Another Record Graduating Class Participates In Mount Union College's 160th Commencement Ceremonies

April 01, 2010

Along with its record-setting graduating class of 454, this year's commencement marked the first time since 1979 that the ceremonies were held outside. The commencement was held at the south entrance of Chapman Hall Sunday afternoon, May 7.


This year's commencement speaker was Anthony Dorame, lieutenant governor of the Tesuque Pueblo in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who called upon the graduates to "be observant because knowledge is not always acquired through the acquisition of facts."

Dorame, a Tewa man, has served numerous terms on the Tribal Council in an appointed position. Formerly educated at diverse schools including the University of New Mexico and University of California at Berkley, Dorame has earned degrees in biology and public administration. For 25 years, he worked as an environmental management consultant with various tribal communities.

"Do not just focus on the path ahead, but be observant to everything that surrounds you on your journey through life," said Dorame. "Do not be so busy that you cannot pay attention and grasp the knowledge that surrounds you."

Dr. Truman Turnquist, interim 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. Richard F. Giese, president of the College and Lee Ann Thorn, chair of the Board of Trustees. The names of the graduates were announced by Mount Union faculty members Dr. Douglas Hendel and Dr. Rudolf Roggenkamp.

The 454 graduates represented the largest number of graduates in Mount Union history eclipsing last year's 433 students. Brent Bauknecht, the senior class president, spoke on behalf of the class of 2006. The Heaton W. Harris and Corrine Harris Smith Prize was presented to senior Lisa Marie Andrews from Suffield, Ohio. The Good Citizenship Award was presented to senior James B. DeMonte from Dennison, Ohio.

The day's activities concluded with a post-commencement reception across from the Dewald Chapel in the Mount Union quad.

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