A record 433 Mount Union College graduates participated in Commencement on Sunday afternoon
May 8, 2008
Regardless of their chosen occupation, today's college graduates will be called upon to teach in one way or another, according to Dr. Victor Boschini, chancellor of Texas Christian University (TCU) who delivered the commencement address at Mount Union College Sunday afternoon.
A record 433 Mount Union graduates were challenged to recall the dedication and compassion of their professors when they face life's teachable moments. "Each of you will be called upon to teach in your life ' on the job, as a volunteer or as a parent," Boschini said. "When that time comes recall your experiences with the professors you had at Mount Union."
Sprinkling humor with personal experiences, Boschini, a 1978 Mount Union College graduate who was very active as a student, recalled the influence that Deans Terry Taylor and Dorothy Davis had on his life outside of the classroom and credited Dr. John Saffell, Dr. Robert Bader and Dr. Richard Doyle as academic role models.
Quipping that "life isn't on the semester plan ' you don't get a fresh start every 12 weeks," Boschini advised that the graduates to be true to their roots. "Be more charitable in all your actions and you will reap a lifetime of close family ties and lasting friends."
During the Commencement ceremony, Boschini was honored by his alma mater with an honorary doctor of humane letters degree, awarded by Dr. John L. Ewing, Jr., Mount Union College's president.
Dr. Richard Marriott, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the College, presented the candidates for their degrees and they were greeted on the platform by Dr. Ewing and Lee Ann Thorn, chair of the Board of Trustees. The names of the graduates were announced by Mount Union faculty members Dr. Jamie Capuzza and Dr. Rudolf Roggenkamp.
The 433 graduates represented the largest number of graduates in Mount Union history eclipsing the 429 students who graduated in 2002. Michael Wheeler, the senior class president, spoke on behalf of the class of 2005. The Heaton W. Harris and Corrine Harris Smith Prize was presented to senior Mark Heltzel from Cochranton, Pennsylvania. The Good Citizenship Award was presented to senior Jeffrey Gottke from Mount Vernon, Ohio.
At the baccalaureate service in the morning, it was a homecoming of sorts for Rev. Paul White, director of connectional ministries at the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church, a 1975 Mount Union graduate. White delivered the baccalaureate address "Love for Who You Are."
The day's activities concluded with a post-commencement reception across from the Timken Physical Education Building.