifu Mariel Olson with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Rachel LeBaron Perry with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Leah Kathryn Sherman-Collins with honors (audience applauds and cheers)

Olivia Leigh Weed with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Nicholas Andrew Bernabe (audience applauds and cheers) Brice Emily Birdsall with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Emily Moorea Carpenter (audience applauds and cheers) Leah Nichole Chisolm-Allison (audience applauds and cheers) Samuel Carlyle Cochran (audience applauds and cheers) Maggie Maureen Compagnoni with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Sam Liao Cooke (audience applauds and cheers) Caroline Crawford Courtenay (audience applauds and cheers) Estee Reena Maddalena Dichello (audience applauds and cheers) Kathryn Ann Eklund with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Carlos Eduardo Fernandez Morana (audience applauds and cheers) Spencer Richie Gradley with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Mariam Hannoun (audience applauds and cheers) James Elliott Hurchalla (audience applauds and cheers) Kerrigan John Lewis with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Alexa Michele London (audience applauds and cheers) Brittany Nicole Loveless (audience applauds and cheers) Dana Niles McLean (audience applauds and cheers) Michelle Theresa McMullen (audience applauds and cheers) Shannon Catherine Murphy (audience applauds and cheers) Dart Peter O’Leary (audience applauds and cheers) Joshua-John Gray Owens (audience applauds and cheers) Aleina Linscott Peluso with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Mauricio Salvatierra (audience applauds and cheers) Christine Frances Schafer with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Brian Dante Sclafani (audience applauds and cheers) Jacquelie Noach (audience applauds and cheers) Jana Franziska Spengler with high honors (audience applauds) Caroline Mahala Pinholster Stahley (audience applauds and cheers) Katherine Faye Thomas (audience applauds and cheers) Victoria Vine-Afonso (audience applauds and cheers) Robert Joseph Weigel (audience applauds and cheers) John Rodney Marsella (audience applauds and cheers) Sarah Nicole Ammons (audience applauds and cheers) Charter Thaddeus Buffett Aswad (audience applauds and cheers) Julia Michal Barton (audience applauds and cheers) Susana Raquel Berry (audience applauds and cheers)

Julia Nichole Bower (audience applauds and cheers) Zoe Marie Brazier with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Emily Judith Brenner (audience applauds and cheers) Elizabeth Brophy (audience applauds and cheers) Dawn Rachelle Bryant (audience applauds and cheers) Carlos Jose Burgos with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Sylvie Cantin with distinction (audience applauds and cheers) Christopher Blair Carlyle with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Maximillian Raymond Catucci (audience applauds and cheers) Sydney Alexandra Cavero with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Terri R. Chatman (audience applauds and cheers) Noah Alexander Chinault (audience applauds and cheers) Evgenia Chrysochoou with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Stacey Valyntina Clarke (audience applauds and cheers) Kim Chav’ent Cobham (audience applauds and cheers) Arianna Irini Demetroulakos (audience applauds and cheers) Andrea Maria Depina-Gomes (audience applauds and cheers) Cydney Marshalle Dodson (audience applauds and cheers) James Francis Dymtrow (audience applauds) Valeria Rena Ervin (audience applauds and cheers) Margaret Jeanne Evans with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Sarah Elizabeth Feehan (audience applauds and cheers) Mercedes Fernandez (audience applauds and cheers) Ashley Marie Folsom (audience applauds and cheers) Audrey Louise Franchett with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Gary R. Furrow Junior with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Eric Jason Garcia (audience applauds and cheers) Sawyer Lawton Gardner (audience applauds and cheers) Sarah Kate George (audience applauds and cheers) Linda W. Hazley (audience applauds and cheers) Kirsten Anne Henke (audience applauds and cheers) Marlene Ann Heyning (audience applauds and cheers) Jennifer Elise Hollander with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Amber Lynn Hull (audience applauds and cheers) Myckhaila Francesca Petra Joab with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Stephanie Alexandra Kastan Karakochuk (audience applauds and cheers) Brendan Patrick Kent (audience applauds and cheers) Michelle Kiekenapp Nelson with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Kiley DeAnn King (audience applauds and cheers)

Stephanie Frances King with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Katherine Margaret Kurz (audience applauds and cheers) Jacob Thomas Kent with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Obiri Kyei (audience applauds and cheers) Jordan Stephen Alfred Lee (audience applauds and cheers) Sophia Irene Manners (audience applauds) Beau Kirin Maysey with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Sherri AnnG’Nolia McDonald (audience applauds and cheers) Libby Ann McHugh (audience applauds and cheers) Gina Lucia Nunziata (audience applauds and cheers) Dominique Martinez Obregon (audience applauds and cheers) Daryl L. Osburn with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Avery Rose Perlitz (audience applauds and cheers) Alexander Aras Pascale (audience applauds and cheers) Kimberly Ann Porter (audience applauds and cheers) Kira Annette Pryzant (audience applauds and cheers) Isaiah Marcus Pursel-Lacasse with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Elizabeth Ellen Quade with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Ashleigh Andrea Ray with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Natalie Sophia Ricketts (audience applauds and cheers) Belkys Rodriguez (audience applauds) Galit Sarvet (audience applauds and cheers) Amber Noelle Schaad (audience applauds and cheers) Ricki Morgan Schilowitz (audience applauds and cheers) Kristine Anne Schuck (audience applauds and cheers) Chase Grabau Sheldon (audience applauds and cheers) Macey Ann Sidlasky with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Loretta Washington Snow (audience applauds and cheers) Teresa A. Stewart with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Rebekah Therese Stock (audience applauds and cheers) Marlyce Rachelle Stringer (audience applauds and cheers) Morgan Bernard Thompson (audience applauds and cheers) Alexander H. Watkins (audience applauds and cheers) Daisy Osiris Trujillo (audience applauds and cheers) Jeanette Irma Ventrone with high honors (audience applauds) Caitlin Qualters Wells with high honors (audience applauds) Kimberly Minton Whitford (audience applauds and cheers) Christine Michelle Aderhold (audience applauds and cheers) Carla Reginia Baker (audience applauds and cheers) Steven Edward Ballinger with distinction

(audience applauds and cheers) Samantha Browning (audience applauds and cheers) Thomas Harry Burnham with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Candace Laine Bury (audience applauds and cheers) Debra Ann Butler (audience applauds and cheers) Craig Alan Cranston with distinction (audience applauds and cheers) Kelsey Maclean Dodez (audience applauds and cheers) Amanda Jean Foley (audience applauds and cheers) Yasmin Galindo with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Devlin Thomas Gobeil (audience applauds and cheers) Nathaniel Jacob Gozlan (audience applauds and cheers) Julie Lynn Harris (audience applauds and cheers) Justin Etan Helman (audience applauds and cheers) Jacob Christopher Lambrecht (audience applauds and cheers) Andrew M. Latimer (audience applauds and cheers) Nicholas Antonio Lazzari (audience applauds and cheers) Peter Scott Mattson Junior (audience applauds) Scott Allen Maxwell (audience applauds and cheers) Catherine M. McBride with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Jo Ann Miller (audience applauds and cheers) Yadira Liz Montes Rivera with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Andrew Joseph O’Connell with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Claudia Ojeda Campos (audience applauds and cheers) Kayla Siobhan Paige (audience applauds and cheers) Luke Joseph Panaro (audience applauds and cheers) Kelly Lorraine Pickering with distinction (audience applauds and cheers) Elizabeth Ann Pilat (audience applauds and cheers) Natasha Jennifer Raymond with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Jeanne A. Salvo with distinction (audience applauds and cheers) John-Mark Schacht (audience applauds and cheers) Kelly Ann Schooley (audience applauds) Marion Nelson Scott (audience applauds and cheers) Emily Puffer Strickland (audience applauds and cheers) Ali Birch Solomon with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Clara Suarez-Nugent with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Allison Devine (audience applauds and cheers) Alexis Rutledge Swan (audience applauds and cheers) Zemma Williams (audience applauds and cheers) Spencer Phillips Yaffe with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Meredith Leigh Alden (audience applauds and cheers) Abbigale Nicholle Bailey

(audience applauds and cheers) Dominique Allison Bailey (audience applauds and cheers) Marina Julia Belotserkovskaya (audience applauds and cheers) Sarah Rachel Bryan with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Samantha Lynn Concannon (audience applauds and cheers) Jakob Sterling Constant (audience applauds and cheers) Maeve Catherine Donohue with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Caelan Stenning Donovan (audience applauds and cheers) John Paul Driscoll (audience applauds and cheers) Monique Renee Elliott (audience applauds and cheers) Zachary Chapman Elliott (audience applauds and cheers) Courtney Nicole Ellis (audience applauds and cheers) Molly Marie Faubion (audience applauds and cheers) Aliki Fornier (audience applauds and cheers) Cody Jacob Gartner (audience applauds and cheers) Max Anthony Gouveia (audience applauds and cheers) Connor James Griffith (audience applauds and cheers) Caitlyn Elizabeth Hayes (audience applauds and cheers) Madison Sadie Kuhle (audience applauds and cheers) Lindsey Ericka Kuligowski (audience applauds and cheers) Marta Cecelia Leach (audience applauds and cheers) Rachel Elizabeth Liberty (audience applauds and cheers) Innes John Macleod (audience applauds and cheers) Pamela Jean McCullough (audience applauds and cheers) Erin Marie McGrath (audience applauds and cheers) Patrick Michael McKnight (audience applauds and cheers) Robert Byford Moss (audience applauds and cheers) Graydon Imre Neill (audience applauds and cheers) Kylie Mary Noonan with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Jamie Marie Poma (audience applauds and cheers) Izabella Marie Ruffino with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Henry Salazar (audience applauds and cheers) Claire Isabelle Sanders (audience applauds and cheers) Charles Prescott Sandor (audience applauds and cheers) Sadie Jane Schulte (audience applauds and cheers) Kiana Lee Sladicki (audience applauds and cheers) Brendan Matthew Pate (audience applauds and cheers) Claire Wharton Staley with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Charlotte Ruth Stevens (audience applauds and cheers) Emily Rose Sullivan (audience applauds and cheers) Colleen Marie Walsh (audience applauds and cheers) Jesse Daniel Weinstein (audience applauds and cheers) Antonio Jose Alvarez

(audience applauds and cheers) Jennifer Marie Anderson (audience applauds and cheers) Katherine Gabrielle Arnette with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Jason Lajos Berthold Baer with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Alexandra Nicole Barone with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Andres Rene Bastias-Butler (audience applauds and cheers) Nicholas Clark Blando (audience applauds and cheers) Kylie Rebecca Bold (audience applauds and cheers) Luis Francisco Bonilla Pagan (audience applauds and cheers) Kortland Grant Bruce (audience applauds and cheers) Maison Eliza Freeman Burr (audience applauds and cheers) Lianna Elizabeth Burrows (audience applauds and cheers) Jillian Danielle Calabro (audience applauds and cheers) Lauren Amelia Chacho with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Anicka Hannah Hall Chaffey with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Daniel Patrick Chapman with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Zachary Michael Chupak (audience applauds and cheers) Michael Bernard Cicchetti (audience applauds and cheers) Zachary Jeremiah Victor Cohen (audience applauds and cheers) Elizabeth Anne Cournan (audience applauds and cheers) Keaton Wilkes Crume (audience applauds and cheers) Jessica Lynne Dame (audience applauds and cheers) Manuel Luis de la Puerta (audience applauds and cheers) Benjamin Grant Peterson Deaver (audience applauds and cheers) Briana Diane DeMello (audience applauds and cheers) Tess Elizabeth DeSerisy with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Leah Rose Drennan (audience applauds and cheers) Brittany Nicole Evans with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Zachery William Fehr (audience applauds and cheers) Samantha Shea Folkman (audience applauds and cheers) Anna Victoria Fratello (audience applauds and cheers) Maxwell Aaron Fried (audience applauds and cheers) Ashley Anna Fyle (audience applauds and cheers) Karran Gowda (audience applauds and cheers) Kendra Ann Heiser (audience applauds and cheers) Ross Alexander Hiatt (audience applauds and cheers) Jessica Ala Emily McKenzie Green (audience applauds and cheers) Linnea Elizabeth Ellis Hall with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Cypress Ann Hansen with honors (audience applauds and cheers)

Jennifer Chavez with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Devin Michael Hennigan (audience applauds and cheers) Carina JoAnn Graham with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Andrea Rose Herrmann (audience applauds and cheers) Alexander Michael Ho (audience applauds and cheers) Alexander Maxwell Holderness (audience applauds and cheers) Megan Elise Horber (audience applauds and cheers) Austin John Hunter with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Kevin Shinners Hupp (audience applauds and cheers) Kathryn Anne Husiak with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Brianna Alexandria Hyatt (audience applauds and cheers) Eric Russell Inkster (audience applauds and cheers) Brianna Nicole Jacobs (audience applauds and cheers) Briana Lynn Keller (audience applauds and cheers) Tobias Alois Krussig with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Edward Ivan Kurz (audience applauds and cheers) Fiona Brigid Maguire (audience applauds and cheers) Sean Ryan McKenna (audience applauds and cheers) Alejandro Luis Monllor Pacheco (audience applauds and cheers) Ryan Jeffery Morgan (audience applauds and cheers) Haley Ann Pasqualone (audience applauds and cheers) Zachary Samuel Pattek (audience applauds and cheers) Christa Rose Perry (audience applauds and cheers) Reid Thomas Powers (audience applauds and cheers) Justin Thomas Quick (audience applauds and cheers) Sarah Elizabeth Raney with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Daniele Pasquale Razionale (audience applauds and cheers) Jessica Frances Richter with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Christian Paul Mandula (audience applauds and cheers) Henry Louis Brent Stimson Sadler (audience applauds and cheers) Alec Samberg (audience applauds and cheers) Samantha Marie Santos (audience applauds and cheers) Eliana Pauline Sawyer (audience applauds and cheers) Erich Paul Schrader (audience applauds and cheers) Kate Nicole Seader (audience applauds and cheers) Gloria Mairead Shannon Aguirre (audience applauds and cheers) Zoe Isadore Shribman (audience applauds and cheers) Kathleen Elizabeth Sievers (audience applauds and cheers) Tate Christopher Spencer (audience applauds and cheers) Julia Alexis Streett (audience applauds and cheers)

Karl Morris Teague (audience applauds and cheers) Vivian Tien with honors (audience applauds and cheers) Julia Raquel Tanquary with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) Alexander R. Walt (audience applauds and cheers) Sarah Harris White (audience applauds and cheers) Zoe Joy Wilpon (audience applauds and cheers) Emily Rose Wolfhope (audience applauds and cheers) And last but not least, Blaide Michael David Woodburn with high honors (audience applauds and cheers) – Men and women of Eckerd College, at the Ceremony of Lights, on August 9, 2013, I handed you a refreshment Eckerd College medallions commemorating the beginning of your college careers, and today, we handed you diplomas to end it The first was a gift The second was earned (audience applauds and cheers) Four years ago at your first ceremony as Eckerd College students and yesterday at baccalaureate, we sang the inspiring words from Henry Emerson Fosdick’s enduring hymn “Grant us wisdom “Grant us courage for the facing of the hour, “for the facing of the hour.” Residential and PEL graduates, fellow students who have arrived at this glorious day by so many various paths, we hope that your years at Eckerd College have prepared you for a life of ceaseless change, generous service, and moral courage for the facing of the hour We will know by the lives you lead if we have succeeded As you march off today to lives of imagination, service, and discovery, remember all those who helped get you to this happy day, your parents, spouses, lovers and loved ones, mentors and teachers, all your family of Eckerd faculty and staff and fellow students (audience members cheer) Remember also Maggie Mae Fenney and Jessica Leslie Gartenberg (audience applauds and cheers) Your classmates who go with you now only in spirit Hold the memory of these two sweet beautiful young women in your hearts Remember and keep alive their commitment to the transforming service of others Of course, in the end, what you will most remember of your experiences of Eckerd College will be the community you were part of, the special community of learning, exploration, discussion, service, debate, good times and bad, happy days and sad, full of deep and lasting friendships with extraordinary teachers and ardent learners You are, as Dylan Thomas should have said, the boys and girls of summer, and autumn beckons So I say hail and farewell, the old Roman salute, to you now Hail to all the imagination and heart you bring to create this future Farewell to your life here as students who have felt, I hope, not only well-tutored but well-loved We will miss you (audience applauds and cheers) Finally remember this,

Cardinal John Henry Newman’s famous statement from The Idea of a University “A university is an Alma Mater, “knowing her children one by one, “not a foundry or a mint or a treadmill.” One by one, each an individual, a handmade education, a school for non-conformists, residential, global, environmental, spiritual, personal, Eckerd College whose future is now in your hands After the recessional, we invite everyone to please join us on the field in celebration of the Eckerd College Class of 2017 (audience applauds and cheers) Our revels are now ended Would all please rise, and the bearer of the mace will do his duty (audience members cheer) (stately music) (stately music)