Remembering Commencement 2011

May 12, 2011

Commencement 2011
Photo by David Woods

Commencement is Rollins' final chance to honor its graduating seniors, as parents, friends and the Rollins community gather together to celebrate the Class of 2011 and witness the conferring of diplomas.


College of Arts & Sciences Commencement Ceremony

President Lewis M. Duncan
Jonathon Norcross
Eduardo Padrόn

Graduates, parents, families, friends, faculty and staff packed the Warden Arena on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8, for the commencement ceremony of the College of Arts & Sciences, during which nearly 400 graduates received diplomas.

Rollins President Lewis Duncan opened the ceremony and reminded graduates of their time at Rollins. “You went on to take part in Dance Marathon, Campus MovieFest, and Lip Sync. You applied your learning in service around the globe: the Bahamas, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, the Galápagos, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, and Thailand. You reached out to the children of Fern Creek Elementary School, the homeless, and victims of Hurricane Katrina and the earthquakes in Haiti and Japan," said President Duncan. “You are indelibly part of Rollins’ history.”

Class of 2011 Valedictorian, Jonathan Norcross, a computer science major and mathematics minor who graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA, encouraged his fellow graduates to reflect on and give thanks for the lessons they've learrned at Rollins and to continue to question the world. “We are not born knowing the answers to all the world’s problems, but that is OK. We don’t need to because having answers won’t help us find and solve the problem,” he said. “The real strength is in asking the right questions.” Read Jonathon Norcross' full speech.

Delivering the keynote address, Eduardo Padrόn, president of Miami Dade College, discussed the changing, unsettling world the graduates are entering, which he called “a kind of global vertigo in which careers and entire industries emerge and disappear in no time.” The commencement speaker warned the graduates about letting others—or even their diploma—define who they are or who they become. Rather, he urged them to build upon the lessons they learned—lessons about the joy of learning for its own sake and the reward of loving what you do.

“Somewhere in the past four years, there was a moment when something clicked,” he said. “In that moment, college was no longer about the degree down the road or the grade on the exam. In that magic moment, it was about the power and thrill of learning. That’s when you change; that’s when you discover a little more of who you really are. That’s an identity—as a learner—that you can keep for the rest of your life.”

In closing, Padrόn encouraged the Class of 2011 to keep learning, so they always remain a work in progress. “Never take the beauty and wonder of this life for granted,” he said. “Never give up. Never, ever stop learning.” Read Eduardo Padrόn's full speech.

A highlight of the ceremony included the presentation of Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters to Edward James Olmos, actor, producer, director and community activist, and Padrόn.

College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Awards

Arthur Vining Davis Awards
Anna Alon
Gabriel Bareneche
Joe Siry

Cornell Distinguished Service Award
Scott Hewit

Cornell Distinguished Teaching Award
Jill Jones

Elevation to Emeritus Status
Erich Blossey
Gordie Howell
Marvin Newman

College of Arts & Sciences Student Awards

General Charles McCormick Reeve Awards
David Vanderford Celis
Jonathon Michael Norcross
Ariane Chantal Rosen
Whitney Lee Smith
Anthony Scott Wehrer

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion
Omar Rachid

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Anticipation gave way to celebration as nearly 400 students graduated during the commencement ceremony.

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Commencement 2011
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Hamilton Holt School Commencement Ceremony

Terry Teachout
Paul Reich

The Hamilton Holt School's commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 7. Associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degrees were awarded to 280 graduates, ages 20 to 74. Terry Teachout—drama critic of The Wall Street Journal, critic-at-large of Commentary, and author of “Sightings,” a biweekly column of the Friday Journal about the arts in America—gave the keynote address. English major Keith Leisner, who was chosen as this year’s outstanding graduating senior, also addressed the graduates. Read more...

Hamilton Holt School Faculty Awards

Assistant Professor of English Paul Reich received the Walter E. Barden Distinguished Teaching Award, an award presented by the Hamilton Holt School Student Government Association to a faculty member who has demonstrated innovation and creativity in teaching and responsiveness and commitment to adult learning.

Hamilton Holt School Student Awards

Outstanding Graduating Senior
Keith Leisner

Outstanding Graduate Student in Counseling Award
Marnie Davis

Kappa Delta Pi Award
Ona Delussey and Stephanie Sullivan-Courson

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Anticipation gave way to celebration as nearly 300 students graduated during the commencement ceremony.

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Crummer Commencement 2011

Crummer Graduate School of Business Commencement Ceremony

The Rollins MBA held commencement ceremonies honoring graduates of the school’s Early Advantage MBA, Professional MBA and Corporate MBA programs on Sunday, April 30. This year’s commencement address was given by Rick Goings, chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation, who inspired the graduating class to live their lives and careers beyond borders. Read more…

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