165th Commencement Ceremony Held at Mount Union
May 07, 2011
More than 450 students participated in the University of Mount Union’s 165th Commencement Ceremony held Saturday, May 7 in the Peterson Field House of the McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.
Among the participants were members of the inaugural class of the physician assistant students program, Mount Union’s first master’s degree in nearly a century. International students from China, Japan, Vietnam and South Korea were also among those graduating from Mount Union.
Also during the ceremony, honorary degrees were awarded to the late Charles Grove, Vanita D. (Bauknight ’63) Oelschlager and Jack Peters.
Mike Border, the senior class president, spoke on behalf of the class of 2011.
“Coming here as a freshman, I never could have imagined all the incredible and wonderful people whom I would be blessed to get to know. Our past four years together will be a time in our lives which none of us will forget,” explained Border. “I am thankful for all the memories that we have shared, and I am already looking forward to returning to campus in future years and reminiscing about our incredible time at Mount together. With that being said…it seems only fitting that I close by saying congratulations to the Class of 2011…the very first graduating class from the University of Mount Union.”
The Heaton W. Harris and Corinne Harris Smith Prize was presented to senior David Z. Keifer, a chemistry major of Niles, OH. The Good Citizenship Award went to senior Teale N. Harold, a political science and international studies major of North Canton, OH.