While their Senior Week was filled with sun and warm temperatures, the Class of 2012 wasn’t so lucky on Sunday, May 13.
Fortunately, Marietta College’s 175th Commencement was inside the temperature-controlled Dyson Baudo Recreation Center and the spirits remained positive. That is where Marietta College President Dr. Jean A. Scott, who was presiding over her 12th and final graduation, and Provost Dr. Gama Perruci handed out the diplomas in a variety of 44 different majors in front of more than 2,000 family and friends.
LaTisha Taylor ’12 (East Cleveland, Ohio) was awarded the coveted Jewett Oration Prize for her speech “Keep Your Dreams Alive: Never Give Up.” Ryan Nolen ’12 (Belpre, Ohio) finished second with his speech, “In the Blink of an Eye.”
Taylor’s speech focused on the many things the graduates have learned during their time on campus, but may not have realized it.
“Though we are taking our exit from Marietta College, remember, it is always an entry to another experience, another opportunity to help others face the wolves of the world,” Taylor said. “Our education has taught us to study, think, challenge and change. Like architects we can always go back to our blue prints and rework, erase, sketch and adjust to strengthen our foundation. Be defiant to that next big bad wolf and say, ‘Not by the hair of my chinny chin chin will I quit!’ ”
The College also honored some of its finest graduates, including valedictorian Jennifer Masters ’12 (Woodsfield, Ohio), and salutatorian Leesha Miller ’12 (Sistersville, W.Va.). Masters earned a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering, while Miller earned a Bachelor of Arts in Intervention Specialist.
The men and women who received their degrees Sunday join the more than 25,000 Marietta College alumni/ae as members of the Long Blue Line. A special addition to The Long Blue Line was Dr. Scott, who was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Board of Trustees chair Barbara Fitzgerald ’73 and Perruci.
While already a member of the Long Blue Line, Dr. Leonard (Randy) Randolph ’65 was presented with the McDonough Award for Excellence in Leadership (Mister Mac Award). He also gave the commencement address, and even surprised the class with a text message to the graduates that said, “Congratulations! We’ve Been Waiting For You!”
Marietta College officials also handed out four master’s degrees.
Faculty member Dr. Alane Sanders of the Department of Communication and Media Studies, was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award.
Through the Senior Challenge, the Class of 2012 made a donation of $9,302 to The Marietta Fund.
+ Video of Jewett Orations
+ PDF of the Commencement Program
+ Photos of Commencement
+ Photos of Strawberries & Creme