May 14, 2012
Photo by David Woods
Commencement is Rollins' final chance to honor the many accomplishments of its graduating seniors, as parents, friends and the Rollins community gather together to celebrate the Class of 2012 and witness the conferring of diplomas.
In a commencement ceremony rich with pomp and grandeur held on
May 13 in the Warden Arena, more than 350 graduates of the Rollins Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Professional Studies received diplomas, awards, and recognition for the successful completion of their undergraduate academic careers.
Rollins President Lewis Duncan presided over the ceremony and opened with a quote from celebrated Rollin alumnus Fred Rogers '51, taken from his book Life's Journes According to Mister Rogers: Things to Remember Along the Way. "All I can say is, it's worth the struggle to discover who you really are and how you, in your own way, can put life together as something that means a lot to you."
Class of 2012 Valedictorians Michael van den Berg, an English and economics major, and Christian Bromley, an art history major, urged their fellow graduates to never give up when faced with rejection, find strength in hard work and to take a universal approach to lifelong learning. "You are not special," van den Berg said, quoting from the 1999 American film based on the 1996 novel Fight Club. "I stand here, not just to congratulate everyone on their graduation, but to challenge you: challenge you to not view this as the end of your journey, but as the beginning; challenge you to not expect anything but to struggle for everything; challenge you to not be defined by the things you own but by the things you do. I want to conclude by telling you that you will fail. But you will also succeed." Bromley also concluded his speech with words of inspiration. Quoting the father of his friend Andrea Luongo ’13, Bromely ended his speech by reminding the Class of 2012 that, "success, like the future, is in the direction of the ceiling." Read Christian Bromley's full speech... Read Michael van den Berg's full speech...
Delivering a passionate a moving keynote address, Martha J. Kanter, under secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, commented on the high standard for communications at Rollins and praised the graduates for making the best possible investment in their future by obtaining a degree from an institutation at the forefront of higher education. "It's evident that the entire Rollins community cares deeply about what it takes to equip you with the knowledge and skills for success as leaders in our increasingly competitive global economy that surrounds our hyper-connected knowledge society," Kanter said. She then went on to share the stories of a few students from the graduating class that have given her inspiration. Citing the accomplishments of Aislynn Betancourt '12, Aditya Mahara '12, Ian Wallace '12, and Fabia Rothenfluh '12, Kanter said, "These are just a few of the hundreds of examples of the spirit of excellence and service that characterizes each of you in the Class of 2012."
Kanter then asked the graduating class to share their stories of hard work and success with the word so that they can encourage young people and older generations to pursue and educated life. "I ask you to make the commitment to help others work hard to set and achieve challenging educational goals for themselves as you have done. By graduating here today, you will now become the role models who will move our nation forward."
In closing, Kanter left the Class of 2012 with a few parting words of advice. "Face head-on and cast off the fears that lay ahead of you, rely on your inner strength, use the knowledge and skills that Rollins has given you to make a difference and to make life better for others, and don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t bright enough or up to the challenge. You are!" Read Martha Kanter's full speech...
The ceremony also included the presentation of Honorary Doctorates of Humane Letters to Rick Goings, chairman and CEO of Tupperware Brands Corporation, and Winifred Warden '45, celebrated philanthropist and patron to the arts.
Photo by David Woods
The Hamilton Holt School's commencement ceremony was held on Saturday, May 12. Bachelor’s or master’s degrees were awarded to 277 graduates, ages 22 to 62. Under Secretary of Education Martha J. Kanter, gave the keynote address. Psychology major Traci Campana, who was chosen as this year’s
outstanding graduating senior, also addressed the graduates.
Photo by Eric Blackmore
The Rollins MBA held commencement ceremonies honoring 176 graduates of the school’s Early Advantage MBA and Professional MBA programs on Saturday, April 28. This year’s commencement address was given by Harvey L. Massey, Chairman and CEO of Massey Services, who inspired the graduating class to "walk the talk" by being responsible leaders in the business world. Read more about Rollins MBA Commencement...
The Cornell Distinguished Faculty in Crummer Award recognizes a faculty member in the Crummer Graduate School of Business who has distinguished his or herself and the college through outstanding teaching, research, and service. This year, the honor was awarded to highly respected Rollins MBA Professor of Accounting and Management Ralph Drtina.
Bornstein Award for Faculty Scholarship
Elevation to Emeritus Status
E. Theodore Veit
Relive the pomp and circumstance of Commencement 2012.